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

  • Chief of Party (this position is based in Monrovia, Liberia)

    Monrovia, Liberia

  • Business Development Manager

  • Accounting Manager

  • Director General, AREWA24 TV Project, Equal Access Nigeria

     

Chief of Party

Equal Access International is seeking a Chief of Party to lead a 5-year, $10 million USAID Media Development Project in Liberia. The primary goal of the program is to increase Liberian citizens’ access to independent and reliable information and empowerment to engage in well-informed public discussion of important issues of the day. The project will primarily focus on strengthening commercial media outlets and Community Radio stations and seeks to achieve the following results:

  • Increased sustainability of media houses (both commercial and community radio stations);
  • A plurality of voices represented in Liberian media;
  • Improved quality of media, including wider adherence to professional standards of journalism;
  • Strengthened normative-legal enabling environment for freer media; and,
  • Strengthened Information Commission to be able to respond rapidly to requests from citizens and media establishments.

The Chief of Party will be based in Monrovia and provide overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving results. This individual will be the primary liaison with USAID/Liberia on technical matters and responsive to its technical direction.  Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements for this position:

  • An advanced degree (master’s or higher) in social sciences, international development, management, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in development at a senior program management level, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.
  • At least 5 years developing country work experience preferred.
  • Previous work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, with long term work experience (5 plus years) preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with media organizations, and capabilities in media development.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized donor-supported programs, with skills in high level strategic visioning and leadership, and preferably must have experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions.
  • Strong communication skills, including interpersonal and in written and oral English.
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.

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” in the subject line of the email.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply by March 15, 2015.

The position is contingent on funding.  Project is expected to start no sooner than Summer 2015.

Business Development Manager

We seek a qualified professional to provide business development, grant writing, proposal management and funding research in support of our communications, media, community outreach and capacity building projects across the developing world. This position is based in San Francisco, CA and reports to the Director of Business Development.

Responsibilities:

  • Management of the proposal development process, often taking the lead in the following: project design, narrative writing, budget development, proposal review and editing, final submission, identifying staff for proposals, technical document collation and communicating with partner organization staff
  • Manage business development focal points in the field to identify opportunities at the local level and drive prospecting, donor cultivation and fund development with field team
  • Research and disseminate funding opportunities
  • Write letters of inquiry/proposals to foundations
  • Development and management of relationships with partner organizations as well as negotiating partnership agreements in collaboration with the BD team (BD Director, COO and CEO).
  • Evaluate and present potential business development opportunities
  • Maintain proposal submission tracking documents
  • Manage business development support intern program
  • Marketing and communications support, including creation of customized materials, and participation in developing parts of the organization’s Annual Report
  • Accurately represent Equal Access programming to potential funders and partners
  • Travel to the field as needed for business development meetings and capacity building with field teams (10 – 25% of the time)

 Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years post-university professional experience in business development and fundraising with a strong working knowledge of the international development field.
  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferable) in a related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize within a fast-paced office environment
  • A commitment to the Vision and Mission of Equal Access.
  • A high standard of written and verbal communication and excellent Excel program skills
  • Strong strategic decision-making aptitude and the ability to meet rapidly changing deadlines
  • Knowledge of USAID, multilateral and/or bilateral procedures and guidelines strongly preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Additional Experience a plus:

  • Overseas experience particularly in the countries where Equal Access works.
  • Experience with one or more of the technical challenge areas where Equal Access focuses.
  • Experience with an approach to development similar to the approach used by Equal Access (detailed on our website).
  • Experience capturing funding from corporate sponsors.
  • Experience capturing private donations.

We offer a competitive NGO salary, benefits and the chance to join an innovative and dedicated international team passionate about our mission. To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position, including your CV, salary history and one writing sample to: jobs@equalaccess.org: Please include “Business Development Manager” in the subject.   The first review date for this position is February 18.

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

 

Accounting Manager

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform monthly consolidations of field office expense reports; review for coding errors, incorrect accounting, ensure inter-company accounts are reconciled, correspond with field offices as appropriate, and ensure field offices reports are complete as per checklist.
  • Supervise monthly reconciliations; ensure all balance sheet accounts are reconciled every month, ensure all accruals (fringe benefits, payroll liabilities etc.) are accurate every month, review prepare schedules for balance sheet accounts like employee advances, prepaid and accrued liabilities etc.
  • Prepare monthly invoicing for all donors; reconcile YTD expenditures and payments received for donors, ensure compliance with deadlines, and provide responses to donors’ inquiries.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements; calculate NICRA and revenue, prepare schedules for TRNA, grants receivable, review statements for accuracy.
  • Supervise / provide training to the Accountants; resolve issues as brought up by accounting staff, provide coaching and mentoring, maintain 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.
  • Prepare financial information for quarterly donor reports.
  • Provide support for the software conversion to NetSuite in 2015.
  • Participate in annual audit process, assist auditors, and assist with preparation of 990 tax filing.
  • Maintain chart of accounts, vendor and donor lists and any other general recordkeeping functions related to financial operations
  • Oversee and some execution of the daily accounting function of the organization, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash flow management, deposits and expenditures.
  • General interface with the Programs Department on financial matters as required.
  • Perform other accounting tasks as assigned from time to time

 Essential skills:

  • Commitment to the mission of Equal Access;
  • Outstanding skills in accounting, financial and operational analysis and reporting;
  • Knowledge of the federal grants and contracts in compliance with USAID and US State Department policies, procedures, reporting requirements is mandatory.  Additionally, an understanding of UN, World Bank, and other bilateral and multilateral agencies policies, procedures and reporting requirements is desirable;
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite 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 organization expands.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

 Reporting Relationship:

Accounting Manager reports to Controller, and works closely with the COO and Programs Department

 Qualifications:

BA Accounting, Business or Non-Profit Management, and 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), three to five years of staff supervisory experience and three years of international NGO operations management experience.

 Compensation:

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

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

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S.  Equal Access does not provide sponsorship.

 

Director General, AREWA24 TV Project, Equal Access Nigeria

(This position is based in Kano, Nigeria)

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 Director General to lead the TV production team, represent AREWA24, and manage the growth of its Nigeria program.

Responsibilities:

The Director General 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 6-8 months, the new Director General 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:

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the AREWA24 program
  • 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.
  • Liaise with the Nigerian public authorities about possible sources of income relating to the broadcasting of public service announcements or related to other relevant approaches.
  • Work to engage with bi- and multi-lateral donors (UN, USG, and others) and like-minded corporations to develop programming for the channel.
  • 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
  • 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.