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Applications Analyst/Software Developer, Mobile Financial Services

This job is not FLA Exempt.

06/26/2015

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Status:                                   Full time project employeeLocation:                               Uganda (based in Kampala)                           Date:                                      January 2015Reports to:                            Technology Lead, Uganda Job Summary: The Applications Analyst/Software Developer (SD) should be a self-motivated individual who exhibits proven skills working with software development teams, and an ability and willingness to learn/adapt to new technologies, methods and tools. The role will further Grameen Foundation’s vision and strategy to leverage mobile technology and innovative financial services models to enable the poor to lead more prosperous lives.  The SD will also be responsible for developing innovative mobile financial services products for both mobile network operators and financial institutions.The project: Grameen Foundation is working on several major projects:In partnership with a major financial institution in Uganda, Grameen Foundation is launching two new mobile products to support  Village  Savings  and  Loan Associations  (VSLAs).  The  Grameen  Foundation  team  is supporting the institution to operationalize and scale the two products. The second stage of this project will focus on the development of two additional products/services.Grameen Foundation has also been engaged by a major mobile network operator in Uganda to support development and delivery of a mobile wallet solution for groups. This product will be marketed to appeal to base of the pyramid consumers, in particular VSLAs. The product will also work in conjunction with financial institutions to drive financial inclusion.Reporting and relationships: The position will report to the Grameen Foundation Technology LeadAvailability:  The Applications Analyst/ Software Developer will be expected to work a typical work week of 37.5 hours plus additional hours to get the job done.   The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda, with some potential international travel. This position will need to be flexible to work in local conditions, and be available to work across different time zones. This position will require infrequent travel (10%-20%) within Uganda.Essential Job FunctionsThe software developer will be required to:Create web and mobile user interfaces using C#, and maintain database using MySQL Server.Create and debug Mobile applications on the Android platformCreate and/or interpret specifications and designs as providedTranslate such specifications into appropriate, high quality and documented programs/applications, on time, for Grameen FoundationAid in deployment and technical support of developed systems and applicationsCreate detailed product manuals, design documents, unit tests, and document requirementsWrite server-side code for web-based applications and develop prototypesActively participate in design and code reviews.Track, diagnose and report defects within the software and defect fixes.Drive continuous improvement and efficiency through recommending process enhancements and additional features.Perform and assist with quality assurance activities as needed.Successfully communicate with the rest of the development team throughout the development process, participate in brain storming sessions on design and implementation specifications, aid in code reviews, and incorporate feedback from code reviews into their own codeAttend trainings and participate in knowledge transfer exercises. As a candidate with superior knowledge, they will be expected to guide and train fellow team membersOffer input in planning, brainstorming, specification and resource estimation processes prior to developmentBe aware of current trends and techniques in the chosen tools, platforms and technologiesAdopt Grameen Foundation development processes, best practice methods, tools and coding guidelinesEducation and ExperienceBachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field4 - 6 years’ experience as part of a software development teamHands on experience in Objective oriented programming using any of (C#, JAVA or .NET)Experience working with version control systems (e.g. SVN, Git)Experience working with on mobile operator and financial institution platformsExperience in developing applications for mobile phones. J2ME and Android experience are a plus.Experience working with remote development teams a plusRequired Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesKnowledge of Java and multi-tier designStrong OO programming skillsStrong Android Development skillsKnowledge of MySQL or alternative database Programming (+)Mobile application development (+)Familiarity with Test Driven Development (+)Knowledge of Apex Programming (+)Familiarity with system specification and design as well as various development processes and paradigms (required)Programming in a team environmentSource/code control (+)Deep commitment to eradication of poverty and alignment with Grameen Foundation’s missionDatabase SkillsSQL Knowledge (Required)Familiarity with MySQL and MSSQL (+)ToolsEclipseForce.com IDEDistributed version control systemsFamiliarity with project management toolsPhysical and Environmental Conditions:This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.  This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds.  Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.Additional Comment:  The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Interested applicants can apply HERE.   For more information about Grameen Foundation please visit our website at grameenfoundation.org.  No telephone calls please.  

Country Director, Kenya and Uganda

This job is not FLA Exempt.

