About ESDO

Our vision is for a healthier, safer & more equal planet.

The European Sustainable Development Organisation (ESDO) was established to provide specialist evidence and behavioural change strategies to tackle the most complex development issues of our time.

Role: ESDO Board Member – Finance

Deadline: 30 May 2023



This is an exciting opportunity to help build the future of development programming with a focus on sustainability, evidence and impact. As a Board Member of ESDO you will help nurture a culture of impact, best practice and bold programming to help us achieve our vision of a healthier, safer and more equal planet. This is a limited, part-time role of approximately 5 days work in one year.


Vacant Profile

ESDO currently has one Board Member vacancy for a professional who specialises in Finance and Accounting in Ireland.  ESDO aims for its board to be diverse and to represent the communities and beneficiaries we serve. Board members should have a minimum 10 years experience in Accounting and Finance in Ireland with experience working with the CRO.

Board Member Role

The role of a Board Member of the European Sustainable Development Organisation (ESDO) is to help drive the growth (social impact and resources) of ESDO including through:

  • Appointing C-Suite executives and contributing to reviews of their performance
  • Reviewing and providing guidance and oversight of strategy development and execution
  • Supporting fundraising and business development through introductions, guidance, advice and the use of your profile for promotional purposes
  • Identifying, recommending and providing introductions to potential talent, partners and suppliers
  • Representing ESDO’s interests internally and externally
  • Providing corporate governance, risk and control framework oversight

This particular role will help the Board provide oversight and guidance in the regulatory, accounting and financial affairs of ESDO in Ireland. This role is based in Ireland and will help ensure the internal finance team, the external accountant and the auditor are working effectively and producing reporting and appropriate control for the Board.


Time Commitment

As this is a non-executive role, the expected time commitment is approximately five days per year and includes:

  • Up to 2 hours of one-off induction time spread over two weeks
  • Attending 1 in-person board meeting per year of approximately 2 days duration
  • Attending 2 remote ½ day board meetings per year
  • Reviewing and commenting on Board papers prior to Board meetings
  • Ad-hoc remote support and advice as part of fulfilling the Board Member Role
  • In the unlikely event of an emergency or critical incident, Board support may be required.


Period of Appointment

Appointment to ESDO’s Board is for an initial two years with the option of renewal.


Diversity & Equal Opportunity

ESDO wants our beneficiary communities represented in our Board, senior leadership team and all of our teams. Please take the time to read our statement of Diversity & Equality as we really believe it.


Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

Managing Conflicts of Interest (COI) is a normal part of serving as a non-executive director. Board Members are supported to maintain the highest levels of integrity including through normalising the declaration of any COIs and recusing members from discussion of issues related to the COI if the Board Member believes they have the potential to manifest.



In your cover letter please indicate why you believe in ESDO’s vision and how you believe you can positively impact ESDO.


Engagement Terms

In 2023, ESDO Board Member fees are set at USD1,500 per year. This will be reviewed and set in January every second year.

In addition, Board Member’s are eligible for Profit Share payments in accordance with the ESDO Profit Share Policy.

All expenses incurred for ESDO purposes will be reimbursed by ESDO.


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About European Sustainable Development Organisation (ESDO)

The European Sustainable Development Organisation (ESDO) works for a healthier, safer and more equal planet.

ESDO delivers evidence, behaviour change and strategy services on six social challenges.

ESDO’s mission on Climate, Environment,
Health and Food Systems aims for such temic change to food systems through targeted research, awareness and behaviour change.

As part of ESDO’s Sustainability Policy, we do not pay for animal products when staff are travelling or catering is needed and we select suppliers partly based on their alignment with ESDO’s sustainability policy.

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