Product Manager

Support Economic Empowerment in Gaza/Jerusalem, Palestine Territories


Skills: 
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Product Design, Software Development, Web Development
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2¾ months to 22½ months
Must Speak: 
English
Helpful if Speaks: 
Arabic
Benefits: 
Accommodations, Travel Stipend, Learning Opportunity, Good For Families

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

Opportunity Details


PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMPACT

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. It conducts workshops and outreach to educate Gazans about technology and entrepreneurship, hosts major community events like hackathons and Startup Weekends, incubates promising startup teams each year, and facilitates seed investments into accelerated startups. We also host and trains freelancers and software outsourcers in its co-working space in downtown Gaza City.  We are a part of Mercy Corps, a global organization that has operated safely in Gaza for decades. Mercy Corps has facilitated travel for over 80 startup mentors from around the globe to Gaza in the past two years, and has international staff present in Gaza at most times.

As the first Product Manager, you will develop the field of product management in a market that has not yet had exposure to it. You will be charting new territory, inspiring and teaching eager entrepreneurs how to launch their products using an iterative, incremental, user-focused, and data-driven approach. You will be embedded into 10-25 idea stage teams, making critical product decisions that will impact the companies’ success. You will also be building the ecosystem around you by training and mentoring Gaza’s first generation of product managers.

This position is intended to be a regular 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.

DELIVERABLES

Project Manager is responsible for:

 

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

  • Oversee those ideas and ensure each startup launches a minimum viable product, collects important customer insights, and decides what to test in the next iteration(s) of its product seeking product/market fit.

NEEDED SKILLS:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Product Design
  • Software Development
  • Web Development

NEEDED LANGUAGES:

  • English

ADDITIONAL USEFUL LANGUAGES:

  • Arabic

We Provide These Local Benefits


ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation can be provided for experteers staying a minimum of three months.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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! 

TRAVEL STIPEND

To be discussed

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

To be discussed

VIRTUAL

This opportunity accepts applications for virtual experteers.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity


Currently accepting applications

Organization


Industry: International Trade and Development, Think Tanks

Mission: Economic Empowerment

Size: Large organization: 100+ persons

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