Comhlámh: Treasurer (Board of Directors)

Comhlámh is seeking to identify a suitably skilled and motivated person to fulfil the role of Treasurer on its board.

Comhlámh is the association of Development Workers and Volunteers in Global Solidarity. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for social justice locally and globally. We work to promote international volunteering that strengthens the public’s ownership of the development agenda and builds awareness of the necessity of tackling poverty and exclusion in all their forms. We provide training and education that support good practice in international development work and volunteering. We lead the ongoing development and implementation of good practice standards for volunteer sending agencies, to ensure responsible, responsive volunteering at all stages of the volunteer continuum. We provide a supportive environment for those we work with to help sustain them in their work. We contribute to and lead the development of research, policy and practice on volunteering for international development, which informs our advocacy work. We provide a dynamic space for our membership to take action for change on a range of global justice issues.

The overall role of a treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation's affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

Comhlámh has a dedicated Finance and Administration Manager responsible for the day to day accountancy function. The role of treasurer is, therefore, a strategic level role as opposed to hands-on financial management.

The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements;
  • Being assured that the financial resources of Comhlámh meet its present and future needs;
  • Ensuring that Comhlámh has an appropriate reserves policy;
  • The preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board;
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place;
  • Being a back-up signatory on the bank accounts;
  • Approving the Head of Comhlámh’s expenses;
  • Liaising with the Head of Comhlámh and Finance and Administration Manager about financial matters;
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans;
  • Ensuring that Comhlámh has an appropriate investment policy;
  • Ensuring that there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims and objects of the charity;
  • Monitoring Comhlámh’s investment activity and ensuring its consistency with the organisation's policies and legal responsibilities;
  • Ensuring the organisation's compliance with legislation;
  • Ensuring equipment and assets are adequately maintained and insured;
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies;
  • If external scrutiny of accounts is required, ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented;
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities;
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation;
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way;
  • Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required.

Interested persons should contact Mark Cumming, Head of Comhlámh at or at 01 478 3490 to discuss their interest and learn more about Comhlámh.



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