Mobile Data Collection and Information Management Trainer

mFieldwork is a growing Nairobi based technology start-up providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations.

mFieldwork is looking for both a junior and senior Mobile Data Collection and Information Management Trainer to join our dynamic team.  Successful candidates will train clients on the mFieldwork platform, mobile data collection and information management principles.  The post will involve substantial travel in Kenya and the region. Ideal candidates are passionate about technology in the humanitarian and development sector and have great inter-personal skills.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated training experience;
  • Humanitarian or development field experience;
  • Natural affinity for technology;
  • A winning personality;

Bonus Skills

  • Somali language skills;
  • Work experience in the Somali context;
  • Experience with mobile data collection;

Experience

Candidates for the junior post should have demonstrated experience training development and humanitarian workers. Candidates for the senior post should have demonstrated experience independently designing training materials and programs.

Other Details

mFieldwork offers a competitive salary and health cover.  You will work in a fun and creative environment with a talented group of individuals that are committed to changing how organizations collect and manage their information in remote environments. Candidates must be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Interested candidates may submit their CV, cover letter and salary expectations to careers@mfieldwork.com.  Please include the position title in the subject of the message.

Chief Technology Officer

mFieldwork is a growing Nairobi based technology start-up providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations.

Description

The Chief Technology Officer’s role is to assure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through development and deployment of the company’s web presence. This requires envisioning the company’s service offerings as a web-based business, leading implementation of web applications, and planning for risk and growth.

Responsibilities

Strategy & Planning

  • In partnership with the company’s founders, identify opportunities and risks for delivering the company’s services as a web-based business, including identification of competitive services, opportunities for innovation, and assessment of marketplace obstacles and technical hurdles to the business success.
  • Identify technology trends and evolving social behavior that may support or impede the success of the business.
  • Evaluate and identify appropriate technology platforms (including web application frameworks and the deployment stack) for delivering the company’s services.
  • Lead strategic planning to achieve business goals by identifying and prioritizing development initiatives and setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of all web-based services.
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team in establishing governance processes of direction and control to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately and the organization’s resources are used responsibly, particularly in the areas of software development, office networks and computers, and telecommunications.
  • Collaborate with the appropriate departments to assess and recommend technologies that support company organizational needs.
  • Establish a governance process that meets government, partner, and company expectations for customer information privacy.
  • Direct periodic review and execution of an enterprise-wide information security plan that protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the company’s data and servers.
  • Direct development and execution of an enterprise-wide disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
  • Communicate the company’s technology strategy to investors, management, staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders.

Implementation & Deployment

  • As a member of the senior management team, participate in the selection and registration of the company’s web site domain names, including any related-but-unused domains that could compromise the integrity of the business (through competition, typosquatting, etc.).
  • Maintain email service for the company;
  • Review and maintain a software revision control system and repository.
  • Review and maintain web-based internal communications systems, such as a wiki, blog, chatroom, project management, and bug tracking systems.
  • Collaborate with the founders and potential customers to develop use cases (or user stories) and specifications that describe the implementation of the company’s services as a web application.
  • Collaborate with a User Experience Designer and potential customers to prepare wireframes or mockups of prototypes of new functionality;
  • Select and manage company staff or outsourced vendors who will implement a design as web pages using CSS and XHTML conforming to web standards.
  • Select or define the company’s software development methodology.
  • Establish a specification conformance and testing regimen based on user stories and the User Experience design.
  • Promulgate coding conventions and documentation standards.
  • Review current best practices for the selected web framework and review and maintain the architecture for the application.
  • Select and manage company staff or outsourced vendors who will implement the application.
  • Establish and supervise the software development process, setting short-term objectives and assessing progress as defined by the selected software development methodology.
  • Conduct code reviews and specification conformance testing as defined by the selected software development methodology.
  • Establish and supervise a quality assurance process, including integration and system testing.
  • Select, deploy, and monitor performance profiling tools and procedures.
  • Review and approve proposed development releases and manage the release process.
  • Evaluate and select web application hosting providers.
  • Establish an application deployment process and supervise deployment to staging and production servers.
  • Monitor application performance and review any application failures in staging or production.
  • Establish and monitor a web analytics regime that measures site traffic and application usage relative to business goals.
  • Support the marketing process by providing implementation of technical requirements for Internet marketing and search engine optimization.
  • As a member of the senior management team, establish a customer service and support process, with particular responsibility for web-based services that implement the support function. Establish a process to integrate customer service and support with the software engineering process to support resolution of customer issues and improve application usability.

