About the Role

As a UX Engineer, you live on the front lines of our products and build features used by people across the continent and beyond everyday. The work is challenging, fast-paced and always changing. You have strong analytical skills, an unwavering commitment to quality, a collaborative work ethic and cutting edge coding skills. You should live and breathe the fundamentals of JavaScript (not just jQuery), CSS and HTML, React, and command an impressive portfolio of web technologies new and old — all in order to launch innovative features to a global audience.

The successful candidate will report to Code for Africa’s lead technologist, and will work with the tech support teams to build robust systems / infrastructure to support substantial growth over the next three years.

Code for Africa is an advocate for open source software, and the successful candidate would be required to use guidelines and best practices as part of the development work. Also in keeping with Code for Africa’s values, the engineer will also interact with grantees, partners, and the community.

What You’ll Do

  • Work closely with UI designers, project managers and back-end engineers to implement versatile front-end solutions to tricky web development problems.
  • Embrace emerging standards while promoting best practices in order to push the limits of what a browser can do.
  • Manage your own time, and work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Implement designs, including user flows, wireframes, mocks and prototypes into projects.
  • Launch, iterate and make a difference. Provide front-end coding expertise, and be ready to make our products better for our users.
  • Collaborate with a geographically distributed team of designers, researchers, developers, and journalists; proactively explore all options.

What You’ve Got

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 2 years of relevant programming experience in JavaScript, Java, Python or C++.
  • Applications development experience, working in Unix or related environments.
  • Experience in web technologies (Object-Oriented JavaScript, HTML, CSS, React framework) and experience with web standards, including HTML5 and CSS3.
  • Critical thinking skills
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision and in a multicultural environment distributed across Africa

How to Apply:

Fill in this form: here by 15 November 2018.
Qualifying candidates shall be contacted.
References must be provided.

About The Federation:

Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest federation of data journalism and civic technology laboratories, with labs in four countries and affiliates in a further six countries. CfA manages the $1m/year innovateAFRICA.fund and $500,000/year impactAFRICA.fund, as well as key digital democracy resources such as the openAFRICA.net data portal and the GotToVote.cc election toolkit. CfA’s labs also incubate a series of trendsetting initiatives, including the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in East Africa, the continental africanDRONEnetwork, and the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) that spearheaded Panama Papers probes across the continent. CfA is an initiative of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).