Application Developer - Programmer

Position Summary:

Application Developer / Programmer will work in collaboration with the TUSOME IT Team and home office team to support RTI-developed software solutions and its users. S/he will work closely with IT specialist, IT assistants as well as the education technical team in support of these technology applications. This includes but not limited to the following:

Essential Duties:

  • Troubleshooting and addressing user issues and defects both, at server side, as well as in the application’s code. 
  • Responding promptly and professionally to bug reports.
  • Review, update, repair, modify and develop existing software and generic applications; specifically abstracting out classes and functions in JavaScript code and analyzing and understanding program structure in JavaScript code.
  • Design and develop programming systems making specific determinations about system performance.
  • Document code consistently throughout the development process by listing a description of the program, special instructions, and any changes made in database tables on procedural, modular and database level.
  • High skills sets will be required, this may also include feature design and development.
  • The successful candidate should have outstanding programming skills and expertise, particularly for native Android applications and Java.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s of Science or higher in Information Technology or other technical discipline, and at least five (5) years working as a software developer.
  • S/he need to have deep experience developing in and for the Cloud, specifically with HTML5, CSS, JSON, and Javascript (CoffeeScript preferred).
  • The candidate should have working experience with business intelligent platforms like Microsoft PowerBI
  • This position requires the ability to work well in an international team environment, excellent communication and problem solving skills, and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Troubleshooting skills on software, network and communication devices.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in software design and development, including testing, test-driven development, and agile methodologies.
  • The successful candidate need to be fluent in spoken and written Kiswahili and English.
  • In addition s/he requires utmost reliability and ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.


  • Apache PhoneGap/Cordova
  • CouchDB, PouchDB, SQLite
  • Ruby
  • Agile /Scrum Developer certification
  • Experience building offline-first mobile applications using standard web technologies
  • Experience working on international development projects funded by USAID, The World Bank, DfID or other funding agencies is an added advantage.
RTI is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park. RTI donor funded TUSOME Early Grade Reading Project is focused on curriculum support, teacher training and teaching material development to improve the quality of early grade instruction in formal and non-formal schools through a reading intervention.