Organisation: Animals Asia Foundation

Position: Board of Directors Members

Location: Flexible location, Asia preferred

Salary: Not remunerated


Closing date: 17/11/2019 (day/month/year)

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Board of Directors Members

Animals Asia Foundation



We are looking for exceptional business professionals, highly motivated and entrepreneurial to increase our board membership in times of strong expansion of Animals Asia mission.

Founded in 1998 by Jill Robinson, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. We work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, almost 1,000 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.  Animals Asia has to date, rescued over 600 bears, caring for them at our award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross-border export of "meat dogs" in Asia.  In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

The Animals Asia Foundation is at a critical juncture in its development and has the opportunity to achieve one of its core goals within the next 5 years which is to end bear bile farming in Vietnam forever.

Job description


The main responsibility of the Board of Directors (the Board) is to govern the policies, direction and financial health of Animals Asia Foundation Limited (Animals Asia), ensuring that the organisation complies with all legal requirements and remains true to its founding vision and principles. The Board should act as a pool of expertise and advice,and govern through a collective decision-making process based on a sound understanding of Animals Asia’s needs and challenges.

Together the Board must fulfil the Five Core Governance Functions:

1) Determine Mission and Strategy – setting Animals Asia’s direction, determining how best to achieve the stated goals and ensuring these are delivered. Board members should avoid becoming involved in day-to-day operational decisions and matters unless specifically requested to do so.

2) Accountability – being held to account for the actions of Animals Asia and holding those who carry out the work to account. The Board should maintain and regularly review Animals Asia’s system of internal controls, performance reporting, policies and procedures. The Board should be open and accountable to stakeholders about its own work and the governance of the organisation.

3) Compliance - ensuring that Animals Asia complies with its own governing documents, relevant laws and the requirements of all regulatory bodies in each country of operation.

4) Safeguard assets – acting as custodian of Animals Asia’s global assets, both tangible and intangible, ensuring that assets are used appropriately, constitutionally and in the best interests of Animals Asia’s long-term financial security.

5) Act as aConnector’ – encouraging and facilitating the engagement of key stakeholders in the organisation’s planning and decision-making, as well as actively working to raise awareness and generate direct support for Animals Asia’s work. 

Candidate requirements

Board Members must:

  • Be active – you cannot be a dormant Board member - you are still liable for the decisions made in your absence. Board members are required to commit to a three-year term and must be willing to devote their time and expertise to the cause. 
  • Remain true to Animals Asia’s founding vision and principles - ensuring the best interests of the organisation and its beneficiaries are kept in mind at all times. Board members should possess good judgment and independence of mind, show a willingness to work collectively as part of a group and seek constructive debate and dialogue over confrontation in order to maintain a positive organisational culture.
  •  Stay informed – actively reviewing reports, minutes and other documentation, preparing for meetings and providing timely feedback
  •  Fulfil specific responsibilities assigned to you at meetings and/or serve on ad hoc project groups and sub-committees, mentor and support individual staff members and be prepared to report back on your progress in a timely manner.
  •  Act jointly – an individual has no powers on their own unless they have been specifically given them by the Board.
  •  Act constitutionally including following Animals Asia’s Articles of Association on how meetings are run and how Board members are recruited.  

Board Membersmust not benefit from their position beyond what is allowed by the law, the Articles of Association and is in the interests of Animals Asia. Any potential conflicts of interests must be declared as and when they arise.

The Board is looking for someone with:

  1. High levels of professional achievement at senior director or board level in a successful international business/organization.
  2. Proven track record of business management experience in Asia with strong political, social, economic connections in the region.
  3. Experience and extensive knowledge of working and living in Asia, ideally with government relations experience, with a specific focus on China.
  4. Commitment to Animals Asia´s values and strategic direction;
  5. Ability to make adequate time commitment.  Board members can call in to regular monthly Board meetings via Zoom but must attend at least two meetings per year in person, inclusive of Strategic planning meetings.

Key priorities are as follows (candidates do not need to meet all 6 criteria)

  1. Individuals with significant business management experience in Asia.
  2. Strong political / social / economic connections in the region.
  3. Government relations experience, with a specific focus on China.
  4. Individuals with significant experience managing a major international NGO.
  5. Finance professionals.

Terms: The term of office of members of the Board shall be 3 years. After expiry of their term, members shall be eligible for re-election. 

Additional comments

More information on duties and responsibilities can be found attached.

VOLUNTEER POSITION:   This position is entirely voluntary and is not remunerated. 

Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

How to Apply

Please send your CV/resume (in Word no photos) with a covering note detailing your experience and interest in and motivation for the role, including two contacts for professional references to: Karem Armstrong at (see email below) 

The deadline for applications is Sunday November 17th, 2019

Contact person: Karem Armstrong

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Preferred method of response: Email

Closing date: 2019-11-17

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