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Regional Director

Remote - Based

  • Organization: GiveDirectly
  • Location: Remote | Remote - Based
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - Senior Executive
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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 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.

About this role

The Regional Director will provide significant strategic direction and support to multiple country programs and initiatives under her/his supervision. The specific countries/programs to be supervised will be determined collaboratively through the hiring process, and may evolve as new opportunities emerge. The Regional Director will report to the VP-Field Operations and work in parallel with other Regional Directors. Together they will work closely to ensure cohesive management across GiveDirectly’s field operations, drive for excellence in existing operations, and pursue new opportunities that sustain and grow GiveDirectly’s impact.

GiveDirectly currently operates in DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Yemen, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Malawi, Liberia, Morocco, the UK and the USA. GiveDirectly is in ongoing discussions about potential expansion to new countries. 

Our team is passionate about shifting the status quo with respect to how and by whom decisions are made in the aid space. We believe elevating recipient choice is critical, as is demonstrably committing to transparency around metrics and evidence. We are looking for applicants who are deeply aligned with these objectives, and energized by the prospect of building an organization that advances them.

This role will require ~25% travel.


Reports to: VP, Field Operations

Level: Director


What you’ll do:

  • People management - hire and manage country directors and cross-country staff, and ensure great talent management and development within the teams under his/her supervision, including development and growth for leaders, and equity and inclusion goals being met.
  • Strategy and planning - support Country Directors and cross-country staff planning to drive regional goals which reflect GD values and mission, which could include expansion into new countries and new innovation initiatives.
  • Program management - ensure programs under direct supervision hit a bar of operational excellence, and drive initiatives in coordination with the VP Field Operations which drive quality improvement across all Field Operations; Ensure effective information flow from Global Shared Services to country programs, as well as externally with key local allies and knowledge networks.
  • Partnerships - coach and assist Country Directors and cross-country staff, identifying strategic partnership opportunities and advancing in-country pipeline (ensuring collaboration with GD’s global partnerships team), including direct support for key proposals; take direct leadership for new country initiatives and cross-country opportunities; represent GD externally at the highest levels.


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.
  • Experience managing exceptional diverse teams, including coaching and creating opportunities for meaningful professional development, and hiring world-class talent.
  • A track record of building relationships and developing new programs with bilateral and institutional donors, coaching teams on partnerships management, and/or advancing sales pipelines. 
  • Expertise with high-quality project management relevant to the work that GiveDirectly does, including with scenarios and risks that lack off-the-shelf playbooks.
  • Relevant experience in one or more of GiveDirectly’s operating countries
  • Fluency in French, Spanish or Portuguese is preferred, fluency in English is required.
  • Experience working in humanitarian and insecure environments is preferred.
  • Experience engaging and influencing policymakers preferred.
  • Comfort and agility with quantitative assessment, program quality metrics, and financial analysis.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.


At GiveDirectly, we strive to pay our employees generously and equitably. We use an accredited third party salary aggregator to ensure that staff’s total compensation package (base compensation + bonus)  falls within the 75th percentile of similar roles, at similar organizations. We also have a no negotiation policy to ensure we are paying staff equitably across roles. 

  • The United States base salary for this role is $151,000.
  • The Kenya base salary for this role is $126,000.

If you are not based in the US or Kenya, we will share an estimated salary benchmark for the country you are based in during the hiring process. 


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, including bonus
  • 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 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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