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Recipient Advocacy Intern

Remote | global remote

  • Organization: GiveDirectly
  • Location: Remote | global remote
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) provides cash grants directly to people living in extreme poverty. Since launching in 2011, GD has raised over $1B, delivered cash to more than 1.5 million recipients, launched operations in 15 countries, and continues to expand its reach across the Global South. GD has also grown the research base supporting unconditional cash with 20 randomized control trials from its programs, generating rigorous evidence across countries and contexts. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies byFast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) has been featured in theNew York Times Magazine,This American Life,Foreign Affairs, andThe Economist.

Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and agile. We work alongside 750+ individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. Team members at GiveDirectly attest that diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords, but a fundamental part of our culture and values. We actively seek to recruit individuals from the communities we serve, and use DEI as a lens in our hiring practices, programs, and initiatives. Our goal is to maintain a workplace where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work, and feel valued and respected for who they are. We strive to be inclusive of all cultures and experiences while upholding our values globally. In the spirit of our "Know Yourself and Grow" value, we recognize there is always room to improve our team's working experience. But day to day, we aim to "Create Positive Energy" - we take care of one another, have fun, aim to maximize flexibility and accessibility in roles, and pursue professional development opportunities to stay challenged & engaged in our work. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Intern pay will be hourly, and rate of pay will depend on level of education and experience.  The salary for this internship is as follows for U.S.-based interns. 

If not U.S.-based, there will be an adjustment to the hourly amount based on cost of living and local market rates of the country in which candidates are based:

  • Undergraduate student: $19.00/hour
  • Recent graduate: $22.00/hour
  • Master’s degree student: $29.00/hour


About this role

Location: Remote, but interns must be based in the US, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Morocco, DRC, Uganda, Malawi, or Mozambique

Deadline: We will accept applications until March 7th, 2024

Reports to: Director, Safeguarding and Recipient Advocacy 

Number of positions to be filled: 1


  • Conduct desk research on advocacy events relevant to GD's work 
  •  Coordinate administrative logistics related to case reporting and management (suggestion boxes, posters etc)
  • Supporting development of safeguarding improvement tolls and dissemination of the same 
  • Conduct desk research on best practices in the sector for safe cash programming

Education Requirement:

  • Master’s degree student in Communications, International Relations, Diplomacy or other relevant major.

Skills Requirement:

  • Ability to coordinate tasks across teams and countries 
  • Some experience working with rural communities 
  • Previous experience in humanitarian, child protection, safeguarding is an added advantage 
  • Experience with writing reports and general knowledge management 
  • Ability to conduct issue-based research for conceptualization of decisions 
  • Experience coordinating internal and external partners 
  • Above average competence in using Microsoft suite 

Why choose an internship at GiveDirectly?

At GiveDirectly, we work to ensure that you have everything you need to excel in your role and on your team, including:

  • A positive and supportive team who likes to have fun 
  • A demonstrated commitment to helping interns develop and grow
  • Flexible work location


Read more about our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts here and about our decision to move our central support teams to remote first here.


About the hiring process

Format: The hiring process follows the same general outline for all open roles:

First interview (30 mins)Take home skills assignment (~2 hours)Second interview (1 hour)*Third interview (1 hour)*Final interview (1 hour)Reference checks (30 mins each)

*For some roles, second & third interviews are combined into a panel interview. If there are adjustments or variations on this process, those changes will be communicated during the first interview.

Venue: We conduct interviews over Google Meet with camera on (unless communicated otherwise).

Accessibility: Closed captioning is available during all Google Meet interviews, and interviewers will also post interview questions in the chat box throughout the call. If you need assistance accessing either of these features, please let your interviewer know at the start of your interview! 

We’re committed to running an inclusive and accessible application process for all of our open roles. If there are questions or concerns you have about the accessibility of our hiring process, we warmly invite you to reach out to


**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**



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