About the organisation
Kids Club Kampala (KCK) is a UK charity helping vulnerable kids in the slums of Uganda to survive and thrive. Providing for both their immediate needs and strengthening their futures through educating, feeding, protecting and skilling. Our vision is to see lives transformed, communities empowered and poverty reduced throughout Uganda.
Over the last 13 years we have provided 45 million meals to hungry children and families; free education for 1,000 children; counselling for 3,000 vulnerable young people; vital income generation skills training for 850 individuals; rescued 155 children from abandonment and abuse; reunited 83 children with loving families; and supported over 300,000 people across all our projects so far.
We work in partnership with our team in Uganda who passionately lead and implement our projects which are a life line to some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Kampala’s slums are notorious for drug and alcohol abuse, violent crime, overcrowding, poor sanitation, insufficient shelter and food insecurity. Many children have been orphaned, neglected or simply abandoned as a result of abject poverty. We are passionate about protecting and empowering these children, letting them know they are loved and helping them to overcome their situations of poverty
About the role
We have grown significantly in recent years, both in impact and income. We are at an exciting stage of our organisational development, and we have a unique opportunity for a committed and passionate individual to join our ambitious and friendly team to help drive the charity forward.
The role of the Treasurer is to oversee the financial health of the charity and ensure the financial literacy of the organisation at Board level. Working closely with the Head of Finance and the CEO, the Treasurer will advise on all financial matters including regulatory compliance. They will lead the Board of Trustees on financial strategy, planning, risk management and reporting.
We want to help as many children and families in Kampala’s slums as possible and aren’t afraid to be ambitious in what we aim to achieve. To do so we are looking to increase our annual income to £1 million within the next 2-3 years and are looking for trustees who will help us to do this. The organization is in good financial shape, and we have a committed and hardworking team. However, the impact of Covid-19, the cost-of-living crisis and now the devaluation of the pound are our biggest risks and causes for concern. We know this will require ongoing adaptability, resourcefulness, and creativity to face these challenges ahead.
The Treasurer will play an important role in informing and shaping our strategy in this area, and guiding the organization to succeed. This is a great opportunity to make your mark with a charity that has ambitious plans to scale up further to ensure that all children in Kampala’s slums have the opportunity to both survive and to thrive.
Time commitment: Approximately 2 days per month commitment. This includes preparation and follow up for trustee meetings, and contributing to work between meetings by participating in a sub-committee or working group, or by using your professional skills in some way to help advance the aims of the organization. This may also include ad-hoc meetings with the Head of Finance and the CEO to discuss the financial performance and management of the organisation, as required
Trustee meetings: Trustees meet as a Board 6 times per year, with the vast majority of these meetings taking place virtually. Occasional trustee committee meetings are held additionally to this, also held virtually. Meetings are approximately 2 hours long and generally take place on a Monday evening. Once a year the trustees meet in person for strategy planning, generally in the autumn, which is a whole day meeting and tends to take place in the Midlands.
Duration of commitment: The Treasurer will be appointed to serve for a fixed term which is normally 3 years. When the term expiries, the Treasurer will have the option to stand again for re-election if they choose to. All trustees including the Treasurer can serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms (9 years in total).
Our ideal candidate
- Professional accountancy experience, ideally in a charity context
- Good communication skills including the ability to translate and explain financial information to non-finance colleagues and stakeholders
- Familiar with audits and budget preparations
- Self- management, motivation and the ability to work remotely
- A willingness, energy and ability to give the time and commitment needed
- An ability to work effectively as part of a team
- An understanding of the duties and responsibilities that trustees have
- Ability to think strategically, innovatively and creatively
- Good, independent judgment
- Good organizational skills and attention to detail
- Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
- Committed to understanding and supporting our vision, values and ethos
- Passion for making a difference for vulnerable children
- Experience using Xero accounting software
- Thorough understanding of the charities SORP
- Knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector
- Previous (or current) experience as a charity treasurer or trustee
- Being sympathetic to and understanding of the Christian ethos and values of the organization
- An understanding and knowledge of Ugandan culture, customs and people
- Previous fundraising experience
- Experience and/or interest in international development
- Experience and/or interest in supporting vulnerable children and young people
- Management experience in the public, private or voluntary sector
What’s in it for you
What we can offer you:
- An opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world
- Full trustee induction and comprehensive onboarding process
- Support and guidance from a current trustee ‘buddy’
- Access to trustee training
- Personal development and learning opportunities
- Opportunity to travel to Uganda to see our work in action
- Wellbeing support plan
- Access to coaching sessions, including a StrengthsFinder assessment
- Ability to work flexibly and to attend trustee meetings remotely from the comfort of your own home
- Being part of a friendly, supportive, collaborative team
- A chance to contribute to the future direction and sustainability of our vital work
- A chance to maintain and broaden key skills whilst undertaking rewarding work
- An opportunity to put your expertise to good use
- All reasonable travel expenses covered
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