Operational Management

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of technology standards, industry trends, emerging technologies, and software development best practices by attending relevant conferences and reading widely (including reading your peers’ blogs!).
  • Define and communicate company values and standards for acquiring or developing systems, equipment, or software within the company.
  • Ensure that technology standards and best practices are maintained across the organization.
  • Share knowledge, mentor, and educate the organization’s investors, management, staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders with regard to the company’s technological vision, opportunities, and challenges.
  • Ensure company technical problems are resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Develop, track, and control the development and deployment annual operating and capital budgets for purchasing, staffing, and operations.
  • Supervise recruitment, training, retention, and organization of all development staff in accordance with the company hiring process, personnel policies, and budget requirements.
  • Establish standards of performance and monitor conformance for staff (through performance review) and vendors (through service level agreements).
  • Ensure the company’s internal technological processes and customer-facing services comply with community expectations and applicable laws and regulations for privacy, security, and social responsibility.
  • Promote achievement of the company’s business goals within a context of community collaboration by developing policies for sharing software code, technological innovation, business processes, and other intellectual property.

Position Requirements

Formal Education & Certification

  • University degree in the field of computer science, business administration, or another rigorous discipline. An advanced degree in one these fields is a plus.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to envision web-based services that meet consumer needs or solve business problems.
  • 4 years experience managing web application development.
  • 2 years experience with startup companies.
  • Hands-on experience coding in more than one currently popular web application framework.
  • Familiar with more than one software development methodology.
  • Ability to discern user requirements and develop specifications.
  • Has contributed to one or more open source projects.
  • Skill with CSS, XHTML, one or more Javascript frameworks, and AJAX.
  • Knowledge of web standards.
  • Experience with UNIX system administration and web server configuration.
  • Knowledge of Internet protocols and RFC standards, database management systems, and revision control systems.
  • Familiarity with technical requirements of Internet marketing and search engine optimization.
  • Familiarity with information security vulnerabilities and risk management.
  • Familiarity with consumer privacy and payments industry compliance requirements.
  • Exposure to business theory, business process development, governance processes, management, budgeting, and administrative operations.

Personal Attributes

  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Exceptional service orientation.
  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Work Conditions

  • On-call availability and periodic overtime.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers (or skill with adaptive devices) to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other computing equipment.

Other Details

mFieldwork offers a competitive salary and health cover.  You will work in a fun and creative environment with a talented group of individuals that are committed to changing how organizations collect and manage their information in remote environments. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Interested candidates may submit their CV, cover letter and salary expectations to careers@mfieldwork.com.  Please include the position title in the subject of the message.

Information Management Specialist

mFieldwork is a growing Nairobi based technology start-up providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations.

mFieldwork is looking for both a junior and senior Information Management Specialist to join our dynamic team.  Successful candidates will be responsible for working with clients to optimize their information capture and management strategies.  Ideal candidates will have a can-do attitude, are problem solvers and passionate about bringing sense to complex datasets.

Required Skills:

  • Experience with survey and form design;
  • Deep knowledge of excel;
  • Proven skills in data analysis;
  • An eye for data visualization;
  • Great client support skills;

Bonus Skills

  • Knowledge of SQL and SQL queries;
  • Direct data capture experience in remote locations;
  • Somali language skills;

Experience

Candidates for the junior post should have demonstrated experience creating reports and analysis from complex data sets. Candidates for the senior post should have demonstrated experience designing information management systems from the point of data capture to analysis and reporting.

