Committee Vacancies

We’re always looking for dynamic people to join our team here in the UK. See below for current opportunities:

All roles are voluntary and are predominantly home/remotely based. Reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out responsibilities (e.g. food and travel expenses) will be reimbursed.

DiA is a youth-led organisation and as such, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds with demonstrable enthusiasm for DiA’s vision and mission are encouraged to apply.

Being part of DiA’s executive committee is a brilliant opportunity to develop skills, gain confidence and build knowledge to complement studies, work and/or other volunteering work. DiA alumni are very vocal about how their experience on the committee has supported them in pursuing their careers and in being active agents of change within their own communities and further afield. Committee members support and learn from each other and receive guidance from DiA’s Board of Trustees.

 


Co-Vice Chair

The role of Co-Vice Chair is a great opportunity to develop leadership and management skills within a small and dynamic youth-focused organisation, committed to the young people involved in it and the organisations we work with in India. The role specifically focuses on leading and managing DiA’s India programme – offering close oversight and guidance to the India Programme Team.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, committed to DiA’s mission and values and eager for a new challenge.

Responsibilities

DiA operates through a management committee of approximately 15 volunteers, working across four separate teams: India, UK, Communications and Fundraising.  The Co-Vice Chair is responsible for the efficient management, support and development of the management committee, and the organisation more broadly. The Co-Vice Chair works closely with the Chair to lead DiA closer to its vision and mission, and to ensure that committee teams deliver against the organisational strategy.

  • Lead on overseeing, supporting and managing DiA’s India Team – working closely with the India Programme Manager.
  • Working with and supporting the Chair on overseeing and managing Fundraising and UK Programme Teams where necessary.
  • Supporting the Co-Vice Chair on overseeing and managing the Communications team where necessary.
  • Lead the implementation of Development in Action’s strategy, working closely with the Chair and Co-vice Chair, across the committee.
  • Facilitate the planning, development and implementation of annual operations, setting direction through chairing regular committee meetings and focused workshop
  • Monitor, with the finance team, the organisational budget and ensure financial procedures are in place and followed systematically across the committee.
  • Develop and maintain a strong, positive organisational culture and ensure all activities meet with quality, health and safety and duty of care
  • Communications and partnership development, this will include but is not limited to representing DiA at external events and responding to opportunities to build further external
  • Identify and engage with individuals and organisations who share an affinity with DiA’s work.

Skills, Qualities and Experience

We expect applicants to meet most of what is listed here and some of the desirable – we recognise that not everyone meets everything! A university degree is not a requirement.

  • Professional experience in the third sector
  • Proven organisational and coordination skills of project/programmes.
  • Experience of partnership development and dealing with multiple stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the debates and key issues around international volunteering/ internships.
  • Commitment to importance of global citizenship in the contemporary world.
  • Ability to work with, and through, others to inspire them to deliver tasks and objectives.
  • Clear thinker in fast-changing, and often time-sensitive, situations, with demonstrable decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including a familiarity of working remotely.

Desirable

  • Experience in international development and/or the youth sector, specifically.
  • At least 2 years’ experience, paid or otherwise, in the third sector and/or in a role with significant project/programme coordination responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of DiA as an organisation and of our work and current discussions around youth engagement in international
  • Experience managing volunteers

Time commitment: Varied. On average 12 hours/week including meetings, but varies between as little as 4 hours to as many as 18 hours. Weekend work required. We ask for a one year commitment initially (2017-18). This role may offer the opportunity to progress into the role of Chair after the initial first year.

Confirmed annual commitments:

  • Committee planning meeting (September)
  • Committee meetings (every 4-6 weeks)
  • Catch-up calls with programme managers (every 4 – 6 weeks, depending on committee meetings)

The successful candidate will be offered full support in settling into the role.

Please send a CV and covering letter (maximum one-side of A4) explaining why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the criteria to kavita@developmentinaction.org. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.