GiveDirectly is hiring an

Associate Field Manager - External Relations

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash grants directly to the poorest people in the world. The Brookings Institution estimates that $100B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of it on evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing cash transfers as a benchmark for foreign aid – as the index fund is a benchmark for the financial industry – and in the process accelerating the end of extreme poverty.

GD has raised over $800M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 11 countries across North America, Africa, and the Middle East. We’ve also supported 19 large-scale, experimental research projects that indicate strong recipient impact of our programs – including the largest universal basic income experiment in history. We use concrete evidence to inform the design of our programs: from research results published in leading journals, to in-depth qualitative work. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our collaborative, diverse team. Joining GiveDirectly provides the opportunity to work alongside individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. We’re actively working toward an equitable and inclusive environment for all team members, and seek candidates who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organization. We recruit from organizations across all industries: our team has hailed from sectors including start-ups, government, consultancies, investment banks, and nonprofits.

Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced. We value ability, adaptability, and willingness to learn. We offer competitive salary and benefits, as well as performance-based bonuses.

Overview: In collaboration with the Senior Manager External Relations, the Associate Field Manager - External Relations will provide support across all areas of external relations within field in the districts of operation, engagement with the district and community leaders, in close collaboration with the Field Management participate in district collaborations and engagements, streamline recipient involvement, and through the respective field teams support baraza planning, and implementation. The Associate Field Manager - External Relations is also responsible for understanding and tracking and communicating risks and together with the operations team propose mitigations for these. The Associate Field Manager - External Relations will work in close collaboration with the Field Managers and Field teams to provide high quality recipient stories. The role rewards exceptional  understanding of field dynamics and local government and community relations, NGO practices within the community including safeguarding protocols.  This role will serve as the field office interface for information exchanges, reporting and related follow-up. 



District engagement

  • Proactively initiate and nurture relationships with District stakeholders, build allies and champions for GiveDirectly.
  • Engage relevant District leaders on GiveDirectly’s project goals and impact. 
  • Prioritize and track the health of GD relationships with all District stakeholders
  • Recommend strategies to improve GD engagement with stakeholders.
  • Represent GiveDirectly at District and Community events and meetings  
  • Ensure compliance to GD and Government of Uganda directives and guidelines within Field Offices


  • Ensure information and updates are proactively shared with district stakeholders 
  • Provide support to field teams that guarantees adherence to national government guidance and protocols.
  • Work closely with the Senior Manager External Relations and Engagements and Program Manager to monitor Community relations risks and recommend alternatives that safeguard GiveDirectly from risks


  • Provide the Senior Manager with regular (once per month minimum) updates on local engagement, including assessment of acceptance levels, identified risks or potential conflict points and provide recommendations on how to engage with relevant individuals or groups. 
  • Ensure reporting to local government partners is tracked and implemented in a timely manner
  • Communicate important issues and recommendations from the District to GiveDirectly and vice versa.
  • Create and maintain a database of all district stakeholders
  • Ensure GD compliance to NGO Bureau guidelines for NGOs at the district
  • Manage District External Relations records



  • An interest in maximizing GiveDirectly’s impact by building, managing, and scaling relationships and projects with GiveDirectly’s stakeholders. 
  • A strong drive to take ownership of engagements and building relations on behalf of GD 
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced team



  • University Degree in relevant field
  • Experience in leading formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Experience building and systematically managing complex relationships and challenges
  • Experience working in the development sector and engaging with public sector and government officials 
  • Excellent oral communication skills 
  • Capable of delivering high quality reports, presentations and proposals with minimal need for content editing or proofreading
  • Demonstrated success in a high-performance work environment with experience working for an International NGO or a multinational company
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, and maturity of judgment
  • Fluency in English, both verbally and in writing, is essential - ability to speak local Ugandan languages will be an added advantage


GD Values:

  • Recipients first - We prioritize recipient preferences over those of donors or ourselves.
  • Team next - We do what’s best for organizational - not individual - success.
  • Be proactively candid - We say what we believe, and are honest in sharing information.
  • Create positive energy - We strive to be a source - not drain - of energy for our colleagues.
  • Think rigorously; act quickly - We are intellectually rigorous with a drive towards action - not debate.
  • Accept reality. Propose solutions - We do not dwell on problems. We work actively to create solutions.
  • Be productively ambitious - We take the risks to pursue industry-changing success, not incremental progress.
  • Know yourself and grow - We recognize and accept our imperfections with a focus on growth. 


**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all.  GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**Alignment with GD values 



Read more about our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts here and about our decision to move our central support teams to remote first here.


About the hiring process

Format: The hiring process follows the same general outline for all open roles:

First interview (30 mins)
Take home skills assignment (~2 hours)
Second interview (1 hour)*
Third interview (1 hour)*
Final interview (1 hour)
Reference checks (30 mins each)

*For some roles, second & third interviews are combined into a panel interview. If there are adjustments or variations on this process, those changes will be communicated during the first interview.

Venue: We conduct interviews over Google Meet with camera on (unless communicated otherwise).

Accessibility: Closed captioning is available during all Google Meet interviews, and interviewers will also post interview questions in the chat box throughout the call. If you need assistance accessing either of these features, please let your interviewer know at the start of your interview! 

We’re committed to running an inclusive and accessible application process for all of our open roles. If there are questions or concerns you have about the accessibility of our hiring process, we warmly invite you to reach out to


**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**



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