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  • Country Director at GiveDirectly

  • Posted on: 17 April, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • GiveDirectly allows governments, foundations, and individual donors to provide direct cash transfers to the extreme poor. Using the latest technology at every step, we locate recipients, integrate them into electronic payments networks, and monitor transfers end-to-end. We charge the full cost of delivering this service and nothing more.

    Kenya is GiveDirectly’s oldest country operation, with more than 60,000 families (and 250,000 Kenyans) receiving cash grants over the past decade. GiveDirectly’s work in Kenya includes an ongoing lump sum cash transfer program currently operating in the Rift Valley and the Coast, ongoing follow-up for GiveDirectly’s 12 year universal basic income pilot program in Nyanza and the Coast, as well as other ongoing and potential special projects, including in Nairobi.


    Country Director (Multiple)


    Job Details

    We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our field team. Our culture is blunt, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced, We recruit candidates from top organizations across all industries - our team has hailed from consultancies, investment banks, start-ups, non-profits and government. We value ability and willingness to learn over years of experience. We offer competitive salary and benefits and performance-based bonuses.

    Role Overview:

    GiveDirectly’s field organization is growing fast: we recently doubled our country office footprint and are experimenting with a range of research and design questions from “How do you deliver cash in a country with 1 bank in a district of 400,000 people?” to “What’s the impact of providing a universal basic income to 10,000+ individuals?”

    As we scale, we need exceptional emerging leaders to manage our projects in each country. As a country director at GiveDirectly, you will oversee all aspects of our operations in your country, including project implementation (working closely with the field director, who you will manage), talent management, external relations (with government, the communities we serve, and donors like USAID) and overall risk management. You will also work with our global partnerships team to increase the funding for cash to the poor.

    In this role, you will build on your proven leadership skills to manage and inspire your team. You will apply your critical thinking skills to a wide and varied range of challenges - on one day, hiring, on another budget setting, on another call center optimization. You will have significant autonomy to run (and improve) day-to-day operations, with support and mentorship from fellow leaders across the global org. You will represent GiveDirectly to senior stakeholders in-country, helping to make the case for one of the most exciting emerging trends in development. Your work will drive impact on a daily basis, with success measured as the amount of money you put into the hands of individuals in need.


    Depending on the country office needs, you will focus on a combination of the following buckets:

    • Scaling operations while maintaining high-quality of product for recipients
    • Proactively de-risking vulnerabilities
    • Building organizational culture and inspiring your team
    • Supporting org-wide initiatives that promote productivity, well-being, and morale
    • Serving as the country’s main contact for external stakeholders

    Desired abilities/experience

    • 3+ years of work experience in a problem-solving heavy role (field management, consulting, analytics) at a high performing organization
    • People management experience (experience hiring and building a team preferred)
    • Strong alignment with GD values (see below)
    • Exceptional ability to logic through complex operational questions & run robust analyses to inform management and programming decisions
    • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills, including experience engaging with senior audiences
    • General passion for doing people and process management really well
    • Enthusiasm for fast-paced environments, which may lack pre-defined playbook for success and involve significant “learning by doing”

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to GiveDirectly career website on givedirectly.recruiterbox.com to apply

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