Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working with Equal Access.

Equal Access International (EAI), a non-governmental organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA empowers under-served communities in the developing world with critically needed information, education and leadership training. With funding from bi-laterals, multi-laterals, foundations, corporate and individual donors we implement innovative media and community outreach programs that inspire positive social change on issues such as women’s empowerment, human rights, global health issues, youth life skills & livelihoods, and civic participation & governance. EAI operates in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Yemen and Cambodia and has over 175 staff worldwide and a twelve-year track record implementing media and social change projects in challenging locations. 

Current Openings

Program Manager – Africa

Country Director, Equal Access Nigeria (AREWA24 TV Project)

Seeking Technical Experts for Anticipated USAID/Liberia Media Development Project

Chief of Party, Cameroon


 

Program Manager – Africa San Francisco, Headquarters Office

Job Description

Equal Access International (www.equalaccess.org) seeks a San Francisco-based Program Manager for our growing Africa portfolio. The Program Manager is responsible for management of field programs primarily in Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as support to EA’s programs in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger. Management of additional projects elsewhere in Africa may be added. He/she will ensure high quality program delivery and lead local staff in expansion and/or innovation around existing, planned, and new activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Advance and develop Equal Access’s programming in Nigeria and Cameroon, to include project start up in Cameroon and expansion in Nigeria.
  • Supervise field-based Country Directors; advise and support their management of their country teams, including human resource administration in program countries.
  • Provide program support to EA’s three other Africa offices when needed: Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger.
  • Support business development efforts in Africa, primarily Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, including both contributing to and leading new proposal development.
  • Design, plan and assess innovative behavior change media projects, managing activity delivery
  • Ensure compliance with USAID, State Department and other donor rules and regulations.
  • Develop work plans/GANTT charts, project frameworks and M&E plans; ensure that technical activities are implemented on time and within the allocated budget and scope of work.
  • Deliver high quality quarterly reports and other reporting/M&E requirements; ensure that M&E data is regularly collected and documented to a DQA standard.
  • Implement sustainable solutions to address program vulnerabilities and risks.

This position is an ideal fit for a hardworking, detail oriented and highly motivated candidate with a clear interest in media and/or international development. The ability to establish rapport and achieve goals with a range of internal and external parties is vital.

Required Professional Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in international development. Ideally, such experience would include at least 1 year based in Africa and at least 2 years in an international NGO headquarters environment or similar program support role.
  • 2-3 years’ experience managing international development programs focused on Africa or supporting them from a headquarters or regional office.
  • Ability to commit to the mission and vision of Equal Access (available at equalaccess.org)
  • Financial, administrative, and strong budget management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree strongly preferred) in relevant technical competency area or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience with M&E, work planning, donor reporting and in administering sub-grants and other partner agreements within the international development sector.
  • Experience in managing USAID and State Department cooperative agreements and contracts and/or working for USAID/State Department.
  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations, including the Code of Federal Regulations (22 CFR), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and USAID’s Acquisition Regulations(AIDAR).

Preferred Professional Experience:

  • Fluency in French strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in Africa a plus, particularly Hausa.
  • Experience in international development and community-based initiatives, particularly using local media (radio and TV).
  • Significant experience designing and managing media/communications for development programs.
  • Long-term interest in Africa, peacebuilding, media strengthening, coexistence, and/or countering violent extremism.
  • Education: Master’s degree in relevant discipline.

Ideal Technical Skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills; ability to break down complex problems.
  • Strong communicator, both written and oral. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills – experience in interfacing with major strategic partners, government ministries, key multilateral agencies, and local staff.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly motivated and ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work flexibly, outside of normal office hours and in difficult conditions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook) and email.

Position details:

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. The position is based in San Francisco, CA with travel up to 35% international travel time, sometimes in demanding physical or security situations.

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume to: jobs@equalaccess.org with “Program Manager – Africa” in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please apply by September 20, 2015. This is an exempt full time position. Please note that interviews may begin and a candidate may be chosen prior to this date.   Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S. Equal Access does not provide sponsorship.

About Equal Access International (EAI):

EAI a non-governmental organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA empowers under-served communities in the developing world with critically needed information, education and leadership training. With funding from bi-laterals, multi-laterals, foundations, corporate and individual donors we implement innovative media and community outreach programs that inspire positive social change on issues such as women’s empowerment, human rights, global health issues, youth life skills & livelihoods, and civic participation & governance. EAI operates in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Yemen and Cambodia and has over 175 staff worldwide and a twelve-year track record implementing media and social change projects in challenging locations. 


