Website Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation

Description

We are seeking a consultant to join the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) to strengthen a number of Digital Public Goods (DPGs) created by DSTI. This role comes as part of UNICEF Sierra Leone’s ongoing support to DSTI in order to promote and enable the use of Technology for Development (T4D) and of technology-based data management services for government Ministries through DSTI. The Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) aims to facilitate the discovery, development, use of, and investments in DPGs of high relevance for attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of Sierra Leone’s role as a co-champion of the DPGA, and to strengthen the existing collaboration between UNICEF Sierra Leone Country Office and DSTI on DPGs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide product development/programming support to digital public goods such as, OpenG2P, GoSL USSD Services Platform, UTM, IGIS and other DPGs as the need arises
  • Coordinate the engagement and technical cooperation with the UNICEF Office of Innovation.
  • Ensure any solutions developed are prepared to meet the DPG Standard and are included in the DPG Registry.
  • Provide technical assistance to each solution as outlined in the description of the assignment below.
  • Provide opensource community management support to digital public goods projects to strengthen local capacity & talent (40%)
  • Identify key open-source community organizations, academia and/or private sector to be engaged in each of the projects
  • Advocate for the adoption of open-source best practices in the development and maintenance of these projects’ software repositories
  • Develop and deploy clear and structured documentation for all project repositories
  • Develop, deploy and manage an issue and pull request templates for each of the projects and position these projects overall to welcome external contributions
  • Regularly review and incorporate community contributions
  • Support the development of Sierra Leone’s nascent tech ecosystem through training, hackathons and other activities in a bid to develop skilled technologists who could contribute to the open-source community and produce DPGs

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience developing and managing open-source technology projects will be an asset.
  • Solid experience in programming languages including JavaScript, Python, and GoLang.
  • Previous experience developing projects in the open and the ability to demonstrate an active Github or Gitlab profile.
  • Familiarity with different frameworks such as Node/Express & Python/ Django.
  • Experience in system design and architecture.
  • Selecting and deploying appropriate CI & CD tools
  • Implementing various development, testing, automation tools and IT infrastructure
  • Current understanding of security best practices
  • Experience with incident management and root cause analysis
  • Experience with distributed system
  • Experience with orchestration and containerisation of services

Additional Experience and Knowledge.

  • Familiarity with Sierra Leone’s developer community organizations/landscape.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment and adapt to unforeseen changes.
  • Experience working in the social impact space.

Applications

To apply please, Email your Cover Letter, CV, and a sample of writing (preferably presentation deck) to recruitment@dsti.gov.sl  

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@dsti.gov.sl

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