Operations Manager, East Africa

Kampala, Central Region, Uganda Full-time

Role: Operations Manager, East Africa

Location: based in Kampala, Uganda with regional / in-country travel

Reports to: Regional Director, East Africa

Start date: ASAP


About GiveDirectly:

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving - and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide cash grants directly to people living in extreme poverty. The Brookings Institution estimates that $80B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $140B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions.  GiveDirectly wants to change that, and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty.

GD has raised over $200M since launching in 2011 and has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profits by Fast Company. The Guardian writes “GiveDirectly…has sent shockwaves through the charity sector,” while the New York Times Magazine adds “the beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s leading role in the movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and  Business Insider.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GD and the broader cash movement.  Our culture is honest, direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working.  We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top firms and universities. We offer competitive salary and benefits and performance-based bonuses.

About the role:

We have an entrepreneurial, results-oriented team that is expanding in size and scope. We're on track to commit over $50M in household transfers in in East Africa in 2018, with plans to open in 3 new countries by end of year. We are looking for a talented professional to run special projects and support senior leaders within the org across a variety of functions (East Africa operations, research, and fundraising). You must have a track record of delivering stellar results in high-performing environments. You must be excited about solving the hard problem of getting millions of dollars into the hands of poor households. 


  • Run discrete East Africa ops projects, supporting: local fundraising, technology innovation, new cash projects, process and system design, etc.
  • Work with marketing team to create content that builds the GD brand by better connecting donors with our recipients and field operations
  • Provide support to executive team, mainly on research and knowledge management (one-off analyses, development econ lit review, etc.)

 You should:

  • Have a strong preference for fast-paced and nimble environments, where autonomy and ownership mean no set playbook for success
  • Be willing to roll-up your sleeves each day to solve pressing problems
  • Strongly prefer a work environment where humor, candor, and outcomes are highly valued
  • Have a high degree of autonomy, grit, and resilience
  • Have at least 2 years professional experience, preferably in analytical / project oriented roles (e.g. management consulting)