Communications Manager, Programmes

Washington, D.C. | Full-time

Position Summary

Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network supports the work of a growing network of 38 education champions based in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Reporting to the Chief Communications and Creative Officer, the Communications Manager, Programmes will lead on developing the overall brand for the Gulmakai Network, building the communications capacity of members of this network and elevating their individual media profiles. They will work one-on-one with grantees to identify areas for improving communications, such as media training, public speaking or social media presence. They will also staff grantees for high-profile speaking opportunities, meetings and other events.

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and writer with experience working with international media (particularly in developing countries), public speaking and social media.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Raise the visibility of Malala Fund programmes, including the Gulmakai Network, in our programme countries and beyond
  • Lead communications strategy for Gulmakai Champions including identifying opportunities for grantees to elevate their profiles and helping them develop their communications skills
  • Work with Gulmakai Champions to draft speeches for major events and prepare for media interviews
  • Coordinate with Gulmakai Champions and Malala Fund staff to secure stories, photos and quotes about the work Malala Fund supports for the organisation’s own media channels (Assembly or Newsroom), emails, social media, reports and campaign materials
  • Staff Champions, principals or other affiliates at events as needed
  • Build and maintain relationships with media in our target countries to pitch Champions’ work; help secure coverage for grantee campaigns to attain advocacy goals
  • Serve as a Malala Fund spokesperson / represent Malala Fund at events and conferences as needed
  • Contribute to Malala Fund’s overall creative development and collaborate with Communications and Creative team colleagues on various organisational initiatives

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five years of related work experience
  • A creative, open and innovative mind
  • Previous media relations experience, particularly in developing countries
  • Excellent communications, social media, research and organizational skills
  • Solid judgement and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail, accuracy and quality
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated relationship management experience and high degree of diplomacy
  • Self-directed work ethic

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the form on the right of this page by May 3, 2019. If you have any questions please email The candidate must be legally authorised to work in the United States.

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 committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.

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 choose their own future.

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.

Through the Gulmakai Network, we invest in developing country 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 to build a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.