Part-Time International Board Member (2589)
Closing Date:2 May 2019
Directorate:International Board and Global Governance
Location:Home (not office based)
- Can the exceptional skills and experience you’ve gained in your life and career help change the world?
- Are you keen to contribute to decisions that impact a cause you believe in?
- Do you want to make a difference to human rights around the globe?
- Read on to find out how you can help lead and drive the Amnesty International movement worldwide.
We are looking for expressions of interest from highly-qualified and motivated individuals with the required competencies and personal qualities needed to strengthen our International Board.
The International Board provides guidance and leadership to the Amnesty International movement worldwide. Ours is an active organisation made up of dedicated and inspiring volunteers drawn from all walks of life who bring a wealth of professional expertise and experience to the organization and are passionate about defending human rights. Leaders on the International Board play a vital role in helping to advance and achieve Amnesty International’s shared vision of a world in which every person can enjoy freedom, equality and justice.
International Board members are elected to office for a three-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms by the Global Assembly, Amnesty International’s highest governance entity. If successful, you will join a team of International Board members who meet approximately four times per year, as well as attend some of the movement’s key international meetings.
Most of the International Board’s work is undertaken remotely. For a detailed role and person description please view the attachment at the top of the page. The role of International Board member is not paid, although expenses for travel will be reimbursed.
To find out more about the work of the International Board please click here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/about-us/international-board/
All members of the International Board are collectively responsible for the fulfilment of Amnesty International’s mission and vision and for ensuring compliance with its global policies and standards.
They are also responsible for hiring and evaluating the performance of the Secretary General, providing oversight of the International Secretariat’s operations and exercising fiduciary oversight of the budget.
Upon election, International Board members become Directors of AI Limited, a UK Company limited by guarantee, registered in England. Anyone accepting this role must therefore agree to, and be fully aware of, their legal duties and statutory responsibilities that go with this appointment.
Key governance responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Ensuring that Amnesty International complies with its governing documents (the Articles of Association), UK company law, charity law, the Amnesty International Statute any other relevant legislation or regulations
- Providing high-quality, independent fiduciary oversight of Amnesty International’s financial resources
- Responsible for strategic leadership, accountability for managing institutional risks, whether financial, operational, reputational, environmental, sector-related, or legal
- Ensuring transparency and accountability and actively holding International Secretariat management to account for delivering the organization’s strategic goals
- Appointing and supporting the Secretary General and monitoring their performance
- Acting as a responsible employer. Ensuring there are appropriate policies and procedures in place to care for the welfare of International Secretariat staff, including setting safeguarding policy across the organisation
- Reviewing organizational health indicators and performance information
In addition to their collective role as Directors and Members of AIL, International Board Members are expected to:
- Safeguard the name, values and reputation of Amnesty International and act in the best interests of Amnesty International, avoiding and declaring potential conflicts of interests
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in International Board meetings
- Commit time participating fully in one or more committees and attending ad hoc events such as section Annual General Meetings, Regional Forums, Committee meetings and the Global Assembly.
- Adhere to global principles of good governance and Amnesty International’s own International Board Working Rules and Code of Conduct.
You should be able to demonstrate relevant experience and competencies in one or two of the following areas:
- Leadership, vision, strategy and change
- Growth and activism
- Human rights
- Global awareness
- Movement awareness
- Global governance
- Human resources/ organization development
Moreover, from the moment you join us you will uphold the integrity of the organization and voluntarily commit to a code of professional conduct and the highest standards of Board leadership and excellence in governance.
You will have a good understanding of, and experience in, governance and possess the sound judgement needed to enable effective decision-making. You are adept at listening to others and able to build relationships with people based on trust and respect.
You have a good awareness of risk and know how to instil in others the confidence to act and drive the change that is necessary. Once elected, you will provide the leadership that will enable Amnesty International to fulfil its mandate and carry out its work.
Our diversity is one of our biggest assets. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, physical ability, faith or other elements of identity or background from all around the world. The official working language of the International Board is English. The ability to work in other languages – especially French and Spanish – in addition to a fluent command of English is highly desirable.
Candidates with relevant experience external to Amnesty International are especially encouraged to apply.
To encourage geographical diversity, Amnesty International’s Statute states that there cannot be more than one elected member from any country on the International Board. There are currently Board members from Canada, Ghana, Peru and the UK whose terms expire in 2021. Interested individuals resident in and/ or a member of sections in any of these four countries are thus not eligible to apply and cannot be considered as part of the application process this year.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:
- more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
Our aim is simple:
- We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen.
- We lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.
- By telling the powerful stories of the people we work with, we mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline.
- We support people to claim their rights through education and training.
ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS PROCESS
If you believe you possess the skills and traits that will make you succeed in this role let us know, you may be recommended for nomination for election. The deadline for the next round of nominations is 2nd May 2019. Members of the International Board will be elected at the Global Assembly in August 2019.
ALL candidates are required to complete a nominations form which must be submitted by the deadline by an Amnesty International nominating entity, or in exceptional circumstances the International Nominations Committee (INC). A list of country offices can be found here.
Nominations can also be submitted to the INC at any time during the year. The INC can help to facilitate contact between suitable applicants and nominating Amnesty International entities. For more information about the nominations process please contact email@example.com.
Please note that to be eligible for election, all candidates must have joined Amnesty International by the first day of the Global Assembly meeting.
- Please submit your expression of interest for this International Board role online at https://careers.amnesty.org/
Closing date for receipt of application is 2nd May 2019.
Amnesty International is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.