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Member of the Board, Amnesty International Ireland **Experienced Accountant**

About Amnesty:

Amnesty International works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As a global movement of over 7 million people, Amnesty is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. In 1977, Amnesty received the Nobel Peace Prize for its life-saving work.

In Ireland, our 20,0000 members and supporters campaign on issues like reproductive rights, ending torture and protecting migrant & refugee rights, among others. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. We are funded by our members and supporters.

  • We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever human rights abuses happen.
  • We lobby governments and other powerful groups to make sure they respect international law.
  • We mobilise millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of human rights activists
  • We support people to claim their rights through education and training.

We are looking for an experienced accountant  to join the Board of the Irish section of Amnesty International and work alongside our Honorary Treasurer.

The role:

We are looking for an experienced accountant  that can think strategically, is able to analyse complex information, and contribute to top level decision making, whilst adhering to the principles of good governance. The role involves:

  • working with Amnesty’s senior management, the Honorary Treasurer and the Board to provide financial leadership and governance, ensuring Amnesty International Ireland sets priorities and strategies that are consistent with both its aims and objectives as well as the standards and processes set by the international organisation;
  • monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of these priorities and strategies;
  • reviewing and approving financial plans and the monitoring of income and expenditure, to ensure that Amnesty International Ireland is in good financial health;
  • providing oversight and advice on the annual audit process and engagement with our auditors when required; and
  • providing advice and guidance on general finance, audit, risk and control matters.

What is involved?

  • The Board meets 6 times a year, every two months. Board papers are circulated at least a week in advance. Meetings of approximately 2 – 2.5 hours take place in the Fleet Street offices in Dublin 2. Dial in details are circulated to those who cannot attend in person.  In the current Covid-19 environment, meetings take place via Zoom.
  • There is also a Finance and Risk subcommittee which collaborates on specific finance risk and control issues as well as external audit.
  • In addition, our annual conference takes place in March every year at which the Honorary Treasurer presents an overview of the company budget and finances to our membership.
  • Time commitment is estimated at roughly 4 hours per month although this varies depending on the date of Board meetings and also the timing of the annual audit process.

Given Amnesty’s aims, you could make a positive difference to both human rights in Ireland as well as the lives of millions around the globe.

About us:

Amnesty International Irish Section is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered with the Companies Registration Office, CRO number 432452. It is committed to the highest standards of governance, transparency and accountability. Each year it publishes its audited accounts.

Although not a charity, it is an approved body that works as an eligible charity under section 209 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. This section applies to an organisation which is a body for the promotion of the observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

In addition, it is committed to the governance standards set out in The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. It is also committed to achieving the standards outlined for best practice in the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the public.

For more information, see www.amnesty.ie

Member of the Board, Amnesty International Ireland **Experienced Accountant**

Published on 28.02.2021

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