We Are Seeking New Trustees!

Policy Centre for African Peoples is a dynamic and innovative charity driven by the belief that education is the best tool disadvantaged people can have to improve their lives. We are seeking 2-4 Trustees who are passionate about using education, leadership development and social engagement as catalysts for personal and collective improvement.

We are transitioning from a volunteer-run organisation to a charity with a growing team of paid staff. We are, therefore, eager to attract Trustees with the ability to:

  • Oversee the policies and procedures that will enable us to build a solid transparency and accountability foundation;
  • And/ or the fundraising skills that will provide us with the financial means necessary to sustain our long-term growth.

We are seeking candidates with the following competencies:

  • Commitment to our mission to improve disadvantaged people’s lives through education;
  • Enthusiasm about contributing to the development and management of a small charity;
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking;
  • Ability to identify opportunities and detect potential risks or challenges;
  • And willingness to devote the necessary time and efforts to their duties.

We would particularly welcome applications from candidates with one or more of the following experiences:

Desirable – Experience of fundraising from trusts and foundations or individual donors for a charity;

Desirable – Recent (or current) experience of education or community engagement;

Desirable – Experience at management level in a charity.

The commitment required is up to 4 hours per month, including quarterly meetings, usually in central London.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to our Director: sbradwell[@]policycap.org by 20th March 2020.

For an informal chat or to discuss what being a Trustee for us involves, please e-mail info@policycap.org  to arrange a call with our Director.

Benefits

We are a welcoming, dedicated and fast-growing team that is making a very positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK through education. Working with us is a uniquely rewarding experience, filled with exciting challenges, innovative thinking and laughter.

We will offer you:

  • A values-led culture that will enable you to thrive as a Trustee;
  • Many opportunities for growth and development;
  • Flexible and remote working – you will be in total control of when and how you work as a Trustee.

Vacancy -Project Outreach Coordinator

Charity: Policy Centre for African Peoples Location: Lambeth
Part-time: 8 hours a week Duration: 3 years
Salary: Above London living wage, £13 per hour Start date: 29 Jan. 2020
Reports to: Project Director
Application deadline: 21st January 2020 Interviews: 23rd and 24th Jan

About us
Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) is a charity working to enable disadvantaged people to improve their lives through education. www.policycap.org

Project Role
BEFit4Life is a Young Londoners Fund 3-year project to support 150 young people aged 16-21 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or who are at risk of becoming NEET and getting involved in crime in the boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth and Barking. The project, delivered by PCAP, Business Launchpad and Generation Success, offers a holistic support package of business support, advice and opportunities for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and an introduction to healthy lifestyles through innovative fitness, motivational and personal development programmes.

Key Responsibilities:
A dynamic person is needed to assist Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) in co-ordinating the BEFit4Life activities, reaching out to young participants, and keeping them engaged in the programme. Key responsibilities include:

• Liaising with the various project partners and stakeholders;
• Assisting the project director with the monitoring and evaluation of the programme;
• Following up with young participants to ensure that they actively take part in the project activities, and remain engaged and enthusiastic;
• Producing outreach communications and fulfilling set outreach targets;
• Assisting in the delivery of motivational, fitness and personal development activities;
• Additional tasks as assigned by the project director.

Level of Skills/ Experience:
This is a flexible position that would be ideal for a candidate looking for part-time work. You will be operating from PCAP’s office in Lambeth, with occasional events and travel to Wandsworth and Barking. All travel expenses outside your office location will be reimbursed. We are seeking someone who:

• Easily connects with young people and treats them with empathy and compassion;
• Has motivation and passion for supporting disadvantaged and at-risk young people;
• Is reliable in terms of implementing agreed actions;
• Has outstanding communication and outreach skills;
• Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, and can work in close collaboration with colleagues and a wide variety of project partners, participants and stakeholders.

Opportunities for further paid work, training and development will be offered to the right candidate.

To apply, please email your CV to info@policycap.org with a covering letter stating why you are interested in this role.

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is the founder and executive director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples (www.policycap.org ), an educational charity established in the UK in 2008. The Policy Centre for African Peoples works to enable African and disadvantaged communities to improve their lives through education.

Aboa-Bradwell is also the founder and chief executive officer of Medzan Training (www.medzantraining.com ), a company created in 2016 to offer innovative, Africa-inspired executive coaching, leadership and professional development programmes.

Before founding the Policy Centre for African Peoples and Medzan Training, she served as UK Director of the Nigeria-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development for over 3 years. Prior to that, she worked for institutions promoting human development, education and rights in Africa, Britain, Spain and elsewhere for nearly 10 years.

Aboa-Bradwell is a fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative, a business and management programme run by the New York-based Center for Global Enterprise. She was recently co-opted into the Medway Champions, a network of leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs who are collaborating with Medway Council and a wide variety of partners to boost business growth, regeneration and international business engagement in the post-Brexit context.  

In addition, she one of the Royal Society of Arts’ Diaspora Change Makers. She recently served as a non-executive director of the diplomatic consultancy Grassroots Diplomat, as well as an advisory board member of the British Awards for Africa’s Development. Aboa-Bradwell’s leadership and dedication to the promotion of human development and education through her work, writings, lectures, radio and television appearances have brought her international recognition. She received an award in 2019 from Generation Success for mentoring young people, and won the 2013 Diaspora Award for Leadership and Education. She was short-listed as Career Woman of the Year, Author of the Year and Role Model of the Year in 2013 Women for Africa Awards, and a finalist for the 2014 Achievers Awards in the category of Excellence in the Diaspora.

Aboa-Bradwell has a Master of Philosophy in Postcolonial Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Diploma in Internal Development from Birkbeck, University of London. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and several African languages. She has produced articles and comments for numerous media organisations including The Guardian, BBC, TV5 Monde, Vox Africa, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, AllAfrica.com, and Africa Briefing.

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