Our member, Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Senior Software Engineer to join its civic technology lab to help build digital tools that strengthen democracies and empower citizens. The successful candidate will be positioned in Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, or Remote (Africa).
The Senior Software Engineer will report to CfA’s lead technologist and will work closely with their data, design, and content teams to build robust systems and infrastructures for their partners in watchdog civil society organizations, the investigative media, and selected progressive government agencies.
CfA is a non-profit advocate for open source software (along with open data), and the successful candidate will therefore be required to help champion these principles by adopting best practices and helping document all our technologies to help others reuse them free of charge. Also in keeping with CfA’s values, you will be expected to regularly interact with the wider civic tech community, as well as CfA’s grantees and partners, to share insights and offer guidance.
The successful candidates will work as part of a multinational and multilingual team using digital collaboration tools to create content for a global audience and international media partners.
Apply here by 31st March 2021.
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As the Senior Software Engineer your daily responsibilities will include:
Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest network of indigenous African civic technology and investigative data journalism laboratories, with over 70 staff in 19 countries, who build digital democracy solutions that are intended to give citizens unfettered access to actionable information that empowers them to make informed decisions and that strengthen civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability.
This includes building infrastructure such as the continent’s largest open data portal, open.AFRICA, and largest open source civic software portal, commons.AFRICA, as well as the largest repository of investigative document-based evidence, source.AFRICA, as well as incubating initiatives as diverse as the africanDRONE network that gives citizens their own ‘eyes in the sky, the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in 12 African countries, and the sensors.AFRICA remote-sensing citizen science initiative to combat air/water pollution.
CfA also incubates the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), as an association of the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional mainstream media to smaller specialist units. ANCIR member newsrooms investigate crooked politicians, organized crime, and big business. The iLAB is ANCIR’s in-house digital forensic unit, with teams in east, south, and west Africa. ANCIR uses its resources to strengthen newsrooms’ own internal capacity, by providing access to the world’s best whistleblower encryption and investigative semantic analysis technologies, as well as skills development, and seed grants for cross-border collaboration.
Watch David Lemaiyan, CTO Code for Africa (C4A), speaks about Code for Africa’s journey of becoming Africa’s Largest Civic Technology and Open Data Lab.
Please fill in this form: here by 31st March 2021.
Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for consideration.