Part of MIT's Department of Political Science, MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) collaborates with civil society, funders, and governments on research that builds and tests theories about how innovative programs and interventions affect political behavior and make governments more accountable to citizens.

This role will work with an engineer/data scientist, field research associate, and faculty principal investigator. This unique position offers an opportunity to be part of building a new approach to designing and delivering citizen-to-government-to-citizen solutions and technologies that improve government performance and result in productive citizen-government interactions. 

The Product Manager will develop innovative products and technologies that reduce corruption and improve government responsiveness to citizen needs in developing countries. Will create and lead a product-development program; conduct research on potential markets, users, existing products, and technologies; work with in-country partners to evaluate and prioritize product opportunities; build product specifications; assemble a team of two to three people to understand product needs and capture them in the form of user stories; define product requirements to achieve desired outcomes; define a minimum viable product (MVP) and success, examine tradeoffs, and manage risks; and work with an engineer/data scientist, field research associate, and faculty principal investigator to define execution plans for the user stories. 


  • Location:
    The position involves travel estimated at up to 25%, initially to sub-Saharan Africa (e.g., Nigeria and Kenya).
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Minimum qualifications

Bachelor's degree (master’s or higher preferred) in computer science, engineering, business, or related field; at least four years’ experience in product design and development; experience operating in a fluid, fast-paced, start-up environment; demonstrate abilities related to roadmap ownership and development; team leadership, collaboration, conflict resolution, presentation, and negotiation skills; advanced-level knowledge of the latest user design techniques, product development specifications, and technical and data requirements for software development; data-driven, iterative approach to work; and  a continuous improvement focus. Experience in civic technology and/or international development a plus.