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Lead Consultant - India Program (Contractual)

Asia and the Pacific: India

  • Organization: GiveDirectly
  • Location: Asia and the Pacific: India
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash grants directly to the poorest people in the world. The Brookings Institution estimates that $100B 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 $800M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 11 countries across North America, Africa, and the Middle East. We’ve also supported 19 large-scale, experimental research projects that indicate strong recipient impact of our programs – including the largest universal basic income experiment in history. We use concrete evidence to inform the design of our programs: from research results published in leading journals, to in-depth qualitative work. 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 Contract:


You will be responsible for managing all aspects of the GiveDirectly program launch. Your contract will include working with local partners to launch operations in India, managing partnerships with government, funders, and private sector agencies, and building processes and partnerships that enable achievement of short-term goals (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.


The ideal person will have excellent relationship building skills, a high degree of autonomy, a strong understanding of the social sector in India, and prior experience starting and managing new programs end to end without a predefined playbook.


Core deliverables will include: 


Fundraising and Relationships Management

  • Generate and pursue fundraising opportunities to deploy GiveDirectly’s model
  • Work with government officials to seek appropriate permissions for programs
  • Build contacts with like-minded implementing partners and NGOs
  • Handle meetings with prospective and confirmed partners
  • Develop high quality brand-accurate content for GiveDirectly’s work


Program Management

  • Oversee 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


Internal Audit

  • 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


Partner Management

  • Oversee high quality program delivery through local partner
  • Build capacity of partner staff at various levels by ensuring they have clearly defined metrics for success and regular feedback mechanisms


Other deliverables as needed


What we're looking for: 



  • 10+ years of experience, of which at least 5 is in a similar role or function (e.g. country management, social sector business development, program management, consulting)
  • Strong background and track record of success in fundraising in the social sector 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent capacity to establish rapport and build relationships.
  • Strong understanding of the social sector in India
  • Experience working with the government in India
  • A high degree of autonomy and resilience. Enthusiasm for fast-paced environments, that involve significant learning by doing
  • Team management experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • Analytical problem solver: you look at problems with an analytical and iterative mindset and a strong framework for prioritization
  • Alignment with GD values


Nice to have

  • Prior experience supporting or leading expansion into new markets or geographies
  • Experience working with a distributed and multicultural team across different time zones

**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.**


Terms of Contract

  • Location: New Delhi, India 
  • Travel: Travel may be required, in which case travel related expenses would be covered.


Application Deadline: 25 January 2023

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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