Field Director, Special Projects Non-profit Jobs – GiveDirectly

Organisation: GiveDirectly
Duty
Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About
US:
GiveDirectly
is an international non-profit organization that currently operating in Kenya
and Uganda that aims to help people living in extreme poverty by making
unconditional cash transfers to them via mobile phone. GiveDirectly is driving
a re-evaluation of the assumptions underlying international philanthropy with a
provocative model: we deliver donations directly to the extreme poor and let
them decide what to do with them. This approach builds on two converging
trends: the rapid spread of electronic last-mile payments solutions in the
emerging markets, and the large body of experimental evidence showing that
direct transfers are as or more cost-effective at reducing poverty than more
traditional, top-down approaches. GiveDirectly’s field operations utilize
state-of-the-art technology and business processes to deliver transfers
securely, efficiently, and transparently. Our unorthodox approach – allowing
the poor, and not the donor, to choose where they invest – has prompted debate
in the popular press and among policy makers.
Job
Summary:
The Field Director, Special Projects will render support in driving  GiveDirectly’s function as a laboratory for
innovation in cash transfer (CT) delivery. The FD will advance projects aimed
at addressing key policy and design questions (do CTs generate impact where
market access is limited? how can CTs be delivered in settings with no payments
infrastructure?). The FD will work in liaison with GD’s field leadership team
on an end-to-end approach (i.e. assisting with initial scoping/design, leading
implementation on the ground, helping to synthesize findings for appropriate
audience). The role will reward exceptional instincts on team management, a
highly autonomous work style, and the ability to apply creative solutions to
challenging operational questions. Depending on how GiveDirectly’s project
pipeline evolves, the primary responsibilities of the role may shift towards
managing and evolving GD’s gold-standard country operations (transition would
likely occur 12 months after focused work on special projects).
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Design
and set-up:
Assist with design and set-up phase of special
projects
·        
Carrying out desk/field-based recon to establish
operational feasibility & view on main design features
·        
Inputting on design of initial pilot and assisting
with set-up (e.g. gov’t permission, initial workplan etc)
·        
Field
Management:
Own implementation of special projects on the
ground
·        
Managing all aspects of ground operations,
including hiring, training and managing a team of field staff
·        
Owning quantifiable targets like operational
efficiency, speed, and data quality
·        
Build and strengthen working relationships with
stakeholders to enable smooth implementation (community, government etc)
·        
Communication: Provide
leverage on summarizing and disseminating project findings
·        
Assisting with synthesis of key results, including
recommendations for operational model
·        
Render support in the circulation of results, both
to relevant team members and external parties
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should have adequate
qualifications preferably with a degree in relevant field.
·        
Demonstrated success in a high-performing work
environment, where high degree of ownership and autonomy required
·        
Strong interest in advancing the values and mission
of GiveDirectly
·        
Exceptional communication, organizational, and
analytical skills
·        
Experience and high comfort-level working in
developing-country setting
How
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the web
link below.

Deadline: 12th February, 2016

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