Regional Director

  • GiveDirectly
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Oct 27, 2019
Experienced (8+ years) Operations Partnerships Project/Program Management Research Strategy Non-Profit/Philanthropy

Job Description


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.


  • 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)


  • 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