Who we are
Deki is a small Bristol-based international development charity working in Togo, West Africa. Deki’s vision is for a world of opportunity, not poverty, and our mission is to empower rural communities to build resilience to extreme poverty and climate change.
We have developed a holistic approach through our five scalable programmes which specifically address the needs of these communities, tackling some of the key causes of poverty, and ensuring long-lasting, sustainable change.
We have developed a holistic approach through our five scalable programmes which specifically address the needs of these communities, tackling some of the key causes of poverty, and ensuring long-lasting, sustainable change. Focusing on supporting rural livelihoods, increasing economic inclusion, raising awareness of gender equality, and empowering female entrepreneurs, our programmes run alongside a tailor-made training programme, and increased access to financial support, affordable healthcare, clean cookstoves and safe drinking water for tens of thousands of people.
We are recruiting 2 new trustees to begin serving on the Board from early 2024.
Our trustees are committed to our vision and mission to work in true partnership with national organisations on the ground in Togo. Despite facing the challenges of many charities working in international development over the past few years, Deki has succeeded in growing both the scale and impact of its partnership programmes in Togo. This has been by building the capacity of the lead Togo partner IADES, successfully bringing onboard UK funding partners and through creative solution development. The Deki UK team is small, and our trustees consequently are deeply involved in providing advice and ideas.
The Board is currently comprised of 6 trustees with a wide range of experience and expertise.
We would like our new trustees to focus on Finance and Marketing. The Finance role will support our Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and work closely with the CEO on financial targets and progress in achieving them. Our new Marketing focused trustee will Chair the Business Development Advisory Group and support the CEO in delivering our Business Development Strategy.
Board Meetings: There are 4 scheduled meetings each year, usually held mid-morning and lasting 2 to 2.5 hours. Each meeting will have associated reading and preparation work. Meetings are usually held remotely on Zoom.
Annual Strategy Meeting: This is usually a full day and held in person in central Bristol.
Committee/Advisory Group Meetings: All trustees will Chair or sit on one of the board committee/advisory groups – the Audit & Risk Committees, Programmes Advisory Group and Business Development Advisory Group. These usually meet up to 4 times each year and are scheduled to fit trustee availability.
Board members will also need to be available to approve decisions electronically between meetings if required.
This is an unpaid volunteer role but all reasonable out of pocket expenses such as travel to meetings will be reimbursed.
We hope that trustees will regard the role as an excellent opportunity to develop their own skills and experience. As well as applying their knowledge and experience to some of the major Sustainable Development Goals.
Interview & Application Process
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview in Bristol. The planned dates for interview are Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th February 2023.
Please let us know any restrictions on your availability for interview in your covering letter.
To apply please send a copy of your current C.V. along with a covering letter which should identify your relevant experience and the expertise you would bring to the role, and why you would like to join us as a trustee.
By email to: [email protected]
Please use the subject line – Trustee [Your Name]
The deadline for applications is 12.00pm (noon) on Monday 15th January 2024.
For an informal discussion, contact Vashti Seth, Chief Executive at [email protected]
Trustee Role Description
Our trustees play a vital role in supporting Deki to achieve its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the Charity. They also ensure that Deki has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. They support and challenge the executive team to develop the solutions that enables Deki and its partners to deliver our mission.
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