Working at Akvo


Akvo is a rapidly-growing, entrepreneurial non-profit foundation with a big mission. Our tools are already positively disrupting the ways that development aid is allocated and reported in a sector that has been historically adverse to change. We're now helping to establish the identity and voice of a new generation of development professionals who work on the ground and are committed to being open about what works and what doesn't.

Akvo's staff are based in multiple locations. We have a head office in the centre of Amsterdam with hubs and satellite offices in Stockholm, Washington DC, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Bamako, Singapore, Canberra, Helsinki, Bangalore and New Delhi. We also have people working from home in numerous other locations around the world. Where you are is not as important as who you are and what you can contribute.

We think job satisfaction comes, more than anything else, from working with great people on exciting projects. Akvo's team is like no other, with motivated and talented people whose diverse backgrounds converge to accomplish shared objectives. Read more about working for Akvo in our staff handbook.


Open positions

  • Young Expert (geo) hydrology – DNH and Akvo and YEP (Young Expert Programme) (full time)

    Location: Bamako, Mali

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    About PCA GIRE:
    PCA GIRE is a program on Integrated Water Resource Management in Mali. It is financed by Sweden (11%), Mali (15%) and The Netherlands (74%), and runs from 2015-2019. The program is based on the National IWRM action plan, and national legislation (National IWRM policy and Water Act). The aim is to further implement good water governance within Mali. This is a new program but it is based on previous work financed by The Netherlands and other partners within IWRM. It builds on previous experiences, lessons learned, and continues with work already implemented. The main 5 objectives are to improve; 1 – legislation, 2 – transboundary IWRM, 3 – national water information management system, 4 – local IWRM and 5 – trans sectorial issues such as human right and climate change related to IWRM. (www.giremali.org)

    About DNH:
    DNH is the National Direction of Hydraulic based at Bamako in Mali. DNH is accountable of the PCA GIRE program, however as IWRM is multi-sectorial, many other ministries and governmental organizations are involved. The DNH is part of Mali’s Ministry of Energy and Water and is the chair of the steering committee leading the program forward. The ministry of Environment and Agriculture also play an important role and are member of the ‘Comité de Coordination’ and the ‘Comité de Pilotage’. The program is executed by a multidisciplinary team, which is situated at the DNH. (www.dnhmali.org)

    About Akvo:
    Akvo builds open source, Internet and mobile software and hardware that are designed to support international development and make it more effective, transparent and collaborative.
    Our global partner support and training team backs our software services. The Akvo head office is in Amsterdam, with a development team distributed across Europe, India and our regional hubs. At Akvo we have a strong participatory work culture with teams that value collaboration and task ownership throughout the work process (www.akvo.org). Akvo has a team based in Bamako to support its partners in the use of its data collection, monitoring and evaluation and reporting tools. Partners are national governments, international, regional and local NGOs, multilaterals such as UNICEF and companies in Mali and other West African countries.

    About YEP
    The Young Expert Programmes consist of YEP Water and YEP Agrofood (www.yepprogrammes.com). The main goal of both programmes is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to gain experience with working in an international environment through Dutch organisations. The YEP Programmes offer viable opportunities for young professionals, as well as for the Dutch water and agrofood sectors. The period of deployment of a Young Expert is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. During their programme the Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching.

    Summary of the Role:
    As Young Expert you will be part of the PCA GIRE team at the DNH and will execute specific tasks related to groundwater and water quantity issues. You will find links between existing and future projects related to ground water especially between the DNH and PCA-GIRE/BAM-GIRE project (Wetlands International), but also with the national water mapping of the DNH (executed by Akvo).

    Your tasks are not only related to the PCA GIRE but also to the Water Resources Management department at the DNH, you will therefore work closely with this department. This includes working with the SIGMA team of the DNH, and in collaboration with the Akvo team that gives technical assistance to this team, as part of the national water point mapping programme to update and improve the SIGMA database.


