About the Governance Structure
APCA’s governance body is the General Assembly that is comprised of its members, both individual and institutional , who meet once every 3 years, at the sidelines of the APCA Triennial International African Palliative Care Conference. The General Assembly appoints the APCA Board of Directors and also approves the external auditors every 3 years.
The APCA Board of Directors who get their mandate from the General Assembly, serve two (2), three-year terms. These BOD are nominated based on their skills-sets as required by APCA, regional and language representation and commitment to the organization. They are charged with overseeing the strategic direction of the organization through the Executive Director, and the secretariat. As mandated by the APCA Constitution, the BOD is composed of 10 members. The BOD is further composed of an executive committee, nominated by themselves, that is comprised of the Chairperson, vice-chairperson, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer and the Executive Director as an ex-officio. Other committees are set up on an adhoc basis as and when the need arises. For succession planning and continuity, there is always an overlap between members as all 10 members can not step down at the same time. The current BOD, appointed at the General Assembly meeting held in August, 2022 is composed of 3 members serving their second term and 7 new members serving their first term. The BOD hold regular quarterly meetings either virtually or face-to-face. At these meetings they get updates on activity implementation in alignment to the Strategic Plan, (APCA is currently implementing a 10 year strategic plan 2020 -2023). They also approve operational policies, annual audit and financial reports, annual budgets and workplans. They support the Advocacy, Resource Mobilization and Research agendas of the organisation.
Below the BOD is the APCA secretariat headed by the Executive Director who is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, developing and implementing plans and mobilising resources to achieve the organisational objectives and sustainability. The ED provides leadership to the APCA team, strengthens strategic partnerships and maintains high standards of governance and stakeholder engagement.
The ED is supported by three Managers in driving the strategy. These include; The Programmes and Research and Development Manager; the Administration /Human Resource Manager; the Finance Manager. These form the senior management team and below them are officers and assistants. The APCA team is composed of highly skilled and competent individuals who are committed to the mandate of the organisation.