Country Director, Malawi


About the organization

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. GD 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.


You will oversee three primary workstreams: (1) completing the USAID Malawi project at an exceptional bar that sets us up to extend the partnership and amplify benchmarking results more broadly, (2) launching our first non-study cash transfer program in Malawi with the goal of attaining maximum efficiency, and (3) scoping and pitching new projects to relevant partners and donors (i.e. figuring out where cash is most likely to have influence, both in the lives of recipients and the thinking of donors). We’d love to hear if you believe that aid recipients should play a greater role in deciding how aid resources are allocated; enjoy new operational challenges; and are excited to take an entrepreneurial role in leading and growing a country office. (NB: Applications will be assessed and candidates contacted on a rolling basis.)

-Deliver program at an exceptional quality bar
-Manage field teams
-Identify operational vulnerabilities (e.g. fraud, brand risk) and create solutions
-Ensure strong community relations and sensitivity to recipient feedback
-Own revenue targets for the country and build relationships with external stakeholders
-Build a robust pipeline of project and funding opportunities to enable further scale in Malawi
-Serve as a leading voice to external actors (press, peer org's, funders)
-Build organizational culture and inspire your team


Desired abilities/experience:

Proven record of successful people management at a high performing organization (experience hiring and building a team preferred)
Excitement for partnerships and business development work (experience managing relationships with and delivering outcomes for institutional partners 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
Experience in Malawi highly preferred

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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. We value ability and willingness to learn over years of experience.

Project Overview:

In 2018, GD doubled its footprint, opening offices in DRC, Liberia, and Malawi. We see the expansion of our operating base as a significant opportunity to demonstrate the potential of cash in more diverse contexts.

GiveDirectly Malawi is currently implementing a project for USAID which will create a cash “benchmark”: that is, evidence on cash transfer outcomes in Malawi that USAID can use against which to measure the impact of non-cash programs. In addition, we will kick off an additional lump sum cash transfer project in 2020, and are keen to see our work in Malawi expand in the coming years.

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