Director of Technical Program Management (Remote)

July 12, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

GiveDirectly (GD)

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that $70B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of which is allocated to evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing a benchmark, and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty. GiveDirectly has raised over $400M in revenue (>$150M in 2020 alone), while being recognized as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s role in that movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and Business Insider.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Director of Technical Program Management
Location: Lagos, Nigeria (Remote)
Department: Data & Technology
Reports to: Director of Field Technology
Level: Director
About this Role

Technology will play a critical role in enabling the next generation of cash delivery operations: from identifying recipients without needing to knock on doors, to best-in-class fraud detection.
We are looking for a director to lead the team through rapid growth and drive a strategic technology roadmap that will enable cash delivery at scale, ultimately enabling GiveDirectly to send more cash to people experiencing extreme poverty.
Our technical program management team partners with our field operations teams to design and operationalize new cash delivery programs by implementing and managing the technology used for identifying, enrolling and paying recipients.
It also partners with our engineering team to scope and define our roadmap for new software products to solve key problems in cash delivery.
It’s part technical implementation – systems design, data collection, cleaning, modeling, and analysis – and part technical project management – requirements definition, stakeholder management, timeline management, problem solving, and prioritization.
You are a systems thinker who can balance long term investments against a host of day-to-day field challenges, both technical and operational.
You have the technical expertise to guide engineering roadmap and drive vendor decisions to continue adding new capabilities to our stack.
You can drive prioritization conversations among technical and non-technical stakeholders to negotiate competing priorities and fuel progress toward organizational goals.
You are excited to grow a team, from hiring to coaching to figuring out systems and practices that can deliver high quality while scaling rapidly.

What You’ll Do

Lead the technology build out for all new cash delivery program launches, helping GiveDirectly reach more people across more geographies
Manage managers, each of whom manage a team of technical program managers and data associates
Develop and grow the team through rapid scaling, including building norms and culture to enable the team to operate efficiently and maintain quality with rapid growth
Build a culture of system design, data modeling, and project management best practices
Partner with the engineering team to define software products to solve new challenges in cash delivery
Serve as strategic decision maker on vendor selection for off-the-shelf tools to expand tech stack capability
Drive roadmap discussions with teams across the organization, including operations, research, finance, and fundraising, including working across stakeholders to shift from a service mindset to product mindset
Ensure the team follows best practices for data privacy and security, to ensure protection of recipient data

What You’ll Bring

8+ years of experience in a similar field (e.g., technical product/program management, software engineering, systems engineering, data analytics)
4+ years of people management experience with proven leadership ability in rapidly scaling high performing teams
Demonstrated track record of delivering tech products from ambiguity to delivery
Passion for both building process and structure to enable scale & jumping into open-ended problems
Experience building a team culture of structured problem solving, drive to fix root causes, and high attention to detail
Proven ability to manage the urgent alongside driving persistent, continual improvement and quality
Strong systems thinking and ability to weigh short and long term tradeoffs of technical design decisions
Strong ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively across cross-functional teams and senior business and technical stakeholders
Knowledge of data security and privacy best practices
Experience writing code, such as Python, R, Java, etc.
Alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies: emotional intelligence, problem solving, project management, follow-through, and fostering inclusivity.
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have personal or professional experience in the low-income and/or historically marginalized communities that we serve.


At GiveDirectly, we strive to pay our employees generously and equitably.
We use an accredited third party salary aggregator to ensure that staff’s total compensation package (base compensation + bonus)  falls within the 75th percentile of similar roles, at similar organizations.
We also have a no negotiation policy to ensure we are paying staff equitably across roles.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

This role is fully remote but must overlap with an East Africa timezone by at least 4 hours.
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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