Hire date: Jan 15th, must be able to participate in annual trip to Kenya 2/2-2/6
We are looking for a passionate, experienced, full-time mobile software engineer to be part of Ushahidi’s Ping team. As part of the team you will be focusing on building and launching the newest mobile features and tools.
You are a passionate developer with 5+ of work experience and an entrepreneurial drive for international develop and social justice. After hacking away at your own projects and/or busting your chops for awhile in the corporate world and startups, you’re looking to use your skills to develop software that has a tangible social good.
New cultures, people and experiences give you energy; you work effectively and efficiently on distributed teams with diverse experience across many time zones. Given the freedom to work anywhere, you are self-guided and can work autonomously with superior communication skills. Chaos gives you joy, order is your satisfaction.
Software Development (80%)
Nice to have Experience
Why the job is awesome:
Why you might not be a good fit:
Ushahidi started as an ad-hoc group of Kenyan bloggers hammering out code in a couple of days from various locations, trying to figure out a way to gather more and better information about the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya.
Ushahidi is a non-profit technology company that builds open source platforms to help citizens, journalists, organizations, governments, and others gather, manage, analyze, and visualize crowdsourced data. Our tools have been used by tens of thousands of individuals and organizations fighting for social causes in over 159 countries — whether for monitoring corruption in Zimbabwe, gathering real-time data on local poverty issues, or giving people a voice in the Syrian crisis.
We are now a worldwide team of technologists distributed across 11 times zones, building software that has tangible social impact. Everyone at Ushahidi comes to work here because we know that every day people around the world use the tools we build to improve the lives of millions. In other words, in the fight for a better world, we aren’t 007, we’re Q.
Our team tends to think big and rewards creativity and an entrepreneurial attitude. Over the past six years, we have also built the iHub – the tech community hub in Nairobi, the BRCK – a redesign of connectivity for the developing world, and other projects like Savannah Fund, AfriLabs, and Crisis Mappers. Our ethos – we don’t just build products, we solve problems.
Ping was borne out of the anxious days following the Westgate mall siege that rocked Nairobi. Most of our team members call Nairobi home and we met together to discuss issues around the attack — and what we could do to help. One issue we all strongly shared was the hard time we had in checking in with each other.
So we built Ping.
Starting out, we determined a core set of requirements:
Small groups, families, and companies need to quickly check in with each other. It has to be something incredibly simple, that requires little thinking to use. The service needs to work on the simplest of phones. Anyone, anywhere in the world should have access to this service. While we can’t stop all crises from happening in the world, we can quickly find out whether our families, friends, and teams are safe.
Ping is currently in a private alpha as a web desktop tool. We’re looking to build out our mobile experience before launching widely next year.