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Farm Radio International

Farm Radio International

Farm Radio International

A Canadian not-for-profit organization working in partnership with 460+ radio partners in 38 African countries.


Arusha, Tanzania

13 Nov 2013

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Social Impact
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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!

Arusha, Tanzania

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Contract / Short-term
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Software Development
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Come join us at the brand new "Hangar": the world's first Radio & ICT Innovation Lab

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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