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  • Posted: Dec 1, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Ona is a social enterprise that builds the data infrastructure to drive change. We believe technology affords new opportunities for governments and development organizations to be increasingly data driven, collaborative and accountable. Our goal is never simply to build a great product, but to support great outcomes.
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    Senior Frontend Engineer

    Purpose

    We’re looking for developers who want to build foundational data systems that drive change. Our team has worked on projects that support democracy, drive social development, record the social infrastructure of entire countries, tally the winners of national elections, and reduce infant mortality. We build software that solves real problems and you will too.

    Since we’re a startup, you’ll have to be a self-starter who is organized and can manage multiple projects at the same time. Since some of our team works remotely, you’ll also need great communication skills and to be empathetic.

    The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report directly to an Engineering Manager.

    Key roles and responsibilities

    Frontend engineering

    • Lead and build out our frontend products
    • Write automated unit and integration tests for frontend code
    • Create well documented code and ensure reuse of internal and external libraries
    • Implement a process to sign-off on approaches before any front-end work begins
    • Stay up to date with front-end engineering technologies and educate project teams on what’s possible, but still feasible and sensible for our needs.

    Frontend UI/UX

    • Prototype user interactions, especially for more complicated UI patterns
    • Ensure styling (CSS etc) is built consistently based on accepted standards and libraries
    • Create, define, and enforce adherence to a Design, UI, and UX style

    Act as a cross-project resource

    • Work on a prioritized set of front-end engineering projects
    • Front-end lead will be resourced across projects during the requirements, technical planning, and/or initial development phases as determined by team leads

    Key requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or equivalent.
    • At least 4 years of frontend engineering experience.
    • Ability to write, and an appreciation for the importance of, semantic, well-structured code.
    • Proficient with Javascript and/or Typescript.
    • Experience with modern Javascript frameworks such as React.
    • Experience with CSS preprocessors such as LESS, SASS, and SCSS.
    • Experience building production web and mobile web apps.
    • Strong aesthetic sensibilities. 

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    Software Engineer (OpenSRP)

    We’re looking for developers who want to build foundational data systems that drive change.

    Our team has worked on projects that record the social infrastructure of entire countries, tally the winners of national elections, and reduce infant mortality.

    We build software that solves real problems and you will too.

    This position is to work on the OpenSRP team at Ona.

    OpenSRP is an open source mobile health platform that allows front line health workers to electronically register and track the health of their entire client population.

    Qualities we’re looking for

    Thoughtful coder.

    • You understand the importance of abstractions and interfaces. You keep modules loosely coupled and know that algorithms + data structures = programs.
    • You read and understand existing systems before diving in. You know how to prototype, how to iterate, and when to step back and think it through or ask questions.

    Builder.

    • You are committed to the projects you work on and need to see them through to completion. You understand that solving the user’s problem is the end goal.

    Lifelong learner.

    • You stay up to date with the latest trends and are excited to learn new languages, tools, and best practices.

    Explorer.

    • Since we’re a startup, you’ll have to be a self-starter who is organized and can manage multiple projects at the same time.
    • You thrive in teams and projects that span timezones and cultures.
    • Since some of our team works remotely, you’ll also need great communication skills and to be empathetic.
    • You’re ready and excited to travel in order to support projects, no matter how dusty or remote.

    Requirements

    • Minimum 2 years programming production web applications in Java
    • Minimum 2 years programming production Android applications
    • Experience with databases and their integration into web and Android applications
    • Strong attention to detail and understanding of architectural dependencies.
    • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.

    Desirable

    • Experience with CouchDB or other NoSQL databases
    • Experience with OpenMRS or other tools used in global health
    • Experience with the Spring Framework
    • Experience working with remote teams
    • Competent in French (Reading, writing and speaking)

     

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    Security Engineer

    Purpose

    There’s no such thing as a “safe system” – only safer systems. Our Site Reliability Engineering team works to create and maintain the safest operating environment for Ona’s users and developers.

    Key role and responsibilities:

    • As a Security Engineer, you help protect network boundaries, keep computer systems and network devices hardened against attacks.
    • Provide security services to protect highly sensitive data like passwords and user information.
    • Work hands-on with our deployment systems and actively monitor our systems for attacks and intrusions.
    • Also work with software engineers to proactively identify and fix security flaws and vulnerabilities.
    • This role will report to the Site reliability engineering team.

    Key Requirements:

    Essential

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.
    • Experience analyzing the security of systems (penetration testing, Web Application security testing, vulnerability scanning, threat modeling, etc).
    • Experience with concepts and practices such as data anonymization and classification, auditing access to data, and review of requests for data access.
    • Experience in responding to security problems in target-rich environments, looking at security alerts, front-line analysis and response.
    • Experience coding/scripting in one or more general purpose languages including but not limited to: Java, C/C++, C#, Objective C, Python, JavaScript and/or Go.
    • 3 years of experience in a related role

    Desirable

    • Expertise with malware analysis, including investigations of botnet and root-kit behavior.
    • Expertise in leading analysis of large data sets and intrusion detection systems.
    • Expertise with signals development, threat hunting and threat modeling.
    • Experience with developing or analyzing Android applications
    • Code maintenance and review experience in one or more general purpose languages.
    • Understanding of technical privacy issues (cookie management, encryption), and experience with the software development lifecycle.
    • Understanding and history of applying research to real world problems.
    • Patience and negotiation skills with a track record of achieving good user outcomes.
    • Ability to communicate across disciplines (e.g. engineering, legal, policy).

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

     

    Please send the following:

    • Note describing why you are interested in working for Ona.
    • Current resume.
    • Portfolio of your work e.g a link link to your GitHub page, projects you’ve completed, or your website.
    • (Bonus points) Build something cool using our API, or extend some software we’ve written.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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