Front End UI Engineer – VOTO Mobile

Organization
VOTO Mobile
Location
Ghana or Remote
Deadline for Applications
09/06/2016
Contact Information
tr.2016@votomobile.org
Tags
Full-time

Job Description:

VOTO is about tackling tough development challenges through basic mobile technology: we’re helping amplify the voices of 3 billion people not yet on the internet, making sure their feedback reaches the organizations that serve them, and connecting them to the daily information they need. We build technology and expertise to do mobile surveys, messaging campaigns and hotlines through the basic mobile phone channels most able to engage hard-to-reach audiences.

Why work at VOTO?

We are an entrepreneurial and fast-growing social enterprise that is looking to transform the way companies, NGOs, and governments communicate with their hardest-to-reach citizens in emerging markets. As a technology-driven company we are creating new solutions for our partners every day, and we get to see them used to create positive human impact nearly immediately.

Current staff love working at VOTO:

  • Do work that matters – pioneer new and innovative ways to tackle key social problems that affect billions of people
  • Learn and grow practical skills quickly – you are always challenged to think and take ownership to deliver results within an environment that provides coaching and training

Have fun and support each other – our young and dynamic team sees work as something to be enjoyed and our company as a place for friendships

About the job

VOTO’s global SaaS platform for mobile engagement enables organizations to share information and gather feedback from the citizens they serve in the most challenging environments. Usage of the platform continues to grow by over 10X yearly, and we\’ve added new countries, new channels, and new features. A rapidly-growing user base and an ambitious roadmap puts pressure on us to ramp up the speed of engineering – all while maintaining critical reliability and an intuitive user experience. As the core platform grows in features and complexity, it\’s essential that we deliver a consistent, modern, well-designed user experience.  Reporting to the Director of Technology, with requirements from the Director of Product, the Front End UI Engineer will be responsible for building client-side functionality of the VOTO web application.  They will work on rich, Javascript-intensive user interfaces, including VOTO’s “Trees” –  a powerful in-browser visual programming tool that empowers our partners to “draw” virtually any kind of mobile engagement with end-users they can imagine. They will be empowered to cover a range of roles from requirements analysis to UI design to implementation in code.

Responsibilities

  • Convert functional descriptions from the requirements owner into joy-inducing user interfaces and front-end code for new VOTO features
  • Assist in refining existing features to improve usability and achieve consistency
  • Enhance the architecture framework behind VOTO’s “Trees” in-browser drag-and-drop mobile engagement designer, through refactoring and creating decoupled, reusable Javascript components
  • Make educated recommendations on frontend library and framework choices
  • Ensure all user interfaces follow the new style conventions and localization that have become standard within the next-generation VOTO UI.
  • Contribute to team processes and learning so that the engineering team meets its goal every sprint of becoming a smarter, more productive, healthier, and happier team.

Qualifications

  • Experience working within a distributed, diverse team of senior and junior software engineers from multiple countries
  • Experience working within and leading agile sprints
  • Portfolio of past experience that includes individual problem-solving work on complex, state-aware, asynchronous Javascript applications
  • We don’t have an arbitrary number of years of experience, but we expect that successful applicants will have reached a point of mastery where they can independently solve difficult problems, make architecture recommendations, and mentor other developers.

Skills

  • Mastery of modern web application front-end design using HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Fluency in a range of Javascript frameworks (JQuery, Underscore/Lodash, React) and UI frameworks (Bootstrap, Skeleton)
  • Ability to achieve consistency with a style guide, but also having an intuitive sense of beautiful and aesthetic interfaces
  • Strong ability to empathize with user needs and think like a user

Basic fluency with PHP and Laravel 5 (Blade Templates) is a great help

Location

The role can theoretically be done from anywhere but the core team is currently based in Ghana, with additional engineers in Canada and the US East Coast.  Candidates should be open to significant global travel to ensure they can attend a thorough in-person orientation, and routinely build in-person relationships with their team.

About us

VOTO Mobile is a fast growing social enterprise with offices in Canada, the US, Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Kenya and India. Our services help partners distribute and collect information by engaging difficult-to-reach populations through their mobile phones. We specialize in interactive voice calls (IVR) and SMS in local languages, instantly reaching across distance and literacy barriers. We serve a wide variety of use-cases including: journalists who run national public interest surveys, rural clinics who distribute maternal health education, policy makers who study vaccine supply chains, economic development organizations who reach out to farmers, urban planners who monitor water distribution access, and academics who research the effect of public health interventions. We also have an API used to empower entrepreneurs and higher-level mobile service providers.

In the 3 years since our launch, our product has been used by 500 organizations to reach over 5.6 million people across 40+ countries. We offer the most robust platform in the industry and work across all sectors. We have pioneered the set-up of international and local connections that allow us to call nearly every phone on the planet. Further, through conducting a number of tests, we have developed a large number of best practices that help our partners to push the boundaries of mobile engagement effectiveness and impact. This knowledge will soon be shared online in our “VOTO University”.

Some of our most active global users include: the World Bank, UNICEF, Stanford University, McKinsey & Company, Facebook, MIT, IDEO.org, Camfed, ONE Campaign, Innovations for Poverty Action, Vodafone Foundation, Farm Radio International, FHI360, and Equal Access.

Our culture and you

We believe that “More Voices leads to Better Choices”. This means giving valuable information to poor households to help them make better lifestyle decisions, and it also means giving a voice to those same households to influence national and development policy in their country. Three billion people are disconnected from the information economy and VOTO Mobile is using simple mobile technology to bridge the pervasive literacy, distance and infrastructure gaps.

VOTO Mobile is a technology startup. We are proud of our product, the leader in the M4D space. We are the only platform that integrates both IVR and SMS, that is set up to call every phone on the planet, and has a unique “smart delivery node” that allows organizations to perform their mobile engagement programing even in the context of non-reliable internet connections. We are at the cutting edge of M4D.

We currently have almost 50 employees, the majority of which are based in Ghana. We have a near even gender split, and a wide diversity of backgrounds. We are 3.5 years old and have been doubling our staff every year – something we are also hoping to maintain. Our ambition and growth creates a need for reliable people who can step in and be successful in their area of responsibility, and build the systems needed to grow that area.

We have a very supportive team culture. We have a learning approach and understand that most of us are working outside of our comfort zone. If you ask anyone at VOTO what their favorite part of working here, they’ll say the team… even those who are working remotely!

If you are interested in helping 3 billion people get connected to the information economy, please consider joining VOTO. VOTO Mobile is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and are excited to receive applications from female candidates and diverse backgrounds.

Additional Information

Apply with CV and a well-written email that lets us understand why you’d be interested in working with VOTO (and has some great questions for us) to tr.2016@votomobile.org. Please include the wording “Front End UI Engineer” in the subject line of your email.

More information: www.votomobile.org/careers