The successful candidate will join CfA’s Knowledge team as the continental champion for CfA’s africanDRONE and sensors.AFRICA networks pioneering the use of drones and sensors for climate change and deforestation monitoring, water and air quality detection, and pollution detection in African cities, as well as open data collection and mapping. africanDRONE is a community of African drone pilots who use drone imagery and maps for social justice and environmental security. sensors.AFRICA is a citizen science initiative that involves monitoring of environmental challenges such as air quality and noise pollution, and water quality to empower citizens in African cities
The responsibilities for this role will include daily oversight and coordination of the sensors.AFRICA and africanDRONE communities’ initiatives and activities, including organising online and offline events, managing numerous donor-funded projects, including fellowships, with various requirements and deadlines, assisting with partnership development, and managing stakeholders, facilitating training and mentorship while marshalling resources, among other things.
You will also collaborate with project teams to ensure that partnerships and project deliverables are met, and stakeholders are kept informed and engaged. In addition, you will manage a discretionary fund for the fellowship micro-grants for communities’ projects or initiatives. You will be responsible for ensuring that grantees meet their deliverables and deadlines.
The ideal candidate will be responsible for the following:
- Manage and expand a geographically dispersed community of drone pilots and sensor practitioners across African countries, ensuring members are engaged and active.
- Coordinate the management of community events, projects, and communications.
- Identify gaps and needs within the africanDRONE and sensors.AFRICA networks and develop appropriate and effective programmes tailored to meet those needs.
- Ensure that projects and milestones are delivered on time, to the highest quality standards, and meet/exceed donor expectations.
- Monitor and evaluate programme effectiveness and community member feedback to improve programme outcomes.
- Report on all activities and manage community information while ensuring databases are up to date.
- Develop assets that can be leveraged to inform and energise CfA’s partners, stakeholders, and community members about CfA’s community events and programmes, including creating detailed-oriented presentations, briefings, memos, and other communications.
- Create weekly and monthly community engagement plans.
The ideal candidate for this role should have the following:
- At least 3 years of experience in community management or a related field, including organising and coordinating offline, online, and hybrid local and international events/community outreach
- Excellent project management skills, with the ability to handle multiple priorities, meet deadlines and produce regular monitoring reports.
- Highly experienced in stakeholder engagement, with a proven ability to build relationships and engage with diverse audiences, including IoT practitioners, community members and donors/partners.
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, for large and small groups, in-person and via phone or email.
- A strong understanding and deep interest in civic tech applications, including sensors, drones, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
- A genuine passion for environmental sustainability, urban growth, international development, and social justice.
- Able to work creatively and accurately under pressure, with excellent attention to detail.
- Proficient in spoken and written English.
Candidates who can demonstrate the following will have an advantage:
- Experience working in the technology, non-profit, and/or media environments will be advantageous.
- An understanding of database management and familiarity with spreadsheets.
- Experience working with a multinational and fully remote organisation.
- Bilingual in English and French (spoken and written).
- Hold relevant undergraduate degrees in related fields such as Development Studies or STEM disciplines.
- Familiar with growth and impact metrics, as well as web analytics.
Please fill in this form: by 22nd March, 2023
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About the Role:
The successful candidate will join CfA’s Tech Lab as a Senior Software Engineer. The Tech Lab is distributed across East/West Africa, and benchmarks itself on similar civic technology initiatives elsewhere in the world that build digital democracy solutions.
Within the Tech Lab, you will work closely with the Chief Technology Officer to decide on the architectural direction of systems and tools developed by the Lab. You will also work with the Product Manager to translate product features and specifications into simple, implementable designs. You will then work with your fellow engineers, designers and content team to deliver working products within the agreed timelines.
Some of the products that you may work with us on include:
- Our public-facing web apps (such as PesaYetu, FeedShield, sensors.AFRICA, and The Charter AFRICA Project)
- Our tools/widgets (such as BiscuitIndex, HURUmap and TaxClock)
- Our bots (such as DebunkBot)
- Our machine learning and natural language processing analysis tools (such as CivicSignal).
- Lead the design, develop and deploy robust systems and infrastructure tools that will be used by the organisation and partners.
- Drive every aspect of the software development process including technological and architectural decisions.
- Collaborate with a geographically distributed team of product managers, designers, researchers, developers, and journalists to deliver high-quality software on time and within budget.
- Provide actionable feedback on the work of fellow technologists.
- At least four (4) years of relevant programming experience building and operating multi-tier web applications (including REST APIs),
- A deep understanding of computer science principles and the ability to evaluate and implement new technologies as needed,
- Working knowledge of modern software development practices and technologies such as CI/CD pipelines,
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills paired with excellent attention to detail,
- Ability to lead and motivate teams, and to work well in a collaborative environment
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related technical discipline.
- Experience working in development organisations (NGOs/CSO/non-profit), technology/media organisations or high-growth startups.
Please fill in this form: by 31st March, 2023