Field Officer – Kogi, Nigeria GiveDirectly Kogi, Kogi, Nigeria

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Job description

Location: Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash 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 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 $700M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 10 countries. We’ve also supported large-scale, experimental research that indicates strong recipient impact of our programs. 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.

About This Role

The Field Officer is the primary contact between GiveDirectly and the recipients. His/her role will be central to the success of the organization’s field operations. They are the face and reputation of the organization in the community and manage the relationship with recipients and leaders in the community. The Field Officers work full-time in the field and report to an Associate Field Manager. This role does not manage any other staff.

The Field Officer will carry out and support a variety of activities, depending on his/her team assignment and GiveDirectly’s needs on any given day, including executing recipient surveys and associated processes to deliver GiveDirectly’s unique cash transfer model. Part of the Field Officer’s responsibility includes supporting the Associate Field Manager in day-to-day field operations, including work planning, field risk assessment, community mobilization, and sensitization, and recipient protection.

GiveDirectly holds highly the value of keeping recipients as the priority of our work and always ensuring recipients are satisfied with how the organization relates with them. The Field Officer ensures eligible recipients are safeguarded, their rights are protected, their choices are respected and that they have the necessary support mechanisms to fully realize the impact of the transfers they receive from GiveDirectly.

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. This is a 6-month contract position to start, with the opportunity to extend depending on funding availability and performance.

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have experience working in the communities that GiveDirectly will serve.

Reports to: Associate Field Manager

Level : Field Officer

What You’ll Do

Community Engagement

  • Be a representative of GiveDirectly within the community by meeting with community members, explaining the program, helping to enroll recipients, and solving any issues or concerns that may arise
  • Conduct community entry meetings in target communities; identify any risks or operational challenges ahead of enrollment

Help with Enrollment

  • Explain GiveDirectly program to eligible households
  • Verify location of eligible households by using phones or tablets to conduct surveys
  • Educate households on how to enroll via USSD and set up mobile money accounts

All Other

  • Ensure we are achieving a high fidelity program by adequately interfacing with recipients and ensuring the pilot is on track
  • Support the Assistant Field Manager with daily activities and management of any operational challenges

What You’ll Bring

  • Must be fluent in at least 1 of the local languages spoken in Kogi State (Igbira, Hausa) – a language test will be administered
  • Minimum of a diploma or degree in relevant field
  • Previous working experience in the field with vulnerable communities (1-2 years minimum). Experience as a field enumerator or field officer preferred.
  • Empathy, honesty, and the highest standards of integrity
  • Technological literacy – ability to use a smartphone, tablet, or computer to accurately record recipient details in survey forms.
  • Strong interest in advancing the distinctive values and mission of GiveDirectly
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Patience and good judgment in resolving recipient problems
  • 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.

Compensation

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.

We will share an estimated salary benchmark for the country you are based in during the hiring process.

Why work at GiveDirectly?

Role

At GiveDirectly, we work to ensure that you have everything you need to excel in your role and on your team, including

  • A positive and supportive team with opportunities for advancement
  • A demonstrated commitment to helping all staff develop and grow
  • A competitive salary, including bonus
  • A robust health benefits plan (exact details will vary by country)
  • Unlimited PTO (that we encourage staff to take!)
  • Desk allowance and flexible work location

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

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 careers@givedirectly.org .

**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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