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Technology Fellow (2020/2021)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Accra
  • 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.

During classes, technology fellows spend their time preparing high-quality material and researching current trends in technology 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 tech 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
Managing Director
Tobi Lafinhan
Recruitment Manager
Felix Darko
Technology Fellow
Funke Makinwa
Communication Teaching Fellow
Kathrin Sühlsen
Business Teaching Fellow
Alexis Roman
Venture Partner
Katjana Kammin
Venture Partner
Femi Adewumi
Director, Training Program
Gerhard Malah
Venture Partner
Anjola Okunade
Marketing Associate

Skills & Requirements


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Experience with emerging technologies, AI(ML, NLU/NLP, CV, VR, AR), Blockchain (Hyperledger fabric, Ethereum) and IoT. Knowing how to build gaming systems is a plus.

  • Understanding of Design Thinking methods is highly desirable.

  • 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.


  • Passion for excellence, creativity, innovation, teaching and learning
  • Excellent facilitator and speaker
  • Team player, effective in a Collaborative Work Environment
  • Coaching, able to bring out the best in others
  • Learning mindset
  • Innovative


  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel, Housing, Meals and Emergency Health Insurance provided by MEST

  • Teaching experience; international work experience

  • A chance to make a significant impact- transfer knowledge and skills

  • Skills development outside of typical day-to-day roles

  • Exposure to some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and investors through guest lectures.

  • On-the-ground operational experience in high-growth markets.

  • Broadened perspective through exposure to out-of-industry problems, players, and technologies.

  • Invaluable international work & life experience in an entrepreneurial organization supporting talented African tech entrepreneurs.

Great Place to Work

  • International Visa and Travel Expenses

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Healthcare

About the company

Launched in 2008 by Meltwater Founder & CEO Jorn Lyseggen, MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund, incubators, and hubs for technology entrepreneurs in Africa, providing critical skills training in software development, business, and communications. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, MEST is funded by the Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence.

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