Other Details

mFieldwork offers a competitive salary and health cover.  You will work in a fun and creative environment with a talented group of individuals that are committed to changing how organizations collect and manage their information in remote environments. Candidates must be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Interested candidates may submit their CV, cover letter and salary expectations to careers@mfieldwork.com.  Please include the position title in the subject of the message.

JAVA WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER

mFieldwork is a growing Nairobi based technology start-up providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations.
mFieldwork is looking for both a junior and senior JAVA Web Application Developer to join our dynamic team.  Successful candidates will be responsible for building new functions for the mFieldwork platform and making adjustments and improvements to our existing platform.  Ideal candidates will have a can-do attitude, passion for clean code, and will be able to get up to speed quickly.

Required Skills:

  • Able to translate user requirements into architecture;
  • Creates clean well documented code following best practice;
  • Experience coding in Java and using java applets;
  • Willing to learn new technologies, frameworks and languages as required;
  • Experience with github or equivalent repository system;
  • Knowledge of Object-Oriented Design (OOD) and Object Relational Mapping (ORM) frameworks;
  • Thorough understanding of relational databases, particularly mysql;
  • Knowledge of web application frameworks such as Richfaces, Primefaces or JSF;
  • Knowledge of call back technology such as jQuery or A4J;
  • Knowledge of web application frameworks such as Spring or Seam;
  • Knowledge of testing and debugging methodologies;
  • Curious and self-driven to research solutions and optimal ways of solving issues;
  • Bonus Skills
  • Experience with agile development methodologies;
  • Experience building APIs;

Bonus Skills
Experience with agile development methodologies;
Experience building APIs;
Experience
Candidates for the junior post should have demonstrated experience creating basic java web applications. Candidates for the senior post should have demonstrated experience creating complex java web applications; application architecture and managing teams.
Other Details
mFieldwork offers a competitive salary.  You will work in a fun and creative environment with a talented group of individuals that are committed to changing how organizations collect and manage their information in remote environments. Candidates must be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Interested candidates may submit their CV, cover letter and salary expectations to careers@mfieldwork.com.  Please include the position title in the subject of the message.

 

XHTML/CSS Front-End Web Developer

mFieldwork is a growing Nairobi based technology start-up providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations.
mFieldwork is looking for both a junior and senior Front-End Web Developer to join our dynamic team.  Successful candidates will be responsible for building new user interfaces and making adjustments and improvements to our existing platform.  Ideal candidates will have a can-do attitude, passion for UI/UX, and will be able to get up to speed quickly.

Required Skills

  • Ability to work in a team environment, from making pixel perfect sites that meet the design requirements to integrating code with the back-end development team;
  • Strong working knowledge of Photoshop or Illustrator and able to undertake their own design work when required;
  • Strong XHTML skills and knowledge of how to use appropriate hooks in XHTML to limit the amount of classes and ID’s required on a page;
  • Deep understanding of CSS inheritance and how to use it to your advantage;
  • A good ideology for managing maintainable, scalable and cross-browser code across large sites;
  • In-depth knowledge of IE quirks and how to address them.

Bonus Skills

  • Experience working with jQuery and/or other JavaScript libraries;
  • Experience with agile development methodologies;
  • Experience with github or equivalent repository system;

Experience
Candidates for the junior post should have demonstrated experience creating complex CSS and XTHML code.  Candidates for the senior post should have demonstrated experience with UI/UX design and managing teams in addition to demonstrated experience creating complex CSS and XTHML code.
Other Details
mFieldwork offers a competitive salary.  You will work in a fun and creative environment with a talented group of individuals that are committed to changing how organizations collect and manage their information in remote environments. Candidates must be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Interested candidates may submit their CV, cover letter and salary expectations to careers@mfieldwork.com.  Please include the position title in the subject of the message.