Software Engineer - Back End

Nairobi, Kenya
Where You’ll Work
Andela is a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. We help companies build high-performing distributed engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software engineers.
Based in NYC, SF, Kigali, Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Accra and Kampala, Andela is catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent while solving the global technical talent shortage.
What You’ll Do
Our Andelan Software Engineers are masters of consistent execution . They reliably deliver technical and professional value to our teams and our partners.
Specifically, you’ll:

Use your knowledge in your core technology to delight our partners around the world.

Mentor and onboard junior engineers, by consistently displaying sound judgement, setting expectations, and working effectively, both independently and as part of a global team.

Collaborate excellently with peers and stakeholders in fast-paced distributed teams, through a love of constructive feedback, dedication and universal respect.

What You’ll Bring
All Andela engineers go above and beyond. To find out more about additional suggested competencies, check out our engineer framework.
A minimum of 3-7 years of professional experience , during which you’ve built technical expertise and professionalism.

Intermediate-level understanding of at least one core backend language : Python, JavaScript/Node, PHP, Ruby, Java

Working knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming concepts i.e Classes and objects, Inheritance, Encapsulation and Polymorphism.

Good understanding of fundamental database concepts - relational (SQL) database, non-relational (NoSQL) database and ORMs/ODMs

Working knowledge of core data structures

Experience working with of software engineering collaboration tools

Experience with architecture and design principles, building to consider maintainability, performance, security requirements, and impact.

Familiarity with at least one cloud hosting platform --(ex: AWS, GCP)


Comfort working within agile methodologies and experienced in estimation and time management

Intermediate understanding of unit and integration testing, and testing frameworks/libraries -- PyTest, Nose, Jasmine, Mocha, Jest

Strong preference for test-driven-development (TDD) and understands its importance

Experience having worked with at least one Web Framework for your language of choice

Comfort and familiarity with code editor and formatting tools

Familiarity with at least one web server technology -- (ex: Apache, Nginx)

Working knowledge of at least one CI/CD tool -- Jenkins, Travis CI, Circle CI

Familiarity with containerization and orchestration techniques

Strong ability to problem-solve, debug, and understand pertinent performance metrics

Knowledge of unit, integration, e2e and UI testing, with at least one relevant testing framework

Familiarity with containerization infrastructure and orchestration

Awareness of the capabilities of applicable languages/frameworks/libraries as well as the inherent differences between them in order to understand trade-offs and make recommendations.

What You’ll Get*

Full-time compensation
Full medical coverage
Lunch and snacks provided daily
Beautiful working environment
Opportunity to work with the brightest minds inside and outside of your field
A chance to change the world for the better

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
*May vary slightly based on location


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