Hub Cymru Africa Seeks Chair of Partnership Board

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Hub Cymru Africa Seeks Chair of Partnership Board

Categories: NewsPublished On: 21st February, 202327.8 min read

Hub Cymru Africa is seeking an Independent Chair to join its Partnership Board

Hub Cymru Africa is Wales’ leading international development and global solidarity organisation. We were formed in April 2015 to bring together the work of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Fair Trade Wales, the Wales and Africa Health Links Network and the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel. We support organisations across Wales to build sustainable links and projects in partnership with organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Last year, we started a new strategy, building on what we learned over the previous seven years. We went through a collective process to articulate what’s important and what we want to achieve next. This year, we are embedding our new strategy, and looking for opportunities to realise our ambitions. We are a small and motivated partnership, so we need someone who can commit both time and energy to a unique role. You will work with the Head of Partnership and the Partnership Board, made up of representatives from all of our partners.

Currently, the partnership board comprises of two trustees from each participating organisation and is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of a programme of activities in support of international development initiatives in Wales. The working of the board is outlined in a detailed partnership agreement document signed by all parties. In particular, the partnership agreement outlines the specific functions of the Chair to:

  • Ensure that the Board carries out its responsibilities
  • Represent the Board where needed for any discussions with the Welsh Government, WCIA Board of Trustees or other official business
  • Convene and chair the Board’s meetings
  • Adjudicate where requested in disputes between Partners
  • Line Management of the Head of Partnership

Alongside the specific functions of the chair, there is a skills and knowledge set that we believe are needed to ensure the Chair is able to help us deliver our Vision, Mission and Strategy.

Person Specification
E = essential; D = desirable

  • Knowledge of international affairs or locally led development (E)
  • Knowledge of the third sector in Wales (D)
  • A strong commitment to race equality and anti-racist practice (E)
  • Proven leadership skills including significant experience of working with Boards (E)
  • Brokering/negotiation skills (E)
  • Proven experience of working with complex organisations with multiple funders (E)
  • Ability to dedicate time, enthusiasm and energy in support of the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership, including attending events and conferences in addition to the workings of the board. (E)
  • Ability to clearly and confidently represent the partnership in public (E)
  • Experience of managing direct reports (E)

Due to the independent nature of this position, the Partnership Board is not able to consider applications from people who have been staff or trustees of any of the partner organisations listed above within the last 2 years, or from groups receiving funding from any of these organisations. The person is also required to be independent of Welsh Government as the principle donor to the Partnership.

Applicants interested in this position should provide a CV and Cover letter outlining why they are applying for the role and using the person specification outline the skills that they will bring. These should be sent to cathiejackson@hubcymruafrica.org.uk by 31 March 2023. Depending on the number of applicants, candidates will be informed if they have been shortlisted on 12 April, with interviews taking place online on 17 & 18 April.

We welcome applications from black and racialised candidates, in particular those who identify as part of the African diaspora living in Wales.

To discuss the role please contact Cathie, who will be able to arrange a convenient time for you to speak to either Claire O’Shea, Head of Partnership or a previous post holder.