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Program Manager or Associate

Programs | Abuja, Nigeria | Full Time

Job Description

Job Description

Reboot solves civic problems. We work with change agents in government, civil society, and philanthropy to achieve their social missions.

We innovatively apply methods pulled from ethnography, design, political science, and other disciplines to the challenges of global development and public sector innovation. Reboot puts empathy for people and user-centered design at the core of our work in our three program areas:    

We are seeking a new team member to join the Reboot programs team in Nigeria. This person will be a key member of our team, helping lead and manage a range of projects that are centered on using civic tech to bring together media, civil society, communities, and government to advance social justice. The portfolio of work will consist primarily of open government programs, focused on utilizing user-centered design and ethnographic research.

Reboot hires individuals who we think will uniquely complement the skills and expertise of our current team. As such, we are open to a range of profiles and experience levels for this position. 

Our ideal candidate is deeply committed to the issues Reboot works on and has the intellectual courage and curiosity to support the development of innovative solutions. You are equally comfortable meeting government officials in the capital or chatting with patients at a rural health clinic. You are enterprising and have the chops to become a star all on your own, but you value being part of a multidisciplinary team.

This is a full-time position based in our Abuja, Nigeria office, with the expectation of significant travel during project periods.


  • Project Work (90%)
    • Support programmatic research, design, and documentation processes, from start to finish, across various Reboot projects, collaborating with diverse subject matter experts and internal/external teams.

    • Support implementation and testing of adjustments to program design, managing timelines, communications, and field logistics.

    • Participate in research and editorial processes to understand, capture, and communicate user, stakeholder, and client needs, and work with team members, client, partners, and users to turn research insights into effective, appropriate design solutions.

    • Help clients and partners understand Reboot’s design research approach, and lead discussions on project scope, methodology, and outputs. 

    • Support key relationships with clients and partners through proactive communications and the successful execution of projects, always with a strong focus on optimizing the client experience.

    • Coordinate work across team members and consultants to ensure outputs are of consistently high quality and are delivered on-time and within budget.

    • Support technical and administrative tasks, such as proposal development, project reporting and managing content production schedules and budgets.

  • Organizational Innovation (5%)
    • Contribute to process innovation within Reboot to improve organizational agility, efficiency, and impact.

    • Ensure lessons from industry best practices and client engagements are effectively integrated across Reboot’s work.

    • Ensure frequent knowledge transfer between programmatic team members and technical specialists, and support cross-pollination of expertise across the organization.

  • Communication (5%)
    • Contribute to Reboot’s internal learning and external communications and advocacy by creating content (including articles and blog posts), representing Reboot at events, sharing articles for discussion, and contributing to Reboot’s online presence.


  • An ideal candidate has:
    • 3 - 6+ years of relevant professional experience, ideally in a fast-paced and growing company or social enterprise.

    • A graduate degree relevant to ICT, design, digital media or another related field. Candidates with an undergraduate degree and significant professional experience will also be considered.

    • Experience with issues around ICT, governance, and/or public policy. Specialization within these areas, particularly in open government, education, and/or public service delivery is a definite plus.

    • Significant work experience in low resource settings and ability to operate effectively in unfamiliar cultural contexts and poor infrastructure environments. Experience in transitional states or politically sensitive environments is an asset.

    • Work experience in northern Nigeria is a plus.

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively synthesize and present complex ideas to diverse audiences. 

    • Comfort with public speaking and workshop facilitation; poised in client communications and project management.

    • Professionalism and client services orientation.

    • Ability to work under tight time constraints. Can multitask with ease and adapt to frequently changing priorities.

    • Written and spoken fluency in English; knowledge of a local language is preferred. 

    • Appreciation for complexity, comfort with ambiguity and a sense of humor are required for this role.

Reboot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Reboot respects and values diversity. We are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training, or development of employees on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression, race, national origin, religious belief, political opinion, age, or disability. Diversity of perspective and experience benefits our firm and helps us deliver our best work; we encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

Please complete the application through the link below. Include your CV and a cover letter that describes why you believe you would be a good fit for Reboot and this role.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; however, applications submitted before May 17, 2019, will be prioritized. We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.