Lead Consultant - Bangladesh Program (Contractual)
Location: Bangladesh (Dhaka preferred, open to other locations within Bangladesh)
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 10 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.
About this role
You will be responsible for managing all aspects of the GiveDirectly’s program launch. Your role will involve building launching operations in Bangladesh for the first time for GiveDirectly, managing external partnerships with government, private sector, research, and donor stakeholders, and building processes and teams that enable achievement of short-term goals (i.e. quarterly KPIs) and create conditions for long-term growth. You will draw on internal and external resources but will ultimately be accountable to both recipients and donors for delivering a gold-standard product.
Note: This is a 1-year contract consultant position and is contingent upon funding.
Reports to: Regional Director, International.
What you’ll do:
- Ensure operational excellence of all programs
- Be accountable for annual KPIs associated with recipients paid, recipient experience, and operational efficiency
- Manage program stakeholders, internally and externally to align on objectives and timelines
- Anticipate and proactively manage risks to program delivery, stakeholder relationships, and recipients
- Work with national and local government officials to secure permissions for maintenance and expansion of programs
- Coordinate with research and implementation partners on program delivery and growth of new programs
- Lead negotiations with external private sector partners, including mobile network operators and financial service providers, to leverage technologies for program targeting, enrollment, and payments
- With the Director, Humanitarian and Regional Director, International communicate about GD to donors, media, and other partners
- Collaborate and coordinate with GiveDirectly’s Recipient advocacy team to prevent misconduct, including designing appropriate controls
- If necessary, provide leadership and oversight of investigations of alleged misconduct, ensuring best in class safeguarding and zero tolerance of fraud
- Recruit and manage high-quality program delivery team
- Build capacity of team members at all levels by ensuring that they have clearly defined metrics for success and regular feedback on progress
- Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of the GD team
What you’ll bring:
- 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.
- 5-10 years of experience in a similar role or function (e.g. program management, country management, new business development)
- Team management experience, including hiring and building teams
- Strong project management skills
- Experience in partnerships and working with Government and private sector partners
- A high degree of autonomy and resilience. Enthusiasm for fast-paced environments, which may lack a pre-defined playbook for success and involve significant “learning by doing”
- Analytical problem solver: you look at problems with an analytical and iterative mindset, with a strong framework for prioritization. You can run robust analyses to inform management and programming decisions.
- Previous USAID-funded project experience is a plus.
- Fluent in English. Fluency in Bangla a plus.
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 robust health benefits plan (exact details will vary by country)
- Unlimited PTO (that we encourage staff to take!)
- Desk allowance and flexible work location
Read more about our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts 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.**