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Finance Treasury and Payments Manager at GiveDirectly

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
  • Salary: 00


About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly (GD) provides cash grants directly to people living in extreme poverty. Since launching in 2011, GD has raised over $1B, delivered cash to more than 1.5 million recipients, launched operations in 15 countries, and continues to expand its reach across the Global South. GD has also grown the research base supporting unconditional cash with 20 randomized control trials from its programs, generating rigorous evidence across countries and contexts. 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) has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and agile. We work alongside 750+ individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. Team members at GiveDirectly attest that diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords, but a fundamental part of our culture and values. We actively seek to recruit individuals from the communities we serve, and use DEI as a lens in our hiring practices, programs, and initiatives. Our goal is to maintain a workplace where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work, and feel valued and respected for who they are. We strive to be inclusive of all cultures and experiences while upholding our values globally. In the spirit of our “Know Yourself and Grow” value, we recognize there is always room to improve our team’s working experience. But day to day, we aim to “Create Positive Energy” – we take care of one another, have fun, aim to maximize flexibility and accessibility in roles, and pursue professional development opportunities to stay challenged & engaged in our work.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Location: Remote, preferably resident in Africa (Kenya, Uganda or Malawi)

About this role

The Finance team currently supports all financial activities in 13 countries, 10 of which are in Africa. As a member of the global finance team, the role will deliver on finance and payments responsibilities for our programs and stakeholders.

They will report to the Payments Lead, and collaborate with other members of the team to deliver on organizational goals.

We are looking for a candidate with a treasury and payments background and strong analytical skills. Collaboration and efficient communication will be part of the work routine. A solutions-oriented mindset, drive for excellence and flexibility to adapt to quickly changing requirements while being attentive to details are essential for success in this role.


Reports to: Treasury and Payments Lead

Level: Manager

Travel requirement: at least 1-2 times a year to our countries of operation for team retreats or field visits.

What you’ll do:

Treasury – 50% of time and effort

  • Managing the implementation of Treasury Management Systems, Treasury policies, processes and workflows
  • Create a governance structure around Treasury policies and process designs.
  • Provide feasible analysis and funding structure for projects.
  • Manage currency trade execution and exposures for existing projects/ countries GD operates in. The currencies include (but are not limited to) – BDT, GBP, KES, LRD, MAD, MWK, MZN, NGN, RWF, UGX and USD.
  • Liquidity and cash flow management – Globally and for country operations.
  • Rethink cash flow reporting and support a strong cash management culture.
  • Lead investment management, execution, and reporting
  • Own financial account’s introduction, maintenance, and audit
  • Own a strong and professional relationship with financial institutions, telecoms and our service providers.


Payments – 30% of time and effort

  • Manage the payment cycles including issuing payments and resolving exceptions.
  • Monitor, investigate, and resolve problems or issues with payments or funding.
  • Design and implement efficient payment processes across all GD operations/countries based on the best practices
  • Support the Finance team as required to meet the department’s objectives.
  • Help run country finance operations eg. Petty cash counts, asset counts, finance liaison with authorities (tax, statutory filings), etc
  •  Ensure monthly bank reconciliations are complete with no exceptions

Risk / Compliance – 20% of time and effort

  • Drive control and compliance culture in the organization
  • Understand, advise, and implement controls and compliance requirements with external stakeholders like tax regulators and payment partners
  • Manage in-country audits, special reporting to donors and regulatory bodies on request
  • Lead compliance with regulations, internal policies, and guidelines
  • Manage KYC documentation and process for new & existing banks
  • Drive technology-enabled solutions for the Finance.


What you’ll bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting  is a must
  • Advanced finance education like MBA, CPA, CFA, FRM, etc will be an added advantage
  • 5+ years of professional experience in accounting or finance, with at least 2 years of experience in a treasury or payments role
  • Working proficiency in English. Knowledge of French and Portuguese will be an added advantage
  • Competence in Excel and financial & accounting software (e.g. Intacct, Emburse, QuickBooks)
  • Bonus: Proven experience working in a fast-paced, high-volume, or matrix work environment


Alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies is expected.  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.

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 [email protected]

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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