Software Developer Job Vacancy in Kenya

Church World Service

Position Title: Software Developer

Reports To: Software Development Supervisor

Division: CWS Africa

Department: Administration, Information Technology

Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Grade Level: Grade 6, Senior Officer, National

Introduction: Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.

Primary Purpose:

This position is primarily responsible for the development of software applications to meet the business requirements of CWS RSC Africa, with the emphasis of the position being on the design and development of bespoke applications to meet the specific organizational requirements.

Essential Duties:

  1. Achieves and maintains a thorough knowledge and adherence to established RSC Africa, CWS/IRP, DOS/PRM and USCIS policies and procedures regarding database management for RSC Africa programs.
  2. Designs, develops, tests and implements proposed custom applications for the organization to improve efficiency and productivity.
  3. Development, integration and maintenance of existing custom applications.
  4. Develop and document testing plans and carry out any necessary tests to the developed software to ensure functionality as requested.
  5. Organization websites development, maintenance and support.
  6. Off-the-shelf cloud and on-premise automation systems analysis.
  7. Writes and maintains documentation, both technical and user manuals, for developed software.
  8. Training staff on the use of developed applications.
  9. Resolves software development requests escalated from service desk.
  10. Implementing the NIST 800-53 security controls in software development projects.
  11. Collaborating with the site and sub offices IT staff in supporting software applications.
  12. Provides input and recommendation to the IT manager on IT automation.
  13. When needed, covers the responsibilities of the other IT specialists.
  14. Working with other IT specialists on various tasks and projects.
  15. Any other tasks as assigned by the Software Development Supervisor or IT Management.



  • Five (5) years paid work experience required.
  • Four (4) years directly related specialized experience performing the essential duties is required.
  • Experience in ICT project management preferred.


  • Strong knowledge in the .Net and web development environment with relational databases. Strong knowledge in MSSQL Database architecture, design and development, including SQL reporting services, BIDS reporting environment.
  • Strong knowledge in PHP, Javascript and C# programming languages. Strong Knowledge in Object Oriented Programming.
  • Knowledge of GIT Version Control.
  • Knowledge in essential Windows and Linux system administration.
  • Android using Java or Kotlin experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of Model View Controller (MVC) a plus. Knowledge in React Framework a plus
  • Knowledge in writing unit and integration tests a plus


  • Interpret written requirements and technical specification documents;
    • Manage large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities.
    • Maintain the integrity of official records;
    • Analyse and solve complex problems and make sound decisions;
    • Work with minimal supervision
    • Maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
    • Work independently and contribute to overall operations of RSC Africa;
    • Actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT required.

Important Requirements:

  • Strong English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment required.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and willingness to support CWS’ Platform on Racial Justice as a CWS employee required.

Special Requirements:

  • COVID Vaccination is required all successful candidates
  • The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility. Must have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling for RSC Africa.
  • This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya
  • This position requires use of laptops at all time, competence in Microsoft office packages is required.
  • This position may require travel in sub-Saharan Africa on short notice and under sometimes difficult conditions to meet demands of a dynamic operational program
  • Background check which includes references and an educational and criminal check is required before the start of employment for International applicants.
  • A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel.
  • Physical: This position requires bending, squatting, crawling, climbing, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying heavy loads.
  • Environmental: Incumbents in this position will be exposed to excessive noise, marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases, harsh weather climates, long work hours, bumpy roads, extended travel, excessive sun exposure, and non-ventilated spaces.
  • Full time
  • All employees should be prepared to work from the CWS office within their location of hire. Remote work arrangements may vary depending on location and the governing rulings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

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