The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global not-for-profit organisation registered in the UK and the Netherlands, with offices in Ghana and Thailand, is seeking to appoint a new member to our Board of Directors, to take up the position by July 2021.

The new Director will join the organisation at an exciting time following the launch of our new Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2023. This is an unpaid, volunteer, non-executive position. The ability to communicate and work in English is essential (as this is the working language of the Board) as is the ability to participate in discussions and meetings online.

Please find, below, the Role Descripton.

For the current vacancy, the following skills/experience, at a senior level, are highly desirable. Senior level will be broadly indicated by having worked professionally or at senior management level in business, the public sector or the third sector:

  • Fundraising and donor engagement (especially for international development and/or policy advocacy work). Relevant experience would include either successful fundraising for an international NGO and/or strong experience or contacts with grant-making bodies such as a donor agency or philanthropic foundation.

It would be desirable for the post holder to also have one or more of the following areas of skill/experience:

  • Change/project management to support the organisation as IDPC seeks to strengthen operations within the EU via the newly set up foundation in the Netherlands.
  • Experience of working with international organisations and/or international civil society networks.
  • Experience and/or demonstrable understanding of policy advocacy work as it relates to drug policy reform and ensuring respect for human rights.
  • Experience as a member of a management committee or a governing body (for example, as a charity trustee, a company director, or a member of a public sector board); or helping to run a voluntary organisation.  

For the current vacancy, IDPC strongly encourages applications from the Global South, and from communities impacted by the 'war on drugs'. Applications are welcome from existing IDPC members and individuals from outside of the network.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A commitment to IDPC’s Policy Principles.
  • Skill or experience in strategic planning, setting targets, and monitoring and evaluating performance.
  • Good organisational and communication (oral and written) skills in English.

Board meetings are generally held four times a year (every quarter) with meetings taking place via video call. If budget permits, there is usually one face-to-face meeting that takes place in July each year.

The term of appointment for a Director is three years. All Directors are eligible for reappointment for one further three-year term of office.

Applicants must satisfy the criteria as per the statement of eligibility attached.

Interested individuals should send a CV and a short cover letter outlining why they are interested in joining the Board of IDPC, and highlighting their relevant skills and experience for the Board position.

These expressions of interest must be sent to IDPC Team Assistant, Daisy Bowdery ( by no later than Friday, 20 April 2021 (23:55 London time).