 

Country Director, Equal Access Nigeria (AREWA24 TV Project)

Reporting and Relationship Coordination:

Reports to:                           Senior Program Manager, EA HQ

 Program Background:

Equal Access (EA) is an international not for profit organization (501c3), headquartered in San Francisco and working throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A communications for social change organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization, EA manage the production for AREWA24, the first free-to-air, Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle satellite television channel produced by and for northern Nigerians and devoted entirely to the Hausa speaking peoples of Nigeria, West Africa and around the world.

Equal Access creates customized communications strategies and outreach solutions that foster peace building and social cohesion, women & girls’ empowerment, youth life skills & livelihoods, human rights, health, as well as civic participation and good governance in the developing world. EA seeks a  Country Director to lead the TV production team, represent Equal Access and AREWA24, and manage the growth of its Nigeria program.

Job Description:

The Country Director will manage the television channel and its strategic direction, lead all production, oversee community outreach, and develop partnerships for EA-Nigeria (EAN) and the AREWA24 channel. S/he will ensure that AREWA24 is delivering quality content to audiences across northern Nigeria and the Hausa-speaking sub-region and will liaise with potential business partners and sponsors to help drive the channel’s commercialization strategy.

During the first 6 months, the Country Director will work closely with the existing Director General to ensure maximum capacity building and a smooth leadership transition. He/she will also work closely with AREWA24’s President.

Specific Responsibilities:

Leadership and Staff Capacity Development:

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the AREWA24 program
  • Provide capacity building, supervision and support for senior management staff and content development staff. Secure and manage external capacity development support if necessary.
  • Proactively develop the capacity of staff, drawing on skills of local management, to understand and apply Equal Access principles and methodologies in all aspects of their work.
  • Initiate and lead country office staff through a process of localization, providing inputs as necessary to boost local senior management capacity to absorb new responsibilities. Provide an example of good leadership for staff throughout the organisation.
  • Develop a strong team through proper selection, evaluations, appropriate discipline and staff development.
  • Develop the managerial capacity of individual senior staff.
  • Promote transparent decision-making through open communication and regular meetings.

Program Management:

  • Help develop and implement a strategy for research and analysis related to the AREWA24 channel and its target audiences; apply that analysis to program and broadcast strategies.
  • Support quality project planning, implementation, and M&E in a manner consistent with Equal Access’ working principles, ensuring the AREWA24 program is managed and implemented in a timely and high-quality manner, according to pre-established workplans, and basing program decisions on reliable and accurate data.
  • Ensure that all production deliverables are submitted on time in a suitable format and in-line with EA’s strict quality standards.
  • Analyze the commercial market in Nigeria and work with the AREWA24 President to adapt the channel’s commercialization strategy.
  • Build staff capacity in producing, editing, and finalizing high-quality television content.
  • Identify and document best practices and lessons learned that can be successfully replicated and assist program staff to integrate into their work.
  • Identify, develop and manage new commission-based revenue streams from corporate sponsorships, advertising, and other sources.

Representation:

  • Identify revenue sources and income generating opportunities through advertising, sponsorship, and investment.
  • Work to engage with bi- and multi-lateral donors (UN, USG, and others) and like-minded corporations to develop programming for the channel.
  • Lead resource mobilisation efforts through coordination and writing of high quality draft proposals and budgets for submission to donors (coordinating with EA headquarters), building and strengthening key donor and local partner relationships and rigorous regular reporting and coordination of business development prospects.
  • Explore the feasibility of developing potential equity partnerships with like-minded corporations and entities to further the channel’s growth and sustainability
  • Support staff to ensure timely quality reporting to donors, partners and HQ and compliance with grant terms.
  • Represent EAN and AREWA24.
  • Lead security and incident related decision making and response.
  • Ensure good staff management standards promoting discipline, efficiency and harmonious working environment.
  • Promote transparent decision-making through open communication and regular meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:     

  • Advanced degree in management, mass communication, media production, and/or business/marketing

Work Experiences:     

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience leading and managing TV production and broadcast
  • At least 5 years of experience working with international donor-funded projects and/or working with investors
  • A thorough knowledge of production processes, TV business models (cable/satellite TV a plus), audience research, and commercialization.
  • Experience in coordinating with external suppliers, producers, sponsors, investors, and advertising sales houses
  • Able to work under extreme pressure and deadlines

Language and Computer Skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus
  • Computer skills: Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, and experience with other editing software packages; MS Word and Excel

Travel:

  • Able to undertake travel to the project locations as required

To apply, please send your application including a cover letter, updated CV, and three references to jobs@equalaccess.org no later than April 15, 2015. Please note that we will consider applications and begin the interview process prior to the closing date.


