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Technology Teaching Fellow
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Industry

Computer/IT Services

Category

Teaching & Education

Experience

Mid level

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

Location: Accra +1 more

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Hiring Manager
Todd Holcombe

Job Description

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, teaching 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 pushe 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.

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 developlment 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.

  • Interest and/or passion for teaching and technology; experience would be an asset.

  • Ability to work in a team, and to deal with ambiguity.

  • Good verbal and written communication in English; good presentation skills.

  • Startup experience is a plus.

  • We also encourage people with network and system administration experience to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be part of the faculty and actively participate of the daily training of MEST students.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures and labs on technical topics.
  • Grade and evaluate technical deliverables.
  • Tutor students one-on-one in programming fundamentals.
  • Help determine topics and requirements of project assignments.
  • Research options and assist project teams with technology selections.
  • This is a unique opportunity for you to be part of a team that is developing an unprecedented technology generation in Africa!

BENEFITS

  • US$1000 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
About the company

Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa, these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices.

After completion of the program, the EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept. Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST Incubator to pursue their idea.

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