The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC - a UK registered not-for-profit company) is seeking to appoint a UK-based member of the Board of Directors to take up position in June 2018 and who will be available to attend the next face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors in Bangkok, Thailand from the 9th – 12th July 2018. This is an unpaid, volunteer, non-executive position. Please find, below, the person specification for this position.

IDPC is a global network of over 170 civil society organisations from over 60 countries. IDPC members come together to promote objective and open debate on the effectiveness, direction and content of drug policies at the national and international level, and to support evidence-based policies that are effective at reducing drug-related harm. Our advocacy positions are based five core policy principles that prioritise human rights, civil society engagement and reducing the harmful consequences of the drug market, rather than on reducing its scale.

The Board is responsible for the oversight of finances, management and performance of IDPC’s small but dynamic secretariat (based in London and Bangkok). In return for these responsibilities, the new Director would be joining the Board of a highly visible, diverse and growing network with a motivated, effective and committed staff team at the secretariat. IDPC has developed strong financial and administrative systems and processes since it became an independent legal entity in 2011. This new position is expected to strengthen the Board’s capacity through bringing senior level experience of financial management (ideally in relation to not-for-profit sector finance). The relevant skills and experience might be found, for example, in a person who is a qualified accountant or who has undertaken a finance role within a charity or other third sector organisation.

The Board meets quarterly, with three out of four meetings being held by conference call and one annual face-to-face meeting which also serves as the Annual General Meeting. All meetings and documentation are in English only. Meetings of the Directors, and all documentation and communication, are in English. Good telephone and internet access is essential. Directors are also expected to be available to provide advice and comments between meetings.  

Interested individuals should send a CV and a short cover letter outlining why they are interested in joining the Board of IDPC, highlighting their relevant skills and experience for the Board position based on the attached person specification. These expressions of interest must be sent to Samantha Singh (ssingh@idpc.net) by no later than Friday 18th May, 2018.