Cufa is a not for profit international development agency with offices and staff in Sydney, Cambodia, Myanmar and soon in Bangladesh and the Philippines.  Cufa’s thematic approach is economic empowerment through financial institutional development, education, livelihoods and employment.  Cufa has been operating for 50 years and while CUFA is a niche agency it is well respected within the sector.   Cufa is financially and operationally very strong with a purposeful vision and mission underpinned by a tightly defined strategic plan and a robust management team.

Title: Board Director

Contact person: Company Secretary / Chief Executive Officer

Remuneration: Expenses paid


A member of the Cufa Board of Directors is an integral part of the leadership team, providing direction and vision for Cufa. He or she is responsible, together with the full board of directors, for governance and oversight of all aspects of Cufa and for promoting the mission and values of the organisation.

Cufa is a company limited by guarantee and holds a number of companies and trusts.

This requires board members who are able to think and act strategically to:

  • generate agreement on future goals of the new organisation
  • participate in the development of future funding models and fundraising strategies
  • align the systems (including staff, board and other stakeholders) around the mission of Cufa, and
  • further develop the governance system to enable the board to work strategically, to meet compliance obligations and to add value to the work of the organisation.


  • Commitment to the mission and direction of Cufa
  • Director experience
  • Access to corporate decision makers
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of board governance
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Risk Management
    • Media/Public Relations/Govt Lobbying 
    • Fundraising
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other people
  • Willingness to make the required time commitment and occasionally travel overseas
  • Commitment to the financial well-being of Cufa, including participation in fundraising events
  • Commitment to encouraging staff development
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to be available by telephone or other means
  • A developed understanding of the roles and responsibilities of not–for-profit governance and management.
  • A capacity to make appropriate introductions and connections to relevant networks
  • Undertake a Working with Children Check

Major governance responsibilities:

  1. Defining and upholding the mission and purpose of the organisation
  2. Honouring and acting consistently with the requirements of applicable laws, the organisation’s constitution, bylaws, policies, codes of conduct and other standards of behaviour
  3. Designating broad parameters and policies within which staff can manage, function and innovate
  4. Ensuring financial viability by planning for future viability through resource development
  5. Maintaining accountability to the clients, staff, funders, members, and community – including evaluating effectiveness of operations, management and governance and reporting to various stakeholders.
  6. Ensuring a healthy, strong and accountable management function
  7. Protecting the strength and continuity of the board by succession planning and board development activities. 
  8. Being a positive ambassador – promoting the mission and goals of Cufa and acting in the best interests of Cufa at all times

Time commitment:

Board members are appointed for multiples of 1, 2 and 3 year terms.

Board service during the transition period will require an average of 8 hours per month, including:

  • Attendance at all meetings of the board of directors
  • Participation in fundraising events or other major organizational events each year
  • Attendance at workshops, board training, and other special meetings as scheduled.


Candidates are asked to send their CV and a cover letter responding to the criteria to by the 29th of October 2021.