Senior Software Engineer at Code for Africa

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Code for Africa is the continent’s largest federation of independent technology and data journalism laboratories, which build digital democracy solutions giving citizens unfettered access to actionable that empowers them to make informed decisions and that strengthen engagement for improved public governance and accountability.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:



Job Title: Senior Software Engineer

Location: Nigeria (Remote)


  • Do you want to help build digital tools that strengthen our democracies and empower citizens? Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Senior Software Engineer to join our technology lab to help build digital tools that strengthen our democracies and empower citizens.
  • The candidate will report to CfA’s Tech Lead and will work closely with our data, and content teams to build robust systems and infrastructures for our partners in watchdog civil society organisations, the investigative media and selected progressive agencies.
  • CfA is a non-profit advocate for open source software (along with open data), and the successful candidate will therefore be required to help champion these principles by adopting best practices and helping document all our technologies to help others reuse it free of charge.
  • Also in keeping with CfA’s values, you will be expected to regularly interact with the wider tech community, as well as CfA’s grantees and partners, to share insights and offer guidance.
  • The successful candidate will work as part of a multinational and multilingual team across the continent, using digital collaboration tools to create content for a global audience and international media partners.
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About the Role

  • The successful candidate will join CfA’s Technology team as a Senior Software Engineer. The technology team is responsible for designing, developing, deploying and maintaining all digital tools at CfA.
  • As a Senior Software Engineer, you will be contributing to the design and development of robust systems and tools as well as being responsible for the availability, performance, , and incident response of our platforms and services.


Your daily responsibilities will include:

  • Participate and influence every aspect of the software development process,
  • Design, develop and deploy robust systems and tools that will be used by the organisation and partners.
  • Collaborate with a geographically distributed team of designers, researchers, developers, and journalists; proactively explore all options.
  • Provide actionable feedback on the work of junior technologists.
  • Contribute to and drive the technological and architectural decisions.
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Minimum requirements include:

  • B.Sc / B.Eng Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent practical experience.
  • 4 years of relevant programming experience building and operating multi-tier web applications (including REST APIs) using Unix-like operating systems.
  • Deep expertise in Python & proficiency in SQL and JavaScript.
  • Working knowledge of modern software development practices and technologies such as Agile methodologies and DevOps.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work effectively in teams across internal and organisations and virtual teams

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: Labs are located in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), (Nigeria),  Nairobi (Kenya), and Cape Town or Johannesburg (South Africa). However the role can be performed remotely, and across Africa will therefore be considered.
  • Primary language: English
  • Preferred but not required: French, Amharic or Arabic.

What We Offer

  • A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth, both in terms of career path and public stature.
  • A dynamic workplace, with a transnational team, occasional international travel, and generous vacation .
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn new cutting-edge skills and techniques/technologies to future-proof yourself in a rapidly evolving industry.
  • A chance to shine on a global stage, writing for international audiences and interacting with colleagues around the .
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How to

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply


  • We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible for consideration.
  • At CfA, we don’t just accept differences – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the of our employees, our products and our community.
  • CfA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know

Application Deadline  31st October, 2021.

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