Director of Operations and Finance

London, England, United Kingdom


We are looking for a Director of Operations and Finance to oversee all of our campaigns and ensure the campaigns deliver maximum impact and are completed on time and on budget. The Director of Operations and Finance is also responsible for overseeing DMI’s finances. We are looking for an exceptional candidate to fill this key, senior role. It's unlikely that one individual will have all the skills and experience required: we are open to candidates from the private sector with a background in operations, finance or consultancy, or from senior executives within the NGO or media sectors.

DMI delivers mass media campaigns to promote health in developing countries. It is the first organisation to scientifically prove that mass media can change life-saving behaviours. It recently completed a 5-year, £7m randomised controlled trial in West Africa which showed that 35% more children were taken for treatment for malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Child mortality was reduced by 7.5% as a result. DMI is ranked as one of the most cost-effective non-profit organisations in the world by GiveWell.

DMI currently has operations in four countries (Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania and DR Congo) as well as projects coming on-stream in Malawi, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. We have two priorities: to continue to generate ground-breaking research (we are conducting another major scientific trial to measure our impact on contraceptive uptake) while taking proven strategies to the largest possible scale, saving as many lives as possible. We work across the range of health issues, including child survival, reproductive health, nutrition and hygiene and we’re developing some exciting new ideas, including early childhood development.

We are an innovative and rapidly growing organisation, working at the nexus between science and creativity. There are 14 staff in our London office, overlooking the Regents Canal. What makes us distinctive is our intellectual rigour, enthusiasm and willingness to learn from both our successes and our mistakes. We believe we are on the cutting edge of how international development should work, showing – for example - not only that knowledge is a human right, but that it’s also a very efficient way of saving lives. Our ethos is non-hierarchical: all our staff are intellectually high-powered and it’s a “best idea wins” culture. By working at DMI you will have a genuine, measurable impact on improving lives in low-income countries.

Candidates are strongly advised to attend a presentation about DMI on 29 March or 4 April at 6.30pm. Candidates will get a brief presentation about DMI and they will have the opportunity to ask the CEO questions about the role. Please email to register for one of these evenings.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Sunday 9 April 2017. First round interviews are expected to take place on 19/20 April with second round interviews on 25 April.

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