Field Officer (Monrovia)

Monrovia | Full-time



Role: Field Officer

Location:  Monrovia

Deadline: September 4, 2020

Applicants are encouraged to apply asap, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 Affairs, The 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 6 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, from enrollment of recipients to sending actual transfers. 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:


  • The Field  Officer  will  meet  with  the  community  leaders  and  guides  to  understand  community boundaries
  • In charge of coordinating with team members, visit every household in the town or community
  • Complete census surveys with accurate data
  • Explain GiveDirectly’s program to eligible households
  • Provide cell phones and SIM cards as necessary
  • The Field Officer will identify and eliminate ineligible households
  • Explain safety and readiness information to recipients
  • Ensure someone in the household is ready to operate the phone to access transfers

Required qualifications

  • Minimum of High School Diploma, First Degree desired.
  • Experience working with INGOs is desired
  • One to two years' experience in the field working with vulnerable communities
  • Some Experience collecting data using mobile devices
  • Some Survey Experience with NGOs
  • Computer and mobile device data entry knowledge and experience with good typing skills
  • Possess the ability to conduct and support recipient surveys and associated processes
  • Empathy, honesty, and the highest standards of integrity
  • Fluency in English and Simple Liberian Englis/Kolokwa
  • Experience working in remote counties is an added advantage
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Physical fitness and the ability to cope with difficult weather conditions or terrain
  • Patience and good judgment in resolving recipient problems