Deadline: 19 August, 2022

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Malala Fund has opened applications for the post of Programme Officer.

Registered as a public charity in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.), Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear.


  • Serve as Malala Fund liaison with grantees and partners and, where appropriate, represent Malala Fund
  • Cultivate an informal national network of relevant stakeholders able to connect Malala Fund with important CBO and NGO work
  • Identify competitive grantee and partner candidates that help Malala Fund to realise its country strategy
  • Onboard education champions, and help them to understand roles, responsibilities, opportunities and ways to contribute to Malala Fund’s work
  • Lead/facilitate regular ECN calls and meetings, work with advocacy manager to convene advocacy specific meetings
  • Working with partners, plan and design relevant events and media engagements
  • Work with advocacy manager to support ECN or girls’ programme partner participation at global events, and coordinate their attendance at relevant local and national events
  • Support the applied learning officer to coordinate local and national experts for applied learning delivery
  • Assist grantee candidates to develop grant proposals that support Malala Fund strategic objectives
  • Lead grant design discussions with candidates, build strategic coherence within grant design, conduct due diligence of new partners and advance proposals for new funding
  • Monitor work plans for partners, support partners to implement work effectively, and propose and see through corrective actions to improve project efficiency and impact
  • Lead review of grantee reports, ensure accurate and timely reporting, and coordinate due diligence with the global grants team
  • Liaise regularly with grantees to monitor and report on activities and associated risks, including conducting periodic site visits
  • Support and promote grantee and partner safeguarding practices in consultation with global Malala Fund staff
  • Work with Malala Fund MEL and communications teams to capture and make available information about grantee work
  • Uphold the values of Malala Fund
  • Actively contribute to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas
  • Maintain behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally
  • Act as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn


  • Significant work experience with INGOs, donor-funded programmes in education, community development, and/or gender, with understanding of civil society organisations (CSOs) and/or policy work inside the government or private sector
  • Experience identifying potential grantees, supporting the development of project proposals and assessing proposals
  • Substantial experience in monitoring implementation of grants, and supporting effective reporting and compliance to all required policies and laws
  • Experience developing and implementing influencing strategies using a wide range of tactics and approaches including facilitation skills, relationship management with stakeholders
  • Ability to relate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds across different time zones; and high degree of diplomacy
  • Experience with child protection best practices or safeguarding (desirable)
  • Ability to travel periodically within Nigeria and globally
  • Strong work ethic, organisational skills and the ability to be self-directed
  • Solid judgment and problem-solving skills with proven attention to detail, accuracy, and quality
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Passionate professional with a commitment to change the poor state of education provision in the country
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of CSOs and their programme management practices and capacity issues
  • Practical field/project operation experience ideally in diverse geographical locations and a demonstrated experience of working with diverse partners
  • Awareness of the range of issues and projects in the education/girls’ rights sector and an understanding of how they work in the private sector, CSOs and government settings

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: Global Partnership Education


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