Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with Malala Fund

Middle East Regional Representative
Malala Fund
Lebanon (preferred), Jordan, or Turkey
31 March 2017


Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. 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 developing country education leaders and frontline organisations — 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.


The Regional Representative will support the work of the Gulmakai Network, the Girl Advocates Programme, and the Malala Fund’s overall engagement in national and regional advocacy in support of education for Syrian refugees.

Gulmakai Network: The Gulmakai Network is a newly launched Malala Fund programme that aims to accelerate and amplify the impact of developing country advocates in countries where girls are most likely to miss out on secondary education. Local educators and advocates best understand the challenges​ to girls' education in their communities​ and are best placed to deliver solutions. But these women and men often lack the funding, support networks and spaces to collaborate necessary to increase​e​ their impact. The ​Gulmakai Network will close this gap by investing in and connecting girls' education advocates and educators – or “Champions” - to each other and to the tools, training and partners to spark social and systemic change. The Gulmakai Network currently operates in five countries, including in Lebanon and Turkey where it works with grantees serving Syrian refugee adolescent girls.

Girl Advocates Programme: The Girl Advocates Programme is a new Malala Fund initiative aimed at building and empowering a network of young rising leaders from the Global South to become powerful advocates for free, safe and quality education for all girls both locally and globally.

Working closely with civil society organizations in the region and the Programmes and Advocacy Teams, the Regional Representative will serve as the primary Malala Fund liaison in the region, including to the regional network of Gulmakai Champions and grantees in support of strengthening members’ individual leadership and the collective impact of the regional network. Responsibilities will include identifying, developing and supporting strategic advocacy led by Gulmakai Champions, Girl Advocate Program grantees, and/or Malala Fund. The Representative will also work to identify and develop proposals with prospective grantees and manage grants.

This position will report to the Gulmakai Network Manager. The consultant may be based out of Lebanon (preferred), Jordan, or Turkey.


Program Officer

  • Identify local and national organizations, headquartered in-country (Lebanon, Jordan, or Turkey) for consideration for prospective Gulmakai Network and Girl Advocate Programme grants
  • Assist potential grantees in developing proposals including narratives, benchmarks, and budgets in line with their organization’s own mission and the Gulmakai Network’s and/or Girl Advocate Programme’s overall strategy
  • Working with Malala Fund Programmes Team, make recommendations on proposals to be approved for the Gulmakai Network and Girl Advocate Programme
  • Together with Malala Fund Programmes Manager, support administration of grants, including reviewing and commenting on progress reports and ensuring accurate and timely reporting
  • Regular liaison with grantees to monitor and report on grant activities; regularly updating Malala Fund colleagues
  • Regular liaison with grantees to monitor and assess risk mitigation potentially associated with grant activities. Regularly update Malala Fund staff as to any security concerns or potential risks in target areas
  • Conduct site visits to grantee projects periodically and report on findings to Malala Fund colleagues. Coordinate and facilitate Malala Fund staff, donor and/or other stakeholder visits to the project implementation area and to local grantee projects

Regional Gulmakai Network Development and Facilitation

  • Work with grantees to facilitate their development of joint goals, identification of steps necessary to reach goals, and implementation thereof
  • Monitor progress and convene and lead periodic meetings and calls with grantees
  • Work with Gulmakai Network Manager to convene annual regional meetings with grantees, and to support the participation of Syria region Champions at annual global convening events
  • Identify organizations able to provide training and/or technical expertise on advocacy tools and strategies, communications and media outreach, and other skills to education activist organizations
  • Participate in weekly meetings with Malala Fund-HQ staff (via Skype) for regular work-in-progress conversations as well as to provide important updates on program implementation, grantees, and other factors that affect the program
  • Ensure support of and encouragement for the program from key government departments where relevant, seeking creative ways for government initiatives to work in partnership with program activities

National and Regional Advocacy in Support of Syrian Refugee Education

  • Work with Malala Fund Advocacy Team to support the development and implementation of advocacy strategies in the region
  • Identify opportunities to further Malala Fund advocacy objectives with grantees and partners in the region
  • Supply evidence from Malala Fund grantee engagement in national/regional advocacy to inform Malala Fund’s global advocacy objectives in support of Syrian refugee education
  • Support advocacy capacity-building opportunities to in-country grantees as necessary

Other Responsibilities

  • Support and collaborate with other Malala Fund consultants or staff within and across the Gulmakai Network and Girl Advocate Programme teams, including programmes in other countries
  • Provide strategic guidance and on-the-ground perspective to inform the further development of Malala Fund programming
  • Serve as Malala Fund representative and liaison to partners and at relevant events in the region
  • Working with Programmes and Advocacy colleagues, further develop the Malala Fund’s approach to supporting girls as advocates in priority countries.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of Syrian refugee education issues in Lebanon, Jordan, and/or Turkey; and identify strategic opportunities to influence by mobilising national or global audiences or through direct advocacy

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Fluency in Arabic and English. Working knowledge of Turkish helpful but not required.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, with the ability to relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds across different time zones
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of related work experience, ideally in issues related to education, refugees, and/or gender
  • Prior experience working in Lebanon, Jordan, and/or Turkey
  • Knowledge of issues affecting Syrian refugee adolescent girls’ education in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey
  • Knowledge of the human rights framework for education desired, but not essential
  • Experience supporting national and local advocates to develop and execute effective advocacy campaigns
  • Experience of implementing child protection policies
  • Experience supporting monitoring and evaluation for programmatic and/or advocacy projects
  • Strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education



Please submit your cover letter and resume to, indicating “Middle East Regional Representative” in the subject line of your email.

Malala Fund is committed to safeguarding children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks.