GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving -  and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that $70B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry (i.e., index fund), and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty.

GiveDirectly has raised over $250M in revenue and reached nearly 150,000 households, while being recognized as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The New York Times Magazine writes, “The beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s role in that movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and  Business Insider.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow GiveDirectly and the broader cash movement. Our culture is direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working. We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top organizations - members of our team have come to us from private-sector companies (consultancies, law firms, investment banks, etc.), start-ups, and government. We value ability and willingness to learn over years of experience. We offer competitive salary and benefits and performance-based bonuses. 

GiveDirectly Nairobi, Kenya
Oct 27, 2019
Experienced (8+ years)
Overview: In the last several years, GiveDirectly’s East Africa portfolio (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya) has grown significantly in scale and complexity. As Regional Director, you will manage three Country Directors and lead the charge on priority-setting, execution, and performance tracking. Our teams have launched the largest experimental evaluation of a basic income program to date; enrolled refugee households across multiple settlements in Uganda and Rwanda to receive lump-sum cash transfers; and partnered with the Kampala City Council and UNICEF to deliver money directly to school-age girls.  In 2020, we are expanding upon this track record to pursue meaningful growth on two core dimensions: (1) building operational capabilities that will  advance the frontier of cash delivery (e.g. piloting a no boots on the ground model using cell phone data algorithms to target recipients) (2) driving local (in-country) fundraising, including defining and rigorously testing hypotheses on how GD can partner with institutional donors. In the latter capacity, you’ll work closely with our fundraising team in New York and London to identify and test new tactics. Responsibilities: Grow revenue for country offices by identifying strategic partnership opportunities, advancing in-country pipeline, and amplifying  GD brand with media/donors/peer organizations   Drive vision for future, step change improvements to cash delivery (i.e. in partnership with country offices, set the roadmap for what projects will unlock new lines of business and push the sector forward on cash learning & implementation) Hire exceptional senior leadership & work with country directors to both grow talent internally and reward strong performers  Ensure teams hit a bar of operational excellence such that both recipients and donors have a differentiated experience with GiveDirectly (best-in-class customer service, unique anti-fraud protocol, robust metrics & reporting) Qualifications: A track record of building relationships with institutional donors, coaching teams on partnerships management, and/or advancing sales pipelines  A passion for managing exceptional teams at scale, including entrenching company values across distributed teams,  creating opportunities for meaningful professional development, and hiring world-class talent Experience with high-quality project management in competitive environments, including scenarios that lack off-the-shelf playbooks  Strong alignment with GD values