    Main tasks and responsibilities:

    • Your initial task will be to write a clear report on the current surface and ground water measuring points for water levels, to give a picture of the current monitoring network.
    • You will review and rewrite the current monitoring strategy from 2004, together with the Dutch Yep-per who is already working on the water quality monitoring network.
    • You will develop basic water balances per sub-basin taking into account the different water users in the area.
    • You will work on hydraulic modelling of sub-basins of the Niger.
    • You will do water quantity monitoring activities.
    • You will support preparation of the mapping the Northern regions – you will support the creation of “listings” (documentation for enumerators with full lists of all water points as registrated in the SIGMA database)
    • You will support training and support to the database managers of the regional branches of the DNH (DRH) before, during and after data collection and will assist in certain training activities with enumerators, followed by data cleaning support.
    • If time allows you to, you will support the water quality testing of the national mapping, by giving support to the actors on the use of Akvo Caddisfly.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • Bachelor degree (BSc/BA) or Masters degree (MSc/MBA/MA) in (geo)hydrology or related subject.
    • Have knowledge of hydraulic modelling and databases.
    • Have very good knowledge of computer (Microsoft Office, specifically Excel), and smartphone skills.
    • Natural interest in Water Management related issues and be socially engaged.
    • Good understanding of the various aspect of data management that is involved in ground and surface water monitoring, data collection, data validation, database design, use of data from database and how to present results and make decent analysis.
    • Interest in how Good Water Governance is implemented based on knowledge based decision-making (so how to present data for decision makers to develop policies).
    • Strong motivation for participating in the Young Expert Programme, as well as working for the DNH and Akvo.
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills: Pro-active, open and curious attitude, and willing to learn.
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative and work in a results-driven way.
    • Able to identify your personal learning needs within the YEP program (www.yepprogrammes.com) and what you are going to obtain.
    • A real team player within DNH, PCA GIRE and Akvo.
    • Excellent written and spoken English and French.
    • Be willing to travel and work in the regions if security allows to do so.
    • Malian nationality.

    What we offer:

    • An opportunity to work with interesting technologies in a creative and entrepreneurial environment.
    • You will be taking place in a personal development plan to develop both your technical as data management skills.
    • You will be based at the office of the DNH (4 days per week) and in Akvo’s office in Bamako (1 day per week), but you will also have the opportunity to take part in training, meetings and field.
    • You will be part of the DNH team in general and the PCA GIRE team in particular, and you will be part of the international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.
    • A realistic starting salary for a young civil servant with great training opportunities, including a personal development training in the Netherlands with other young experts.

    To apply for this position, send your motivation letter, resume, copy of you degree in English – and passport (candidates need to dispose of a valid passport of at least one year) to Mrs. Verbeek at work@akvo.org and Mrs. Cisse Youma Coulibaly at c.youma@yahoo.fr by the 22th of August 2017. Please mention in the subject: Young Expert (geo) hydrology Mali – DNH, Akvo and YEP.
    If you are selected, you will receive an email on Friday 25th of August; Interviews for the position will take place on Monday 28th of August at the DNH.


  • Data intern - full time

    Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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    Akvo is looking for a data management and analysis intern for a period of six – eight months, preferably starting in August 2017. This is an opportunity to gain practical experience working in a purpose-driven organisation. You will work on various data analysis projects, such as: looking at which investments in water infrastructure are most effective; and how data can best be combined and presented to be useful for data-driven decision making.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • You are a third-year Bachelor or Masters student studying information technology or similar. Preferably you have knowledge of working with R, Python and SQL, as well as Excel at an advanced level.
    • You have knowledge of data analysis methodologies.
    • You are pro-active, service-oriented, independent and possess good communication and written skills.
    • You are proficient in verbal and written English.
    • You are eager to learn and embrace challenges.

    What we offer:

    • An opportunity to work on exciting data management and analysis subjects in an international environment.
    • A chance to learn from specialists in data analysis, data science, system development and the application of technology.
    • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.
    • An internship remuneration of €250 per month.

    To apply for this internship, send your motivation letter and resume to Marten Schoonman, Akvo Partner Support Services Manager via work[at]akvo.org. This vacancy will remain open until it is filled.