New member is sought from a low- or middle-income country, and/ or from a geographical region that is different from that of the current Trustees.
Cochrane is looking for an experienced person with a strong interest in the work of Cochrane, a belief in its power to improve healthcare decision making worldwide, and the ability to provide strategic input into the work of the organization to serve as an Appointed Member of the Governing Board.
Cochrane is an international and diverse organization committed to informing healthcare decisions with synthesised evidence from research. Organisationally, we are a registered charity in the UK. The members of the Governing Board hence are from from around the world with diverse skills and experience, and are also Trustees of the charity. The Trustees carry ultimate responsibility for Cochrane and this is a critically important role.
The Board works as a team, including members with complementary skills and backgrounds. Members of the Board are a mix of elected members (who must be Cochrane Members) and appointed members who aim to bring an external perspective to the Board. Appointed members can be anyone with the relevant skills and experience and will normally not be Cochrane Members.
On this occasion, the Board wishes to broaden our geographic and language diversity and so is seeking to appoint an individual from a low- or middle-income country, and/ or from a geographical region that is different from that of the current Trustees. The current Trustees are from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The Board is especially seeking candidates who have one or more of the following areas of expertise, in order to complement those of existing Board members:
- Fundraising and Development
- Advocating for Evidence
- Organizational Finance and Resource Management
- Organizational Development
- Charity Governance (in any charitable organization around the world)
This is an exciting opportunity to join the team providing strategic oversight to Cochrane, making sure the organization’s work is effective and innovative, and that it delivers on its mission to promote evidence-informed health decision making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
In line with the usual requirements for UK charity Trustees, these are voluntary, unpaid roles. Each year you will need to commit to attending at least three and up to four face-to-face meetings at different locations internationally, and at least two teleconferences. You will be expected to be a member of one or more Board Sub-Committees. Your expenses will be paid to attend meetings. The term of appointment is three years, from March 2019 to March 2022. In 2019, you should ideally be available to travel to Krakow, Poland, 1-5 April, 2019; and definitely be available for the meeting in Santiago, Chile, 22-25 October 2019.
The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 12 March. To find out how to stand for appointment, please visit elections.cochrane.org. Questions can be submitted at any time to Lucie Binder, Senior Advisor to the CEO (Governance & Management) at firstname.lastname@example.org