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Project Summary:

Creative’s Bringing Unity, Integrity, and Legitimacy to Democracy (BUILD) is a USAID-funded project designed to support electoral and political processes in Somalia. The project fosters increased citizen participation by building the capacity of; civil society organization, election management bodies, political parties, and other relevant government and non-government bodies, in preparation for the 2020/21 Election cycle. The BUILD project is implemented by Creative in partnership with the International Republican Institute, BBC Media Action, M2A, and Forcier Consulting. BUILD is a five-year project in its fourth year of implementation.

This role falls under Objective Two of BUILD’s project goals; to develop the capacity of election management bodies (EMBs) to administer credible elections and political processes in Somalia.

Position Summary:

The Somalia BUILD Project requires a Database Developer with extensive experience in software development, implementation and support. The expert will be required to create a dedicated web-based database application to assist the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) of Somalia in maintaining and processing political party information and registrations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and create a fully functioning web-based database application;
  • The software implementation will be based upon existing requirements and design specifications, but the Developer will be required to work closely with the OPPR Advisor and the target users to adapt designs as required to optimize the usability and security of the implemented solution.
  • Work with the Office of the Political Party Registrar (OPPR) Advisor in specifying any required hardware; and
  • Following system implementation, will assist in training of both users and technical IT staff within the NIEC to optimize the maintainability of the implemented software, to include providing extensive documentation.

This role will run from as soon as possible to December 20, 2019.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Developer will report to the Election Technical Advisor and will receive technical guidance from the OPPR Advisor.

Required Skills & Experience:

The Developer will be expected to have the skills, qualifications, experience, education and general expertise necessary to provide the NIEC’s Office of the Political Party Registrar with a functioning web-based database application for all Political Party needs. Specifically, the Developer must demonstrate capabilities in the following areas, listed in order of importance:

  • Background in Information and Communications Technology (ICT);
  • Relevant advanced university degree in computer studies, database systems or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in software development and database design;
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in developing software for deployment in developing or post-conflict countries;
  • Experience in developing electoral software for international organizations;
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience using Microsoft software development tools, with specific experience of developing using dotnet and C#. Microsoft certified MCP/MCSA/MCSD/MCSE an advantage;
  • Experience in creating, configuring, administrating and maintaining Microsoft SQL Server databases;
  • Experience in deploying database software on local and cloud servers;
  • Experience in implementing effective data security for sensitive systems;
  • Experience in capacity building, e.g. training and conducting workshops;
  • Experience with short deadlines and quick turnaround; and
  • Fluency in English, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working in Somalia and/or Somali language skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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