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 Associate or Officer


Business Development Manager


Country Director, Equal Access Nigeria (AREWA24 TV Project)


Seeking Technical Experts for Anticipated USAID/Liberia Media Development Project


Chief of Party Located in MONROVIA, LIBERIA



Program Associate or Officer

The Program Associate or Officer (level will be determined based on experience) is responsible for supporting management and operations of field programs in Afghanistan and potentially other locations depending on need. The Program Associate/Officer provides program management, technical, financial and business development support to country programs through a wide range of headquarters-based tasks and in-country visits. The position reports to the Senior Program Manager and works with program, finance and administrative staff as well as field-based Country Directors and serves as the key liaison between headquarters and field offices in program countries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Supports and provides responsive communication to field teams to resolve a variety of issues, including programmatic, technical, contractual, compliance, personnel, financial and administrative matters.
  • Researches and liaises with other headquarters staff to recommend solutions to country program teams.
  • Ensures all activities are conducted in accordance with EA policies and client rules and regulations.
  • Supports contract-related procurement, subcontracting, expenditure and budget monitoring, long-term and short-term personnel, travel, report editing and formatting, success story drafting and other relevant matters.
  • Applies EA policies and funder regulations to process deliverables and complete required internal forms.
  • Establishes and maintains headquarters project electronic files and keeps filing system updated.
  • Maintains budget monitoring, level of effort utilization, invoices, subcontractors, expense reports, deliverables, etc. to monitor compliance with funder and EA policies.
  • May serve as primary contact for short-term consultants on administrative items. Ensures inquiries and needs are promptly addressed to continue a positive relationship between consultants and EA.


  • Obtains and assimilates knowledge of projects, program countries and regions relevant for work assignments.
  • Provides basic technical information to support projects, business development efforts, EA knowledge base and other work products as requested by supervisor and colleagues.
  • Provides support in the development of work plans/GANTT charts, project frameworks and M&E plans, and ensures technical activities are implemented on time and within the allocated budget and scope of work.
  • Produces work products in conformance with EA and client standards.

Business Development

  • Develops a basic understanding of international development, foreign assistance programming and EA’s present and past competencies and contributions.
  • Participates on proposals by providing research, writing, budgeting, recruitment, coordination and administrative support.
  • Establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients, funding agencies, government ministries, vendors, partners and consultants that serve to enhance EA’s reputation and contribute to business development opportunities.

Management and Leadership Competencies

  • Communicates information in a way that demonstrates a basic understanding of development assistance work, EA’s culture, values and the specific scope and nature of assigned projects and proposal assignments.
  • Participates in the recruitment process for new short- and long-term staff, including recommending promising talent and assisting in interviews and reference checks.
  • Demonstrates maturity, dependability, integrity and initiative.
  • Contributes positively to a work environment that emphasizes teamwork, respect for differences, accepting and giving constructive feedback.

Other Duties and Special Assignments 

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required by supervisor.

Qualifications/Competency Standards

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in relevant technical competency area or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • At least two to five years of relevant experience managing donor-funded programs and applying funder rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Experience living or conducting volunteer work in developing countries.
  • Strong project and budget management and administrative skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook).
  • Strong attention to detail, highly motivated and ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to commit to the mission and vision of Equal Access (available at
  • Ability to travel of up to 30% time and in accordance with EA policies to locations experiencing conflict and where standards of accommodation are consistent with the country context.

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 in managing USG or USAID grants, cooperative agreements or contracts.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation, work planning, donor reporting, marking and branding and administering sub-awards.
  • Professional experience in a field or headquarters office of an international NGO.
  • Experience in international development, media, community outreach-based initiatives and/or behavior change communication.
  • Relevant language skills.

Position Details:

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. The position is based in San Francisco, CA with travel up to 30% travel. To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume to: with “Program Associate or Officer” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please apply May 7, 2015. This is an exempt, full-time position.   Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S. Equal Access does not provide sponsorship.


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. For the right candidate, a DC based posting will be considered.


  • 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)


  • 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: Please include “Business Development Manager” in the subject.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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.


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.


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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 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 with position title in the subject line of the email by April 3rd, 2015.


Chief of Party Located in MONROVIA, LIBERIA

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
  • 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.

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: with “Chief of Party” in the subject line of the email.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply by April 3, 2015.

The position is contingent on funding and is expected to start no sooner than July 2015.