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Frontend Developer @ Refugees United1

  • Company: Refugees United
  • Deadline: Wednesday 31st July 2013
  • Location: Nairobi
Job Description

Frontend developer for Refugees United’s Nairobi office

Refugees United builds technology to help separated refugee families reconnect.

In the wake of conflict, natural disasters and political upheaval, people flee chaos for safety. Oftentimes, family members lose track of each other during the escape,  ending up in different camps in different countries. Up until Refugees United was created, no digital infrastructure connected organizations to each other, camps to each other and refugees to each other with information on separated loved ones.  

The world holds more than 43 million refugees and Refugees United is currently helping close to 200,000 people in finding their children, siblings and parents again.  

Working with our partners in distributed teams, we collect family data through WAP, USSD, SMS and the web. Our teams are present in refugee camps and urban areas of East and North Africa, and often comprise refugees themselves. We work in challenging environments with challenging data, striving to crack a code of information dissemination to help families reunite faster.

We focus on a big problem that we believe big data can help solve. We’re not in it for the status quo. We help change the lives of some of the most resource deprived people on our planet. We try to have fun, even when it’s tough.  

If this start-up dynamic, combined with a mission to empower refugees, sounds like your ideal place to thrive, get in touch.  

Personal nature:

·  Skilled developer with a proven track record

·  Either living in Kenya or willing to relocate

·  Comfortable working with distributed teams (HQ is in Copenhagen)

·  An ambitious and motivated self-starter

·  Able to ship, and on time

·  Passionate about the product and the creative process

·  Willing to contribute and take the initiative to execute new ideas

·  Like to participate in planning, review and improvement

·  A team-player who will do whatever it takes

·  Happy working with colleagues across continents and time zones


·  Develop user facing applications for our different touchpoints (Web, USSD, SMS etc.)

·  Design features on top of our API

·  Adhering to the latest technologies and trends

Skills and experience:

Must have experience with:

·  PHP

·  Git version control

·  Modern HTML

·  Modern CSS

·  Javascript (Incl. jQuery)

·  RESTful APIs

·  OOP

·  CSS grids/frameworks/resets

·  Cross-browser/Cross-platform development/Responsive design

·  Dedication and desire to discuss and communicate about your work

·  Protection against XSS/CSRF and general security awareness

Nice to have:

·  Python

·  MySQL

·  MongoDB

·  CSS Pre-Processors (LESS/Sass)

·  Internationalization/Localization

·  Progressive Enhancement/Graceful Degradation

·  Modernizr

·  UX skills

·  Solr

·  Not afraid of a Linux terminal

·  Experience with low end devices in poorly connected areas

What we provide:

·  The opportunity to have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people

·  A great start-up working environment in Nairobi. We are a tech non-profit and move like one

·  A fun, fast-paced international team striving to help millions of refugees

·  The opportunity to grow your skills and reach ambitiously through our global network of partners and collaborators

How to apply

Please send a letter of motivation, your CV and examples of some of your work to:

Simon Engelbrecht

+45 20281898