Backend System Developer

Rising Academies

Rising Academies

Software Engineering
Accra, Ghana
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

The context:

Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. A recent study estimated that less than 1% of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend a school where the teaching meets basic standards of quality. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help. Our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

About us:

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools.

We have recently closed our Series A funding round and won a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant to accelerate the development of our digital ed-tech solutions for low-income students across the globe. Our ‘Bambai’ suite of digital tools already includes a school information system, school observation tool, chatbot tutor, accelerated learning program and teacher coaching app. This is just the start. We want to expand our range of digital products to help improve the quality of education for millions of students around the world. If you want to make a difference to the lives of teachers, students and parents, then we are the right place for you.

About the role:

We are looking for a backend focused engineer who is interested in building, designing and maintaining key technical aspects of the architecture we are building to deliver world class AI powered ed-tech products.

One of Rising’s key products is Rori, our Math tutor chatbot that is available on WhatsApp. We have so far had great success with the first versions of Rori, and are now planning to further build out the technical stack that we use for Rori. The goals for this expansion are to migrate from existing platforms to enable us to build new features and create a technical product that can help us in building new AI powered conversational products. You will have a chance to contribute to the design and implementation of these exciting new technical solutions, and help us build a technical stack that ensures sustainable future growth. You will also be responsible for contributing and adhering to the technical standards and best practices that we are implementing across the Rising Digital teams.

We are currently exploring exciting new technologies and languages, such as Rust, in order to find the best long term fit for the systems we are building. You will get exposure to these new technologies, and have an input into our decision making on their long term adoption within the team. As we make these decisions we expect our tech stack to evolve and change as it matures, therefore we are looking for someone who wants to join us for that challenge, rather than just to work with a specific language.

The Backend System Developer will:

  • Implement and contribute to designs for the new conversational tech stack
  • Implement and contribute to the design of services that facilitate the conversational tech stack
  • Contribute to team discussions on engineering standards and best practices
  • Ensure engineering implementations meet with the team’s technical standards and best practices
  • Upskill on new technologies and contribute to discussions and decisions on the adoption of those technologies within the Rori tech stack
  • Acts as technical support for the systems

Location and reporting:

This is a full-time remote position. Candidates can be based in any country. The Backend System Developer will report to the to the Rori Engineering Manager

Application deadline:

The target start-date for this role will be 1st September 2024, but may be earlier, depending on selected candidate availability.