New Jobs opportunities at African Development Solutions (Adeso) – May 2024

NodeJs Developer


  • Adeso is looking for a NodeJs Developer responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Your primary focus will be the 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. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by your co-workers into the application. Therefore, a basic understanding of front-end technologies is necessary as well.


  • Developing and maintaining all server-side Logical Components as REST APIs.
  • Ensuring optimal performance of the database and responsiveness to front-end requests.
  • Collaborating with front-end developers on the integration of elements.
  • Designing customer-facing UI and back-end services for various business processes.
  • Design and implementation of low-latency, high-availability, and performant applications through reusable, testable, and efficient code.
  • Implementing effective security protocols, data protection measures, and storage solutions and ensures data is safe at all positions like at rest, in motion and in-use.
  • Running diagnostic tests, repairing defects, and providing technical support.
  • Documenting NodeJs processes, including database schemas, as well as preparing reports.
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to processes and technologies.
  • Keeping informed of advancements in the field of NodeJs development.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, information science, or similar.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a NodeJs developer.
  • Basic Micro-service concept and
  • Extensive knowledge of JavaScript, web stacks, libraries, and frameworks.
  • Good hands-on skill on ORM tools like Express and authentication mechanism like JWT
  • Understanding the nature of asynchronous programming and its quirks and workarounds
  • Knowledge of front-end technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3.
  • Superb interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving aptitude.
  • Great organizational and time management skills.
  • Availability to resolve urgent web application issues outside of business hours.
  • Good understanding of core design patterns of the server-side logic
  • User authentication and authorisation between multiple systems, servers, and environments
  • Integration of multiple data sources and databases into one system
  • Understanding fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
  • Understanding differences between multiple delivery platforms, such as mobile vs. desktop, and optimizing output to match the specific platform.
  • Good at developing the hybrid development approach.
  • Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes.
  • Implementing automated testing platforms and unit tests.
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.

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Global Director of Advocacy & Communications


  • The Global Director of Advocacy & Communications is a new position, and he/she/they will be a critical part of Adeso’s success. We are seeking a seasoned leader who will be able to bring Adeso’s advocacy efforts to the next level. The Global Director will work with the Adeso senior team to advocate for and co-create an Africa liberated from aid. To succeed in this position, you will need a strong track record of previous advocacy campaigns, skills, outstanding relationship-building skills, and a strong existing network. In addition, the person in this role is expected to be knowledgeable of, and wholeheartedly dedicated to, the aims of decolonization and rethinking the global aid system.


The position includes the following responsibilities:

Advocacy and Influence

  • In collaboration with Senior Leadership and building on previous efforts,develop Adeso’s advocacy strategy and workplan.
  • Develop a strong network of African and Global South academia, activists, scholars, and more to support our advocacy and influencing goals.
  • Working closely with the Pledge for Change Director, ensure that the advocacy efforts of both efforts are coordinated and self-reinforcing.
  • Conceptualize and manage Adeso’s outreach to influential stakeholders (government, policy makers, civil society organizations, networks, media and more).
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of Adeso’s advocacy convenings, including thinking through advocacy goals, identifying, and outreaching to key audience members, developing key messages and talking points.
  • Support the process of identifying, cultivating, and managing new and on-going partnerships with individuals, organizations, and foundations that advance Adeso’s decolonization aims.
  • Represent Adeso at key convenings, webinars,conferences, and events to speak on key decolonization goals and action items.
  • Coordinate and partner with networks and other groups such as the Near Network,BRAC, Civicus, and the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) on common positioning and joint-advocacy opportunities.
  • Provide economic and political analysis as needed to support Adeso’s thought leadership.
  • Lead adhoc projects such as the decolonization docuseries and ensure its successful completion.
  • Support KujaLearn and KujaAdvise on content creation for e-learning courses and community of practice, including the learning journey.
  • Lead the donor education work including developing curriculum and delivery of the material at key opportunities.


  • Working with team members,direct, implement, and oversee function, which primarily serves Adeso’s advocacy goals.
  • Manage media relations and develop contacts with media members,influencers, and community leaders.
  • Oversee Adeso’s communications outputs including digital, video, audio, and print content, including Op-eds, blogs, white papers, case studies, videos, and news articles in support of Adeso’s strategic goals on various platforms.
  • Oversee Adeso’s social media presence and content.


  • The successful candidate must believe in the core values of Adeso and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of aid and development, with the ability to critically analyze systems.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or a related field is required; a graduate degree is highly preferred.
  • Fluency in the French Language is a must
  • Exceptional writing skills,including the ability to produce influential advocacy materials.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Proven track record of leading successful advocacy campaigns.
  • Exceptional capacity for working well within teams and building strong relationships with all levels of employees.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the vision and mission of Adeso.
  • A self-starter team player, with the ability to work independently.
  • A sense of humor and a willingness to roll with the punches when needed.

Submit Your Application

Use the emails(s) below to apply

All applications should be sent to [email protected] by 2024-05-24 with NodeJs Develope– Kuja on the subject line

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. If you would like to join our team, please submit your application to [email protected] quoting the position in the email subject matter(Global Director of Advocacy & Communications).This application will be open until the position is filled.

Each application should be addressed to the Human Resources Department and include the following:

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  • Cover letter with applicant’s current contact information.
  • CV including detailed work experience, education/degrees, details of similar assignments, and three professional references with complete contact information.
  • A recent writing sample, ideally one that asserts a strong point of view.