Senior Manager, DRC


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. 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.” GD has also been featureded in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and Business Insider.


Overview: The Senior Manager is a key managerial role in GiveDirectly’s field operation, with responsibility for recruiting and managing a large team to deliver millions of dollars to poor households annually. In certain cases, Senior Managers help to drive GiveDirectly’s function as a laboratory for innovation in cash transfer delivery, by advancing projects aimed at addressing key policy and design questions. The role rewards exceptional instincts on team management, a highly autonomous work style, and the ability to apply creative solutions to challenging operational questions.

Job Description:

Design and set-up of special projects
- Conducting desk/field-based recon to establish operational feasibility & view on main design features
- Inputting on design of initial pilot and assisting with set-up (e.g. gov’t permission, initial workplan etc)

Field Management. Deliver $5-10M per year to the extreme poor.
- Managing all aspects of ground operations, including hiring, training and managing a team of 30+ field staff at a time
- Owning quantifiable targets like operational efficiency
- Building relationships with government and other stakeholders

Team leadership across a number of other areas.
-Assisting with implementation of research/academic partnerships on the ground
-Supporting outreach and communications effort
- Assisting with synthesis of key results, including recommendations for operational model/broader sector


Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in a high-performance work environment
Strong interest in advancing the values and mission of GiveDirectly
Exceptional communication, organizational, and analytical skills
Ability to approach tasks with resourcefulness and to work in a highly self-directed manner
Ability to manage day-to-day operations while simultaneously building more robust, efficient systems
Experience and high comfort-level working in developing-country or high-risk settings
Working proficiency in English and French

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please submit all applications through GiveDirectly's website

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