UX Designer Producers DirectLondon, England, GB
We are seeking an enthusiastic User-Centered Developer to work with our award winning NGO. Producers Direct works with 600,000 farmers in East Africa and Latin America and is led by farmers, for farmers. By co-investing with this network, Producers Direct is creating lasting and vital impact with the farmers who grow 70% of the world’s food.
You will work with our small, but dedicated, team across UK, Kenya and Peru, and be based in either our London or Nairobi office. You will deliver a user centered design approach to develop a platform (incl. analogue and digital components – such as paper logbook, apps and dashboards) that integrates analogue and digital data collection, and provides usable and actionable data insights for smallholder farmers. This is a great opportunity to use your UX and software development skills to support farmers to access, understand and interpret data to make life changing decisions on their farms; making a real impact on farmers’ lives.
Key tasks include:
- Create a strategy for delivering a participatory, user-design process with farmers and Producer Organisations (farming cooperatives)
- Co-deliver workshops with our programmes team for farmers and youth in rural settings in East Africa and Latin America
- Develop relevant tools (platform / app /dashboard – see above) necessary to collect and/or process analogue data and deliver insights to farmers
- Carry out iterative development process with smallholders and youth on the tool in response to farmers’ feedback and needs
- Integrate data output from partner organisations into the tool
- Integrate on-farm data into Producers Direct’s impact dashboard
- Other activities as requested by Producers Direct leadership
What we can offer
As a small charitable organisation, we don’t have huge resources. However, we can offer you: a dynamic, creative and rewarding working environment; Salary commensurate with experience; 6-month fixed term contract with potential for extension based on results; flexible PT or FT working options; hands on experience and responsibility from day one; the opportunity to travel and work with smallholder farmers in rural East Africa and Latin America; and the chance to make a real impact in a small, but ambitious organisation!
- Demonstrated knowledge of relevant programming tools used for app / software development as appropriate
- Experience of working with software such as Tableau, Google Drive, WordPress
- Experience in creating and delivering UX and human / user centred design processes – ideally in an international context
- Flexible approach to problem-solving that may include using low / non tech solutions and willingness to work with limited resources
- Comfortable working in a small team environment across multiple cultures and languages
- Willingness to make most of opportunity to travel often to rural areas of East Africa for 2 or 3 weeks at a time
- Eligible to work and reside in the UK or Kenya – unfortunately we are not in the position to support visa applications
We are looking for someone who is:
- Eager and ready to play a key role in co-designing and delivering an impactful data system for farmers
- Passionate about our model and approach to supporting and empowering smallholder farmers
- Capable of managing app development and data management, but willing to try new things and take the unconventional (often non digital) approach to solving problems
- Creative and innovative, and excited about working with a small, passionate, diverse & creative team
Nice to haves:
- Conversational Spanish and/or Swahili
- Experience in working in rural setting with farmers or low IT literacy populations
- Experience working for social enterprise / NGO / charitable organisation
- Knowledge / understanding of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
How to Apply
Please send your CV, and a cover letter (1-page) by email.
In your cover letter, please include one paragraph addressing the following question: How would you work with farmers in isolated, unconnected rural settings to co-design tools that can help analyse on-farm data and make decisions based on the analysis.
London or Nairobi
Application Deadline: 28th September 2018