Australian Volunteers International

July 7, 2021

AVI seeks expressions of interest to join our Board

The Board of AVI is seeking expressions of interest from people interested in being considered for appointment to the Board.

AVI (Australian Volunteers International) is an international not for profit company whose purpose is to enable people to create the change they want to see, through sharing and exchanging skills, experience, knowledge, and building relationships between people and cultures.

The organisation is united in its vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world where every organisation has the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to achieve its social, economic and environmental development goals and Australia’s multi-cultural community is informed, tolerant and cohesive.

AVI operates in 26 countries. Its largest office is in Fitzroy, Victoria with offices in Fiji, PNG, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Bhutan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania.

A not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, AVI is governed by a skills-based board. Each member can serve a maximum of three, three-year terms. The Chair of the Board in appointed by the members of the Board.

The scope, purpose and rules which govern the organisation are outlined in the Constitution. The framework which guides the functioning of the Board and the role and responsibilities of Board members, individually and collectively in setting the direction and control of the organisation, is detailed in the Board Charter.

Board members bring diverse skills and experience to the table. The skills which need to be covered across the board include:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Internal Operations / Change Management
  • Financial management
  • Legal
  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk management
  • Business Development Marketing & Comms
  • Advocacy/ Government relations
  • International Development
  • Familiarity with NGOs
  • Negotiation/ stakeholder engagement
  • Recruitment/HR/IR and
  • Experience working with managing contractors.

The AVI Constitution states that at least three members should have had international volunteering experience.

The Board meets every two months and has an annual strategy day. Each member also sits on a Board sub-committee. Opportunities to appoint new directors arise on the resignation/ retirement of existing members.

AVI is keen to hear from individuals who are interested in serving on the AVI Board should a suitable opportunity arise. Information provided by people who express interest at this time will be retained by the Board and reviewed when vacancies arise over the next few years.

Expressions of interest should include a full CV, including previous Board experience and details of international volunteering experience where relevant.

EOIs should be forwarded to the Chair of the Board, Kathleen Townsend via the consultants assisting the Board at

All applications will be acknowledged however candidates will only be approached when suitable vacancies arise.

To be considered in this round, EOIs need to be submitted by COB Friday 13th August 2021.