Friday, February 13, 2015

United Nations Development Programme,Web Developer Jobs in Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania

Closing date: Friday, 20 February 2015
Location : Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to Zanzibar, TANZANIA
Application Deadline : 20-Feb-15

Additional Category
Democratic Governance
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Duration of Initial Contract : 75 Days over 10 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 10 months
Tanzania has held four credible general elections since the reintroduction of multi-party politics in 1992. Citizens and the government are eager to maintain this track record and to further strengthen democratic practice in Tanzania. Looking to the 2015 general election, government has undertaken early and comprehensive preparations for the electoral processes. Since receipt of official requests for UN assistance to the election cycle leading to the 2015 general election from the National Election Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC), a UN Needs Assessment Mission recommended the development of a project in support of the national efforts.
In addition, in 2014 the United Republic of Tanzania will likely conduct a first national referendum on a new constitution. The EMBs and other stakeholders in preparing for these critical events have requested the assistance of UNDP to provide technical support to the preparation and execution of this referendum.
To these ends, the Democratic Empowerment Project is a four year (2013-2016) UNDP, UN One Fund and other donor-funded project with the overall aim of contributing to Tanzania's UNDAP's Outcome 7: i.e. 'Key institutions of democracy, (i.e. EMBs, etc.) effectively implement their election and political functions'. UN Women and UNESCO are implementing partners in a One UN Country Team context.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop web pages, web templates, prototypes and websites using the latest front-end technologies;
  • Update/design the websites to make them more user-friendly, accessible and interactive;
  • Provide solutions for the optimization and enhancement of new and existing digital platforms and web applications in terms of design, user interface, and functionality;
  • Carry out the technical design, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of new and existing digital platforms, integrated databases and web applications;
  • Handle both back end and front end issues as requested;
  • Train staff on how to use a Content Management System to ensure easy updating of data;
  • Introduce innovative services such as RSS, podcasting, user comments etc.;
  • Participate as part of a project team providing expertise from conception to delivery;
  • Ensure work adheres to best practice and in-house guidelines and standards;
  • Produce documentation of all code, and ensure this is handed over to the EMBs;
  • To provide training to the NEC and ZEC webmasters on website construction and design using MS Visual Studio 2013 and or Blend;
  • Assist and train NEC and ZEC webmasters on content management specifically on information gathering from the EMBs and cataloging said information for inclusion in the target websites;
  • Provide technical backstopping as required after creation of the website, to rectify issues identified following launch, and apply software or content updates, particularly following the planned referendum in April 2015, and the general election in October 2015.
Corporate competencies:
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Knowledge of project development and planning; Excellent coordination, organization and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Focus on impact and results; Conscientious;
  • Efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Demonstrates thoroughness and looks for ways to improve
  • Promote quality and applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality
  • Manages competing demands and changes approach or methods to suit the situation.
Planning & Organizing:
  • Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships.
  • Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs.
  • Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support.
  • Works collaboratively with project staff and EMB staff to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
  • Facilitates the development of individual and multi-cultural/team competencies;
  • Ability to provide substantive training and mentoring, and manage teams;
Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelors' degree (or higher) in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Management or related discipline.
  • A proven track record of 5 years or more post-degree software development experience within a Microsoft Windows .NET environment;
  • Expert programmer with demonstrated high level technical skills in C# .NET, ASP.NET and VB.NET. Knowledge of MS SQL, Visual Studio.NET, MS Blend and Microsoft.NET 3.0/3.5/4.5;
  • Proficient in Web Services, XML;
  • Deep knowledge of CSS, HTML, AJAX and JavaScript;
  • Able to write clear, concise, well-commented code;
  • Understanding of Internet technologies and development of distributed systems.
  • A high level of written and spoken English is essential;
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili an asset.
How to submit proposals
Proposals should be submitted to the following e-mail address not later than 20 February 2015.
  • Applicants should download the application documents (presented in compresses file) from UNDP Tanzania website;
  • Applicants should separate technical and financial proposals;
  • Applications with no financial offer or missing P11 form and CV or the required documents for the technical evaluation will not be considered for evaluation;
  • Applications without submitting a financial offer instead of other format will not be considered due to the ease comparison of the received offers;
  • All necessary information for this post (TOR, Deliverables, Target dates, etc. are presented in the ICPN) therefore applicant must download it from the website as mentioned above;
  • Do not send CV only to the Email account mentioned above without Cover Letter and Methodology (if requested) as it will be considered as incomplete application;
  • The documents are available in PDF (the TOR, ICPN and IC guidelines) download them from (, format: this is the only format available and it will not be provided in other formats;
  • Each email should be less than 8MB; emails over this size will not be received to the above mentioned account.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the
strictest confidence.

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