• tillyhumphreys

Trustee - International Development Experience

Classroom Malawi's mission is to provide a safe and suitable learning environment for the children of Malawi which improves attendance, academic performance and aspiration – ultimately offering a sustainable route out of poverty. In partnership and consultation with the Malawi Ministry of Education, local communities in Malawi and partners here in Scotland, they work with priority schools in Malawi to provide young people with the opportunity to attend school in a safe, clean and friendly learning environment.

Role overview

We are looking for someone with extensive experience of working in International Development to provide strategic guidance particularly in relation to our School Development Programme in Malawi. We are about to embark on a new three-year plan to the end of 2023 which requires for the charity to expand its reach and activities to enable many more children in Malawi to achieve improved education attainment levels. The trustee will have a good understanding of the role CSO’s provide in bringing about change for the lives of people living in poverty.


  • Oversee the strategic direction of our Schools Development Programme in Malawi to ensure the charity meets its purpose.

  • Contribute sound knowledge of the international development sector, tools, methods and approaches.

  • Support the development and implementation of a new MEL framework at Classrooms for Malawi to measure our impact and enable future growth.

  • Network on behalf of Classrooms for Malawi to establish relevant partners within the sector, with the aim to expand our existing work and secure potential new projects and funding.

  • Take an active interest in international development ethics and safeguarding.

  • Oversee relevant risks, as appropriate, with a focus on safety and security.

  • Provide support to the CEO and board of trustees to establish Classrooms for Malawi as a registered NGO in Malawi.

Qualities – essential

  • Professional experience in International Development or a similar field, including knowledge of community-led projects.

  • Passionate about addressing global issues.

  • The ability to provide valuable oversight and strategic judgement, and address complex issues collaboratively.

  • A deep commitment to social impact and sustainable development.

Qualities – desirable

  • Knowledge of education, Malawi NGOs or construction in Malawi.

  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating programme work and impact measurement.

  • Knowledge of safety and security in insecure environments.

  • Relevant experience of living or working in Malawi or the Global South.


  • Role: Trustee – International Development. In addition to the specific responsibilities stated, you will assume all the usual duties of a trustee as stated in our Trustee Manual.

  • Volunteer: Trustees are volunteers. The role is not accompanied by any payment, however reasonable expenses may be claimed e.g., local travel.

  • Time: 3 fixed term post. Review after 1 year. Estimated 2-3 days per month, including attending quarterly board meetings, please note however that meetings are currently held monthly online. Location: We are based usually in Glasgow however remote applications are welcome.

  • Diversity: Classrooms for Malawi would like to increase the diversity of its board of trustees, and particularly welcomes applications from women, people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and from those representing our beneficiaries in Malawi.

How to apply

Application is by CV and supporting statement (of no more than one side of A4) outlining the reasons for your interest in the role. Please send your application by email to the Chairman, James Kelly, at info@classroomsformalawi.org. For an informal discussion about the role please email the above address.

Application deadline: 15th January 2021


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