Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working with Equal Access.

Equal Access International, a non‐profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, empowers underserved communities in the developing world with critically needed information, education and leadership training. With funding from bi‐laterals, multilaterals, 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 & education, and civic participation & governance. Operating in Nepal, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Yemen and Burkina Faso, with over 150 staff worldwide and a ten‐year plus track record implementing media and social change projects in challenging locations, Equal Access seeks a skilled auditor for our international field operations. Equal Access’ culture is dynamic, hard‐working and collegial. With consistent annual growth, Equal Access is poised to extend its impact globally.

Current openings

  • Controller
  • Mobile Technology Fellow
  • Marketing & Communications Summer Intern 


We seek an individual interested in supporting our mission through the development and growth of the finance department. As Controller, this individual will be responsible is responsible for coordinating the accuracy and integrity of Equal Access’ accounting policies, practices, processes and data and for managing the general ledger, day-to-day cash and internal controls for the consolidated entity.  Other responsibilities include the daily execution including production of financial reports, grant and program contract expenditure tracking, and the preparation of the financial portion of grant reports.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of Chart of Accounts, vendor and donor lists and any other general recordkeeping functions related to financial operations.
  • Oversight and some execution of the daily accounting function of the organization, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash flow management, deposits and expenditures.
  • Oversight and some execution of the monthly accounting functions including bank reconciliations, month-end closings, monthly financial statements, cash flow statements and projections, and maintenance and updating of any subsidiary ledgers required
  • Monitoring and reconciliation of all overseas office financial functions, receipts, expenditures, balances. Provide oversight to Internal Auditor and Field Finance Teams on continual improvement of these processes and relationships.
  • Managing the organizations government contract cash flow and reporting processes including managing our Payment Management System account including quarterly filings of the 272. 
  • Preparation and timely filing of required quarterly reports to donor organizations for large projects, such as the 269 for Federal awards as well as the annual A133 and 990 tax filings and Treasury reporting forms.
  • Maintenance of clear and accurate records of expenditures under each grant and program contract the organization is responsible for reporting on. Supervision of and/or preparation of these reports as requested by the Program Department.
  • General interfacing with the Program Department on financial matters as required, including monthly country office consolidations.
  • Managing the relationship with the payroll company.
  • Constant evaluation and improvement of the accounting and record keeping function in the organization, including software and processes. Regular updating of the accounting manual as required.
  • Maintaining an awareness of the regulatory environment in which the organization is functioning, and providing information to management as necessary on issues that may affect operations.
  • Actively participate as a member of the organization’s management team.
  • Supervise Internal Auditor and Accountant.

Essential Skills:

  • Commitment to the mission of Equal Access;
  • Outstanding skills in accounting, financial and operational analysis and reporting with     excellent financial acumen essential;
  • Knowledge of the federal grants and contracts arena (e.g. USAID policies, procedures, reporting requirements, etc.) is required.  Additionally, an understanding of UN, European bi-laterals, and other multilateral agency policies, procedures and reporting requirements is desirable;
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite of business applications and a thorough understanding of automated non-profit financial software and their applications (e.g. QuickBooks, Netsuite or similar) is required;
  • Ability to work closely via email and phone with local country office financial accounting staff located in Nepal, Cambodia, Pakistan, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Afghanistan, plus new countries as the company expands.
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Reporting Relationship:

Controller reports to Chief Operating Officer, and works closely with the CEO and Director of Programs


BA Accounting, Business or Non-Profit Management, and M.B.A. or C.P.A, or progressive experience in positions of financial and operational responsibility that demonstrate technical knowledge of position requirements in lieu of qualifications.

Minimum Experience: At least five years of direct, hands-on accounting and financial management experience (including financial management of federal funds), five years of staff supervisory experience (including supervision of staff located in developing countries) and three years of non-profit operations management experience.


Exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience; health, dental, vision insurance; 401K; 4 weeks paid vacation; merit increases.

Application Procedure:

Please send a cover letter with the past three years of salary history along with a resume by email, with “Controller” in the subject line (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to jobs@equalaccess.orgClosing date is April 11, 2014.  All shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Access is an equal opportunity employer.  Equal Access does not provide sponsorship so all candidates must have the right to work in the United States.


Mobile Technology Fellow (pdf)

We seek a Fellow in Mobile Technology to help solidify and grow Equal Access’ expertise in the use of mobile technology for behavior change throughout all of our country programs. Areas of focus will be in research, design, and capacity building. Mobile technology refers to the tools and applications that promote beneficiary engagement in project activities, such as through mobile phones or tablets. This is a one-year paid Fellowship based in San Francisco.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of a mobile technology and social media strategy as part of Equal Access’ strategic planning process, including resources needed to build our expertise and increase our reach and impact
  • Research predominant uses of mobile technology and new media for development in developing country contexts to inform a range of tools and options most relevant to Equal Access programs including developing strategic partnerships with relevant groups
  • Assess and evaluate Equal Access’ current use of mobile technology and social media in existing field programs and advise on methods to increase usability, scale and effectiveness
  • Work with program implementation teams at HQ and in the field to identify best practices that can be adopted across and within country programs
  • Identify skill gaps and develop and implement a plan to improve the capacity of local staff on use of mobile technology and social media tools in existing programs
  • Contribute to the use of mobile technology for Monitoring and Evaluation as well as developing indicators of impact
  • Contribute to new business development and new strategies for integrating mobile technology and social media into existing programs
  • Travel to country offices required up to 15%

Required Experience/ Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Technology, Business, International Affairs, International Development, Economics, or other field related to international/human development
  • Minimum five years professional full-time relevant work experience 
  • Experience working in a developing country settings
  • English fluency (written and spoken)
  • Proficient at formulating long-term strategies that are consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization
  • Demonstrated staff development and capacity building experience
  • Able to lead innovation and drive opportunities
  • Able to work with cross functional teams in a demanding multi-tasking environment

 Position details:

Applicants must have the right to work in the United States as unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship at this time.

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your interest and resume to with “Mobile Technology Fellow” in the Subject Line of the email.

The first review date for the Fellowship is March 7, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.


Marketing & Communications Intern

We seek a Marketing & Communications Intern to provide support with social media, marketing, and business development.  We seek a recent grad or current graduate student with an interest in the nonprofit/ international development sector.  This internship will provide exposure to many different aspects of marketing and business development including marketing collateral design and development, website management, grant/ funder research, social media, donor cultivation, as well as international development.

Marketing & Communication Responsibilities may include:

  • Design and circulate e-newsletters and email announcements
  • Assist in designing marketing collateral (e.g., success stories, case studies, one-pagers) for institutional and individual funders
  • Help with social media channels (Facebook and YouTube) to increase support and fundraising (create engaging posts, help increase number and participation level of followers)
  • Research and compile funding and grant opportunities from foundations and corporations
  • Assist with individual donor cultivation efforts (e.g., help with creating outreach calendar, suggest fundraising campaign ideas, research fundraising best practices)
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Multi-disciplinary interests in international development, media, communication, and nonprofit fundraising
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and prioritize within a fast-paced office environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in social media (WordPress experience a plus)
  • Skills in design preferred (Photoshop experience a plus)
  • Available for a minimum of 15 hours a week

To apply, please email the following materials to with “Marketing & Communications Intern” in the subject line:

  • Cover letter explaining your relevant background and experience and how it applies to the requirements of the internship
  • Resume (One page)

While this position is open until filled, applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials by May 9, 2014. Work schedule will be flexible based on candidate’s availability; however, we do request a 3-month commitment. This internship is unpaid; intern will receive stipend to cover travel costs to our office.

Equal Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer.