Tala (formerly InVenture) builds mobile products that help creditworthy individuals in emerging markets validate their financial identities and get access to fair credit to advance their businesses and families. Tala is providing choice and control to individuals around the world when it comes to their financial identity.Job Summary
We are looking for a Software Development in Test (referred to as Sr. SDET henceforth) who is passionate about using cutting edge test automation tools and technologies to create robust test frameworks and test suites in order to speed up the product delivery process without compromising quality and performance. This hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves role will ensure quality control across Tala’s backend services and mobile applications in multiple markets.Job Duties
Develop test automation suites to expand test coverage to all our microservices and integrate it into regression and release process.
Deliver framework for performance testing to be used on-demand and as part of regular testing.
Deliver tools to help test integration with 3rd party services (Payment Rails, SMS/Email, KYC (know your customer), Analytics, etc.)
Integrate automated tests execution into the software development process.
Mentor junior team members.
Collaborate with squad lead and other key stakeholders to strategize rollout.
Support and collaborate with cross-functional teams (Product, Data, Credit, and Business Development) in identifying automation areas
to further increase the quality of our product.
Maintain, review, propose and implement improvements to existing frameworks, tools and processes.Qualifications
Minimum 3+ years of experience in building test tools and frameworks using Java/Groovy/Kotlin/Scala/Python, Jenkins or similar CI-CD tools, Shell Scripting, Linux/ Mac OSX for either backend or frontend services.
Experience with BDD testing paradigm and one of the Behavior Driven Testing frameworks such as Cucumber, Spock or JBehave.
Experience in front-end automation tools such as Selenium, Appium, Espresso or Kaspresso.
Experience with one or more version control systems such as Github, Gitlab, Perforce.
Excellent ability to communicate and collaborate with a globally distributed team.
Experience working in an Agile development process (Scrum/ Kanban/ Scrumban).
Preferred BS Degree in Computer Science and/or Math or equivalent skills.
Jobs in Kenya
Tala User Researcher Specialist Jobs in Kenya
Tala was named one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world. We are a financial technology company on a mission to make financial services simple, inclusive, and accessible for the doers and dreamers globally. We are building the digital bank for the next billion!
So far, more than 6 million people in emerging markets have borrowed through our Android app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, education, and other personalized financial services. Headquartered in Santa Monica, we support the needs of our customers in Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, and India.The Role
As the User Researcher Specialist , your mission is to contribute meaningfully to the growth of Tala’s Kenya business by ensuring a deep shared understanding of our customers’ daily lives, attitudes, behaviours, and needs. You will generate insights to drive empathy-fueled actions across Tala’s strategic efforts in areas such as current product improvements, experimental new product development, competitive analysis, and financial health.What you'll do
Deep market research on landscape of available financial services, under the supervision of our senior research staff.
Responsible for involved product reviews and teardowns.
Contribute meaningfully to the development of new and exciting products for Tala Kenya by ensuring a deep shared understanding of our customers’ daily lives, attitudes, behaviors, and needs.
Generate insights to drive empathy-fueled action across Tala’s strategic efforts in areas such as experimental new
product development, competitive analysis, and financial health.
Implement best practices in human-centered design and mixed research methods.
Design, execute and analyze research to contribute actionable insights to the strategic goals new business, using human-centered design techniques and mixed research methods.
Collaborate cross-functionally with team members across Tala through all stages of research to ensure a deep shared understanding of our users and drive empathy-fueled action.Qualifications
2+ years in applied user research inside innovative consumer fintech, financial, mobile or digital companies or design research / market research firms.
Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Research, Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology), Marketing, Communications, or a similar field.
Experience working in a dynamic and fast-paced start-up environment.
Experience working in design research or market research firm.
Ideally experience working with international teams.
Familiarity with consumer finance products and services and general fintech landscape in Kenya.
SHOFCO: Shining Hope For Communities
Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
Key duties and responsibilities
Continually update and strengthen SHOFCO’s theory of change and M&E framework to ensure alignment with organizational strategy and impact aspirations.
Serve as the organizational voice for all M&E-related issues, to the organization, its leadership, and key external stakeholders. Participate in the preparation and facilitation of informational meetings with SHOFCO’s partners and funders.
Lead and coordinate initiatives to strengthen M&E systems and processes throughout the organization. Identify and address opportunities to upgrade current approaches to data collection, verification, recordkeeping, reporting, and analysis.
Oversee routine program monitoring activities. Monitor quality of data collection and verification efforts at all levels of the organization, to ensure the quality and precision of data being collected.
Ensure M&E reports are produced in a timely manner, and in full compliance with SHOFCO performance management needs and funder expectations.
Conduct third party evaluations as needed.
Ensure all responsible M&E and programs staff are trained on data collection methodology and in the M&E system, in general. Assist the various program teams in improving capabilities for data collection and analysis.
Create regular opportunities for skills building and continue to professionalize M&E staff.
Bachelors Degree In Economics Bachelors Degree In Statistics
Master’s degree or Bachelor plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred.
More Details on Experience
Minimum of 8 years professional experience, with 3 years in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects.
More Details on Skills
Proven success in designing, implementing and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
Terms And Conditions
All applications are to be submitted through My Jobs in Kenya before 23rd October 2021
The Administrative Assistant is located in USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA), Democracy, Governance, Peace and Security (DGPS) Office. S/he serves as the principal administrative support person for the Office Director and DGPS staff, operating independently of other positions to ensure that administrative, logistical and information technology support functions are performed effectively, efficiently, and in a manner that promotes harmony and problem-solving, so that other DGPS staff remain fully focused on fulfilling their various technical and advisory responsibilities.
The Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing responsive customer service to internal and external partners, including Embassy and Mission staff, contractors, implementing partners (IPs), Government of Kenya (GOK) officials, USAID/Washington interlocutors, and other stakeholders. Major Duties and ResponsibilitiesSecretarial, Administrative and Clerical Support 60%● The Administrative Assistant maintains the supervisor’s calendar, advising of, and preparing her/ him for upcoming commitments. S/he makes appointments, receives and places phone calls, sends and receives E-mails and Faxes, arranges meetings. These services facilitate contacts with Mission and Embassy staff, GOK officials, donors, IIPs, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector.● Establishes and maintains close working relationships with the Front Office Administrative Assistants, Executive Office staff, and administrative counterparts in other technical and support offices to coordinates activities, share knowledge, and devise innovative solutions to improve Office and Mission business practices.● Supports TDYers travel logistics before they leave their home office and upon arrival to Post. Secures Front Office approval for official travel and shares eCC POC, RSO link/form, coordinates accommodations, airport transfers and compound access. Additionally, coordinates staff travel logistics both in-county and abroad with Travel Authorization (TA) preparation/approvals in E2, visa(s), motor pool, eCC clearance, tickets, and RSO travel notification. Upon travel completion assists the traveler in submitting travel voucher and settle travel claims.● Works as the timekeeper to the team responsible for keeping track of staff time and attendance, annual leave, sick-days, compensatory/travel time and overtime. Inputs data into WebTA and prepares timecards for the certifying official in a timely fashion, ensuring all entries are timely and accurate. Tracks leave calendars and office coverage and keeps the Front Office apprised of the absence of the Office Director and Deputy. Drafts and coordinates requisite Mission notices with EXO.● Ensures all DGPS Office equipment and peripheries are well-maintained an in good working order. Requests maintenance and/or replacements as necessary. Also, ensures that the DGPS staff is well-supplied with expendable office materials, and requests resupply as needed.● Arranges weekly staff meetings and serves a recorder/notetaker for this, and other, regular and ad hoc meetings as required. Maintains record all meeting minutes.● The Administrative Assistant may be called upon to backstop the Executive Assistant in the Mission Director's Office as needed.Mail, Correspondence and Report Processing 20%● The incumbent manages the DGPS training plan, schedule of annual performance evaluations, and calendar of other cyclical and periodic reports (e.g., Operational Plan, Performance Plan and Review, Contractor Reporting Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), etc.)● S/he maintains and updates Office Handbooks and other documents, such as visitors’ lists, welcome packets, contact lists, telephone listings, personnel rosters, leave calendars, etc., as necessary.● S/he reviews outgoing mail for the correct format, address, routing, attachments, etc., prior to dispatch. S/he distributes internal policies and procedures and, as necessary, maintains a record of when staff received notice of new policies and/or procedures.Document Management 20%● The Administrative Assistant manages DGPS’s official documents and files related to development programs, personnel and administrative issues, along with other logistical and support matters. The incumbent maintains an electronic system to track Office actions, provides weekly reports to the supervisor, and advises staff of any upcoming reports.● S/he uses PC-based word processing, spreadsheets, and charting software as the fundamental part of his/her document management responsibilities.● The incumbent establishes and maintains files
according to standards set by the Mission’s Communications and Records Office and by USAID/Washington; marks correspondence and other documents for filing, and files them accordingly.● Reviews all correspondence in advance of the supervisor’s signature, corrects errors by drafters and edits correspondence, and assures that documents meet the requirements posed by incoming correspondence to which it pertains.Position Elements
Supervision Received: The Administrative Assistant receives supervision from the Office Director, and/or his/her designee, who provides assignments and priority work tasks to be performed. Most work derives from normal Office operations, but special activities may be assigned at any time. S/he independently plans and carries out assignments and is responsible for the accuracy of her/his personal work. Work is normally reviewed in terms of results achieved and in meeting Office objectives.
Supervision Exercised: Full supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.
Exercise of Judgment: The Administrative Assistant must use sound judgment in addressing tasks and responsibilities, and in setting work-related priorities. This is particularly important in dealing with working-level contacts within the Embassy, and with contractors, IPs, other donors, and GOK officials.
Authority to Make Commitments: S/he is not authorized to commit the USG to the expenditure of funds. However, the Administrative Assistant is regularly called upon to maintain calendars and/or schedule meetings on behalf of the supervisor and staff.
Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: Twelve months.Minimum Qualifications Required for This Position
Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.Required Qualifications
Education: At least two or more years of post-secondary education in Business Administration, Communications, English, Secretarial Studies or related field, equivalent to a U.S. junior college or community college diploma, is required.
Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible work experience in a professional setting, which includes one year of employment at an international or development-related organization or office is required.
Post Entry Training: The incumbent will be provided familiarization training on USAID operations, and on specific regulations and procedures such as: travel, correspondence management, information systems, myServices, GLAAS, etc. Mandatory trainings will include the Introduction to Program Cycle (IPC) and Records Management. Additional training in-country may be provided from time to time, depending on work demands, course offerings, availability, and funds.
Language Proficiency: Fluency (Level IV, speaking, reading and writing ability) in English and Kiswahili is required.
Job Knowledge: The Administrative Assistant must possess advanced knowledge of standard office procedures and practices. S/he must have sound knowledge of, and adherence to, acceptable work protocols common in an international work setting (e.g., respectful dialogue, non-discrimination, equal opportunity, internal controls, etc.).Skills And Abilities:
The incumbent must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, adept organizational and time management skills and be highly proficient in keyboarding and in operating computers with standard software. These include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software programs as designated.
S/he must be conversant with virtual work platforms (such as: Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, etc.) and utilizing collaborate workspaces (such as: Google.doc, Huddle, etc.). Must possess advanced ability using the Internet and Google Workspaces (especially mail, calendar, contacts, hangouts, etc.)