Nigerian Program Officer/Manager at Equal Access International (EAI), Friday 2nd March 2018


Nigerian Program Officer/Manager at Equal Access International (EAI), Friday 2nd March 2018 – Equal Access International (EAI), a non-legislative association headquartered in San Francisco, USA, enables under-served groups in the creating scene with fundamentally required data, instruction and authority preparing.

With subsidizing from bi-laterals, multi-laterals, establishments, corporate and singular benefactors we execute inventive media and group outreach programs that move positive social change on issues, for example, ladies’ strengthening, human rights, worldwide medical problems, youth fundamental abilities and jobs, and municipal support and administration.

EAI works in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, and has more than 175 staff worldwide and a twelve-year track record executing media and social change extends in testing areas.

Since 2013, Equal Access Nigeria has been implementing innovative media, radio, research, community engagement and CVE programs to strengthen youth empowerment, responsible media, social cohesion, community dialogue, and peacebuilding in northern Nigeria.

To consolidate and advance its Nigeria programming, Equal Access is launching a new 2-year program to expand our countering violent extremism (CVE) messaging efforts by conducting research, organizing youth-driven tech camps, training young leaders, creating and producing innovative content for northern TV and radio programs, and creating an alternative messaging ecosystem driven by locally created offline and online content in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.


Summary: Equal Access is looking for a Program Officer/Manager (depending on experience level) to lead innovative media for social change programs in northern Nigeria. The position to be based in Abuja, Nigeria with frequent travel to northern Nigeria. Preferred start date is April 1, 2018.

The Program Officer/Manager is responsible for supporting management, operations, and implementation of peacebuilding, youth, and anti-corruption related media field programs in Nigeria.

The Program Officer/Manager provides program management, technical, financial and business development support to our Nigeria country programs through a wide range of field-based tasks.

The Program Officer/Manager reports to the Nigeria Country Director and works with the Kano-based program team and the US-based Senior Program Manager and program, finance, and administrative staff.

Project Management

  • Manages CVE, youth, anti-corruption, media, and community outreach program activities, including programmatic, technical, contractual, compliance, personnel, financial, and administrative matters
  • Provides CVE and governance technical support to all Equal Access Nigeria projects
  • Leads collaborative design workshops with local radio and community partners on advancing the media for social change field
  • Supports the design and execution of annual tech camps with youth leaders
  • Mentors youth leaders and community partners
  • Supports regional CVE and governance strategy
  • Liaises with Equal Access programs across the Sahel
  • Researches and liaises with other field and HQ 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 field-based 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.
  • Documents program activities and drafts quarterly reports
  • 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.


  • Support media for social change program design, including radio, television, and community storytelling activities
  • Provides 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in relevant technical competency area or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience supporting peacebuilding, anti-corruption, governance, CVE programs, radio, and media for social change programs
  • At least three years of relevant experience managing donor-funded development programs in Nigeria
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in Hausa and/or Kanuri strongly preferred
  • Skilled trainer and community mobilizer
  • Tech savvy and digitally active voice in social change and peacebuilding work
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • 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 in and around northern Nigeria (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.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. The position is based in Abuja, Nigeria 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: [email protected] with “Nigeria Program Officer/Program Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Please apply by March 15, 2017.

This is a full-time position.

Applicants must have the right to work in Nigeria.

Equal Access does not provide sponsorship or pay relocation or housing costs.

DEADLINE: 15 March, 2018

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