Software Developer Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Kenya (Remote)

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Title: Software Developer Advisor (E-volunteer)

Partner Name: Organization of African Youth

E-volunteer Location: Canada

Partner Location: Kenya

Duration: 4 months

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week (flexible)

Context for the Assignment:

Are you passionate about youth inclusion and empowerment? Do you have information and communication technology skills to share? As the Software Developer Advisor with the Organization of African Youth (OAY) in Kenya, you will work with the OAY Project Officer to support the development of the ‘HELLO JIRANI’ COVID-19 response android application. Jirani means neighbor in Swahili! Apply today to make an impact on youth in Africa during the global pandemic!


  • Develop Organization of African Youth’s ‘HELLO JIRANI’ COVID-19 response android application;
  • Create and develop the source code of the new application;
  • Test and debug source code;
  • Evaluate the existing application, perform updates and develop modifications;
  • Develop a technical handbook to represent the design and code of the ‘HELLO JIRANI’ application;
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training;
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after your volunteer assignment. You will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals;
  • Ensure the representation and engagement of women in all activities and program benefits;
  • Co-develop ane-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using the WUSC volunteer work plan template;
  • Participate in organizational and project improvement activities such as surveys, assessments and learning/planning sessions;
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.


  • Degree and/or training in Computer Science or a related field;
  • A working knowledge of programming language such as JAVA and ORACLE;
  • Experience in applications and software development;
  • Knowledge of software design and programming principles;
  • IT skills (e.g. Microsoft package, use of databases, website design, etc.);
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group;
  • Comfortable using online working platforms;
  • Access to a reliable internet connection;
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering;
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • Written and oral fluency in English;
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset.


Partner Description:

Organization of African Youth (OAY) is a non-governmental organization that conforms to the provisions of the African Youth Charter adopted by the African Union. Organization of African Youth serves as a platform for young people in Africa to assert their power in numbers, energy and imagination to transform Africa. They work to motivate, unify and empower youth to be drivers of social, political and economic transformation. Through networks and partners across Kenya, OAY strengthens synergies and collaboration to address the unique needs of the local youth.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Organization of African Youth’s focus was in providing a platform for young people in Africa to assert their power in numbers, energy and imagination to transform Africa. In the current COVID-19 context, OAY is delivering essential goods and services to communities within their implementation area.

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy:

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form.

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! Though we have temporarily closed our offices globally, WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world, including through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada. You can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s NEW e-volunteering program! See available opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.

If you are interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you. We are continuing to recruit for open international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so. Please note there will be no international departures before January 2021. However, we are currently recruiting people with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status who live in one of the countries where our programs are implemented. If this is your case, do not hesitate to send us your application specifying your current country of residence!

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