Board Non-Executive Director (Human rights and inclusion)
Development Initiatives (DI) is seeking a new Board Member to join us at an exciting time of growth and development.
- Salary scale:Volunteer/unpaid role
- Start date:October 2021
To support the delivery of our new strategy, DI is seeking to recruit a Board Member with expertise and interest in human rights and increasing social and economic inclusion of marginalised groups. The new Board Member will ensure DI’s work embraces human rights principles, and that the organisation puts the needs of those people experiencing the greatest vulnerability and socioeconomic disadvantage at the centre of our work.
DI applies the power of data and evidence to build sustainable solutions.
Our mission is to work closely with partners to ensure data-driven evidence and analysis are used effectively in policy and practice to end poverty, reduce inequality and increase resilience.
While data alone cannot bring about a better world, it is vital to achieving it. Data has the power to unlock insight, shine a light on progress and empower people to increase accountability.
We focus on three core areas to maximise our impact and achieve our mission:
- Strengthen data ecosystems and improve data quality by helping others to collect, share and manage data and use data responsibility and effectively
- Increase use of high-quality, actionable and data-driven analysis that can be used in policy and practice
- Create a culture of data use by growing people’s skills, expertise and confidence in data.
And we support partners to:
- Better respond to people’s needs through improved quality and use of data and evidence in policymaking
- Improve the quantity, quality and coherence of public finance and private investment
- Challenge systemic and structural barriers to equity and support the reform of existing systems.
We work at global, national and local levels, through a global hub connected to a growing network of regional hubs and partners. In the last five years alone our work has covered 78 countries and we currently have staff based in Kenya, Uganda, the US and the UK.
The Board provides strategic oversight and guidance to ensure DI delivers on our aims. The Board meets four times a year – twice in person and twice virtually. An annual cycle of meetings is set two years in advance. As we would like to bring more diverse thinking and experience to our Board, we are not seeking solely candidates with experience working in international development.
Board Members have a shared responsibility for directing DI’s affairs and for using their leadership skills, expertise and experience to ensure that the organisation is well-run and efficient, solvent, delivers on our mission and complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. Their strategic guidance, expertise and advice helps DI achieve our strategic objectives. They support strategic development and financial planning, make certain DI continues to grow as a leader in the field of data analytics for sustainable development, and provide appropriate governance and oversight for the smooth running of the organisation.
Board Members are expected to attend each board meeting and to spend time reading the board papers thoroughly before each meeting. Board members are volunteers and reimbursed only for out-of-pocket expenses such as travel.
Who we are looking for
Data systems and data analysis are rapidly changing. To support delivery of our new strategy, DI is seeking to recruit a Board Member with expertise and interest in human rights and increasing the social and economic inclusion of marginalised groups. Ideally we are seeking candidates who have direct experience working with marginalised groups. As a Board Member with a focus on human rights and inclusion, will be able to ensure all our work embraces human rights principles, and that DI puts the needs of those people facing the greatest vulnerability and socioeconomic disadvantage at the centre of our work.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and want a Board that is as diverse by sector, geographic location and experience as it is by ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.
To discuss the role please contact Sue Wardell, Board Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you're ready to apply, please submit your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in joining DI to HR@devinit.org with the subject header 'BOARD CONFIDENTIAL'.
We are aiming to have new Board Members selected to join by November 2021 and hope to undertake virtual interviews in early October.
We look forward to hearing from you.