One Thousand Villages is on a mission to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. We achieve this by working in partnership with communities, supporting people to effect change in their local areas. Our approach builds on strengths, both at an individual and local level. 

Specifically, we aim to develop activities, programs, processes and resources to improve livelihoods and education in rural communities. Our work is designed to involve men and women together in developing grassroots development initiatives and spaces to raise awareness and discuss gender values and power in their families and communities. 


One Thousand Villages is seeking directors who possess a broad mix of skills, knowledge and experience. We currently have specific needs and unique challenges and we are looking for new board members to support the organisation’s strategic direction and priorities.

If you are looking to make an impact and have experience and skills to properly discharge the following responsibilities and duties, we want to hear from you.


The specific skills, knowledge and experience needed by directors:

– Strategic expertise – ability to review the strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion, and to use and implement knowledge built up over years of experience;

– Financial literacy – the ability to read and comprehend the company’s accounts, financial material presented to the board, financial reporting requirements and some understanding of corporate finance;

– Relevant legal knowledge – the board’s responsibility involves overseeing compliance with laws as well as understanding an individual director’s legal duties and responsibilities;

– Managing risk – experience in managing areas of major risk to the organisation; and

– Industry knowledge relevant to this organisation


– Integrity – fulfilling a director’s duties and responsibilities, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests, acting ethically;

– Curiosity and courage – a director must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in asking or to challenge management and fellow board members where necessary;

– Interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collegial team – a director must work well in a group, listen well, be tactful but able to communicate their point of view frankly;

– Genuine interest in the organisation and its business;

– Instinct – good business instincts and acumen, ability to get to the crux of the issue quickly;

– An active contributor – be dedicated to the organisation’s goals and broadening its financial and support base.

If our core values and mission resonates with you, we encourage you to apply. The board works with our team in the Melbourne office; meeting six times per year. If you are interested and would like to discuss opportunities, please contact Justin Whitecross –