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Research Manager at GiveDirectly

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • 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: Global, Remote

Travel Requirements: 5-10%

About GiveDirectly

Location: This is a fully remote position; however, candidates must be willing to have at least a 3-hour overlap with the GiveDirectly country offices in East Africa.

About This Role

As a Research Manager at GiveDirectly, you will be integral to the success of our large-scale Cash Transfer project in Malawi—one of our primary initiatives. Your role will focus on providing research and evidence-based  to drive effective project monitoring and evaluation and to enhance fundraising efforts.

Reports to: Senior Research Manager

Key Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Support ongoing project monitoring, evaluation, and initiate evaluations for non-experimental projects.
  • Project Management: Oversee research projects from initiation to completion, ensuring quality and adherence to timelines.
  • Survey Design: Develop and test quantitative surveys and qualitative interview guides; ensure the robustness of data collection instruments.
  • Fundraising: Collaborate with the Fundraising and Field Operations teams to enhance funding bids through engagements with research partners and project funders.
  • Data Analysis: Conduct data quality checks and primary analysis for non-RCT projects, providing statistical support to operational teams.
  • Reporting: Generate and review high-quality reports for key donors and stakeholders.
  • Literature Reviews: Conduct literature reviews and remain updated on relevant research findings.
  • Presentations: Regularly update senior leadership on the progress of research projects.
  • Stakeholder Management: Manage and maintain relationships with key internal & external research stakeholders.
  • Knowledge Management: Maintain and update GiveDirectly’s research databases and support various administrative research duties.

Travel: A maximum of 1 week per quarter, visit the field team to check on projects, learn about the context, and provide any in person support necessary

Core Competencies and Experiences:

  • Research Implementation: Skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Research Analysis: Skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including familiarity with R, Stata, and SurveyCTO.
  • Project Management: Proven ability to manage multiple large-scale projects, with effective risk management and stakeholder communication.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Development Studies, International Studies, or a related field. Advanced degrees are advantageous.
  • Economic Development: Understand economic development dynamics and poverty reduction strategies.
  • Communication: Strong ability to communicate complex evaluation details clearly to diverse audiences.
  • Research Synthesis: Competent in conducting literature searches and summarizing complex findings into clear, non-technical language.

Desired Qualities:

  • Demonstrates GiveDirectly’s core values and competencies, including emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and fostering inclusivity.
  • Personal or professional experience in low-income or historically marginalized communities is highly valued.


GiveDirectly offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

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.

The US base salary for this role is $94,700 USD.

This role is fully remote, so if you are not based in the US, we will share an estimated salary benchmark for the country you are based in during the hiring process.

Why work at GiveDirectly?

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
  • A monthly benefits allowance that covers Health, Dental, and Vision monthly premiums
  • Unlimited PTO (that we encourage staff to take!)
  • Desk allowance and flexible work location

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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