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 and girl’s empowerment, human rights, global health issues, economic development, youth life skills, and civic participation & governance. Currently operating in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, with over 200 staff worldwide and a twelve‐year plus track record implementing media and social change projects in challenging locations, Equal Access seeks candidates for several positions within the organization. Equal Access’ culture is dynamic, hard‐working and collegial. With consistent annual growth, Equal Access is poised to extend its impact globally.


Current openings

  • Accountant

  • Senior Program Manager

  • Deputy Director, Nigeria TV Project, Equal Access Nigeria (this position is based in Kano, Nigeria)


The Accountant is responsible for the daily execution of accounting functions for the organization including the production of financial reports.  The Accountant is responsible for grant and program contract expenditure tracking and the preparation of the financial portion of grant reports.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Some execution of the monthly accounting functions including bank reconciliations, month-end closings, maintenance and updating of any subsidiary ledgers.
  • Reconciliation of all overseas office financial functions, receipts, expenditures, balances.
  • Preparation and timely filing of required quarterly reports to donor organizations for large projects (manual reports).
  • Preparation of these reports as requested by the Program Department.
  • Monthly country office consolidations.
  • Ad – hoc projects as assigned

 Essential skills:

  • Commitment to the mission of Equal Access.
  • Excellent knowledge of Quick Book Premier 2012.
  • Excellent analytical skills and advance excel skill required.
  • Excellent knowledge of federal government accounting practices including the Federal Acquisition Regulations, A-122 and A-133.
  • Good facility with a variety of accounting and other software programs.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

 Reporting Relationship:

Accountant reports to the Controller.


Education: BA in accounting and continuing education in relevant accounting matters, or five years progressive responsibility in accounting in comparable organization.

Experience: At least five years experience in a full charge accounting environment.  Consolidation experience required.  International experience as well as non-profit experience preferred.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.  To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume to: with “Accountant” in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply by August 8, 2014.  This is an exempt full time position. Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S.  Equal Access does not provide visa sponsorship.


Senior Program Manager

The Senior Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the team implementing the organization’s programs within its Near East/ Asia portfolio, to include Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and Yemen, other countries as the organization expands. The Senior Program Manager will supervise this HQ-based team consisting of program officers or associates managing country portfolios.  The Senior Program Manager will be directly involved with aspects of program implementation management, supervises field operations of the organization and develops and maintains key national level partnerships. The Senior Program Manager supervises the financial management of the projects and is strongly involved in resource mobilization and program development and works collaboratively with the Business Development team to cultivate and maintain relationships with major Foundations, NGOs, Multilateral and Bilateral Funding Agencies and Government Ministries in program countries. The Senior Program Manager is also the key liaison between the organization’s headquarters and field offices in program countries.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of the management and oversight of Equal Access’ Near East/ Asia portfolio and other programs in time, including strategic direction, growth, human resources, communication/media, resource mobilization and backstopping in-country staff.
  • Reported to by program officers or associates managing country portfolios and in-country senior program staff.
  • Reports to the Director of Programs.
  • Liaison with other headquarters staff regarding, financial oversight, compliance, and technical implementation issues.
  • Extensive travel of up to 30% time is a requirement of the position. Travel will be in accordance with Equal Access policies and may be to locations experiencing conflict or where standards of accommodation are consistent with the country context. Travel to the region at least several times per year to review operations and to assist with effective program oversight, reporting, and resource mobilization.
  • Drive the execution of building local infrastructure for programs (set up ground operations, coordinate local partners, and recruit staff and consultants).
  • Develop and maintain systems for efficient communication between HQ and field offices.
  • Provide the Director of Programs and Senior Management Team with routine reports regarding project status, operational and security issues, and key EA activities in the field.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs and the Controller to manage projects within budgeted guidelines.
  • Collaborate with Business Development team to maintain major strategic partnerships (Clients, Donors, Foundations, Multilateral and Bilateral funding agencies).
  • Develop Country Operational Plans.
  • In collaboration with EAI HQ staff, develop funding to support the expansion of program work.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs regarding significant current and new projects as needed.
  • Prepare informational as well as user-specific briefing materials on project progress, GANTT charts, work undertaken, work planned, project framework, etc.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Interface with key partner agencies and government ministry partners in each country.  Interface with the clients or donors as well.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required.

