We’re looking for a Technical Project Manager to lead on the design and implementation of tech- and data-heavy projects that seek to advance social justice.

  • Location: Remote (must be based in a location between the following time zones: UTC-5 and UTC+5)
  • Hours worked: approximately 4 days per week
  • Pay: between 4,500 and 5,300 USD per month gross, depending on skills and experience
  • Perks: up to 300 USD per month in approved expenses

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • Lead the design and implementation of technical projects that involve significant data, technological and/or design components, such as tech audits, organisational security support and database redesign. Check the bottom of this post for detailed information on examples of relevant technical projects.
  • Work closely with your colleagues across the team and with external consultants to ensure you have the necessary knowledge and input for each project that you manage.
  • Support other project managers by providing project design and other expertise as needed, including light-weight forms of support (LiTS) and more intensive long-term partnerships (Matchbox)
  • Nurture relationships with partners in a way that strengthens our work and supports business development opportunities
  • Keep up-to-date on emerging technologies that could impact the support we provide
  • Represent The Engine Room’s work at events and other relevant spaces
  • Collaborate with your coworkers, partners and others in our spaces in a way that is in line with our organisational values
  • Diligently manage your own personal admin as well as project-related budgets, contracts in line with our internal operations processes and policies

WHO ARE YOU?

No two Engine Room projects are identical, so our team relies on significant cross-team collaboration where everyone brings diverse skills, experience and knowledge to the table. Because of this, we do not have a single profile for the ideal candidate for this role. That said, if most of the following describes you, then you will be a great fit for our work and our team:

You balance creativity with pragmatism, diligence with adaptability. You design processes and approach problems proactively and calmly, even in the face of ambiguity. You enjoy translating complex technical concepts across diverse audiences. You enjoy finding simple solutions to complex problems, quickly and with limited resources. You are open, empathetic and curious when it comes to others’ perspectives and experiences. You enjoy listening to partners to be able to help them navigate difficult information and choices. You are excited about the potential of technology yet critical in applying it in your work. Our organisational values resonate with you.

Must-haves

  • 3+ years experience managing projects with significant data and technology components
  • Demonstrated experience implementing data and technology solutions in a nuanced and critical way
  • Experience managing project budgets
  • Experience managing and working with consultants and multi-disciplinary project teams
  • A critical lens on the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies and data
  • Fluency in English
  • You’re based in a location between the following time zones: UTC-5 and UTC+5
  • Fast, reliable internet

Nice-to-haves

  • Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with critical data topics (ethics, responsible data, data audits, etc)
  • Experience managing technology projects for social change issues
  • Experience designing, developing and rolling out technical solutions
  • A sound understanding and overview of the technology for social good sector
  • Experience working with civil society and social justice activists
  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Remote work experience
  • Public speaking skills
  • Strong writing skills

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What do we mean by technical projects?

Technical projects at The Engine Room are never just about the tech. When we build web platforms and tools, we develop them alongside a community who sees it as a means, not an end in itself. Examples of past and present Engine Room technical projects have included the design and implementation of processes to:

  • Redesign the Responsible Data website. To do this we designed and implemented a robust process with the support of user researchers, UX and UI designers, developers, writers and strategists, and built a platform that met the needs of a large, diverse network with very specific needs.
  • Design and build Alidade. This is a tool that aims to support organisations in identifying appropriate tech solutions. It guides users through a series of questions that, instead of merely suggesting established methodologies, surfaces users’ practical needs and narrows down the vast number of tech options to a short list of appropriate solutions. The project involved deep research and collaboration between researchers, UX experts, graphic designers and developers, and went through multiple iterations.
  • Design tools in support of partner needs: We helped the Namibian Institute for Public Policy Research to build a data model and searchable platform of petroleum exploration licences in Namibia that can power their investigative journalism and advocacy for stronger resource governance. Through our replication sprint process, we also worked with the Citizens for Justice, Oxfam Malawi, and the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association to build two similar platforms.