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Volunteer Advisory Committee Member, Northern Ireland (BBC Children in Need)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Would you like to help in making decisions on making the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children?  BBC Children in Need are currently looking for Voluntary Advisory Committee members for Northern Ireland.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

Our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.

And whilst we know that every child deserves a childhood that is safe, happy and secure, we know too that a growing number of children are experiencing ever increasing and more complex levels of disadvantage.  In order to find and fund the inspiring ideas, we will build on our commitment across the organisation to work collaboratively with all those who share our aspirations for children and young people.

We encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our Northern Ireland Advisory Committee and welcome diversity.

Role Responsibility

Committee Members advise the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on grant applications from organisations working to help disadvantaged children and young people in Northern Ireland. Just under £4 million was distributed last year to projects making a difference to children’s lives across the region.

Practical Matters:

• Appointments are of a voluntary nature.  They are initially made for a three-year period and confirmed by the BBC Children in Need Appeal Trustees.
• The time commitment is anticipated to be 5-6 days each year for meetings and training. In addition there is time spent reading applications prior to each meeting.
• As Committee meetings take place at BBC, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, the role requires some travel and overnight stays.
• You will need private access to a telephone, computer and high speed internet.
• We reimburse expenses e.g. travel, phone calls, overnight stays.

Are you the right candidate?

BBC Children in Need is seeking to recruit individuals who are committed to improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.

We expect committee members to bring:

• Sound understanding of the issues facing disadvantaged children and young people and the environment in which provision is being delivered.
• Good understanding of the voluntary and statutory sectors.
• Ability to analyse complex written and financial information.
• Ability to assess the feasibility of projects and remain objective.
• Good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with people of all types and all levels.
• Good level of IT literacy.
• Commitment to equality of opportunity.

Package Description

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
BBC Region / Division: Deputy Director General Group
BBC Business Unit: DDG - Children In Need
Closing Date: 31st March 2019

Package Description

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the specific requirements of this role as outlined above, to  by midnight on 31st March 2019.  Please clearly specify the role that you are applying for.

N.B. Please apply by email not through by clicking the 'Apply' button below.

As we seek to maintain a balance of skills and experience across our Committee we will be actively seeking to select new Committee members who add value by bringing diversity to the current membership.

For further information about the role please contact Fionnuala Walsh, BBC Children in Need, National Head, Northern Ireland

Interviews for the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee members will be held in Belfast on Monday 15th April 2019.

Successful candidates will be invited to observe the full Committee Meeting on Tuesday 14th May 2019 and induction training (date TBC).

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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