Monday, 11 December 2017

Job Opportunity At Care International Tanzania-Head of Product



Application deadline

Chomoka is a dynamic FinTech social enterprise in Tanzania that is unlocking the transformative potential of savings groups through technology. The social enterprise, incubated by CARE, is driven by a proprietary smartphone application used by savings groups to manage their records, access financial services and gain advisory support from a trusted network of agents. The primary target for the application are savings groups where the average member lives on under $2.50 per day. This presents challenges in getting widespread adoption of the application, but the social impacts of achieving scale are significant and CARE is ideally positioned as a platform for Chomoka success.
The initiative builds on CARE’s 20+ years of experience in Tanzania as a leader in financial inclusion, which includes introducing and popularizing the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) model nearly 20 years ago. Today, CARE has enabled 500,000 members nationwide to form and manage successful, sustainable VSLAs while similar models like VICOBA have flourished. In recent years, CARE has expanded on this informal model, working with leading banks and Mobile Network Operators to develop products and services that enable VSLAs and their members to access formal financial services, most for the first time. This transition – from exclusively informal to both formal and informal – illustrates CARE’s vision for financial inclusion in Tanzania, where all Tanzanians have access to the financial services they need to manage and improve their lives. With Chomoka, CARE aims to provide similar services to all financially excluded Tanzanians through a sustainable, social enterprise delivering value to users nationwide.
CARE is currently seeking a committed and motivated Tanzanian to fill in the following exciting position:
Position Title: HEAD OF PRODUCT, Chomoka Duty station: Dar es Salaam
Job Summary
This is a position for a dynamic individual who would be passionate about driving the product roadmap for Chomoka. This includes ensuring the current version of the solution is working optimally at all times while creating and executing the entire product development cycle for new versions of the application and platform. The Head of Product will lead a small but growing team and draw in additional technical support as necessary in order to meet these objectives. All aspects of the solution, from the mobile phones Chomoka recommends to the user experience on the front end to data architecture, database management and business intelligence solutions on the back end would fall within the Head of Product’s domain, providing the opportunity to lead on a plan that encompasses all aspects of the solution.
Qualifications and Experience
• Holder of a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent combination of education and work experience in the field specializing in Information Technology.
• At least 3 years of proven experience in developing Android apps using Android Studio
• Ability to coordinate and manage all kinds of technical demands. Excited about the opportunity to develop a new product in a challenging, developing country environment.
• Ability to understand business requirements and translate them into technical requirements.
• Creative problem solver seeking a challenging next opportunity.
• An understanding of two-way SMS communications and data encryption.
• Knowledge of the open-source Android ecosystem and the libraries available for common tasks
• Prior start-up experience as Head of Product, CTO or similar role where you have followed a product through its entire lifecycle
• Proven track record motivating development teams/leadership experience in parallel agile technical development teams covering both front- and back-end systems.
• Proven experience of designing and implementing consumer and user-centric applications for Android mobile devices.
• Experience working in environments with limited network and data connectivity, limited smartphone experience, and users with low levels of literacy
• Experience working with cloud-based database solutions including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud
• Past experience working with mobile network operators or banks a strong advantage
If your career aspirations match this exciting opportunity please send your application cover letter clearly articulating alignment with any of the above profiles and an updated detailed (CV) four pages maximum with a subject line of the position to by 5.00 pm January 5, 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Phone Number +255754400440
Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women to apply
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