Senior Software Engineer

  National Statistics and Information Authority
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1191
Date Posted:Jun 13, 2018
Reference:NTA 037
Closing Date:Jun 23, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Government
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:7 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About National Statistics and Information Authority:

Background National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) was established in year 1351 as an independent governmental administration to create an integrated scientific system for statistics, ensuring harmonization and coordination of all statistical and information management activities of Afghanistan. Since its establishment, NSIA conducts population census and national statistical surveys and coordinates with partners including government institutions, international development partners, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and agencies other than state to prevent duplication of information and statistics. NSIA collaborates with national government agencies in collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including data and statistics derived from their activities. Also NSIA independently collects, compiles, analyses and publishes national commercial, financial, social, economic, environmental, information technology and in general the living condition of Afghan nation. National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) supports and promotes the development of integrated social and economic statistics nationwide. NSIA also provides technical support to other agencies and facilitates standard procedures for conducting research such as sampling frames. To fulfil the requirement and need of modern statistical demands, NSIA is mandated to introduce reforms in the area of organizational development. NSIA coordinates and collaborates with partner agencies to establish standards and framework for unified data and information management. Currently on-going efforts are underway to further strengthen NSIAs institutional capacity to adapt and utilize organizational development best-practices to adapt to fast-changing and required growth of NSIA. The National Geo-Informatics Center in Afghanistan is responsible for national level of Geo-Spatial activities, developing policies, Geo-Spatial standards, and the sustainable use of its extensive natural resources. In order to make informed decisions, the policy makers, technicians, scientists and others need timely and authoritative data and the means to analyze and understand this information and the conditions, trends and other insights it can Bring. Most of the Geo spatial data that exists in Afghanistan is scattered across many organizations within the government, United Nations agencies and many other government, non-government and international organizations. The government has recognized the need to address this issue and has established a National Geo-Informatics Centre (NGIC) program within the Central Statistical Organization. Based on the decree No (656), 2018 of His Excellency President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the GIS Coordination Deputy President General office was established. Currently the GIS is one of the important departments of NSIA. The National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) is the leading national geo spatial science organization with a focus on both public good science for government and geo-scientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. To have harmonize, consistent and fair pay framework for all NTA in the country, to assure fiscal sustainability up to possible extend, to increase government control over deliverables of National Technical Assistance (NTA) including but not limited to strengthening the government ability to hire national contractors though the national budget of the country and to avoid competition with CBR and assuring transparency and accountability; NSIA is committed to hire below position based on NTA salary scale.

Job Summary:

Senior Software Engineer will work in close collaboration with their peers in the system development and information management unit. The incumbent is responsible to lead and contribute to the development of information system projects, working with and mentoring other developers and engineers. Senior Software Engineer shall plan, code, test and implement required information systems for Central Statistics Organization and partner government institutions and manage, modify design, develop and document software systems and applications throughout their life-cycle. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with concerned stakeholders to assess and analyze their requirement, build and scale systems architecture.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The recruited incumbent will support the work of Central Statistics Organization and will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Ensure the quality, design and usability to deliver highly scalable, usable and robust software systems;

Take a lead role in planning, designing developing and testing information management systems;

Develop and maintain databases and software applications to catalog data assets, collect field data, analyze data and generate reports;

Supervise the development and maintenance of technical documentation;

Handle software design and architecture, evaluate systems architecture and configuration management;

Produce well-documented, clean, efficient and scalable code based on specifications and user requirement and refactor code for enhanced performance;

Ensure the developed systems follow best-practices and standards to support interoperability and maintability;

Ensure the software development processes follow best practices and keep abreast of current trends in software technology;

Provide high-level technical support to analyze and resolve raised technical issues in developed systems;

Design and implement databases using relational DBMS and NOSQL Storage;

Design stable, reliable and effective databases to meet performance requirement;

Liaise with other developers to improve developed systems and establish best practices;

Work with partner government institutions and provide technical assistance in identifying and analyzing requirement and developing systems;

Assist in scaling the backend architecture and migrating to service-oriented architecture to support secure and public APIs;

Assist in setting up suitable deployment environment including development, testing, staging and production;

Assist in developing the technical capacity of relevant units in CSO to support knowledge and skills transfer;

Other key tasks assigned by the line manager;

Training and transferring knowledge, skills and experience to the staff of relevant department.

Job Requirement:


A bachelor degree in computer science or related field with seven years of relevant experience;

A master degree in computer science or related field with five years of relevant experience;

Experience in developing and maintaining software systems, preferably using Python, PHP, C#, Java or Node;

Exposure to systematic software development techniques and firm grasp of software engineering principles;

A strong background in relational databases and good knowledge of relational databases including Postgres, MySQL, SQL server or Oracle;

Familiarity with NOSQL storage such as MongoDB, Redis, Elastic, etc;

Good understanding of multi-threading, object-oriented design and asynchronous programming;

Familiarity with testing (unit/integration);

Familiarity with Agile and DevOps methodologies and best-practices;

Good technical knowledge of web applications development, open source web frameworks, libraries and relevant tools;

Ability to exhibit strong commitment and motivation in the relevant discipline;

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and working knowledge of national languages i.e. Dari and Pashto;

Ability to schedule and work efficiently and to meet deadlines;

Ability to function effectively in a team environment inspiring trust and cooperation of other team member;

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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