Your vote is your voice


As a CHS Alliance member, you can play a key role in helping to set our strategic direction at a critical time for the sector.

This year, we have 16 candidates standing for four full members seats, and three candidates standing for three independent seats.

Make sure you vote for the candidates you want to see on the CHS Alliance Board.

Your voice matters.


How to vote


Voting opens

CHS Alliance members will be able to vote electronically for their chosen candidates. Voting will open at 08:00 (GMT) on Monday 11 November and remain open till Tuesday 19 November 08:00 (GMT).

How to vote

Each member’s voting representative will receive a unique link for that organisation to cast their vote. Full voting instructions will be shared with each member’s voting representative around a week before the ballot opens. To check who your voting representative is please email ga@chsalliance.org.

Results announced

Board election results will be announced on Wednesday 20 November during our General Assembly (GA).

If you are a CHS Alliance member who is unable to attend the GA, you can still vote for the Board Chair via another member organisation. Simply complete the proxy voting form and return it to ga@chsalliance.org by 1 November.


Meet the candidates


CHS Alliance Board candidates have shared their views on why you should vote for them to lead the way making aid work better for people.

Tigist Alebachew Affan Cheema Alistair Dutton Myles Harrison
Coleen Heemskerk Line Hempel Rehema Kajungu Jacqueline Koster
Vanda Meyfa Lengkong Alexandra Levaditis Juliet Parker Jennifer Poidatz
Shazia Shaheen Robert Sweatman Malick Shahbaz Ahmad Tahir Gawher Nayeem Wahra
Mohamed Zahid Almasri Yegana Guliyeva Robert Tickner

Member candidates


Tigist Alebachew

Executive Directress
New Millennium Hope Development Organisation

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Line Hempel
Why is the CHS Alliance important to the sector?

We believe that CHS alliance is very good coordinating body which brings together range of humanitarian actors with varying capacity to share and learn one from another. It is important for smaller organisations like ours to build capacities, access development and humanitarian tools.

Why do you want to join the Board?

I think it is working more on capacity building, training and workshops. CHS alliance is widening its membership base across the world. It is doing more studies and getting feedback from members. It is heading toward knowledge building and creating various tools in humanitarian sector.

What important quality do you bring to the Board?

I can bring In-depth and high level experience in advocating for changes in laws and policies affecting vulnerable groups. I will bring environmentalist view from women’s role of view and conserve natural and environmental resources sustainably through the promotion and acknowledgement of the role of women.


Affan Cheema

Head of Programme Quality
Islamic Relief Worldwide

Why vote for me?


Alistair Dutton

Director
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

Why vote for me?


Myles Harrison

International Director
Tearfund

Why vote for me?


Coleen Heemskerk

International Director of Strategic Planning
Act Church of Sweden

Why vote for me?


Line Hempel

Director of Operations
ACT Alliance

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Line Hempel
Why is the CHS Alliance important to the sector?

The importance of the CHS Alliance is outlined in its vision. The very idea that organisations can be held accountable by vulnerable people and communities can surely only lead to the continued improvement of the respect of the rights and dignity of the people and communities the sector is serving.

Why do you want to join the Board?

The CHS Alliance is entering an exciting new period as the Alliance matures and debates the finding of the independent review undertaken earlier this year. I would like to be part of shaping this direction and believe that with my profile and current mandate in the ACT Alliance can contribute significantly in taking the alliance to its next step of maturity.

What important quality do you bring to the Board?

I have 20+ years experience in operations. As the CHS Alliance further develops, trains on and promotes the CHS and its 9 commitments, I believe my expertise related to organisation development, learning end effective resource management can benefit the alliance and the implementation of its strategic direction.


Rehema Kajungu

Deputy Country Director
TPO Uganda

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Rehema Kajungu
Why is the CHS Alliance important to the sector?

The humanitarian sector and NGOs in particular are increasingly being questioned by governments and constituents alike about how and who holds them accountable for their actions and programs. The CHS comes in to provide a global standard against which NGOs can derive credibility, mandate and be held more accountable.

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

As the global development agenda moves more and more towards working with local organisations, the CHS Alliance should be positioning itself to promote this localization agenda and charter for change by supporting and reaching out to smaller medium sized southern NGOs to attain the CHS certification

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

Demonstrable experience managing a medium sized southern NGO; institutional strengthening, organisational sustainability and a clear understanding of some of the pitfalls facing similar organisations in the south.


Jacqueline Koster

(running for re-election)

Deputy Director, International Disaster Response
World Renew

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Jaqueline Koster
Why do you believe that the CHS Alliance is important to the sector?

CHS Alliance is not only important to the sector for the attention it brings to efforts towards accountability to affected populations, but it is critical to the success of the Core Humanitarian Standards. As the Core Humanitarian Standards take increasing prominence in the sector, a representative and responsive CHS Alliance is of vital importance.

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

CHS Alliance needs to focus on building the collective capacity of the membership through training, resource development and innovative initiatives. CHS Alliance also needs to leverage the individual organisational strengths within the membership through networking and peer learning events. Ultimately, as a membership organisation, the strength of CHS Alliance comes from having strong members.

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

In my day-to-day work, I engage with the Core Humanitarian Standards from both a program and policy level, which gives me unique and practical insights to share as a member of the board. I have been an active member of the board for three years, including chairing the Complaints Committee, and would bring continuity especially to the review of ongoing review the Complaints Policy.


Vanda Meyfa Lengkong

Head Disaster Risk Management
Plan International

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Vanda Lengkong
Why do you believe that the CHS Alliance is important to the sector?

