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As our Tech Lead - Senior FullStack Engineer at Manara, you will play a lead role in building our first consumer-facing tech product. Manara is a social impact startup whose mission is to unlock human potential and diversify the global tech sector while uplifting the economies of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Having proven market fit, your role as our first tech lead - Senior FullStack Engineer will be building our first consumer-facing app for the users of our training & job placement program and empower us to place 10x more engineers in world-class jobs. You will play a key role in helping to determine which features we build, our user experience, and how we design the architecture. We are an early-stage startup with a 15-person team which means we have a lot of leeway to shape our roles to best fit our individual interests.

We run an entirely remote solution to identify the top computer scientists in the MENA region, teach them how to pass interviews, vet them, and help them find amazing jobs (whether remote or on-site). It works: at Google 71% of our referrals in our last batch were hired. We don’t stop at job placement. Our vision is to build the top tech talent community in the MENA region and support them at each stage in their lifecycle to help them reach their dreams: how to get a promotion, become a manager, be the first woman engineer on a team, etc. The community is driven by a tech product that facilitates connection, shared learning, and motivation.

We will invest heavily in your growth. You will be managed by a seasoned engineering manager & architect. You will have the opportunity to mentor and eventually manage junior engineers. Our team previously worked at Google, Upwork, Nvidia, and Gaza Sky Geeks. Our investors include Stripe, Y Combinator, Seedcamp, Reid Hoffman, Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Namrata Ganatra (the former CTO of Lambda School), Christina Sass (the former President of Andela), and Emma Tracey (the founder of Honeypot).

Your Role

As one of our early senior engineers you will build our tech product from scratch.

Our tech product’s mission is to provide value as a standalone solution which:

  1. Teaches non-traditional candidates how to do behavioral interviews & write resumes
  2. Supports them with their job hunt so they know how to conduct it
  3. Builds a community of the top talent in the Middle East & North Africa so they can inspire & support each other

Imagine a blend of Udacity, Grammarly, LinkedIn, and Stack Overflow for this region. :-)

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!

  • Leadership: You are a confident Senior Engineer / Tech Lead and will play a leading role in building this product from conception to launch. You love learning, are open to feedback, and can quickly adapt. You thrive working in a startup environment where there is constant change, and can get things done efficiently and accurately with little supervision. You have management skills or want to develop them. As our engineering team grows, you’d like to help establish its culture & manage other engineers.
  • Technical skills: You’ll implement complex workflows in our Next.js/Node application. Knowing Next.js is a good-to-have but not a requirement for this role. You write high-quality, maintainable code with unit, integration, and end-to-end tests and will work closely with stakeholders in a cross-functional team, collaborating effectively with Operations, Product and Design. Working with the latest technologies such as Javascript, Typescript and Node you will design the architecture for our solutions, including the backend and database.
  • Entrepreneurialism: You focus on business value. You don’t want to simply complete tickets, you want to understand how each ticket gets us closer to our goals. 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). You have a strong ability to handle ambiguity, as an early-stage startup the roadmap will change.
  • 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. As a small startup, we depend heavily on each person to be reliable and effective.

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)


    We are a fully remote team, so you can be located anywhere. Most of our team today is based in the SF Bay Area and co-works once/week. We also have a team member in Berlin and another in Palestine, and aim to grow our teams there. 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:
    2. Fill out the application form here: