GD Rwanda Field Officer

Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda Full-time

Role: Field Officer                                                                                                     

Location: Field location in Rwanda

Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to apply early

Background: 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. GiveDirectly has been featured on NPR’s This American Life, and in Foreign AffairsThe Economist, and The New York Times. It was named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance by FastCompany, one of the 25 Most Audacious Companies by Inc., and one of GiveWell’s top-rated charities for 7 years running.

Overview: The Field Officer will play a critical day-to-day role in delivering GiveDirectly’s gold-standard cash transfer product to donors and recipients. The Field Officer will carry out and support a variety of field activities, depending on his / her team assignment and GiveDirectly’s needs on any given day. In short, the Field Officer will be responsible for executing the recipient surveys and associated processes that facilitate GiveDirectly’s unique cash transfer model. The role will reward high-quality judgment on operational questions and challenges, work ethic, communication skills, and a strong commitment to GiveDirectly’s mission and model.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure every household in the village (umudugudu) is visited
  • Complete surveys using smart-phones with accurate data
  • Explain GiveDirectly’s program to all eligible households
  • Identify ineligible households
  • In cases of fraud or irregularities, visit households and administer surveys to determine whether the household should be enrolled in the program

Required qualifications:

      The ideal candidate for the GiveDirectly Field Officer job opportunity must hold a Degree in a relevant field.

  • Two years' experience in the field working with vulnerable communities
  • Computer and mobile device data entry knowledge and experience with good typing skills and writing reports
  • Possess the ability to conduct and support recipient surveys and associated processes
  • Empathy, honesty, and the highest standards of integrity
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Physical fitness and ability to cope with difficult weather conditions or terrain
  • Patience and good judgment in resolving recipient problems

Benefits and terms

  • Health insurance
  • Up to 15% bonus, and raise according to inflation rate in the country in line with GD policy
  • Work Monday through Friday with additional compensation for work on Saturday if needed
  • Will be field-based – must be willing to work in any of GiveDirectly’s locations
  • Allowances provided as needed for travel, airtime, or other reasons
  • Employment is subject to police clearance checks