GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash grants directly to the poorest people in the world. The Brookings Institution estimates that $100B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of it on evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing cash transfers as a benchmark for foreign aid – as the index fund is a benchmark for the financial industry – and in the process accelerating the end of extreme poverty.
GD has raised over $800M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 11 countries across North America, Africa, and the Middle East. We’ve also supported 19 large-scale, experimental research projects that indicate strong recipient impact of our programs – including the largest universal basic income experiment in history. We use concrete evidence to inform the design of our programs: from research results published in leading journals, to in-depth qualitative work. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.
We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our collaborative, diverse team. Joining GiveDirectly provides the opportunity to work alongside individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. We’re actively working toward an equitable and inclusive environment for all team members, and seek candidates who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organization. We recruit from organizations across all industries: our team has hailed from sectors including start-ups, government, consultancies, investment banks, and nonprofits.
Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced. We value ability, adaptability, and willingness to learn. We offer competitive salary and benefits, as well as performance-based bonuses.
About this opportunity:
The Executive Director will oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization reporting to and working in close partnership with the President. You will manage our 900+ globally distributed team members, a $200M+ annual budget, and the strategy, operations, program development, technology, and revenue generation functions.
As someone passionate about shifting the status quo in the aid space, you’ll define the roadmap and vision for maximizing the cash we raise to deliver to recipients. 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 leading our organization through continued growth and improvement.
This role is remote. Candidates must be based in or willing to relocate to one of our African countries of operation.
What you’ll do:
At GiveDirectly, we strive to pay our employees generously and equitably. We use an accredited third-party salary aggregator to ensure that staff’s total compensation package falls within the 75th percentile of similar roles, at similar organizations. We also have a no-negotiation policy to ensure we are paying staff equitably across roles.
What you’ll bring:
GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving. They provide an end-to-end platform that enables funders to provide direct cash transfers to the extreme poor. GiveDirectly are among the fastest growing international development non-profits and are recipients of a Google Global Impact Award and a top rating from GiveWell.
Their unorthodox approach - allowing the poor, and not the donor, to choose how to invest - has driven debate both in press and policy circles. Give Directly is also known for their extensive integration of technology into field processes; their quantitative approach to performance measurement; and a commitment to rigorous, independent, experimental evaluation of impact, with one Randomised Controlled Trial completed and multiple additional RCTs in progress.