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Technology Fellow (2019/2020)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Accra

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is seeking candidates with a passion for teaching and a strong background in technology and/or entrepreneurship for a one-year assignment teaching and mentoring talented African entrepreneurs software development fundamentals.

The instructors are strongly skilled in either front-end or back-end full- stack development. The instructor will have to engage in subjects such as User Experience, User Interface, Front-End Views (HTML + CSS), front-end frameworks and back-end frameworks with knowledge about both SQL and NOSQL databases. If you have worked with previous startups and know agility, it’s a huge additional bonus!

During classes, technology fellows spend their time preparing high-quality material and researching current trends to introduce to our Entrepreneurs-in- Training. They work hard to prepare assignments that challenge our entrepreneurs and push them beyond their limits. Then they spend time with the EITs to review their solutions and suggest further improvements.

During mentoring sessions while entrepreneurs work on live problems in their capstone and NewCompany period, the instructors help ideate and choose appropriate technologies for developing their products. At MEST, we concentrate on building scalable solutions in terms of both design and tech. Technologies range from programming languages, algorithms, databases, application frameworks to project management tools and development methodologies.

Work with great people

Ashwin Ravichandran
Director, Ghana
Aaron Fu
Managing Director
Kamil Nabong
Senior Portfolio Fellow
Tobi Lafinhan
Recruitment Manager
Neku Atawodi-Edun
Director, Nigeria
Victoria Jackon
Director, South Africa
Felix Darko
Technology Fellow
Funke Makinwa
Communication Teaching Fellow
Kathrin Sühlsen
Business Teaching Fellow
Alexis Roman
Portfolio Fellow
Jakub Byc
Portfolio Fellow
Katjana Kammin
Portfolio Fellow

Skills & Requirements

  • Programming proficiency in an objected-oriented programming (OOP) language.

  • Experience building scalable applications:

    • UX/UI Designer: Wireframing, Prototyping, Ideating, Developing final designs using Photoshop/Illustrator, etc.

    • Front-End: Exposure and practical skills of one of the popular frontend frameworks such as Ember.js, Angular, React, Backbone, etc.

    • Back-End: Daily development of one of the popular full stack frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Django, Meteor, Laravel, etc. Experience in both relational (PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, etc) and non-relational databases (MongoDB, Redis, etc). If you have BAAS experience, that’s a plus.

    • Mobile application developer. If you do native development with Java (Android) or Objective-C/Swift (iOS) that’s a plus.

    • Testing

  • Ability to design and architect complex software programs, and maintain them over time.

  • Experience managing software projects and teams using project management tools.

  • Ability to adopt new languages and frameworks quickly in order to help teams using them.

  • Significant experience in public speaking, teaching, and mentorship.

  • Significant experience with entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship.

  • Experience working in multi-cultural and geographically diverse teams and familiarity with the challenges/opportunities in African countries.

  • Plus: Entrepreneurship experience in Africa or emerging markets.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To design, develop and execute lesson plans on technical topics.
  • Grade and evaluate technical deliverables.
  • To mentor individuals and project teams.
  • To lead projects within the curriculum.

BENEFITS

  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel, Housing, Meals and Emergency Health Insurance provided by MEST
  • A chance to make a significant impact- transfer knowledge and skills
  • Develop relationships with Africa's future business leaders
  • Invaluable international work & life experience in an entrepreneurial organization working supporting talented African tech entrepreneurs.
  • Teaching experience; International work experience

Great Place to Work

  • International Visa and Travel Expenses

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Healthcare

About the company

MEST is a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, tech incubator and hub for African software entrepreneurs.

Launched in 2008 by Meltwater Founder & CEO Jorn Lyseggen, MEST was created on the basis that talent is evenly distributed but the opportunity is not. Since its inception, MEST has trained over 400 individual entrepreneurs and invested in 40+ software startups. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana with incubators in Accra, Lagos and Cape Town and a presence in Nairobi and Abidjan, MEST is the first truly Pan-African program of its kind.


Tobi Lafinhan | Hiring Manager

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