It help to ensure that there an appropriate accountability to the people that we are delivering aid and our programmes, also important to have the robust frameworks in place to understand and evaluate performance and provision of support for member organisations to improve quality of emergency response and promote learning network

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

Have greater focus on peer learning, peer reviews and sharing of best practice. It is also important to focus on the most marginalized group, in particular focus on gender. Lastly to understand better how CHS could be apply in longer-term development programming to promote working in the nexus.

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

One quality that I can bring is my field experience that will allow me to support connecting and align the work of CHS Alliance in touch with ground realities that contribute for greater impact.


Alexandra Levaditis

Humanitarian Strategy, Effectiveness and Digital Capabilities
World Vision International

Why vote for me?


Juliet Parker

Director of Operations
Action Against Hunger UK

Why vote for me?


Jennifer Poidatz

Vice President, Humanitarian Response
Catholic Relief Services

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Jennifer Poidatz
Why do you believe that the CHS Alliance is important to the sector?

The Alliance promotes continuous improvement in quality and accountability and reminds us that all nine commitments of the CHS require attention and investment by all stakeholders in the humanitarian ecosystem, as well as within development actors. The Alliance offers an opportunity for sharing and learning – allowing the membership to tailor their investments, making the most of finite individual resources, while benefiting from the expertise of a vast and diverse membership.

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

The Alliance already has a vast membership that offers great potential to fulfill our Mission. However, I would suggest we identify ways in which we increase our ability to support front line responders to meet the CHS. This may be possible through leveraging the existing networks of current members or proactively increasing membership from local and national organisations. The Alliance could also consider creating strategic relationships with other membership organisations who have existing or growing membership from local and national actors.

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

If elected, I will bring the ability to ensure that priorities and decisions are informed by the “field reality”. After spending more than 15 years in positions of field leadership, in my current global position, I remain able to maintain a strong connection with CRS and Partner country teams through my frequent presence within new and ongoing response contexts. In addition, my executive-level position within one of the largest US NGOs will allow me to represent the priorities of the Alliance within US donor, policy and practice forums.


Shazia Shaheen

Head of Programme
Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO)

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Shazia Shaheen
Why is the CHS Alliance important to the sector?

“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen that is the common right of humanity.” – Seneca the Elder

CHS Alliance chalked out its core standards and indicators through consultative processes with relevant and concerned academics, researchers and humanitarian response actors. It should be owned and spread out as widely as possible to save the humanity with dignity.

Why do you want to join the Board?

I believe in women’s leadership and their perspectives at decision making and consultative tiers can bring inclusivity and diversity. Thus, women headed decision making bodies have proven to be beneficial for all segments of society.

What important quality do you bring to the Board?

My 15 years+ experience in Women-human rights and humanitarian response sector might bring a sharp transformation in the alliance with relation to women in humanitarian crisis. I shall be able to offer my communication skills and expanded out reach across Pakistan and Trans- border too, to strengthen alliance, its women centered membership for the protection of most vulnerable and marginalized.


Robert Sweatman

(running for re-election)

Head of Performance and Accountability
British Red Cross

Why vote for me?


Malick Shahbaz Ahmad Tahir

Executive Director
Sungi Development Foundation

Why vote for me?

Portrait of Malick Shahbaz Ahmad Tahir

Why do you believe that the CHS Alliance is important to the sector?

CHS Alliance has greater significance as it encompasses all significant accountability principles that have been developed over the years including HAP and Sphere standards. CHS alliance is at the crossroads for developing into a global leader on accountability within aid agencies and it gets more crucial due to number of incidents in the near past involving aid workers.

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

CHS alliance should push and strive for localization to enhance its outreach and access of local institutions, who act as frontline players in delivering aid. The mechanisms and accountability measures offered by CHS alliance could be of great benefit to improve the credibility of Aid and self-accountability of the providers. Further, CHS alliance should also take the accountability to the next level especially by applying conflict and fragility lens during emergencies, which are growing rapidly, and the effectees require different level care, respect and dignified aid.

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

I have been working in the sector for 20+ years. My association with CHS alliance is quite long as we served as first CHS board member. I worked as focal person for HAP and trained and empowered local institutions on accountability principles. If elected on CHS board, I will work to enhance the influence of CHS alliance globally and locally. My expertise in organizational development, people management including volunteers, influencing, networking and resource mobilization could benefit the alliance to achieve its strategic objectives and goals.


Gawher Nayeem Wahra

COAST Trust Board Member

Why vote for me?

Independent candidates


Mohamed Zahid Almasri

Independent

Why vote for me?

Portrait Mohamed Zahid Almasri
Why do you believe that the CHS Alliance is important to the sector?

CHS Alliance importance is due to member’s dedication toward the cause of quality and accountability. The Alliance develop and provide the sector with a reliable and, harmonized evaluation tools accepted by both service providers and affected population.

As a membership organisation, which direction do you think the CHS Alliance should be heading in?

We should develop strategies and plans depending on facts from the field. Understanding concerns and expectations of different communities and communicate directly with service providers working for both LNGOs and INGOs to assess their capacities and limitations.

What important quality would you bring to the Board?

While participating in different humanitarian responses, I communicate directly with LNGOs staff, affected communities, and beneficiaries. I would like to share and discuss this personal experience and propose solutions related to compliance to CHS.


Yegana Guliyeva

Independent

Why vote for me?


Robert Tickner

(running for re-election)

Independent

Why vote for me?