07AUG - Program Manager - Africa, Equal Access International - Deadline: September 20, 2015

Organization Description

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.  

Location - San Francisco, Headquarters Office

Job Description

Equal Access International (www.equalaccess.org) seeks a San Francisco-based Program Manager for our growing Africa portfolio. The Program Manager is responsible for management of field programs primarily in Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as support to EA’s programs in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger. Management of additional projects elsewhere in Africa may be added. He/she will ensure high quality program delivery and lead local staff in expansion and/or innovation around existing, planned, and new activities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Advance and develop Equal Access’s programming in Nigeria and Cameroon, to include project start up in Cameroon and expansion in Nigeria.
  • Supervise field-based Country Directors; advise and support their management of their country teams, including human resource administration in program countries.
  • Provide program support to EA’s three other Africa offices when needed: Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger.
  • Support business development efforts in Africa, primarily Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, including both contributing to and leading new proposal development.
  • Design, plan and assess innovative behavior change media projects, managing activity delivery
  • Ensure compliance with USAID, State Department and other donor rules and regulations.
  • Develop work plans/GANTT charts, project frameworks and M&E plans; ensure that technical activities are implemented on time and within the allocated budget and scope of work.  
  • Deliver high quality quarterly reports and other reporting/M&E requirements; ensure that M&E data is regularly collected and documented to a DQA standard.
  • Implement sustainable solutions to address program vulnerabilities and risks.

Job Requirements


  • At least 5 years’ experience in international development. Ideally, such experience would include at least 1 year based in Africa and at least 2 years in an international NGO headquarters environment or similar program support role.
  • 2-3 years’ experience managing international development programs focused on Africa or supporting them from a headquarters or regional office.
  • Ability to commit to the mission and vision of Equal Access (available at www.equalaccess.org)  
  • Financial, administrative, and strong budget management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree strongly preferred) in relevant technical competency area or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience with M&E, work planning, donor reporting and in administering sub-grants and other partner agreements within the international development sector.
  • Experience in managing USAID and State Department cooperative agreements and contracts and/or working for USAID/State Department.
  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations, including the Code of Federal Regulations (22 CFR), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and USAID’s Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR).



  • Fluency in French strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in Africa a plus, particularly Hausa.
  • Experience in international development and community-based initiatives, particularly using local media (radio and TV).
  • Significant experience designing and managing media/communications for development programs.
  • Long-term interest in Africa, peacebuilding, media strengthening, coexistence, and/or countering violent extremism.
  • Education: Master’s degree in relevant discipline.


Ideal Technical Skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills; ability to break down complex problems.
  • Strong communicator, both written and oral. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills – experience in interfacing with major strategic partners, government ministries, key multilateral agencies, and local staff.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly motivated and ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work flexibly, outside of normal office hours and in difficult conditions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook) and email.

How to Apply

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


Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please apply by September 20, 2015.