Nanga Organization Voluntary Board Member Opening in Kenya

Nanga Organization is a registered Non-Government Organisation in Kenya, registered by the NGO Coordination Board. Our mission is “To work with impoverished communities in sustainable ways to kickstart the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.

This is achieved through four pillars:- Nanga values openness, transparency and equality in all its dealings with the local communities we serve and partners we work alongside. Our values are openness, transparency and equality. Nanga founded and operates Olturoto Children’s Village (OCV) as
one of its projects in Kenya.

OLTUROTO CHILDRENS VILLAGE

Olturoto Children’s Village (OCV) is a children’s home established in Isinya, Kajiado County in Kenya with the aim of providing transitional, family-based, quality, alternative care to orphaned and vulnerable children. OCV was officially opened on 26th June 2014 and is a duly registered Charitable Children’s Institution (CCI).

The ultimate goal of all activities at OCV is to provide a conducive environment in which the children can develop/regain positive self-concepts. OCV provides transitional, family-based, quality, alternative care to orphaned and vulnerable children in need of rescue from abuse, neglect, abandonment and FGM/early marriage.

Our four programme areas: –

  • Child Protection
  • Empowerment & Sustainability
  • Advocacy & Legal Aid
  • Community Projects

THE OPPORTUNITY

Nanga Organization is seeking a qualified and highly experienced individual from the Maa community in Kajiado with good moral standing to join its Board of Trustees on an advisory basis with the overarching aim of ensuring the organizational goals and objectives are achieved.

The qualified individual would be expected to participate in all board activities and inject their wealth of experience, engage their professional and social networks and commit their time for the betterment and improvement of the organization. The individual should also command high respect and demonstrate their ability to work effectively within the Maa community in Kajiado.

This position is purely on a VOLUNTARY basis and is non-paying.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The ideal candidate shall be expected to carry out the following duties and responsibilities along with the Co-Trustees led by the Chair of the Board.

1. ENSURE THE ORGANIZATION IS CARRYING OUT ITS PURPOSES FOR THE CHILDREN’S BENEFIT

The Trustee should: –

  • Ensure they understand the organization’s purposes as set out in its governing policies
  • Participate in strategic planning processes and oversee execution of goals
  • Be able to explain how all of the organization’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes
  • Understand how the organization benefits the public and children in particular by carrying out its purposes

2. COMPLIANCE WITH THE ORGANIZATION’S GOVERNING POLICIES AND THE LAW

The trustee should: –

  • Ensure that the organization complies with its governing policies
  • Ensure the organization complies with all laws pertaining its work and all other applicable laws and statutory requirements.
  • Safeguard the children at all times by ensuring application of the child protection policies in all organizational activities

3. ACT IN THE ORGANIZATION’S BEST INTERESTS

The Trustee should: –

  • Along with the co-trustees, make decisions that will enable the organization to carry out its purposes
  • Make balanced and adequately informed decisions in consideration of both long-term and short term objectives
  • Avoid putting all forms of personal conflict of interest that would interfere with duties or loyalty to the organization
  • Not receive any financial benefit from the organization unless it’s properly authorised and is clearly in the organization’s interests

The Trustee must always ensure that all his/her actions and decisions are undertaken in the best interest of the children and that the agreed upon code of ethics is adhered to.

4. MANAGE THE ORGANIZATION’S RESOURCES RESPONSIBLY

The Trustee should: –

  • Make sure the organization’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes
  • Not take inappropriate risks with the organization’s assets or reputation
  • Not over-commit the organization
  • Take special care when investing or borrowing
  • Comply with any restrictions on spending funds

5. ACT WITH REASONABLE CARE AND SKILL

The Trustee should: –

  • Use reasonable care and skill, making use of their skills and experience and taking appropriate advice when necessary
  • Give enough time, thought and energy to their role by preparing for, attending and actively participating in all trustees’ meetings

6. ENSURE THE ORGANIZATION IS ACCOUNTABLE

The Trustee should: –

  • Be able to demonstrate that the organization is complying with the law, well run and effective
  • Ensure appropriate accountability to stakeholders, donors and other parties of interest
  • Ensure accountability within the organization amongst the management team, staff and volunteers

7. PARTICIPATE IN DECISION MAKING

The Trustee shall participate in the decision making processes of the organization whilst ensuring that they: –

  • act within their powers
  • act in good faith, and only in the interests of the organization
  • make sure they are sufficiently informed, taking any advice needed
  • take account of all relevant factors they are aware of
  • ignore any irrelevant factors
  • deal with conflicts of interest and loyalty
  • make decisions that are within the range of decisions that a reasonable trustee body could make in the circumstances

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated passion and deep concern for children and their well being
  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a social science. Masters and above will be an additional advantage
  • Possess at least 10 years & above working experience in the development world for a medium to large sized international or local NGO
  • Be at least 40 years and above of age
  • Previous board experience will be an added advantage

OTHER ATTRIBUTES

  • Ability to work cooperatively and demonstrate personal commitment to the organisation’s mission
  • Sense of humour
  • Ability and willingness to donate (money/time/expertise/contacts/influence)
  • Good command of the maa language

COMMITMENT

The Trustee will be expected to: –

  • Attend a 2 hour board meeting each month. Two out of every three meetings in Nairobi, one on site at OCV in Olturoto and attend at least 3 formal events at OCV each year.
  • Chair or co-Chair monthly committee meetings as per assigned oversight role.
  • Support fundraising activities of OCV: if not through personal contributions, through providing access to contacts and influencers.
  • Provide guidance to management team on community involvement/interactions, particularly around the structure of outreach programs to ensure they maximise community participation
  • Support in the promotion of Maa participation in OCV recruitment and community activities

Application Process

Letters of interest and CVs should be sent to info@olturotochildrensvillage.org and be addressed to: –

Chair of the Board, Nanga Organization.
P. O. Box 479 – 00242,
KITENGELA




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