Treasurer and Fundraising Trustees for CHRI UK Executive Committee


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) London office is seeking motivated and experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. As Trustee, you would work closely with the Head of London Office, liaising through her with staff of CHRI in London, Delhi and the Executive Committee (EC) Chair. Person specifications and key roles and responsibilities are as follows:

Trustee (Treasurer post):

As Treasurer of CHRI UK, you will have strong financial background and experience, preferably working in the NGO sector.

The Treasurer will:

  • develop, implement and lead CHRI’s financial management systems following receipt of ringfenced grants
  • set up and maintain a financial management system that enables the organisation to:
  • maintain accurate records of expenses and invoices
  • accurately track expenditures against specific grants received
  • monitor available cash and manages cash flow
  • make payments for staff expenses promptly and ensure receipt by payee
  • receive and bank cheques promptly
  • Prepares interim accounts for the Executive Committee meetings and final accounts for AGM approval
  • manage CHRI’s bank account, initiating payments
  • ensure banking arrangements are fit for purpose and efficient
  • report to the Companies House and Charity Commission, as required
  • lead on financial planning activities, including providing a summary of cashflow, anticipated amounts receivable and commitments, preparing detailed annual forecast of income and expenditure for EC approval in coordination with CHRI HQ.
  • assist the Head of Office in providing financial reports required by donors for reporting purposes.
  • provide information to appointed accountants, to ensure timely reporting.

Trustee (fundraising background):

As Trustee of CHRI UK, you will have organisational leadership experience, particularly in fundraising from institutional and individual donors, preferably within the non-profit sector.

As Trustee you will:

  • contribute to the development and monitoring of a fundraising strategy, ensuring fundraising methods are aligned with targets
  • develop a due diligence process for fundraising
  • identify potential sources of funds for CHRI
  • support the development of concept notes and proposals for funding
  • assist in establishing and maintaining donor relationships
  • link CHRI UK with prospective supporters, relevant personal contacts, attend and/or speak at fundraising events.

General requirements and responsibilities for Trustee posts:

Our ideal Trustees will:  

  • have an understanding of working internationally for a small non-profit and a passionate commitment to CHRI’s purpose to realise human rights throughout the Commonwealth.
  • have the ability to think creatively and strategically, and to exercise good, independent judgement
  • be an ambassador for CHRI and for our work
  • help shape to the strategic direction of CHRI
  • support the income generation and outward facing activities of the organisation

About CHRI

CHRI is an international, independent, non-governmental organisation working for the practical realization of human rights through research, advocacy and mobilization since 1987. Head quartered in New Delhi, it also has offices in London and Accra. While CHRI has 50 staff working internationally, the office in London currently has the full time equivalent of three staff and a number of interns. CHRI focuses on the intersection of human rights, transparency and good governance, with programmes on access to justice, access to information, eradicating contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, media freedoms, and building the capacity of small States to access UN human rights mechanisms. CHRI UK leads research and advocacy work on SDG Target 8.7 and founded a member-driven network of local, grassroots NGOs aimed to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking.

For more information please see our website: www.humanrightsinitiative.org

Application and Contact

To express your interest please forward your CV and a covering letter to london@humanrightsinitiative.org, with Trustee Application in the subject line, by Monday 23 March 2020. Please indicate:

  • Your interest and experience in human rights, referring to any relevant experience relating to the person specifications above
  • Any experience you have in governance in a charity, private or public body
  • Which of the above trustee posts you are interested in.

To enable us to maintain diversity on the Executive Committee, we would particularly welcome applications from LBGT and/or minority groups.