Job opening at Akvo, UX/UI/Data visualization developer

Akvo is looking for a UX/UI/Data visualization developer to take on a key role in ensuring our open-source data platform has the best user-driven design. As part of our team, you will mainly contribute to our data collection, visualization, and analysis of technical solutions. You will be part of the development team with most team members distributed geographically across Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Working closely with the design team, you will report to the team lead.

About Akvo

At Akvo, we boost the impact of development programs through data services and tech solutions. With a team of data and development experts and a proven methodology, we help governments and non-governmental organizations become data-driven so that they can improve the results of their programs and achieve sustainable change, for all.

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Great, below are the responsibilities for the advertised position. Read through to see details.

Key responsibilities

  • Combine the proven skills of an experienced UX/UI designer with a love of data to develop top-notch sustainable technology solutions
  • Liaise frequently with our technical solutions team and our partners
  • Design user-facing features and work together with team to ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX
  • Play a central role in pushing the design of the Akvo open source data platform, including mentoring junior frontend developers 
  • Work closely with our product managers and lead designer to grow concepts through design exploration, ideation and user validation
  • Analyse tasks, model information, navigation and task flows using UX best practices for web and mobile

About you

Together with our diverse team, you are driven to create quality technical solutions that enhance Akvo’s impact. You are able to figure things out yourself but know when to involve the rest of the team. You always keep pushing to understand why certain things are the way they are or what the root cause of a problem is while being willing to learn and help us stay at the forefront of current technologies. You do not shy away from complexity and unknowns, you take initiative, and you understand how to split things up in clever ways, so we ship step-by-step and learn from it quickly. 

You are:

  • Able to understand and translate business requirements into high-quality UX design solutions through wireframes, visual and graphic designs, flow diagrams, storyboards, site maps, and prototypes
  • Comfortable with a lean approach to UX
  • Able to clearly present and argue your approach to stakeholders
  • Able to conduct interview sessions
  • Exceptional attention to detail, strong design thinking skills and a drive for improving user experience
  • Experience with JavaScript, React, D3, SASS/CSS
  • Familiar with tools of the trade like Figma or Adobe XD
  • Familiar with data storytelling and data visualisation
  • Understanding of typography and colour theory
  • Overall knowledge of the latest web and mobile UI patterns
  • Able to convert a user and solutions requirements into design with a functional semantic markup
  • Able to work independently with a willingness to work and contribute to a remote team

What we offer

  • This assignment is a commitment of 40 hours/week for a period of 1 year and can be extended afterwards.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the design of a growing open source platform and work with interesting technologies in a creative and entrepreneurial environment together with highly motivated colleagues.
  • A unique chance to work with tools that contribute to achieving higher efficiency and better results for the development aid sector.
  • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.
  • A competitive salary in line with the market.

For this position, we are open for applicants located in most locations, with a preference for those located in the East Africa region. Preferably you’ll be based within a maximum of 2 hours difference of the Central European Time zone.

How to apply for the Akvo UX/UI/Data visualisation developer job

Send your portfolio, motivation letter and resume in English in PDF to Karen Blanken via with the subject line “Application UX/UI/Data visualization developer”, or apply via our website: The closing date for this application is July 15th, 2021. 

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