Technology Specialist Jobs – The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES)

Job Title:  Technology Specialist (Re-advertised)

Organisation: The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Office


About US:

The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES) is a Non-Governmental Research Organization whose core work involves supporting policy and decision-makers at national and district levels in all sectors to strengthen access to accurate and timely evidence for policies and decisions. The Center’s operational areas include a) an evidence syntheses unit, b) a policy analysis and engagement unit, c) a capacity building unit, and d) a research, evaluation, and innovation unit. The Center has a multidisciplinary team that ensures that the Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis responds appropriately and optimally to decision-makers.


Job Summary:  CRES seeks to recruit a self-motivated, dynamic, and talented individual to contribute to organisation’s objectives through innovation and application of existing and new technologies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the teams in processes, including evidence synthesis, policy engagement, research, capacity building, and communications. The candidate will also engage with partner institutions to further support CRES and her partners in advancing innovation in evidence-informed policy-making.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Design, develop and maintain the organization’s digital infrastructure, including but not limited to:

  • Facilitate the design, implementation, and maintenance of databases to store and manage institutional data internally and externally.
  • Advise and implement digital solutions to improve institutional processes and workflows.
  • Optimize database performance, enforce data security and integrity protocols, and collaborate with teams to implement appropriate database solutions.
  • Apply newer technologies, including artificial intelligence or machine learning to implement appropriate digital solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s work
  • Collaborate with partners to understand business requirements and translate them into appropriate digital solutions.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest digital technologies to advise the technical leads on appropriate solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities.
  • Design, develop, and/ or maintain the organization’s website(s) to enhance visibility of the organization.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: We are seeking an ideal candidate with the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in either Computer Science, Software engineering, or similar qualification. A postgraduate qualification, such as Masters’ degree in similar subject areas is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience and skills in web, database, and software development, including proficiency in database management systems like MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Experience in designing and optimizing database schema for efficiency and scalability.
  • Demonstrable experience and skills in web development languages, including but not limited to HTML, CSS, Javascript; and web development frameworks.
  • Familiarity with content management systems, e.g., WordPress, Mailchimp, and Drupal.
  • Experience in the application and development of programming languages used in AI development, such as Python, or machine learning frameworks.
  • Knowledge of database security and data integrity best practices.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work independently under pressure and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team.
  • Results-oriented and pays attention to detail


How to Apply:

All candidates should submit the following;

  • Recommendation letters from two referees: The referees should include a professional and character referee.
  • Cover letter (one page). Address the cover letter to the Executive Director, the Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis, Plot 24, Wampewo Close, Kololo, P. O. Box 110226, GPO, Kampala, Uganda.
  • The application package should be submitted as one PDF document.


Deadline: 31st May 2024 by at 5:00 pm.


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Date Posted 2024-05-21T15:34
Valid Through 2024-06-01T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES)
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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