Chair

Ref: 4932

Christian Aid

Meetings are usually held in Waterloo, London

Role Managed by:

Teresa Phiri

Senior Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6273

e: Teresa.Phiri@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice and Social Impact

Salary & Benefits: The role is unremunerated. However, reasonable expenses will be paid

Closing Date: 28/02/2021

Formal Interview Date: Mid-late April

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Are you motivated by your Christian faith to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty?

Poverty is an outrage against humanity that robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. We remain convinced that it is political, caused by human structures and systems, and it is not an accident. For over 75 years, our belief that everyone is equal in the sight of God has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none. Christian Aid reaches those most in need, in some of the hardest to reach places around the world and exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life. We are building a world based on dignity, equality, justice and love, and one that is free from poverty. As a global movement of people, partners and communities, we have the power to truly transform lives and communities. We amplify voices, challenge systemic and structural causes of poverty, speak truth to power, build local and collective agency, and create lasting change.

We are part of a movement of changemakers, peacemakers, and the mighty of heart. To achieve lasting solutions, poverty, unequal power and people’s ability to speak against injustice must be tackled together. We therefore commit ourselves to focusing on people living in extreme poverty and prioritising activities that can deliver all three pillars of our analytical framework: poverty, power and prophetic voice. Our Global Strategy, Standing Together, describes our vision of a world free from poverty and need; where global resources are equitably shared and sustainably used; and where the voice and agency of the poor and marginalised are fully realised.

About the role

Following the successful tenure of our current Chair Dr Rowan Williams, we are seeking an outstanding, courageous and inclusive leader who is passionate about tackling poverty and injustice, and strengthening communities around the world. The Chair will provide overall leadership of Christian Aid enabling it to achieve high impact and ensuring its long-term future. You will ensure strong and effective governance and will provide appropriate support and direction to the Chief Executive and Leadership Team. You will lead the Board, harness the expertise of the Trustees and, with the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, ensure Christian Aid abides by its mission, ethos and values. An excellent ambassador and visible champion for Christian Aid, you will interact with a wide range of key stakeholders globally.

About you

You must be a practicing Christian who shares our values and can articulate Christian Aid’s prophetic voice and represent our 41 sponsoring churches and a wide network of trusted partnerships with organisations across the world. You will be able to demonstrate a fundamental commitment to the work we do to address gender inequality, climate justice and poverty eradication. You will have had a successful senior executive career, leading the strategic development of large complex organisations, together with a keen understanding of good governance. You will have a track record of prior non-executive experience, ideally as Chair, and you will demonstrate excellent chairing skills, combining humility, good judgement and tact with excellent strategic skills as well as the capacity to think creatively and offer fresh perspective. In addition, you will have strong communication, representational and influencing skills. You will be a strong advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion.

To apply please download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role below, please quote reference 4932 in your application. 

The deadline for applications is 9am GMT Monday 1st March 2021.

The expected time commitment is c.50 days per year. The term of the Chair is four years and will be extended by a further four years, ideally, the Chair would serve the full eight-year tenure. The role is unremunerated, but all reasonable expenses incurred undertaking the duties of the role will be reimbursed.

The role would normally be expected to attend meetings at Headquarters in Waterloo, other venues and to undertake overseas travel to the areas in which we operate. This will obviously be affected by the prevailing Covid-19 situation at any given time and therefore flexibility will be necessary. Christian Aid takes its responsibilities seriously and would of course not put anyone at unnecessary risk.

As a global employer and international development agency, Christian Aid is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity, creating an inclusive environment and combating unfair treatment. Equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right. Christian Aid will exercise leadership and commitment in promoting this right. Specifically, Christian Aid believes this will be achieved through its roles as: a responsible employer an organisation that involves volunteers and supporters bringing positive changes in the communities where we work.

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