GiveDirectly currently operates in multiple African countries: DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Malawi, Liberia, and Morocco, as well providing assistance to the government of Guinea. GiveDirectly is in ongoing discussions about potential expansion to new countries.
Our team is passionate about shifting the status quo with respect to how and by whom decisions are made in the aid space. We believe elevating recipient choice is critical, as is demonstrably committing to transparency around metrics and evidence. We are looking for applicants who are deeply aligned with these objectives, and energized by the prospect of building an organization that advances them.
Cash transfers are at a potential inflection point: COVID-19 has amplified the challenges of bulkier in-kind aid models , and over 190 countries are deploying cash as the dominant tool of assistance. GiveDirectly has an opportunity to leverage its strong track record (i.e. operations across 9 countries, >$250M transferred to over a million individuals, 13 randomized control trials), to both deliver immense impact and position itself as the premiere cash implementation organization globally.
About the role:
We are seeking an entrepreneurial individual to support our Africa country offices as they innovate on our model (e.g. scaling contactless approaches post-COVID), establish a foothold in new markets (e.g. creating a sustainable humanitarian practice), and invest in a exceptional talent. This role requires a dynamic leader, who is animated by the problem-solving required to drive operational excellence (e.g. how do we tamp down on new forms of leakage?), and energized by building sustainable strutures and supports to nurture diverse teams as they grow.
The Regional Director will provide significant strategic direction and support to multiple country programs and initiatives under her/his supervision. The specific countries/programs to be supervised will be determined collaboratively through the hiring process, and may evolve as new opportunities emerge. The Regional Director will report to the Africa Operations Director and work in parallel to a second regional director. Together they will work closely to ensure cohesive management across GiveDirectly’s Africa country operations, drive for excellence in existing operations, and pursue new opportunities that sustain and grow GiveDirectly’s impact.
People management - hire and manage
country directors and cross-country staff, and ensure great talent
management and development within the teams under his/her
supervision, including development and growth for leaders, and
equity and inclusion goals being met.
Strategy and planning - support
Country Director planning and develop and drive regional goals
which reflect GD values and mission, which could include expansion
into new countries and new innovation initiatives.
Program management - ensure programs
under direct supervision hit a bar of operational excellence, and
drive initiatives in coordination with Africa Operations Director
which drive quality improvement across all Africa programs; Ensure
effective information flow from HQ to country programs, as well as
externally with key local allies and knowledge networks.
Partnerships - coach and assist
Country Directors identifying strategic partnership opportunities
and advancing in-country pipeline (ensuring collaboration with GD’s
global partnerships team), including direct support for key
proposals; take direct leadership for new country initiatives and
cross-country opportunities; represent GD externally at the highest
Experience managing exceptional
diverse teams, including coaching and creating opportunities for
meaningful professional development, and hiring world-class
A track record of building
relationships and developing new programs with bilateral and
institutional donors, coaching teams on partnerships management,
and/or advancing sales pipelines.
Expertise with high-quality project
management relevant to the work that GiveDirectly does, including
with scenarios and risks that lack off-the-shelf playbooks.
Relevant experience in one or more of
GiveDirectly’s operating countries in Africa.
Experience engaging and influencing
with policy makers preferred.
Comfort and agility with quantitative
assessment, program quality metrics, and financial analysis.
Strong written and oral communication
Strong alignment with GD values
Based out of one of GD African
~2-3 weeks per quarter travelling to
country offices under his/her supervision, depending on launch