5 Apr 2018

Contract Civic Technologist

Data Zetu – Posted by TAYOADar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Job Description

Position: Civic Technologist
Project: Data Zetu
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (with in-country travel)
Reports to: Program Director Omar Bakari
Date updated: 4 April 2018
What is the role?
The Data Zetu program seeks a Civic Technologist to develop and deploy digital tools to support the
Data Zetu program in Tanzania. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced civic technologist to join
a flexible, exciting, and dynamic team to solve specific, tangible problems shared by Data Zetu
More importantly, this opportunity is ideal for candidates interested in leaving a sustainable legacy
through fostering meaningful community ownership over the civic technologies to ensure their lasting
impact—particularly in sectors related to health, gender, and economic growth.
This role can be either as a part-time consultant or as a full-time salaried position with benefits, depending
on candidate fit. The position is expected begin in or around May 2018 and end December 31 2018.
Individual or organizations will be considered. It is possible that multiple Civic Technologist roles will be
What is the project?
The Data Zetu ( www.datazetu.or.tz ) program aims to foster the use of data to improve decision-making
among various stakeholders including local government, NGOs and CSOs, media organizations, and
others. Data Zetu achieves this outcome through building skills in engaging with data, as well as through
digital and offline tools, including civic technologies like citizen feedback tools. It operates in priority
sectors including health, gender, and economic growth, within three priority districts in Tanzania ( Kyela,
Mbeya City, and Temeke). The program began in January 2017 and is expected to conclude in January
Data Zetu is part of the Data Collaboratives for Local Impact ( DCLI ) program, funded by the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Its sister
initiatives include the Data for Local Impact ( DLI ) Innovation Challenge and Data Lab . The Tanzania
Data Lab as an entity has already been established to sustained operations after DCLI concludes. The
candidate might have an opportunity to continue working with the Tanzania Data Lab after the conclusion
of the Data Zetu project, if and when they arise.
Who is IREX?
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and
inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending
access to quality education and information. IREX is the lead implementing partner of Data Zetu.
How will I know if I am / we are a good fit?
This position is a strong fit for anyone who is experienced and interested in:
● Implementing agile technology development principles, including designing collaboratively with
users, working in flexible environments, designing with users, and producing and iterating on
early prototypes;
● Engaging with and promoting “open innovation” methodologies, including open data principles
and open-source software practices;
● Contributing meaningful, tangible, and lasting technologies to organizations on the frontlines of
advocating for maternal health, social and gender equality, and economic growth;
● Developing software that contributes to better civic engagement in Tanzania, such as data
dashboards, citizen feedback tools, data collection and management systems, etc.;
● Working with various stakeholders, ranging from everyday citizens to government officials, to
gather requirements and build genuine ownership and excitement about civic technologies that
have meaningful impact on everyday lives.
What will this person / organization do?
The Civic Technologist will support the technical development of various civic technologies that support
data-driven decision making among Data Zetu’s stakeholders. This includes:
● Participating in a small team of civic technologists to manage and deliver various digital tools in a
timely and professional manner;
● Proposing, designing, developing, and deploying digital tools that address data-related challenges
of partner organizations (as well as sustaining those activities for partner organizations with
whom such tools have already been initially developed or deploying), including:
○ Gathering requirements through interactive interactions with these organizations;
○ Identifying potential tools that could be repurposed or deployed to address institutional
challenges, including:
■ Maintaining familiarity with existing tools such as those of DCLI stakeholders
(e..g dLab’s open data portal and DLI innovations);
■ Being mindful of selecting sustainable tools whenever relevant in order to
strengthen the overall Tanzanian data ecosystem;
■ Coordinating with technical advisors of the program to ensure technology
decisions align with broader Tanzanian and regional strategic opportunities and
○ Developing those tools in an iterative fashion with periodic feedback from users within
organizations where the tools will be deployed
○ Developing a roadmap for sustainability / ongoing management of those tools together
with partner organizations an the Data Zetu team to ensure their lasting use;
● Training leaders and technicians within client organizations on deploying and using digital tools,
as well as onboarding DCLI program stakeholders (such as dLab data trainers) on the use of these
● Ensuring that all technologies developed by the team are well documented according to industry
standards, to ensure downstream third-party derivative innovation;
● Developing and maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders, including traveling to
off-site visits (likely in the target districts of Mbeya and Kyela), conducting user feedback
sessions, training stakeholders and teams on the use/maintenance of the tools, etc.;
● Coordinating directly with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist to ensure
that target indicators are reported and achieved;
● Participate as a core member of the Data Zetu team, including co-locating at the Data Zetu main
office at the dLab, collaborating with and supporting other partners, and participating in all
scheduled team meetings when relevant.
What Data Zetu will do:
Data Zetu has been in implementation for almost 15 months. This means that the program team has
already established strong relationships with local stakeholders who have specific, tangible, actionable
problem statements that can be addressed through civic technology.
The team will therefore:
● Rapidly onboard the successful candidate;
● Connect the successful candidate with current projects that the Data Zetu team is already working
on to develop and deploy civic technologies;
● Ensure the successful candidate is fully equipped with the knowledge/experience of the previous
Data Zetu technology team, to facilitate smooth and rapid startup;
● Fully support the successful candidate throughout implementation, including coordinating with
other Data Zetu partners to ensure cohesive integration across the program;
● Provide equipment such as digital devices and computing resources, when possible, to support
Skills and qualifications
The list below is a suggested list of skills and qualifications (if submitting as an organization, these skills
and qualifications apply to all key personnel):
● 5 years of experience developing civic technologies (loosely defined as technologies that support
and contribute to the public good), with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative
working relationships with counterparts, other contractors and international organizations and
● Familiarity with existing open data, data system, and health data technologies that are already
utilized in Tanzania, ranging from DHIS2 and Hurumap to Open Data Kit and various open data
● Prior experience developing data-related civic technologies and digital tools together with
stakeholders including the Government of Tanzania;
● Proven experience in developing and implementing similar projects in Tanzania or East Africa for
at least three years within the last decade;
● Familiarity with user-centered design methodologies to engage with stakeholders around a
technology platform to ensure relevance and sustainability;
● Prior experience working on US Government or other donor-funded programming a plus;
● Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English required, as is
fluency in speaking, reading, writing, and working in Swahili;
● A proven record in the advanced use of modern communications tools, internet, email, social
media, and teleconferences.
How to apply by 11:59pm EAT, 20th April 2018:
● Individuals are requested to submit a CV and cover letter (one page maximum) to
jobs@datazetu.or.tz with Subject line: “ Civic Technologist Application ”. Candidates who
submit other material will not be considered.
● Organizations are requested to submit the following via one attachment (Word or PDF file) to
jobs@datazetu.or.tz with Subject line: “ Civic Technologist Application ”. Candidates who
submit other material will not be considered.
○ Statement of interest (1 page maximum)
○ Summary of prior relevant experience (1 page maximum)
○ CVs of key personnel (each key personnel will serve as a Civic Technologist)
Only successful candidates for interviews will be contacted. The hiring organization reserves the right to
make hiring decisions on its discretion.

Job Types: Contract and Part-Time.

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