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

  • Programme Manager

    Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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    To reinforce its team in Ouagadougou, Akvo is looking for a Programme Manager to support the development of its activities in Burkina Faso and in the West African region (mainly Benin, Ivory Coast, Niger, Liberia and Sierra Leone). As a Program Manager, you will be involved in identifying new opportunities for partnerships in the region as well as implementing activities with Akvo’s partners.

    Main tasks and responsibilities:

    • Contribute to the implementation of Akvo’s strategy for the Burkina Faso Hub in West Africa.
    • Programme Management with our partners in Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
    • Reaching out to potential new partners, identify new initiatives and networking in different sectors (current focus sectors are WASH, agriculture, Intgrated Water Resource Management, etc.)
    • Representing Akvo at events
    • Presenting and developing proposals for partners to start using our tools
    • Visiting West African partners to support them to understand their technical needs and to advise them in using Akvo tools
    • Contributing to the continuous enhancements of Akvo tools in the area of M&E, including data analysis and visualization. Advise partners on best practice in these areas
    • Reporting on our activities to partners.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • At least 7 years experience in programme management, preferably in the development sector
    • At least 5 years experience in proposal writing and acquisition
    • A background in our focus areas (WASH, agriculture, natural resources management)
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative and work in a results-driven way
    • Good experience as well as passion in information technology
    • Experience in M&E, GIS or data management is preferable
    • Excellent written and spoken English and French
    • Experience in international working environment and flexibility to encompass the variety of culture and working styles within Akvo Foundation.

    What we offer:

    • An opportunity to work with interesting technologies in a creative and entrepreneurial environment
    • You will be based in Akvo’s office in Ouagadougou, but you will also have the opportunity to take part in training, meetings and field visits in other locations around the world
    • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world
    • A competitive salary.

    To apply for this position, send your motivation letter and resume to Wendemi Ilboudo at work(at)akvo.org by the 26th of February 2018. Akvo has a strong preference to work with local talent; applicants from Burkina Faso and the West African region are encouraged to apply for the position. Please mention in the subject: Burkina Faso – Programme Manager.


  • Backend developer

    Location: CET Timezone

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    We are looking for a developer for Lumen with knowledge and experience in backend development, who can contribute to architecture and feature building. We also expect you to be willing to learn and occasionally go outside of your main area of expertise.

    We strive to have autonomous, self reliant developer teams at Akvo, so be prepared to pair program with team mates, do code review, deploy code to production, discuss systems architecture and chip in whenever the team needs more hands on deck.

    Requirements:

    • 3-5 years of experience in backend development
    • Strong Clojure skills
    • Devops and Kubernetes skills
    • You are self motivated and good at taking ownership of tasks
    • You are prepared to work remotely
    • Preferences: Javascript and React experience

    What we offer:

    • A chance to work with tools that contribute to achieving higher efficiency and better results for the development aid sector.
    • Competence development consisting of bi-weekly learning sessions, conference allowance, developer book club, pair programming and daily knowledge sharing
    • An opportunity to work with interesting technologies and challenges in a creative and entrepreneurial environment together with highly motivated colleagues
    • Working full time on open source development. All Akvo’s products are open source and we are also strong proponents of open data.
    • You will be a be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.

    This is a full-time position. Your actual location is less important than the fact that you are fully equipped to work remotely, however we are looking for someone who is prepared to work with a team that works in the CET timezone, so a location within this timezone, +/- max. 2 hours is preferred.

    To apply for the position, please send portfolio links, your motivation letter and a resumé in PDF format to Daniel Sunnerek at work[at]akvo.org before the 28th of February 2018.


  • Front end developer RSR

    Location: Bangalore

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    We are looking for a Front end developer, who will be part of the Akvo RSR team and your main responsibilities will be in developing and improving the front end of the product together with the team and with support from our design team.

    We are looking for someone with knowledge and experience in front-end development and with an instinct and drive for designing excellent user experiences, but we also expect you to be willing to learn and, now and then, to go outside of your main area of expertise. We strive to have autonomous, self reliant developer teams in Akvo, so be prepared to pair program with team mates, review code,  deploy the product to production, discuss the systems architecture and to chip in wherever the team needs more hands on deck.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • 3-5 years of experience in front end development
    • Strong CSS skills
    • Strong React and Javascript skills and experience
    • Practical front end skills, a good eye for design and experience working on design
    • A willingness and interest to learn
    • A willingness to work with a legacy codebase
    • Affinity with the international development sector
    • Able to work independently

    Preferences:

    • Experience with modern Javascript build chain (webpack or other)
    • Being part of large scale system development
    • Test driven development
    • Some SQL experience
    • Remote work experience
    • Experience working in a team with devOps responsibilities
    • Agile advocate and a believer in user and problem driven development

    What we offer:

    • A chance to work with tools that contribute to achieving higher efficiency and better results for the development aid sector
    • Competence development consisting of bi-weekly learning sessions, conference allowance, developer book club, pair programming and daily knowledge sharing
    • An opportunity to work with interesting technologies and challenges in a creative and entrepreneurial environment together with highly motivated colleagues
    • Working full time on open source development. All Akvo’s products are open source and we are also strong proponents of open data.
    • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.
    • A competitive salary in line with the market

    This is a full time position based in Bangalore. To apply for the position, please send portfolio links, your motivation letter and a resumé in PDF format to Lars Sjögreen at work[at]akvo.org before the 15th of February  2018.