Board Chair

Website The Uganda School Project via Trustees Unlimited

Who We Are

TUSP works in rural Uganda to help children access a quality primary school education by improving educational outcomes and developing school infrastructure to support Uganda’s efforts in achieving SDG 4 by 2030

We do this because only half of all children that start primary school finish it, and nearly a quarter of all primary school children in Namisindwa District lack the foundational literacy and numeracy skills that are proven to improve social and economic opportunities later in life.

Position Description

You will work closely with the CEO in; designing and leading a strategy; building a skilled, diverse board of trustees, scaling the impact of our programming, and transitioning toa structure of authentically proximate leadership and governance – because we believe that is how to create lasting change.

Responsibilities

● Providing strategic leadership and direction to the trustee board.

● Shaping a skilled, experienced and representative board of trustees to lead and govern the organisation.

● Overseeing governance, compliance, financial health and risk management processes.

● Championing our mission and values across wide networks.

● Leveraging existing and new networks and experience to support fundraising efforts and promote financial sustainability.

Desired Qualities for the Role

● Engaged, passionate, enthusiastic, hands-on

● Strategic Planning & Leadership

● A critical friend – happy to challenge

● Desire to change the status quo of Aid/Development and shift the power.

● Knowledge of Education (especially in low resource settings)

● Knowledge of NGO/Development Sector in Uganda

● Representative of the communities we support

● Part of / have access to high value networks

● Experience / skill in fundraising.

NB: We do not expect you to have all of these! Passion and engagement with the role is ournumber one recruitment factor.

Time Commitment

As our Chair of Trustees, you will be joining at a pivotal time in the trajectory of the organisation:with one co-founder stepping into the position of CEO, and one co-founder stepping down from the board, you will play a crucial role in driving TUSP in its mission to create meaningful change in the communities we partner with. As such, there’ll be a level of involvement beyond the quarterly trustee meetings; we’re looking for someone to be actively involved in this process of change and growth (without necessarily being directly involved in the operations). We anticipate that the role will require 4-5 hours per month, although this is hard to predict (and we can be flexible for the right candidate).

Trustees are asked to commit to a 3 year term on the Board and serve for a maximum of 3 terms.

What’s in it for you?

Joining The Uganda School Project as Chair of Trustees offers a unique opportunity to lead a young organisation making a tangible difference in the lives of children and communities in rural Uganda.

Over the next 5 years we aim to scale our impact across the district, partnering with Local Government to integrate our programming within existing curriculum and policy, whilst also shifting the power to a structure of local leadership and governance. As Chair of Trustees, you will have key responsibility (with CEO and board) for driving this mission.

You’ll be leading (and helping to shape) a passionate, dedicated Board, committed to creating lasting change. This role provides a platform to leverage your skills, expertise, leadership and networks to drive positive social impact and leave a legacy of genuine, lasting impact.

How to Apply

If you’re ready to embark on this journey with us, we invite you to submit your CV and a (maximum 2 page) cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role and why you think you’d make a great candidate via email to info@theugandaschoolproject.com.

We know that diversity fosters effective leadership and an inclusive organisational culture, and we are committed to equality of opportunity, and to being fair and inclusive in our recruitment for this role. We therefore encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in the sector.

Lived experience of, and/or connection to Uganda and its education system would be highly desirable, but is not essential.

Closing Date: June 14, 2024 

To apply for this job please visit trustees-unlimited.co.uk.