Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 June 2018

Job Description

The Role

ASI is seeking to recruit an independent non-executive director (INED) to serve on its Board of Directors. A majority of Board members will be INEDs, with a diverse mix of backgrounds and profiles.

INEDs provide strategic direction and make a creative contribution to strengthening the company and managing risk and provide independent oversight and constructive challenge to the executive directors. They are committed to upholding ASI’s strong integrity, complying with the UK Corporate Governance Code, where appropriate, and ASI’s promise of delivering on strategies for prosperity through people-centred change.

INEDs are expected to participate in at least four Board meetings per year and additional meetings as required.

Application Process

ASI would welcome applications from candidates with the following qualities:

  • Demonstrated experience of leadership in the international development sector, ideally with a private sector focus or in a professional services firm
  • Good understanding of professional services businesses in the development sector
  • Knowledge of principles of corporate governance, particularly the UK Corporate Governance Code
  • Familiarity with major clients for development projects such as FCO, DFID, DFAT, USAID, MCC and the EU
  • Experience and understanding of non-traditional funders of development projects including foundations, private sector organisations and impact investment funds
  • Deep commitment to addressing poverty and promoting development through strategic, private sector solutions; and to triple bottom-line accountability for financial, social and environmental performance
  • Strong personal integrity, capacity for strategic thinking, consensus-seeking and diplomacy
  • Excellent communications skills to champion the purpose and execution of ASI’s work and to inspire staff, clients and beneficiaries around the world

ASI is committed to diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and nationalities. Women and candidates with protected characteristics are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates with the required skills and experience are invited to submit a covering letter and CV via the following link:

The deadline for applications is 6th July 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

About the Organization

About us

Adam Smith International (ASI) is a professional services company that works to grow economies, make governments more effective and efficient, and strengthen security. We work with governments, civil society and the private sector to implement effective public policy and build strong institutions in countries at all stages of development. ASI is an employee-owned company that has a triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental accountability.

Our clients are governments, international development organisations, foundations and private sector companies. As a company with a track record of delivering results, even in conflict environments and fragile states, we are prepared to manage a high level of risk. Our projects range from helping small farmers grow more resilient crops in Africa; to anti-corruption programmes in Uganda and Ghana; improving the impact and efficiency of public services in Samoa; improving girls’ education in Pakistan; stimulating a thriving small business sector through support to artisans and traders in Democratic Republic of Congo; and developing off-grid solar systems in Nigeria.

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