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 allocated to evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing a benchmark, and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty. GiveDirectly has raised over $400M in revenue (>$150M in 2020 alone), while being recognized as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s role in that movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and Business Insider.
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.
GiveDirectly is seeking an entrepreneurial individual to support their Africa country offices as they innovate on the model (e.g. scaling contactless approaches post-COVID), establish a foothold in new markets (e.g. creating a sustainable humanitarian practice), and invest in exceptional talent. This role requires a dynamic leader, who is animated by the problem-solving required to drive operational excellence (e.g. how does GiveDirectly 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.
GiveDirectly currently operates in multiple African countries: DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Malawi, Liberia, and Morocco, as well as providing assistance to the government of Guinea. GiveDirectly is in ongoing discussions about potential expansion to new countries.
The team is passionate about shifting the status quo with respect to how and by whom decisions are made in the aid space. GiveDirectly believes that elevating recipient choice is critical, as is demonstrably committing to transparency around metrics and evidence. They are looking for applicants who are deeply aligned with these objectives, and energized by the prospect of building an organization that advances them.
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.