Arifu Job Vacancy : Development Engineer

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Arifu, a high-growth edtech company in Nairobi, is looking to hire a Cloud Development Operations (CDO) Engineer to fuel the growth of our platform and realize a bold vision of placing a smart personal learning assistant in everyone’s hands across Africa and globally. This is a full-time position with equity participation based at Arifu’s headquarters in Nairobi.

About Arifu

Arifu is a Nairobi-based edtech company making it possible for anyone to access the information and opportunities they need from the organizations they trust over any mobile phone. With Arifu, people seeking to learn can freely access the Arifu chatbot using interactive SMS or smartphone chat apps to master new skills, discover a world of free educational content, and earn rewards from our partners whether or not they have internet or airtime. The Arifu chatbot delivers personalized content designed in-house in close collaboration with our partners including financial service providers, mobile operators, agribusinesses and NGOs. Our partners use Arifu to engage, train, and capture data on underserved people across their value chains, especially hard-to-reach customers, retailers, and suppliers. Currently serving 780,000 learners in East Africa, Arifu has demonstrated results increasing people’s income and access to impactful products and services while creating shared value for partners.

To date, the Arifu chatbot has helped hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers access information and improve their yield through digital agronomy skills training, access to essential inputs, and connections with buyers and suppliers. With the Arifu platform, agribusinesses, donors, and government ministries can easily deliver mobile training to millions of smallholder farmers, agrovets, and extension workers to strengthen farmer livelihoods, improve food quality and security, and deliver the next generation of high impact agricultural products.


  • Working throughout the development lifecycle to create a seamless pipeline of work from development through production;
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies and devising elegant solutions for development optimization, in consultation with the tech leadership;
  • Providing support for developers using skills including scripting languages, SQL, Linux, Windows, MacOS;
  • Providing support for dev and runtime environments; docker containers running in Cloud (AWS) & local infrastructure;
  • Providing support for automation/developer tools; working in the context of Software Development Life Cycle;
  • Having a strong understanding of DevOps and building automation in a continuous delivery environment; working in the context of testing driven and behavior driven development.


  • 4 to 7 years working experience with relevant technical competencies;
  • Expertise in scripting on 1+ languages (ideally Python or Ruby, with Perl);
  • Expertise in building/maintaining Linux and Windows system in the Cloud & on premises;
  • Expertise in administering application servers, web servers (Tomcat, Apache);
  • Expertise with Jenkins, Docker, Ansible, SaltStack, Chef, Puppet, Git/Github, Maven, Rest API, Selenium, and Unit Testing;
  • Experience with 3+ databases: SQL, Solr, Elastic, Neo4j, Apache Cassandra, and/or Hadoop;
  • Experience on AWS VPC networking, security, components of AWS networking, and AWS Cloud API framework;
  • Experience on cost optimization, via scheduling uptimes.

Compensation and Benefits

First and foremost, we care about your success and will support you along your journey to achieving remarkable success. We aspire to be competitive on compensation although, as an early-stage social enterprise, many on the team work just below market rate. To make up for that, staff are able to participate in the Arifu employee share program. We also offer a comprehensive health insurance package and will cover the cost of a work permit for foreign staff. Other benefits include monthly airtime allowance, extra leave, a stocked kitchen, and plenty of ping-pong and football.

How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter (in Word format, “FirstName LastName – CDO Engineer”) to with “CDO Engineer” in the subject.

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