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Strategic Design Consultant

Programs | Dubai, UAE | Contract

Job Description

Reboot is seeking an experienced strategic designer to be based in the MENA region to support a newly-launched government ministry. The strategic designer will be a key, on-location member of Reboot’s team currently supporting the ministry to design policies, programs, and partnerships to tackle some of the country’s most complex, systemic challenges.

This is a full-time consultant position based in the client’s location from August 2019 through March 2020.


  • Help train teams of public sector employees in design research, synthesis, and prototyping methods

  • Provide general design and project management guidance to teams over the course of a design, testing, implementation planning, and launch cycle

  • Work with Reboot HQ staff to coordinate and deliver a two-weeklong design masterclass / co-design workshops

  • Advise ministry staff on how to better leverage design and public sector innovation methodologies to advance their mandate


Successful candidates will bring a mix of skills and experience to the role. Ideal candidates have: 

  • An advanced degree in social impact design and/or relevant professional experience; recent graduates (1-2 years post-graduate) are also encouraged to apply

  • Interest/skills in group facilitation

  • Comfortable managing a design process through research, co-design, prototyping, and iteration

  • Experience teaching design principles and practices, and providing hands-on coaching to teams

  • Has an entrepreneurial, proactive attitude; thrives in fast-paced environments, and is comfortable working independently in dynamic contexts 

  • Strong cultural competency and sensitivity/ skills in cross-cultural communications

  • Ability to speak and write Arabic is required; however, this requirement can be waived for exceptional candidates

  • Experience designing and implementing public policies, programs/services, and public-private partnerships is a plus

To Apply

Please complete the application through the link below and include the following:

  • Your CV

  • A one-page cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications for and interest in the role. 

  • Two or three work samples that showcase your familiarity with design research, co-design, prototyping, and group facilitation. (Please add your samples via the online profile link or the upload portfolio link in the application).

We are looking to fill this position immediately. Only complete applications will be considered.

About Reboot

Reboot is a mission-driven social impact firm dedicated to accountable government. A recognized leader in adapting design and innovation practices for the unique dynamics of the public sector, Reboot has worked with international organizations, governments, and civil society organizations across the world to bring people’s voices into the programs and policies that affect their lives. 

Headquartered in New York City with a regional office in Abuja, Nigeria, we have worked in over 30 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas since our founding in 2010. Reboot puts empathy for people and user-centered design at the core of our work in our three program areas:    

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.