Regional Director, East Africa
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. 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.
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 value ability and willingness to learn over years of experience.
As Regional Director, you will manage 3 Country Directors (Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya) and lead priority-setting, execution, and performance tracking. Our teams 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; partnered with the Kampala City Council and UNICEF to deliver money directly to school-age girls.
In 2020, we are expanding to pursue growth on two dimensions: (1) building operational capabilities that will advance 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. You’ll work closely with our fundraising team in NY & 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
-Hire exceptional leadership & work with country directors to grow talent and reward strong performers
-Ensure teams hit a bar of operational excellence such that both recipients and donors have a differentiated experience with GD (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
Contact email: [email protected]
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