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Ruby on Rails Developer

Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Company Description:
Sokowatch is transforming communities across Africa by revolutionizing access to essential goods and services. Through connecting small shops to the digital economy, we are fixing inefficient supply chains and providing services never previously available.
Thousands of retailers across Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda use Sokowatch's mobile ordering and delivery platform to ensure they get the goods they need as quickly and cheaply as possible while getting access to growth financing for the first time. We’re looking to grow our team with highly talented and hungry employees who are comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment.
Position: Ruby on Rails Developer
Sokowatch is looking for a Ruby on Rails developer responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Their primary focus will be development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. They will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by their co-workers into the application. Therefore, a basic understanding of front-end technologies is necessary as well.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The successful candidate will possess:
  • 2+ years Experience with Ruby on Rails, along with other common libraries such as RSpec and Resque
  • Good understanding of the syntax of Ruby and its nuances
  • Solid understanding of object-oriented programming
  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3
  • Familiarity with concepts of MVC, Mocking, ORM, and RESTful
  • A knack for writing clean, readable Ruby code
  • Ability to integrate multiple data sources and databases into one system
  • Understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
  • Able to create database schemas that represent and support business processes
  • Able to implement automated testing platforms and unit tests
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools like GIT
  • Familiarity with development aiding tools such as Bundler, Rake, etc
  • Familiarity with continuous integration
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Team-first attitude
  • Good time-management skills
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills


  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable Ruby code
  • Research, analyze, and develop product features of increasingly complex nature
  • Code tested and documented Ruby on Rails code
  • Make design and technical decisions for Rails projects.
  • Develop application code and unit testing in Rest Web Services and Ruby technologies for the Application Development Centre.
  • Help maintain code quality, organization and automatization
  • Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
  • Integration of data storage solutions
  • Ensure high performance of all systems developed
  • Time management and self organizations 

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Self-prepared CV file - the employer wants to see a CV that you have prepared yourself
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