IT Jobs – Lead Technologist (Android & Web) at Tech 4 Development

Organisation: Tech 4 Development
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
4 Development ( is a social enterprise that develops
digital solutions with the goal of addressing some of East Africa’s most
challenges in a profitable way. Following in-depth research on small and medium
enterprise (SME) in Uganda and Kenya, conducted in partnership with the UN in
2015, we are currently setting up a B2B mCommerce Venture in Kampala. Our aim
is to transform how Ugandan SMEs communicate and transact with suppliers and
buyers through the use of smartphones. While offline quality control and
delivery services play an important role, it is an Android App that will stand
at the heart of our business model. We will initially focus our efforts to SMEs
and entrepreneurs in Kampala before expanding into other regions and countries.
Our methodology to develop a meaningful product and profitable business model
is deeply rooted in design thinking and lean startup principles. This means we
spend a lot of time observing and talking with users, formulating and testing
assumptions about their needs, building prototypes, and continuously iterating
our technology and business. To do so effectively, we work in a non-hierarchical
& multi-disciplinary team of 6 people out of our beautiful team-space at
Venture Lab East Africa in Bugolobi.
Job Summary: The Lead Technologist should possess a strong
entrepreneurial mind who buys into our vision of using technology and new business
models to radically improve small business practices in Uganda. Ideal
candidates should have worked with various technologies in the past (most
importantly Android) and should be able to guide our team in all technology
related decisions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Act as Lead Technologist for the team;
  • Act as Lead Android App developer;
  • Support the team to understand the
    technological boundaries in which to design;
  • Gather requirements, functionalities and
    translate those requirements into elegant prototypes, MVPs, and final
  • Ensure alignment of with information
    architecture with changing UI/UX design;
  • Deliver across the entire solution life cycle
    (concept, design, build, test, deploy);
  • Leverage digital tools to further the team’s
    results and enhance growth;
  • Optimize performance of the digital solution
    under development;
  • Explain technologies and solutions to
    technical and non-technical stakeholders;
  • Work in liaison with the rest of the team
    within an lean/agile environment;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should possess at least three
    years’ years of experience in designing and developing Android Apps.
  • Candidates should be able to apply creative problem
    solving to difficult design challenges, demonstrate analytical thinking
  • Possess excellent skills in communicating
    technological issues to non-techies.
  • Good team-player mind
  • In addition, candidates should be passionate
    to work in a fast-paced, creative, and culturally diverse environment
    while adapting quickly to changing needs and priorities.
  • Show commitment to social change and our
    vision for digital empowerment;
  • Passion for developing Android Apps;
  • Hands-on experience in analysis, design,
    coding, and implementation of custombuilt applications;
  • A sound command of Javascript, HTML &
  • Decent debugging and optimization skills;
  • Good OO skills, including strong design
    patterns knowledge;
  • Familiarity with relational databases;
  • Working knowledge of software best practices;
  • Awareness of the technological challenges in
    the Ugandan context.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Previous experience working with lean startup
    methods, HCD, and agile development is an added advantage
  • Prior experience in developing Web Applications
    is desired
  • Previous experience with WordPress is an
  • Desire to contribute to the wider technical
    community through collaboration;
  • Previous experience working on digital B2B or
    B2C eCommerce projects in East Africa.
NB: In case of satisfactory performance during the
initial assignment, the candidate could become a co-founder and key leader of
the long-term venture team.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs to
We strongly encourage early application. Please use the
email address for any enquiries or to request supporting material.
Deadline: 12th February, 2016 by mid-night
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