Manara

Program Manager

Untap the full potential of female tech talent from the Middle East & North Africa

To achieve our ambitious vision, we’re seeking a Program Manager. You will work with one other Program Manager to:

  • Inspire (women) engineers in the Middle East & North Africa to dream bigger
  • Screen those who apply for Manara
  • Shape & run our training & vetting process, growing it from serving 100 engineers per year to 1000 engineers per year
  • Recruit & manage volunteers, starting with 100 and growing to 1000
  • Shape the development of our product to make this possible, partnering closely with the engineering team
  • Shape Manara’s future solutions - what do our alumni need once they’re in their first jobs? How might we test & launch these new services or products?

Your Qualifications

Note: Diverse candidates often screen themselves out of job applications if they don’t have all the qualifications. Please apply if you’re excited about the role - we’d love to see your application!

  • Project management: You align stakeholders (e.g., volunteers, staff members) and make sure they get their commitments done on time. You deliver efficiently and on deadline, and provide status updates or get unblocked. You take ownership and get a lot done independently. You execute a variety of tasks with high reliability and few errors. You track & follow up on dozens of details. 
  • Operations: You can figure out how to create processes & efficiencies & excellent experiences where none existed. How to go from 10 to 1000. You work with engineers effectively to build tools, or find and manage vendor relationships yourself.
  • Experience setting up & using tech tools: Airtable, Salesforce, Google Spreadsheets, etc. You identify vendors and implement their software when it can accelerate our work.
  • Entrepreneur: You are scrappy, comfortable with ambiguity and change. You experiment & iterate quickly. You take immense pride in creating solutions that will have long-term impact and you find their monetization opportunities. You build teams/organizations that thrive at each stage of their growth. You can figure out what Manara’s next service/product will be.
  • People/service-oriented: In this role you will be closely working with 40+ job hunters at all given times. You love working with people directly & serving them with excellence. 
  • Collaboration/team player: You can work effectively with other people at Manara. For example, you partner closely with our sales leader who manages our hiring partner network to make matches between our participants and companies. You collaborate with our training/program manager to develop new training programs based on what you see posing challenges for our job hunters.  You roll up your sleeves to do the unglamorous work or support a team member when needed.  

Knock our socks off:

  • Strategic: You identify opportunities for improvement or innovation. You quickly develop solutions for a variety of needs. You listen to users and do competitive analyses.
  • Excellent manager: People love working with you and they grow quickly when they do. You scale your impact through others. You’re effective at recruiting, training, and managing people.
  • Talent industry expertise: You have experience in the recruitment/talent industry (especially for software engineers) and can thus hit the ground running and grow our own team’s expertise in this area.
  • Product strategy: You have great ideas about how to go from placing 100 engineers per year to 1000, without growing our team. You collaborate effectively with engineers and designers. 
  • MENA expertise: You speak Arabic or are familiar with the Middle East & North Africa
  • Remote: You have experience working on effective remote teams & thrive in such environments. You work well across time zones (e.g., you communicate effectively via asynchronous oral & verbal channels).
  • Passion for Manara’s mission of creating a community that unlocks the full potential of top tech talent in MENA (with a focus on Palestine & women)


Location

We are a fully remote team, so you can be located anywhere. We are aiming to grow hubs in Berlin, Palestine, and the SF Bay Area. Our US team travels regularly to Europe and MENA and we plan to do an annual meetup for our global team.

How to Apply

  1. [OPTIONAL] Complete the short video interview here: https://bit.ly/manaraprescreen
  2. Fill out the application form here: https://airtable.com/shrJvG1qGu8wYiV67