GiveDirectly Country Director - Jobs in Kenya

GiveDirectly Country Director - Jobs in Kenya

Role Overview:

GiveDirectly’s field organization is growing fast: we recently doubled our country office footprint and are experimenting with a range of research and design questions from “How do you deliver cash in a country with 1 bank in a district of 400,000 people?” to “What’s the impact of providing a universal basic income to 10,000+ individuals?”

As we scale, we need exceptional emerging leaders to manage our projects in each country. As a country director at GiveDirectly, you will oversee all aspects of our operations in your country, including project implementation (working closely with the field director, who you will manage), talent management, external relations (with government, the communities we serve, and donors like USAID) and overall risk management.


Depending on the country office needs, you will focus on a combination of the following buckets:

  • Setting up a new, high-performing country office
  • Building government relationships and obtaining all required permissions
    Recruiting initial team in-country from top 10% of local talent pool
  • Scaling operations while maintaining high-quality of product for recipients
  • Designing ambitious work-plans and accompanying budgets, and ensuring country meets targets
  • Clearly defining metrics for managers and providing regular feedback on progress
    Setting up systems to rapidly scale-up a high-quality team
  • Proactively de-risking vulnerabilities
  • Identifying fraud vulnerability and designing appropriate controls
  • Creating redundancy plans and buffers to mitigate unanticipated operational roadblocks
  • Building networks with local actors to identify and protect against macro risk
  • Building organizational culture and inspiring your team
  • Supporting org-wide initiatives that promote productivity, well-being, and morale
    Building systems for monitoring and actioning feedback from the team
  • Designing and implementing initiatives to instill GD’s values into team practices
  • Serving as the country’s main contact for external stakeholders
  • Building strong, lasting relationships with key donors and government
  • Proactively seeking out funding opportunities in-country
  • Communicating GD’s model and values to external actors to make a compelling case for cash

    Desired abilities/experience
  • 3+ years of work experience in a problem-solving heavy role (field management, consulting, analytics) at a high performing organization
  • People management experience (experience hiring and building a team preferred)
  • Strong alignment with GD values (see below)
  • Exceptional ability to logic through complex operational questions & run robust analyses to inform management and programming decisions
  • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills, including experience engaging with senior audiences
  • General passion for doing people and process management really well
  • Enthusiasm for fast-paced environments, which may lack pre-defined playbook for success and involve significant “learning by doing”

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 6th July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; GiveDirectly Country Director - Jobs in Kenya

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