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Associate Legal Counsel

Remote | Remote - Based

  • Organization: GiveDirectly
  • Location: Remote | Remote - Based
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: Closed

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 byFast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) has been featured in theNew York Times Magazine,This American Life,Foreign Affairs, andThe 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.

Priority Application Deadline: July 2, 2024

Location: this role is remote. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visas in the U.S. or U.K. at this time.


About this role

As an Associate Legal Counsel, you will be joining our growing legal team, working closely with a small team of highly dedicated and dynamic members. We are seeking a self-motivated, organized, team playing member, with a keen attention to detail and the ability to think critically and dynamically. The legal team works closely with all departments while also coordinating with external stakeholders. Our responsibilities include contracts negotiations, managing end-to-end processes, regulatory compliance and other essential in-house legal functions. As a fully integrated member of the legal team, your primary focus will be contact management and negotiation, but you  will play a key cross functional role in driving success on a variety of other exciting legal initiatives.

Level: Manager 


What you’ll do:

  • Your primary focus will be assisting teams with drafting, editing, negotiating, explaining, advising, and collaborating on binding and non-binding agreements of all types in service of GD’s broader mission. 
  • The agreements you will work on will be interesting, you will be quickly drafting and negotiating complex legal documents with service providers, partners, and funders. You will work on an array of different types of agreements including, data transfer and sharing, strategic collaborations, software as a service agreements, and agreements with INGOs, government entities, and other stakeholders working towards poverty alleviation. You will have to work through new contractual legal issues involving crypto, intellectual property ownership, and  data privacy. 
  • In addition to this transactional focus, you will have the opportunity to grow and expand your skill set by assisting with other types of general legal work in a rapidly growing international nonprofit. Some areas you might focus on include, intellectual property, employment and human resources, corporate governance, fundraising, regulatory and international issues. 
  • You will work with GD’s various internal teams, including partnerships, growth, tech, programs and research. You will assist them in evaluating legal risk and opportunities with projects or business opportunities they are engaged in and help facilitate their goals.  
  • You will be expected to perform other duties commensurate with the position and special projects as assigned by the Legal Counsel. 


What you’ll bring:

Required Qualifications 

  • 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.
  • A JD or LLM from a qualified university or the international equivalent of an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law is required.
  • Current bar membership, or equivalent, in at least one jurisdiction 
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in non-profit law or commercial transactions 
  • Impeccable judgment, including understanding how to properly evaluate and communicate legal risks 
  • Able to autonomously manage multiple deliverables quickly without affecting the quality of your work
  • Strong skills managing processes and timelines with high level of accuracy and organization 
  • Thrives in fast paced high-pressure environments
  • Ability to work both under supervision and independently
  • An exceptional communicator and able to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders and across a wide variety of global cultures

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Foreign language skills (French or Portuguese preferred) 
  • Familiarity with software and project management tools like Asana, Guru and Slack
  • Experience with Salesforce and CLM softwares 



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 United States base salary for this role is $94,700.
  • The Kenya base salary for this role is $61,900.

This role is fully remote, so if you are not based in the US or Kenya, 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, 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

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 Please include the word "Accessibility" in the email title.

**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.**



Want to put your best foot forward on your GiveDirectly application? Take a look at our Candidate Application Prep Guide!


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