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Call Center Manager

Remote | Nampula | Maputo

  • Organization: GiveDirectly
  • Location: Remote | Nampula | Maputo
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Customer services
  • Closing Date:

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.

Job Title: Call Center & IT Support Manager

Start date: As soon as possible

Location: Maputo

Reports to: Program Manager/Senior Manager Operations 

Contract: Fixed contract (subject to funding and performance)

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing 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 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 $700M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 11 countries. We’ve also supported large-scale, experimental research that indicates strong recipient impact of our programs. 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.

Role Overview:

The Call Center & IT Support Manager (CCM) will play a central role in ensuring that GiveDirectly delivers a gold-standard product to donors and a positive experience to recipients. The person will oversee staff on multiple projects that are responsible for monitoring our recipients after they have received transfers - to ensure safe receipt and resolve any resultant challenges. This follow-up and monitoring will be done in person and through our call center. He/She will be responsible for the efficient and effective implementation of the follow-up process, including tracking the performance of the follow-up team; monitoring recipient call data; streamlining workflow processes and call scripts; building a culture of mentorship and professional development; and identifying opportunities for risk mitigation and process improvement. Additionally, the CCM will act as the IT focal point for the national team and must be proficient in end user and desktop support, with an understanding of endpoint security and mobile device support across Android and iOS platforms. Expertise in managing call center applications and infrastructure support is also desirable. The role will reward exceptional personnel management, effective communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and a strong commitment towards building a scalable and better-leveraged field organization.

 

Responsibilities

Design and monitor call-center workflow

  • Create and track work-plans for call center team
  • Oversee and ensure resolution of adverse events / mobile money registration problems; provide guidance on unique or challenging cases
  • Review weekly reports to track productivity and quality of service; design and own process of correcting slipping metrics
  • Monitor recipient call data to ensure data integrity
  • Coach Associate Field managers (AFMs)  to identify any red flags and pick up on any un-flagged issues

 

Team management

  • Oversee coordination and management of  professional development and training of call-center agents (e.g. trainings on all new protocols for existing team as well as all training for new staff)
  • Strengthen coordination systems between enrolment and follow-up
  • Identify opportunities for “specialization trainings” on different follow-up functions (e.g. Case management) and assess the necessity of re-organizing the team
  • Ensure positive team dynamics and identify opportunities for morale-building (e.g. retreats, team events, incentives schemes, etc.)

 

Systems improvement/documentation

  • Oversee implementation of technologies aimed at streamlining data collection and workflow management
  • Maintain updated documentation of all collected data and case-management protocols, including those aimed at ensuring data security and standardization
  • Identify gaps and provide solutions to address GiveDirectly’s current case management process.
  • Identify and formulate solutions to address fraud vulnerability in all stages of the follow-up process (e.g. SIM-card changes)
  • Responsible for ongoing maintenance of call center infrastructure, in collaboration with IT department & Vendors, and taking on occasional strategic projects to improve call center operations and performance.

 

IT Support

  • Provide first-line technical support to end users via various channels, including in-person, phone, email, and remote assistance.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software, and network issues for desktops, laptops, printers, and other peripherals.
  • Implement and maintain endpoint security to safeguard against cyber threats and ensure compliance with the GD security policies.
  • Administer and support call center applications and infrastructure, including troubleshooting telephony issues, managing call queues, and optimizing system performance.
  • Document technical procedures, user guides, and troubleshooting steps to facilitate knowledge sharing and improve support efficiency.

 

Other

  • Coordinate special fundraising, operational, or research projects with non-traditional follow-up data collection

 

Core competencies and experiences

  • University Degree in any related field.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire team members to achieve goals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively with customers, team members, and senior management.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to interpret data, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Proficiency in call center technology and software applications, including CRM systems and workforce management tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly independent and self-directed manner, while effectively communicating upwardly about gaps and risks
  • Enthusiasm for fast-paced environments, which may lack a pre-defined playbook for success and involve significant “learning by doing” 
  • Proven experience in end user support and desktop support roles, preferably in a multinational environment.
  • Strong understanding of endpoint security principles and experience with security tools such as antivirus software, firewalls, and intrusion detection/prevention systems.
  • Proficiency in managing internet connectivity and security protocols, including VPNs, firewalls, proxy servers, and SSL/TLS encryption.
  • Understanding of call center applications and infrastructure, such as IVR systems, and CTI integrations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical users.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with a proactive approach to identifying and resolving issues.
  • Experience managing a call center (will be considered but not required), with a minimum of 2 years in a leadership role. 
  • Alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies: emotional intelligence, problem-solving, project management, follow-through, and fostering inclusivity. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have personal or professional experience in the low-income and/or historically marginalized communities that we serve.

 

Why work 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 with opportunities for advancement 
  • A demonstrated commitment to helping all staff develop and grow
  • A competitive salary
  • A health benefits plan. 
  • Unlimited PTO (that we encourage staff to take!)

Read more about our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on our website here.

**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.**

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 careers@givedirectly.org

 

**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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