Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working with Equal Access.

Equal Access International, a non-governmental organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA empowers underserved 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 200 staff worldwide and a twelve-year track record implementing media and social change projects in challenging locations.   Equal Access seeks a highly motivated Business Development Manager to support the organization to expand our business development and fundraising efforts. Detailed information about our organization and programs is available at

Current Openings

  • Business Development Manager

  • Accounting Manager

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

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.


  • 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.   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


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.


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: with “Accounting Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply by January 30, 2015. 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 December 15, 2014. Please note that we may consider applications and begin the interview process prior to the closing date.