Country Director (Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi)

Congo, The Democratic Republic of | Lilongwe, Malawi
Apply by 10 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 April 2018

Job Description

GiveDirectly is hiring 2 Country Directors to launch and lead our new offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. Your role will involve:
  • Hiring, training and managing your team
  • Building the organizational culture and processes that enable the achievement of short-term goals (i.e. annual KPIs) and long-term growth.
  • Representing GiveDirectly to external stakeholders including donors and government
  • Identifying and mitigating organizational risks
  • Reporting to the Regional Director, and ultimately having full responsibility for managing all aspects of your Country Office.

We are looking for people with:

  • The ability to rapidly assess and understand a complex operating environment with a view to the long-term (i.e. success is building an organization that can double in a year)
  • A strong preference for fast-paced and nimble environments, where ownership means creating a new playbook for success
  • A high degree of autonomy, grit, and resilience
  • A meaningful track record of building and managing teams in professional environments preferred
  • (For the DRC but not Malawi) Working-level French
  • (For the DRC but not Malawi) Humanitarian experience strongly preferred

Note: The DRC position will be located in either Goma, or Bukavu.

Application form: here.

About the Organization


GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving - and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide cash 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.

Track record

GD has reached over 100,000 households (benefiting ~500,000 individuals) since launching in 2011 and has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The Guardian writes “GiveDirectly…has sent shockwaves through the charity sector", while the New York Times Magazine adds “the beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s leading role in the movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and Business Insider.


We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GD and the broader cash movement. Our culture is honest, direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working. We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top organizations - members of our team have come to us from private-sector companies (consultancies, law firms, investment banks, etc.), start-ups, and government. We value experience and ability over years of experience. We offer competitive salary and benefits and performance-based bonuses.

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