Software Engineering Manager

Support Economic Empowerment in Gaza/Jerusalem, Palestine Territories

Database Management, Entrepreneurship, Product Design
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2¾ months to 22½ months
Must Speak: 
Helpful if Speaks: 
Accommodations, Travel Stipend, Learning Opportunity, Good For Families

We think this is an exciting project for the experienced startup software engineer manager to support economic empowerment in Palestine territories in exchange for housing and local benefits.

Opportunity Details


We are Gaza’s first and only startup accelerator, run by Mercy Corps and founded with an initial grant from Google in 2011, and now a tech hub in the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network. We aim to provide Gaza’s most talented youth with opportunities to develop their skills and succeed as tech entrepreneurs. We conducts workshops and outreach to educate Gazans about technology and entrepreneurship, hosts major community events. We also host and trains freelancers and software outsourcers in its co-working space in downtown Gaza City.  

As our first Software Engineering Manager, you will turbo charge Gaza’s engineering talent to enable successful product launches. You will be embedded into 10-25 idea stage teams, making critical technical decisions that will impact the companies’ success and providing meaningful growth feedback to the engineers on each team. By managing, inspiring, teaching, mentoring, and setting up effective systems, you will bring Gaza’s startups up to speed in source control, automation, continuous delivery, monitoring and cloud technologies. You will be charting new territory, iterating on your own approach as you discover what works with a variety of audiences, including fresh college graduates and experienced engineers. Experience and knowledge requested includes: Top notch software engineering manager. 8+ years of experience including managing teams of 20+ engineers. Shipped multiple products successfully using an iterative, incremental, user-focused, and data-driven approach. Great track record working well with a cross-functional team of product managers, designers, product marketing, user research, etc.

This position is intended to be a full-time position. However, candidates who can only come for a specified amount of time will also be seriously considered, as long as they can commit to at least three months. Please make your preferences clear in your cover letter. 




Software Engineer Manager

  • Be the embedded Software Engineering Manager for 10-25 idea stage startup teams entering an incubation program.

  • Set up a standard DevOps process that all startups will use (select and then implement a technology stack, based on your own expertise and the local market)

  • Make critical technology decisions for each startup team, setting each one up as best as possible for its upcoming trajectory

You will be measured based on the startups’ ability to launch a minimum viable product within 3-6 months and iterate on it thereafter, as well as your ability to work effectively with a wide range of people. You may also play a role in Gaza’s broader software engineering community.


  • Database Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Design


  • English


  • Arabic

We Provide These Local Benefits


Individual housing



We’re eager to shape this into the experience you’re seeking. Let us know what would excite you and we’ll consider it. In addition to the obvious (incredible social impact + an opportunity to learn from a dozen early-stage product launches), some possible opportunities in this role include:

●     Spend a day a week in Tel Aviv to network and learn what’s cutting edge in Israel’s startup sector.

●     Build your startup network throughout the Middle East - if you’d like, we’ll send you on (a) business trip to places like Beirut, Dubai, Amman, Cairo, etc.)

●     Hire a team in Gaza to work on your startup for you. (We’ll cover the salaries of the first 3 employees.)

●     Possibility of receiving equity in the companies you work with - will discuss with interested candidates

●     If you fall in love with a particular startup, you could end up joining it as a founder! 


To be discussed


This opportunity accepts applications for virtual experteers.

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Industry: International Trade and Development, Think Tanks

Mission: Economic Empowerment

Size: Large organization: 100+ persons

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