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East Timor Hearts Fund is seeking two skilled voluntary directors to join the board of our Melbourne-based organisation. We are seeking people specifically with relevant legal qualifications, and people with Timor-Leste cultural/government knowledge. East Timor Hearts Fund values diversity and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit a response addressing the selection criteria outlined below.

Please note that expressions of interest will only be taken via the Institute of Community Directors' portal. Click here to lodge an expression of interest or for more information, or click here to read our most recent annual report. 


Further information


About East Timor Hearts Fund

East Timor Hearts Fund is Australia’s only medical aid charity dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery for young people from Timor-Leste (East Timor). The organisation is a company limited by guarantee and has tax endorsements from the Australian Tax Office, including DGR.

Since its informal establishment in 2010 the organisation has arranged treatment for more than 30 patients, all of whom are now in good heart health and able to return to school, work and university, and contribute to their families, community and country.

The Fund is a volunteer-powered organisation that has one employee (0.6 CEO appointed in 2015) and utilises volunteers for all other medical and administrative functions.

The organisation’s volunteer medical team conducts screening clinics in Timor-Leste 2-3 times a year to identify candidates for surgery or heart procedures in Australia. Patients are flown to Australia with an interpreter/health support worker (and parent in the case of children). Accommodation, warm clothing, meals and social support are provided by the Fund’s volunteer patient support team.

The organisation is implementing its 2014-17 Strategic Plan, which is seeing more patients treated in Australia and plans for a fly-in surgical mission to Timor-Leste. In addition the organisation is partnering to undertake the first prevalence study of rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste, and a penicillin prophylaxis program to offer early intervention. The plan includes projects to build health capacity and expertise in Timor-Leste.

More information is available at www.easttimorheartsfund.org.au/what-we-do


About the role

The board oversees and sets the policy direction for the organisation. A key task is the implementation of the 2014-17 Strategic Plan and initiatives under the 2015 strategic plan review.

In addition board directors are expected to fulfill the following general duties:

  • Regularly attend bi-monthly board meetings and committee and/or other important meetings where needed.
  • Contribute skills through board committees where appropriate and through active involvement in board projects or assignments where needed.
  • Make an active effort to stay informed about board/organisation, to be fully prepared for meeting and to review and comment on minutes and reports.
  • Actively get to know other board members and build a collegiate working relationships that contribute to robust decision-making and good outcomes for the organisation.
  • Actively participate in board evaluation and planning exercises.
  • Participate in fundraising activities and events and use networks to secure financial and pro-bono support for the organisation.

This voluntary, unpaid role requires a considerable time commitment, including attendance at meetings, meeting preparation, possible service on board sub-committees or working groups, active involvement in board projects and events and involvement in organisational events, including fundraising activities.


Selection criteria

East Timor Hearts Fund is seeking expressions of interest from people who have undertaken formal governance training with a recognised body and/or have previous board experience. East Timor Hearts Fund seeks to maintain a diverse board, and expressions of interest from female and Timorese candidates are encouraged. 


As a result of a skills audit undertaken by the organisation, expressions of interest are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • Candidates with legal qualifications, including corporate law and/or compliance experience. (Experience or qualifications in other relevant legal specialties will also be considered.)
  • Candidates with knowledge and experience of government and bureaucracy and the culture in Timor-Leste, including Timorese or Timorese-Australian candidates. Directors based in Timor-Leste will be considered provided they can reliably able to take part in board meetings by voice/video call and are willing to travel to Melbourne regularly to participate in board meetings or other events.

Successful candidates would be elected at the next AGM in April 2016, for a three year term.


How to apply

Candidates are invited to lodge an expression of interest via the Institute of Community Directors portal that explains how they meet the criteria outlined above, and how they would use their skills and experience to support the board and contribute to the organisation’s objectives. Applicants may then be asked to submit a CV. Expressions of interest must be lodged by 5pm on Friday 29 January via the Institute of Community Directors portal. Late applications may not be considered.




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