Farm Radio International
Farm Radio International
A Canadian not-for-profit organization working in partnership with 460+ radio partners in 38 African countries.
13 Nov 2013
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SMS & Voice App Developer
Mastermind of all things mobile (SMS+Voice) needed for all expenses paid "dream" volunteer position in Arusha, Tanzania. 4-6 months!
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Our ideal SMS & Voice App Developer is a master of all things mobile phone (think basic nokia phone, not a smartphone), as this is the primary channel through which farm radio listeners communicate with radio broadcasters. The person will be a wizard at developing easy-as-pie as well as cost effective solutions for farmers that leverage SMS and voice channels (GSM and VoIP) to serve the information needs of farmers in innovative yet practical ways.
Experience developing IVRs and voice based services on various platforms (ie: Voxeo, Twilio, Callcentric, Verboice, Tropo, Freedom Fone etc)
Experience working with SMS gateways, platforms and aggregators
Three years experience programming/coding (php/MySQL/+others)
Project management experience
Knowledge of CSS, JSON, jQuery, HTML5 and other web languages/protocols.
Speaks and writes English fluently (proficiency or fluency in French would be a bonus!)
Enjoys working with a cool team of like minded people to build innovative projects
Roles & Responsibilities:
Voice / SMS toolkit for Farmers and Broadcasters
Work with existing Farm Radio innovations including Beep-2-vote, SMS alerts, Voice SMS, Leave-a-message and other easy to use interactivity techniques and integrate into a comprehensive toolkit for farmers and radio stations.
“think cloud and think networked”. Farm Radio operates in seven countries with hundreds of radio partners, so our mobile services need to distribute in a robust way in each country using a combination of GSM, VoIP and other voice/SMS channels.
Work with other volunteer developers to create innovate ways that voice / SMS and Android apps can plug more users into Barza, our social network for broadcasters
Work with Radio & ICT manager to maximize farmers’ access to useful information through voice and SMS
Advise on use of existing voice / SMS platforms and innovations
Migrate other Farm Radio products (Radio scripts, Farm Radio Weekly and Blog) can be accessible via voice/SMS through Barza
Explore possibility of using voice/SMS and Barza as a Learning Management System for offering training modules
Seek creative ways of making our voice / SMS services a financially viable model
Be a mentor to a junior developer who may work alongside and learn from you
Other responsibilities as they arise.
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