Python/Django Developer at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Boston,MA,United StatesJan 31, 2014

KoBoToolbox at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

KoBoToolbox, developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is a state-of-the-art open source suite of tools for data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging environments. HHI’s mission is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide.

As a result of the strong demand by the humanitarian community for our tools and expertise, we are currently expanding our team. We are urgently seeking a Python Developer to support the implementation of a significant new phase of our KoBo software suite that is conducted in coordination with the United Nations and the International Rescue Committee. As a core member of our development staff, the individual will have a senior role in implementing an exciting new software infrastructure under a tight development schedule. The Python/Django Developer is responsible for building applications that exhibit superior reliability, robustness, and performance. The individual will be part of a small, dynamic, and highly motivated team tasked with design, implementation, quality assurance, and user acceptance testing in a continuous integration process.

This is a hands-on development role, and requires the implementation of a system using Django, as well as JavaScript and HTML5, and using best practice continuous integration tools. A successful candidate will possess a broad knowledge of web application development technology. This individual will thrive in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, have an interest in the work conducted by HHI, and have a desire to acquire and apply new skills.


  • Applicants need to be based in the greater Boston area
  • Position is full-time or part-time based out of HHI’s Cambridge office

Required Skills

  • 2 + years of professional software development
  • Experience with Python
  • Development work in web applications
  • Proven track record for problem solving and delivering high-quality software
  • Experience with iterative and test-driven development practice

Additional Skills

  • Experience with Django a strong plus
  • Experience with database design and administration
  • Experience with GIT and open source development
  • Experience with HTML5, JSON, and CSS
  • Experience developing in a continuous integration environment using source code control, automated testing, and build automation
  • Experience with agile development practices
  • Experience working in multi-location teams
  • Experience and/or interest in working in humanitarian action, human rights, or economic development a plus


  • Design, code, and test application components within a team of developers
  • Participate code reviews for components produced by project teams
  • Demonstrate flexibility by acquiring new skills and taking on new tasks
  • Work effectively on project teams using agile development practices


  • This is either a full-time or part-time position
  • Fees are commensurate with experience
  • For the moment, all positions are sub-contractor contracts only. Later employment for KoBoToolbox at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is a possibility, but is not guaranteed.


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Commensurate with experience


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