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Trustee with Communications, Marketing and/or Public Affairs experience

Sightsavers Ireland is part of the Sightsavers Global network operating in almost 30 countries globally. Sightsavers Ireland is an independent organisation with its own Board and a full-time team of approx. 10 people. Sightsavers work with local, regional, national, and international partners and governments. With their help, we distribute treatments to prevent neglected tropical diseases, carry out eye operations, advocate for disability rights and improve health services to create sustainable development projects. See

Our vision is of a world where avoidable blindness is eliminated, and people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else.

The Role:

Sightsavers Ireland is seeking a Trustee to join the Board of Directors. The Board has up to nine trustees. We are seeking a trustee with a keen interest in or knowledge of overseas development issues. Candidates with the following credentials are particularly welcome to apply:

  • A broad Communications and/or Marketing background.
  • Experience in advocacy or public affairs and / or government or public service experience.

If you have experience in one of these areas (both would be a bonus) and want to play a key role in advocating for disability rights and improved health services, we are keen to hear from you.  Responsibilities will include the following. 

General duties of Charity Trustee:

•Provide appropriate governance and oversight of the organisation and its activities

•Ensure the organisation adheres to its mission, vision, and strategic goals

•Ensure the charity is fulfilling its charitable purpose in line with its Constitution, and in realising its strategic goals

•Act independently and with the organisation’s best interests in mind

•Ensure appropriate systems and processes are in place to safeguard the management of the organisations assets

•Prepare for and attendance at board and sub-committee meetings

•Provide the Board with relevant expertise in accordance with your experience on matters under consideration, or as they arise

•Act as a sounding board to the senior management of the organisation in relation to relevant matters

Desirable skills

•A current or former professional who has significant experience working with organisations at a senior level in the Communication and Marketing sectors or in Advocacy and Public Affairs or governmental matters.

•Knowledge of the charity and International Development landscape would be an advantage

•Experience with organisational transformation and innovation would be an advantage

•Understanding of / experience in charitable giving and the operational aspects of a not for profit.

Board Meetings: 

The Board meet approximately five times per year. Meetings are currently online. The appointed candidate will also likely be asked to join a committee.



Trustee with Communications, Marketing and/or Public Affairs experience

Published on 08.04.2021

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