Senior Programmes Manager

We are looking to add a brilliant Senior Programmes Manager to the AfriLabs team!

AfriLabs is a network of 347 innovation communities in 52 African countries and over 119 cities. We were founded in 2011 to build a community around the rapidly emerging technology hubs in Africa.

These hubs serve as centres that provide support to African entrepreneurs, innovators, developers and youths, by providing physical co-working and dedicated office space, training, business, legal and financial support, helping to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems.

We exist to support these hubs and their communities via capacity building, financing, networking, policy advocacy, and providing insightful, reliable data. The big picture for us is a thriving innovation economy in Africa. We believe that everyone has a role to play in building the Africa we want.

Currently, we are looking for an outstanding human who will work closely with our Director of Programmes and the programmes team to achieve our objectives. We are focused on shaping the future of innovation and we are looking for individuals that are interested in creating high-impact work in a collaborative, dynamic and diverse environment.

Join us in impacting the African economy as we support the tech, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem on the continent every day.


Job Description – Senior Programmes Manager, AfriLabs

As the Senior Programmes Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating and managing programmes and projects in their entirety from design to implementation, and supervision of teams working within the projects and department.

As the Senior Programmes Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Designing, planning and implementing of programmes as well as proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action.
  • Ensuring effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the programme – focusing inwardly on the internal consistency of the programme, and outwardly on its coherence with infrastructure planning, interfaces with other programmes and corporate, technical and specialist standards.
  • Managing the programme’s budget, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the programme progresses.
  • Ensuring there is allocation of common resources and skills within the programme’s projects.
  • Supervising and managing programme teams working on projects.
  • Reporting the progress of the programme at regular intervals to the Director of Programmes.
  • Fulfil other tasks set out by supervisors
  • This is a Full-time role


The right person for the role will possess the following:: 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Mathematics, Project Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Professional body affiliation or a field related to the position. 
  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and additional 5 years of experience in project management may be accepted in place of an advanced university degree.
  • Certification in project management courses such as CPM, Prince2, PPM and related ISO standards is highly desirable.
  •  Knowledge of the African innovation, technology and entrepreneurship space.
  • Minimum of 5 -7 years of experience leading major entrepreneurship, technology and innovation grassroots projects.
  • Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of adaptive project management techniques like agile, human-centred design, lean impact etc.
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures.
  • Sufficient seniority and credibility to advise project teams on their projects concerning the programme.
  • Ability to find ways of solving or pre-empting problems.
  • Adept with information communications technology (ICT) commonly used in office applications, with advanced knowledge of Google Drive applications, Dropbox and Microsoft Office products.


Location: AfriLabs Secretariat, Abuja – Nigeria

Working time/days: 9 AM – 5 PM; Monday to Friday. 

Terms and Conditions:​ This is a locally recruited professional position by the AfriLabs Secretariat Nigerian entity and all benefits are denominated and paid in NGN. AfriLabs’ remuneration package includes a salary paid monthly, leave provisions, pension, and health benefits.

To apply, send a CV and a cover letter to

Application Deadline: 20th July 2022. 

Senior Programmes Manager