 

Seeking Technical Experts for Anticipated USAID/Liberia Media Development Project

Project Description & Anticipated Positions

The Liberia Media Development project is a 5-year media development project based in Liberia and expected to start in 2015. The goal of the project is to strengthen the Liberian media so it can more effectively provide information to citizens, promote public debate of political and social issues and to hold government and business accountable. Specific objectives include:

1.       Sustainability of the media houses is strengthened.

2.       Plurality of voices is represented in Liberian media.

3.       Professionalism of media is improved.

4.       Strengthened normative-legal enabling environment for freer media.

5.       Government of Liberia’s ability to respond to requests from citizens and media establishments is strengthened.

Equal Access International is seeking candidates for the following anticipated positions:

 Mid-and Senior-Level Positions

  • Chief of Party (10+ years of senior management and media development or journalism experience as well as advance degree required; previous experience with USAID preferred)
  • Deputy Chief of Party/Program Director (5+ years of senior management and media or journalism experience required)
  • Director of Finance & Administration (5+ years of senior management and financial management experience required)
  • Senior Technical Officer – Media (5+ years of management and media development or journalism experience required)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Manager (5+ years of relevant experience on USAID or other donor funded projects required)
  • Grants Manager (5+ years of relevant experience on USAID or other donor funded projects required)
  • Project Communications Manager (5+ years of relevant experience required)

Other Long-and Short-Term Positions:

Media development, including print and/or radio                           Market research

Commercial media business development                                        Radio production

Organizational capacity building                                                        Media policy

Community radio station management                                            Monitoring and evaluation

Grants management                                                                              Gender integration

Finance and administration

Additional Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with government officials, international donors and stakeholders in the private and nonprofit sectors and community
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Professional fluency in English required

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information via email to liberiajobs@equalaccess.org with position title in the subject line of the email by April 3rd, 2015.


 

Chief of Party

Location: YAOUNDE, CAMEROON

Equal Access International is seeking a Chief of Party to lead the 2-year, $2.6 million USAID Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3). The project will utilize radio programming and peace messaging to increase community resistance to violent extremism in northern Cameroon by supporting moderate voices, improving information flow among community members on peace and tolerance concepts, and promoting opportunities for dialogue between stakeholders on issues concerning them.

The Chief of Party will be based in Yaoundé and serve as the primary point of contact with the USAID focal point as required. The Chief of Party will also be the project’s point of contact for the US Mission in Cameroon. The Chief of Party will serve as the lead manager responsible for overall program implementation and quality control, including technical leadership, management of human resources, physical assets, financial oversight and communications. She/he will also be responsible for representing the program to the Government of Cameroon, other donors, Cameroonian partners and the media. The required qualifications of the Chief of Party should include:

  • Fluency in spoken, written and reading in English, and solid technical professional proficiency in French. Familiarity with Fulfulde an advantage.
  • A graduate degree in a relevant social, technical or political science (e.g., communications, public administration, business administration, international relations, political science, etc.).
  • A minimum of eight years of experience managing public or private sector media, peace promotion, countering violent extremism or governance related programs, preferably including previous experience in Francophone Africa.
  • A demonstrated track record of progressively responsible managerial experience implementing complex donor-funded projects with multiple activities, for a period not longer than 3-5 years.
  • Previous experience as in a senior management/Leadership position, ideally as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party, with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other contractors and international organizations and donors. This also entails: monitoring, evaluating and documenting progress toward meeting project objectives; evaluating sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements; working out solutions to keep activities on track; and providing overall guidance and direction focusing the activity team on achieving agreed targets and long-term strategic objectives.

Equal Access International is a dynamic communications for social change non-governmental organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization to address the most critical challenges in the developing world. Each year we reach more than 90 million marginalized individuals and families with a variety of media and direct community engagement activities. Headquartered in San Francisco, our work spans the globe, with country offices in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen. Equal Access’ priority areas of impact are Media Strengthening, Youth Life Skills & Education, Agriculture & Economic Development, Health, Peacebuilding, Women and Girls’ Empowerment, Civic Participation & Governance and Human Rights. Detailed information about our organization and programs is available at www.equalaccess.org.

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume to: jobs@equalaccess.org with “Chief of Party Cameroon” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. However for full consideration, please apply by September 17, 2015.

The position is contingent on funding. Project is expected to start November 1, 2015.

Due date: “Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  However for full consideration, please apply by September 17, 2015.”