Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Senior IoT Software Engineer to join the company’s sensors.AFRICA team to help build digital tools that transform how African cities work. The successful candidate will help drive pioneering projects, using the Internet of Things (IoT), including Africa’s largest network of low-cost ‘citizen science’ sensors.
This includes improving sensors.AFRICA’s existing network of low-cost ‘citizen sensors’ that monitor air quality in five countries, as well as cutting-edge experimental water sensors that detect cholera and other contaminants, and novel hydrophone sensors to detect illegal dynamite fishing and coral bleaching in East Africa’s oceans. As a Senior IoT Software Engineer Senior IoT Software Engineer You will also help develop tools to analyse the imagery and data captured by drones/satellites to map settlements and better understand how to combat climate change.
CfA is a non-profit technology R&D lab. While robust software engineering skills are required, no prior air/water/climate monitoring or urban development experience is required.
The successful Senior IoT Software Engineer candidate will report to CfA’s sensors.AFRICA manager, and will also work with CfA’s wider technology, data, design and content teams in 21 African countries to build robust systems and infrastructures for our partners in watchdog civil society organisations, the investigative media and selected progressive government agencies.
Minimum requirements include:
The successful candidate will join CfA’s sensors.AFRICA team as a Senior IoT Engineer to help shape its hardware/software choices and to lead the development of new digital services.
The team currently consists of a senior strategist and mid-level hardware/software engineers who have successfully steered sensors.AFRICA through a series of proof-of-concept pilot projects deploying CfA’s own prototype low-cost sensors, as well as working with partners such as the Kenyan National Bureau for Statistics (KNBS) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to experiment with new ways to use air sensors to create actionable insights/data.
The success of these early projects has prompted CfA to expand the team, ahead of a planned rollout of wider citizen-driven sensor networks in key African countries, as well as new research partnerships that will explore who to use low-cost sensors to give communities early warning for cholera outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
The expanded sensors.AFRICA team will be part of a multinational and multilingual team across the continent and will be comfortable using digital collaboration tools to create open-source software/hardware products for a global audience and international partners.
Applicants should possess knowledge of engineering principles and practices, and the fabrication processes (such as 3D printing) to turn designs into devices. Applicants should also be comfortable computing complex engineering calculations, quickly and accurately, while also performing detailed analysis of designs, specifications, and plans, and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with collaborating partners both within CfA and outside of the organisation.
Your daily responsibilities will include:
Please fill in this form: here by 30th July 2021.