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Organization: Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Girls Not Brides is seeking to appoint up to three exceptional individuals to its Board of Trustees to support the secretariat in delivering its mission to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfil their potential. Since its inception, Girls Not Brides has benefited from a dedicated, passionate and committed Board. Our Global Partnership now has more than 1,400 member organisations in over 100 countries around the world. As we continue to develop, we are dedicated to expanding our Board in order to reflect the dynamism and diversity of the movement, and also to increase representation from across the globe.

Duties of Girls Not Brides Trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversees the governance of Girls Not Brides. All Board members are responsible under the law for the Board’s actions and decisions. In particular, the Board is responsible for ensuring the legal and financial compliance of Girls Not Brides, compliance with UK charity law and rules, management of reserves and investments, and safeguarding its good name and ethos. The Board also ensures that Girls Not Brides remains focused on working towards its stated mission and objectives, which are informed by its member organisations.

The full Board Terms of Reference, detailing Trustees’ responsibilities, are available in the Board of Trustees Recruitment Information. To view this, please click on ‘see the full job description’ below.

Time Commitment

  • Trustees will commit to volunteering approximately ten days a year to Girls Not Brides.
  • Attendance of at least two in-person Board meetings per year. Meeting dates are pre-agreed to ensure that they are convenient for all Trustees. While in-person attendance is preferred, arrangements can be made for Trustees to join meetings remotely via video link/conference call.
  • Attendance at additional meetings held on an ad hoc basis and membership of Trustee sub-committees informing specific areas of the secretariat’s work, such as safeguarding efforts or strategy development.
  • Trustees might also be asked to participate in interview processes for senior roles. Occasionally, the secretariat may ask Trustees to join Board-specific trainings to ensure continuing compliance with the Charity Commission and best practice.

Person Specification

The most effective Boards are those which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. With the departure of a number of Board members at the end of their terms, we are currently looking for up to three new Trustees to expand our Board through these non-remunerated voluntary roles. We seek exceptional individuals who are passionate about our mission to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfil their potential.

We are committed to enhancing the Board’s diversity, both in terms of maintaining the broad range of skills and expertise held by its members, and ensuring that it is representative of the cultures and backgrounds present within the Girls Not Brides Partnership. To support this process, we encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, a broad age-range – including those under 30 – and people living with disabilities. If you do not have all of the skills listed below, but feel that other skills and experience would make you an asset to the Girls Not Brides Board of Trustees, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Experience and skills in the child marriage field, advocacy, networking, fundraising and leveraging of resources, youth empowerment, and/or experience working in the humanitarian sector would be welcome. We would also like to hear from people with experience of either living or working in countries with a high prevalence of child marriage. Previous Board experience is not necessary.

At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. Trustees must adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures. A DBS check (or local equivalent) may be required.

We are looking for skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Sound, independent judgement and effective decision-making.
  • Ability to be a team player and commit to working collaboratively in line with our values.
  • A demonstrated evidence of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
  • A willingness to build an understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship in the UK, as well as to devote the necessary time and effort to meet these requirements.
  • A track record of thoughtful and considered leadership experience and/or organisational management – including demonstrating strategic vision and the ability to focus on practical issues – is desirable but not essential.

These Trustee positions are not remunerated but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with Charity Commission guidelines, as well as Girls Not Brides secretariat policies.

See the full job description

How to apply:

Please send your applications (CV and covering letter) to Marina Agiejew, Aide to the Executive (, who will receive them on the behalf of the Board Expansion Committee – including Girls Not Brides Trustees Ann Cotton and Karin Forseke – by 9 am BST on Monday, 17 August 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in the week beginning 24 August 2020.

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