Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the oldest women’s organisation in South Africa dealing with adult rape. The organisation began as a volunteer run feminist women’s collective and was compelled by the changing fundraising climate in the mid 1990s to develop into a professionally run organisation moving into 2013 with the pressure to develop a more entrepreneurial focus. Embracing the inevitable tensions between these different demands and responding to the rapidly changing political and economic environment in South Africa presents a challenge.
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has a vision of a South Africa where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors in all its interventions. The organisation's mission is to provide a bridge between survivors and the system so that more survivors report rape, rape incidents decrease, survivors experience reduced secondary trauma within the system and the conviction rate of rapists improves. Rape Crisis plans to achieve this through coordinated action between three main programmes being: counselling (crisis containment and court support directly to survivors), training and awareness programmes to civil society organisations, government partners and community groups and advocating for law reform with partners in the sector.
The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust seeks to appoint two members for its Board of Trustees, based in Observatory, Cape Town.
The members will serve on a voluntary basis. The Board will meet quarterly in Observatory, Cape Town, consisting of seven external Trustees, the Director as a Trustee and three ex-officio members who are the Finance Manager, the Staff Representative and the Volunteer Representative. Members serve a two-year term of office, ex officio members a one-year term and its office bearers are nominated by the Board.
Candidates will be selected in a way to ensure area representation as well as demographic balance, including marginalised groups, at the same time as ensuring that a range of expertise covering the different functions of a Board is represented.
- Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
- Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document;
- Ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects;
- Contribute actively to the Board in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
- Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation;
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation;
- Ensure the financial stability of the organisation;
- Protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds;
- Appoint the Director and monitor his/her performance;
- In addition to the above duties, each Board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, other issues in which the person has special expertise
- Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
- Strategic vision;
- Independent judgement;
- Ability to think creatively;
- Willingness to speak their mind;
- Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee;
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
To apply, submit a CV, and a motivation letter (three pages maximum) with contact details of two current referees to Kathleen Dey, the Director on email@example.com or fax 021 447 5458
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