Communications Associate

Washington, D.C., New York City or London | Full-time, permanent

Position Summary

The Communications Associate will support Malala Fund’s Communications and Creative team in building brand recognition and covering the organisation’s work in its programmatic countries (currently Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey). This position will assist in writing for Malala Fund’s newsroom, coordinate between departments, support media relations and provide administrative support. The ideal candidate is highly organised and thrives in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, creative environment.

I. Responsibilities and Tasks


  • Assist the Communication Managers in developing and drafting external facing content for Malala Fund’s newsroom and other written materials, including press releases, grantee profiles and organisational updates

Public Relations

  • Help in reviewing press requests, compiling media coverage trackers and outreach lists
  • Coordinates preparation of briefing materials and talking points for Education Champions and Malala Fund staff; ensures current documents are distributed to wider staff as necessary
  • Participate in meetings with the Programmes team to track opportunities for media engagement and coordinate communications requests for Champions
Communications support
  • Manages and update Chief Communications and Creative Officer’s running “punch list” of internal and external requests; ensures requests are addressed in a timely manner
  • Provide administrative support to the Communication Managers, including meeting notes, scheduling, expense tracking, scheduling and other duties as assigned
  • Helps maintain Malala Fund and Assembly’s websites by formatting posts and updating content
  • Compiles monthly board updates and quarterly updates for the development newsletter and Champion bulletin from Programmes team
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

II. Qualifications

Skills and knowledge


  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Superior organisation, prioritisation and project management skills with high attention to detail
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work independently and with excellent judgment, taking ownership of a wide range of responsibilities
  • Flexibility and willingness to work in situations of flux or ambiguity; able to handle multiple projects and requests simultaneously
  • Written fluency in any language(s) relevant to Malala Fund’s work
  • Knowledge of AP Style


  • Demonstrable experience of providing administrative support in a fast-paced office environment
  • Demonstrated relationship management experience
  • Experience managing domestic and international logistics — ideally with experience securing travel visas
  • Experience of managing facilities and external vendor contracts
  • Experience handling sensitive and confidential information with the highest level of discretion
  • Experience managing communications for senior managers
  • Experience of social justice or international development organisations
  • Willingness to be flexible in working hours working across different time zones
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, racial justice and other social justice issues
  • 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

III. How to apply

Please respond to the following writing prompt in two short paragraphs: Tell us about your favourite book.

Send your writing prompt response, cover letter and resume, indicating “Communications Associate” in the subject line of your email, or fill out the form to the right of this page by October 4, 2020.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, intersectionality and disability. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identity, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

Malala Fund is committed to protecting children and other vulnerable persons from harm. We take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We also take seriously our responsibility to protect those who work with Malala Fund, or on our behalf, and ensure that they can work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in education leaders and frontline organizations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.