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Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Board & Committee Members, Management

Sector : Children, Humanitarian, Overseas Aid & Development

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 27 Aug, 2020

About the role

  • Key leadership role with impact
  • Provide life-saving heart surgery for young people from East Timor, plus heart-health education, prevention and research
  • Take the lead on overseeing the strategic planning process to achieve mission, goals and governance responsibilities
  • Work with a high performing, skills-based Governance board of directors

The Chair leads the 8-person skills-based board, and takes the lead on overseeing the strategic planning process with work on the 2020-2024 strategic plan about to commence. The Chair acts as a link between the board and the CEO and will facilitate the effective functioning of the board including board conduct, meetings, information flow and communicating the views of the board.

The Chair will have a proven track record leading the growth of new business and be a diplomatic and empathic leader who respects the rights, beliefs and personal values of others.  The chair will be aligned with the ETHF purpose and ethos, and an understanding of Timor-Leste would be a plus.

Key selection criteria include

  • Demonstrated experience in board leadership
  • Commercial acumen operating in for purpose organisations
  • Familiarity with Timor-Leste or a developing country context
  • Excellent stakeholder relations skills
  • Formal governance training


About the organisation

Organisation Name : EAST TIMOR HEARTS FUND

Established only ten years ago, East Timor Hearts Fund is Australia's only medical NGO dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young people from Timor-Leste (East Timor), as well as heart-health education, prevention, and research projects.

Its broad heart health program includes heart screening clinics conducted by visiting volunteer medical teams three times a year in Timor-Leste; life-saving heart surgery for 10-20 patients a year in Australia; and paediatric surgical missions to Timor-Leste.

The organisation is expanding into capacity building, research, prevention and education activities to tackle the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste. These include a preventative penicillin program, education and awareness activities with health practitioners and training scholarships in Australia. They supported a landmark rheumatic heart disease prevalence study with Timorese and Australian health and research partners published in the Medical Journal of Australia in April 2018, which forms a platform for advocacy and action on rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste.

The organisation is managed by a capable Chief Executive and a small part-time staff. Because of its vital mission, ETHF has an active cohort of medically qualified clinical and support professionals who voluntarily give of their time and talent.

How to apply

For more information about the opportunity to take this amazing organisation to the next level, and save lives in one of our closest neighbouring countries, please call Philip Mayers on 0412 104 096 for a confidential discussion or send your application to

Please quote in application: BOARD CHAIR via Pro Bono Australia.




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