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Software Engineer Needed at Code For Africa (CfA)

Do you aspire to use your software engineering skills to drive meaningful change in Africa?

Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time Senior Software Engineer anywhere in Africa to join our civic Tech Lab to help build digital tools that strengthen our democracies and empower citizens.

The Tech Lab spearheads CfA’s design, development and maintenance of all digital services for the organisation, and its external human rights defending partner organisations.

Candidates must have demonstrable real-world experience in crafting high-quality (tested and documented) software in a team.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to lead and mentor teams of software engineers.


  • 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.

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: CfA has labs located in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. However the role can be performed remotely, and applicants across Africa will therefore be considered.
  • Languages: English
  • Preferred but not required: Arabic, French, KiSwahili and/or any other major language spoken in Africa.


  • At least four (4) years of relevant programming experience building and operating multi-tier web applications (including REST APIs).
  • Expertise in Python & proficiency in SQL (Postgres) and either JavaScript or TypeScript.
  • 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.

Preferred: candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:

  • 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.

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 benefits.
  • 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 world.

How to apply:

Deadline: 8th March, 2024

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