02/04/2015

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Position:            Country Director, Kenya and UgandaStatus:               Full-Time Employee (24-month contract, renewable) Location:           Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, UgandaDate:                  July 2015Job Summary & Key Priorities:  Grameen Foundation is seeking a seasoned leader with executive management experience to take on the leadership of its largest country office and global innovation hub in Uganda as well as one of its newest offices in Kenya. The Country Director leads all operations in both countries.  The Country Director’s key priorities will be:Setting the overall strategy for the countries in line with Grameen Foundation’s global efforts to help the world’s poorest people achieve their full potential by providing the information and services they need to transform their lives;Leading fundraising, business development, and strategic partnerships in both countries;Ensuring excellence in programmatic execution of our current and future work;Recruiting, retaining and leading Grameen Foundation's employees in Kenya and Uganda;Serving as Grameen Foundation’s legal and financial representative in Kenya and Uganda.​In all efforts, the Country Director will seek to further the mission of Grameen Foundation to enable the poor -- especially the poorest -- to create a world without poverty. The position will primarily focus on overseeing, expanding and building synergies between Grameen Foundation’s two main Solution Areas: a) mobile agriculture, and b) mobile financial services. ABOUT GRAMEEN FOUNDATIONLearn about our rich, innovative organizational culture and work approach here.Learn about our Mission, Work, and Impact here.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSMission & Business ResultsThe Country Director will be accountable for owning and executing on the vision and country-level strategy, and partnering with the Regional CEO to create alignment with GF’s overall strategy and direction   The Country Director is accountable for:Ensuring a high level of execution of our Kenya and Uganda programs  and partnerships for the successful design, delivery, and evaluation of our projects against targets - with an emphasis on disciplined Project Management, and robust M&E.In partnership with the Regional CEO, developing performance targets (aka Country-Level Commitments and GF Dashboard Metrics) including targets contributing to our global organizational goal of reaching 25 million poor people by 2025 with innovations that measurably improve their lives.Identifying innovative solution approaches, aligning these with donor and funder needs, and translating them into actionable plans that staff can execute.Integration ResultsWorking with the global Solution Area teams to create shared direction, align limited resources, and ensure teams deliver integrated solutions and services.Demonstrating the ability to navigate complex issues, with multiple perspectives, in a way that facilitates deep collaboration and timely/data-driven decisions.Holding teams accountable for running effective HR, financial, budgeting, and, business management processes. Driving greater efficiencies in existing HR and finance operational processes.Stakeholder ResultsBuilding strategically valuable and commercially sound new business opportunities that contribute to both the impact and operational sustainabilityPartnering closely with Fundraising Staff to build, maintain and deliver against a robust funding pipeline for Kenya and Uganda.Creating sustainable business models for all product offerings in their portfolio - thinking reflects a focus on engaging scaling partners at the onset.Representing Grameen Foundation externally in Kenya and Uganda and elsewhere, deepening existing relationships and forging new high potential partnershipsLeadership ResultsAbility to maintain high levels of personal effectiveness in varied cultural contexts; combined with a high level of self-awareness, context awareness, curiosity and learning agility that result in productive interactions.Taking a high level of ownership for managing talent and employee engagement on their team - proactively removing barriers to execution. Creating a team climate where staff members feel engaged, motivated and productive; and providing clarity, alignment, strong sense of connection, and development/growth opportunities to their direct reports. Owning and leveraging existing Talent Solutions & Processes.Building a network/pipeline of potential new hires, consultants and experts to effectively resource our work in Kenya and Uganda.Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesDeep understanding of challenges facing poor, smallholder farmers and corresponding product/solution needs; combined with deep commitment to eradicating poverty.High level of skill required in Solution/Program Design - helping build, pilot, and scale initiatives; and adapting innovations and best practices across geographies.High level of skill required in Business Development: guiding landscape analysis, testing financial models and efficiency/cost analysis, identifying and building a robust pipeline of prospective partners/donors/customers that align with program strategy and GF Mission.Effective Program Management and Strategic Thinking skills that are reflected in effective prioritization and execution.High level of Communication and Collaboration skills; with an ability to influence others without authority, work in a networked organization, and deliver results with diverse partners.Ability to analyze and leverage data to make informed decisions, and ensure their area has effective data/business processes.Fluency and comfort with Human Centered Design principles and Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks.Specific experience in financial services, agriculture and/or mobile technology is strongly preferred.Education Background and ExperienceRequires a Bachelor’s degree in Business, International Development, Economics, Finance, Engineering or related field, and a Master's Degree is strongly preferred.Requires 10+ years of management level experience in financial services, agriculture, mobile technology, international development, or a related field. With at least 7 years of experience managing teams, experience with remote teams preferred; and at least 2 years of experience working in emerging markets, ideally in Sub-Saharan Africa.Requires excellent written and verbal English language skills.Experience working in a global/multicultural organization, combined with leading funder/investor relationships, across multiple time zones is a strong plus.Strong preference will be given to in-country candidates.The Country Director is expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done.  This position will need to be flexible to work in local conditions and across different time zones.  This position will require frequent travel (20-25%) between Kenya and Uganda, and periodic travel to other countries. Physical and Environmental Conditions:  This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.  This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds. Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.Additional Comment:  The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Interested applicants can apply HERE.  No phone call please.  

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