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Call for Applications for Board Membership

Gender DynamiX is a Human Rights organisation promoting freedom of expression of gender identity, focusing on transgender, transsexual and gender non-confirming (trans and gender diverse) identities and expressions. Founded in July 2005, Gender DynamiX is the first registered organisation within Africa which specifically advocates for trans and gender diverse individuals. Gender DynamiX provides resources and information to the community and diverse stakeholders about trans and gender diversity to advance  awareness and acceptance within mainstream society. The organisation is highly invested in educating and empowering people from diverse communities, including: trans and gender diverse people and communities, government departments, service providers, medical professionals, journalists and universities. Gender DynamiX also reaches out to parents, children, co-workers and people who journey alongside trans and gender diverse people. (www.genderdynamix.org.za).

 

Gender DynamiX seeks to appoint a new member into its Board of Directors. The Board, as the organisational governance structure, provides high-level strategic thinking and leadership for the organisation to safeguard organisational sustainability and accountability. This includes working closely with the Executive Director and so doing with the broader operational team to set and execute organizational goals and objectives aligned to the strategic direction of GDX. The Board also provide financial oversight whilst effectively supporting the Executive Director in fundraising initiatives.

 

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, energetic, highly organised, have a solid understanding of trans and gender diversity as it relates to inclusive education, affirming healthcare, law reform and policy development, and/or regional advocacy and movement building. Have an interest, understanding or passion for concepts of gender, sex, gender identity and diversity as well as bodily diversity. Trans and gender diverse persons are urged to apply. This is a voluntary role in the organisation and is not remunerated.

Duties:

  • Promote and advance the vision, mission and values of Gender DynamiX.

  • Act as an ambassador of Gender DynamiX in various platforms and spaces, connecting the organization to other movements, strategic stakeholders, funders, sectors and fields.

  • Provide strategic oversight and guidance to the leadership of the operational team.

  • Have a sound understanding of organisational governance and how it relates to operations.

  • Provide an understanding of how current legislation, regional instruments and international law progresses in other areas of human rights and constituent input intersect to create new opportunities for GDX to serve constituents.

  • Provide an understanding on organisational development in a politically changing climate.

  • Have Financial Management background for example:

    • Aptitude for reading and understanding financial reports.

    • Ability to compile and complete financial reports.

    • Experience in preparing and writing budgets.

    • Familiarity with requirements for audits and experience/knowledge with buy-supplier negotiation.

  • Respond timeously to board inquiries, needs and communication.

  • Attend 80% of board meetings in the year and ensuring that they acquaint themselves with all relevant material and documents to be discussed in meetings. The governing board of Gender DynamiX currently meets four (4) times in a year with the possibility of ad-hoc meetings (both virtual and physical) in between the above stipulated four.

  • Take notes and minutes in meetings, synthesise them and share with the board in a timely fashion.

Skills and Qualifications:

Gender DynamiX’s governing Board consists of various trans and gender diverse human rights activists and champions who dedicate and volunteer their time to advance the work of Gender DynamiX through ensuring good governance for the organisation to fulfill its mandate. All the members of the Board put ahead of their own individuality the best interests of the organisation. Personal attributes of the best suited board members include and are not limited to the following:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the trans and gender non-binary community and its needs.

 

Key qualities and expectations:

  • Ability to prioritise Gender DynamiX and board service.

  • Ability to follow through with commitments.

  • Passion for the work of Gender DynamiX.

  • Comfort in working in group settings with people of varying bodily constructs and abilities, and varied gender identities and expressions.

  • Display strong cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  • Highly organised, efficient and methodological.

  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality in the interests of the organisation.

  • Need to be prepared and able to travel for various board meetings in the year.

  • Ability to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on time, particularly in sharing notes and minutes from all the meetings of the board. 

 

NB: Send your applications to: humanresources@genderdynamix.org.za.

Applications close 31 August 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

Gender DynamiX (GDX) is the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on trans and gender diverse communities. What started as a mere vision, slowly grew into a grassroots organisation. GDX has since become an institutionalised non-profit organisation (NPO) that is fundamental to the development of the trans and gender diverse movement(s) in South Africa and across southern Africa.

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