Board Member - Voluntary position


WaterAid Australia is inviting expressions of interest to fill a vacancy on its Board from August 2018. We are looking for a person with skills and experience in international aid and development, particularly in the areas of gender and WASH, hygiene behaviour change, and water security/climate change.


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid’s mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Everything WaterAid does is shaped by our six values: accountability, collaboration, courage, innovation, integrity, and respect.

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Board of Directors

WaterAid Australia’s Board has ten Directors made up of representatives of the Australian water industry, those with experience in aid and development, and those with specific skills in areas including fundraising, communication and governance.

In addition to attending quarterly Board Meetings, Directors are required to serve on and attend the meetings of one or two of the Board’s Committees. Directors are expected to commit time to studying papers, preparing for and attending meetings, following up on specific tasks with other Directors and liaising with the Chief Executive or other staff at the Chair’s or Chief Executive’s request. In total, this commitment is likely to take 10 to 15 days per year. Directors are also expected to be active advocates of WaterAid’s work.

The term of the appointment is for three years, beginning in August 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a further three years.

Selection criteria

We are seeking candidates with skills and experience in international aid and development, in particular in one or all of the following areas:

  • Gender and WASH
  • Water Security/Climate Change, and
  • Hygiene Behaviour Change.

Candidates must be committed to WaterAid’s vision and work, must understand the challenges of working appropriately and sustainably with partner organisations in our country programs, and must be able to devote the time required of them as a Director.

Previous Board experience is not essential.


Board members work on a pro bono basis and are not entitled to any remuneration for their role as Director. WaterAid Australia will meet or reimburse Directors for any reasonable travel and accommodation expenses incurred as part of that Director performing their duties on behalf of the organisation.

Application process

Applications should be sent to Ms Alexandra Owens, Chair of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee, at [email protected] by 5pm (AEST) on
Monday 16 April 2018.

Applications should include:

  • an Expression of Interest of no more than 2 pages addressing the selection criteria outlined above, and
  • a CV of no more than 4 pages.

All applications will be treated confidentially.

The Governance and Nominations Committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the Board for one or more candidates to be put forward for election at WaterAid Australia’s Annual General Meeting to be held in August 2018.

For further information, please contact Ms Karen Palenzuela, Executive Assistant, WaterAid Australia, on [email protected] or +61 (03) 9001 8231.