 Essential skills:

  • Strong communicator, both written and oral.
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills – interfacing with major strategic partners, government ministries, key multilateral agencies, and local staff.
  • Experience in international development and community based initiatives.
  • Capable of interfacing with key leadership in multilaterals, bilateral and government agencies.
  • Ability to work flexibly, outside of normal office hours and in difficult conditions essential.


Professional experience required:   At least 5-8 years experience in international development, including at least 3 years experience managing international development programs funded by USAID, or other bi-lateral or multilateral organizations or major foundations, involving the operation and support of an in-country office and staff from a headquarters or regional of at least 10 staff.

Strong cross-cultural experience; Prior international participatory program design & management essential. Working experience in the Near East/ Asia region an advantage.

Knowledge and or experience working in education, communication is beneficial.

Ability to commit to the mission and vision of Equal Access (available at

Financial management proficiency beneficial. Strong budget management experience preferred.

Education: Masters degree in relevant discipline preferred. Candidates with relevant additional experience in lieu of a Masters degree will be considered and are encouraged to apply.


Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

Exceptional communication skills essential.  Personal flexibility in cross-cultural situations necessary.  Good facilitator of external multi-sectoral and cross-cultural partnerships. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook) and email.

The following are advantageous:

  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations including the Code of Federal Regulations (22 CFR), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and USAID’s Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR).
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation, work planning, donor reporting and marking and branding.
  • Experience administering sub-grants and other partner agreements
  • Professional experience in a field or headquarters office of an INGO.
  • Experience in media production or Education.
  • Experience in formal reporting or evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience in managing USAID cooperative agreements or contracts.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. The position is based in San Francisco, CA with travel up to 30% time.

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

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply August 15, 2014.  This is an exempt full time position.   Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S.  Equal Access does not provide sponsorship.


Deputy Director, Nigeria 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, 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 has launched a satellite TV project focused on Hausa speakers in northern Nigeria and seeks a Deputy Director General to help manage the growth of its Nigeria program.


Job Summary

The Deputy Director General will be responsible for supporting the Director General to oversee and manage television production, company and community outreach and the development of select partnerships for EA-Nigeria 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. S/he will liaise with potential business partners and sponsors to drive EA’s commercialization strategy for AREWA24.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Help develop and implement a strategy for research and analysis related to the AREWA24 channel and its target audiences; advise the DG about program slots targeting the desired audience, as well as audience reactions to the broadcast programs.
  • Work with the DG and Head of Production to ensure that all production deliverables are submitted on-time in a suitable format and in-line with EA’s strict quality standards.
  • Provide technical assistance to staff to build their capacity in producing, editing, and finalizing high-quality television content.
  • Analyze the commercial market in Nigeria and work with the DG and AREWA24 President to adapt the channel’s commercialization strategy.
  • Work with the AREWA24 President to identify, develop and manage new commission-based revenue streams from corporate sponsorships, advertising, and other relevant models to ensure AREWA24’s commercial sustainability.
  • Explore the feasibility of innovative revenue-generation ideas, such as product placement, sponsorship, merchandising under AREWA24 license and advertiser-funded programming.
  • 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
  • Represent EAN and AREWA24 in the DG’s absence.



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

Work Experience:        

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in TV production and broadcast/cable; at least 6 years in a supervisory role
  • A thorough knowledge of production processes, TV business models (cable/satellite TV a plus), audience research, and other areas vital to the commercial success of  any TV channel
  • Experience in coordinating with external suppliers, producers, sponsors, 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


  • 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 no later than October 15, 2014. Please note that we may consider applications and begin the interview process prior to the closing date.