Seeking Volunteer Board Members for U.S.-Based Board of Directors of Children’s Organization in Ethiopia



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


PO BOX 28658

United States


Blue Nile Children’s Organization (BNCO) supports vulnerable children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia through the provision of healthcare, educational and financial support, and basic needs. BNCO, a licensed nonprofit and NGO, operates a community health clinic that provides these children and their foster families with free healthcare, while also providing many healthcare services to the local community.

BNCO is recruiting professionals to join our U.S.-based Board of Directors. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone who is passionate about BNCO’s mission to build a promising future for children in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and to address the health needs of their community.

We are looking for individuals who have:

  • Knowledge of/experience with Ethiopia, its culture, and its current health challenges
  • Experience with international NGOs
  • Knowledge of/connections to the global health community
  • Fundraising experience


Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Actively engage in fundraising activities, including cultivation and stewardship of donors
  • Consider BNCO a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority
  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for the organization: inform others about the organization, represent BNCO to stakeholders, and work to enhance BNCO’s public image
  • Search out opportunities to educate the public about BNCO’s work
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Be informed about BNCO's policies and programs, monitor programs, and actively promote BNCO’s mission
  • Serve as an advisor in developing, implementing, and evaluating BNCO’s strategic plan
  • Assist in planning for the future, monitoring operations, and evaluating the organization’s performance
  • Approve the annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; be informed of and meet all legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Serve on committees or task forces, and offer to take on special assignments


This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has an interest in making a difference on a nonprofit board. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Previous nonprofit board experience preferred, particularly experience with boards of small, grassroots NGOs
  • Professional experience in business, global health, technology, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of BNCO’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility
  • An investment and commitment to helping improve the lives of vulnerable children
  • Able to commit at least 6 hours per month

Board Terms/Participation

Board meetings are held monthly. Time commitments vary, but typical board members spend an estimated 6 hours per month. This commitment includes board meetings, committee meetings, events attendance, and other outreach/networking activities.



How To Apply

Please send us an email briefly introducing yourself and stating why you are interested in serving on BNCO’s Board. Please include a recent resume and references.