Programme Officer, Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria | Full time; Permanent

I. Position Summary

The Programme Officer is an important Malala Fund position in Nigeria responsible for managing a substantial grants portfolio and the Girls Education Champions Network (ECN), which is composed of grantee representatives.

Malala Fund has engaged in partnerships and programmatic work in Nigeria since 2015 and will increase its portfolio investment and influencing work over the current strategic period (2020-2025).

As a core member of the Nigeria team, the Programme Officer will develop and monitor individual grants, engage with individual partners to support them realizing grant outcomes, build grantee capacity and improve their effectiveness in grants management. The Officer will have the capacity to develop easy to use tools and templates to support grantees and help them deliver high quality financial and narrative reports and overall impact.

The Officer will be expected to manage and deliver your work plan on a day-to-day basis as part of a small and efficient team. Our workforce planning is deliberately lean in structure and agile in our ways of working to deliver our ambitious plans.

This is a major appointment in our small team at Malala Fund Nigeria, and we are looking for a feminist leader who shares our commitment to gender transformative change and girls’ education. The successful candidate will be able to show us how they have lived and worked for related outcomes in the past and have new ideas for how Malala Fund could advance these priorities in the future.

In order to fulfill our commitment to gender equality principles, women leaders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range: ₦11,942,667 to ₦13,166,900

II. Responsibilities

Partner Development and Management (ECN, Girls Programme)

  • 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 MF with important CBO and NGO work.
  • Identify competitive grantee and partner candidates that help MF to realize its country strategy.
  • Onboard individual 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.
Grants Management
  • Assist grantee candidates to develop grant proposals that support MF 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.
Organisational Culture
  • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours


  • Significant work experience with INGOs, donor funded programmes in education, community development, and/or gender and well as understanding of 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; high degree of diplomacy.
  • Experience with child protection best practices or safeguarding desired.
  • 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.
  • A 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 civil society organizations 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.

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

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. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

Malala Fund advocates 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 local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the application link by 19 August 2022.

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 and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, 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 ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to 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.