Our Board Members - Roles and Responsibilities of Medishare Africa Advisory Board

Roles and Responsibilities of Medishare Africa Advisory Board Members

1. Purpose

The purpose of the MA Advisory Board (MAAB) is to provide strategic advice to the President and Board of Trustees on the full range of MA activities undertaken to achieve the Organization's mandate.  MAAB members may also be asked to provide advice to MA's Executive Management and Governing Council, through the President and Chairman.

2. Appointment

MAAB members are appointed by Governing Council, on the advice of its Nominating and Governance Committee, in consultation with the Executive Director and President or Chairman Board of Trustees.  Members shall be invited to serve initial terms of up to three years and may be reappointed for a second term of up to three years for a maximum of six consecutive years of service.

3. MAAB Member Expectations: Role


  1. Provides advice to the President and MA Board of Trustees in the development and implementation of the MA's Strategic Plan, annual activity plans and strategic initiative budget. The Board's focus is on broad research, policy and program issues and not the detailed management and operations of the MA;
  2. Provides advice to guide regular performance measurement and evaluation activities of the MA in meeting the objectives outlined in the MA's strategic plan as well as those of MA, and addressing relevant international review panel recommendations;
  3. Works collaboratively with the President to apply an ethical framework to all MA activities;
  4. The Ethics Designate, appointed by the President and the MAAB Chair  will ensure that the President and the MAAB Chair receive the best possible advice on ethics matters;


Stakeholder Relations and Communications

  1. Acts as a key link between the MA and stakeholder communities by engaging researchers, policy makers, partners, stakeholders with an interest in  good NGO research and management, the public to work together to build an integrated, innovative, interdisciplinary organization that is responsive to Kenyan community needs, research and knowledge opportunities;
  2. Facilitates interactions and communication between the MA and the broader community of researchers, non-governmental organizations and provincial and territorial ministries and regional authorities;
  3. Is a source of informed insight from the public, private or non-profit sectors, including the research community and NGOs’ practitioners, introducing knowledge, expertise, creativity, and innovation to MA discussions and activities;

Understanding and Promotion of Medishare Africa

  1. Understands the Board's key responsibilities and policies, the MA's strategic priorities;
  2. Champions NGO’s mandate that is interdisciplinary and crosses the full range of management, planning and resource mobilization and management.

Active Contribution to MA

  1. May serve on cross-MA or Ad hoc committees, working groups, and peer review panels, as well as MAAB Subcommittees and taskforces to further the work of the MA.

4. MAAB Member Expectations: Participation, Contribution and Accountability

  1. Attends board meetings on a regular basis and prepares in advance of meeting;
  2. Contributes to the Board's perspective and wisdom by sharing knowledge and experience;
  3. Participates in the appointment of an MAAB Vice-Chair, who assumes the role of Chair when the Chair is in conflict of interest or is absent;
  4. Listens and considers the opinions of others;
  5. Treats Board matters confidentially;
  6. Participates on Board committees, subgroups or task forces;
  7. Is an ambassador and representative of the MA;
  8. Recommends qualified individuals to assist with MA's activities (peer review, speakers, etc.).

5. MAAB Member Expectations:  Conflict of Interest

  1. Submits annually, and in writing, a disclosure of potential conflicts of interest form that includes an acknowledgement of, and undertaking to comply with, the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy (CCIP) and MA's Code of Conduct.
  2. Declares conflict of interest as required at the start of each advisory board meeting.

6. Time Requirement and Meeting Procedures

  1. Meetings are held at least two to three times annually at the call of the Chair, following consultation with the Executive Director;
  2. MAAB’s meetings will generally operate through an agreed upon consensus decision-making process.
  3. Meetings are chaired by the MAAB Chair, assisted by a Vice-Chair and supported by the Executive Director, Assistant Director and other staff (as required). Other guests will be present, as needed and appropriate;
  4. Prior to, or during, the formal portion of the meeting, the Chair or Executive Director and/or members of the MAAB may request an in-camera session.

7. Compensation

  1. MAAB members serve in a volunteer capacity.


Competency Profile

Competency-based Profile for MA Advisory Board Members

Demographics Profile

  • Gender
  • Language
  • Cultural diversity
  • Provincial representation
  • Organization (e.g. university, research institute, hospital, NGO)
  • Career Stage


  • Research
  • Public Policy
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Patient/Health Care User
  • Voluntary Sector/NGOs
  • Industry/Business
  • Government (federal, provincial, municipal)


  • Demonstrated leadership in various sectors
  • Served on one or more boards of complex organizations
  • Strategic decision making experience
  • Analytical skills
  • Informed judgment
  • Risk identification
  • Evaluation

Personal attributes/competencies

  • Integrity and accountability
  • Visionary
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Strategic thinker with high level advice
  • Innovator
  • High ethical standards
  • Abilities and linkages with the public, private and voluntary sectors

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