Partnerships Manager

London, England, United Kingdom Full-time

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly's mission is to reshape international giving - and millions of lives - by delivering unconditional, direct cash transfers to the poor. 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.  We want to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry, which will challenge donors and NGOs to make the case that they can do more good for the poor with a dollar than the poor can do for themselves

Since 2011, GiveDirectly has raised over 240M, delivered cash to more than 100,000 families, and has been widely celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies.  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.” GiveDirectly’s leading role in the movement towards cash transfers has also been featured in outlets such as  NPR, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GiveDirectly and the broader 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 schools/firms and offer competitive salary and benefits.

Role overview:

You will join the core partnerships team at GiveDirectly that is responsible for driving new and innovative partnerships with foundations, companies, and governments. You will report to the European Partnerships Director, providing critical support on the partnerships pipeline and grants management.  Core functions will include:

  • Maintaining the partnerships pipeline, including driving research on new opportunities  
  • Developing and managing key grant proposals, including working directly with country teams to lead on specific opportunities
  • Coordinating the broader fundraising team, providing on the ground support for proposals driven through our program countries
  • Crafting tailored materials for pitches to potential funders 
  • Managing ongoing grant agreements (e.g., reporting requirements) and developing new processes to optimize the grants administration process 
  • Maintaining relevant GiveDirectly policies and registrations to ensure they are up to date

What we're looking for:

An individual with a strong drive to take ownership, a desire to work on a fast-paced team, and an interest in building, managing and scaling key relationships and projects with partners and, in turn, maximizing GiveDirectly’s impact. Other things we’d like to see:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience in a top private or public sector organization
  • Experience of working closely with governments /  foundations and of managing large grants preferred, but not necessary
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in and aptitude for project management 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain calm and good judgment in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
  • A proclivity for giving (and gracefully receiving) direct, honest feedback