Hustler, Software Engineer, Fellowship, Link.co.ke

We are currently hiring for:

  • Full time Hustler
  • Business Operations Intern
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Intern
  • Special Projects Fellowship

Interested applicants should send an email including their resume to jobs@lynk.co.ke

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Special Projects Fellowship

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley, North Western and Northern Eastern regions of Kenya. Mercy Corps is currently implementing a part of a 6-country youth employment program, which conducts a range of activities in Kenya to link youth to market-based opportunities. Alongside this, Mercy Corps’ Social Ventures team recently invested in Lynk, a social enterprise technology startup established in 2015 which seeks to connect blue collar workers in Kenya to employment. Mercy Corps and Lynk recently partnered to spearhead a new initiative called Byld, a tech-based platform to build careers for informal workers in the building and construction sector, and improve productivity for construction firms.

Byld recently agreed on a partnership with a major construction finance firm to pilot the Byld platform on two sites, and is seeking an fellow to coordinate the pilot. This will include:

  1. Conducting hands-on research with target users to identify pain points and product needs, and contribute to product design.
  2. Supporting the rollout of the product on construction sites, training users, ensuring effective use, and troubleshooting on the ground.
  3. Leading evaluation to demonstrate business case of Byld through enhanced efficiencies and productivity, and worker benefits.

The fellow will be housed under Lynk, and report to the Lynk CEO, with extensive experience in the US tech industry. The fellow will have interactions with the Mercy Corps team on the ground.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The fellow will gain significant experience in the design and set-up of a sustainable social enterprise. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Social enterprise start-up: A hands-on experience supporting market research, product design, field piloting, and development of a business case.
  • Project management: Planning, day-to-day coordination of pilot activities, and evaluation.
  • Private sector and NGO engagement: Exposure to operations in start-up business, large corporations, and NGOs.

DELIVERABLES:

  • Ongoing reports during sprints during the product design process and pilot.
  • Written evaluation / business case.
  • Final Byld products developed.

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IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

The Lynk team is seeking one fellow with the following qualifications:  

  • MBA complete or in progress (or related field like Social Enterprise, Business Administration, etc)
  • Self-starter personality – able to take responsibility and undertake tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Some experience conducting market research, product design, and/or business modeling with start-ups;
  • Some international experience volunteering or engaging with an NGO or business would be beneficial
  • Solid writing, editing and researching skills
  • Knowledge if construction sector a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently

LIVING CONDITIONS:

The position will be based in Nairobi. Life in Nairobi is cosmopolitan, with lots to do and amenities readily available. There is a consistent threat of petty crime, and an ongoing terrorism threat is present. The fellow will be housed at a room in or nearby the Lynk campus, in a quiet residential area near central Nairobi.

Full time Hustler

What is Lynk?

Lynk is an early stage, rapid growth, high intensity startup. We at Lynk, are a small close knit team that believes strongly in the mission of improving the informal sector, and wakes up every day excited at the enormous opportunity that lies before us. We are not a typical company and we don’t want to be! If you’re the type of person who is not afraid to get there hands dirty, dive on top of problems, and can’t stop thinking about the next great idea…you’ll fit right in.

Our Mission

We envision a world in which workers can enjoy job security, fair wages, and most importantly the opportunity for career growth. Additionally, for a household, hiring a worker should be safe, convenient, and fair. Our platform is designed to address each of these issues, offering a network of domestic professionals that grows and improves over time.

The Opportunity– We are looking for an all around hustler. Someone that will do whatever it takes to keep our customers and workers happy and keep all our jobs running smoothly. You will be a critical part of the team coordinating many of our operations – whether it’s helping a customer find a plumber for an urgent leak or identifying the perfect carpenter for a home improvement project. You will spend a lot of time in the field and on the phone, moving between job sites, getting to know our workers and their trades. If you don’t know how to paint, or clean, or anything else, you’ll learn. At least well enough to make sure our workers are doing their job well! Your experiences will give you powerful insights that you will then share with our product development team to help make our company better.

Why this is a great opportunity?

This is a terrific opportunity for a highly motivated and independent person to grow themselves and play a central role in the development of the company.

  • Work closely and learn from the founders who have extensive experience at large international corporations
  • Be able to actively shape your own role and be entrusted with large amounts of creative freedom to achieve task
  • Flexible work schedule: we care more about people that get the work done than 9-5 working hours
  • Highly collaborative work environment, filled with brainstorming, idea sharing, jokes, pranks, and good food
  • Opportunity for company equity for high performing individuals

Who we are looking for

We are most importantly looking for a self-starter who is highly motivated, ambitious, and wants to build something incredible

The ideal candidate will have some or all of these qualifications:

  • Fluent English and Swahili and the ability to quarrel with fundis in sheng when necessary
  • Not afraid to walk down Ngong road and get to know fundis
  • Able to find creative, and sometimes urgent, solutions for challenges
  • A multi-tasking machine, able to organize and schedule and you hate leaving things unfinished
  • An outgoing person who loves working with all types of people. You are kind and patient, but can be stern if you need to be.
  • You’re a good communicator across all platforms. In person, phone, SMS, email.
  • Capable of working independently and taking initiative without supervision
  • Able to fit into a fun and outgoing work environment
  • You believe in the vision of Lynk and are excited by its incredible growth potential.

Business Operations Intern 

Business Operations Intern 

            

The Opportunity- We are looking for a business operations intern to assist with a number of exciting projects. Specifically the intern will be responsible for expanding our network of professionals via recruitment and interviews, creating a pricing sheet for household services, developing a communications plan, and more. You will work closely with the founders to identify additional projects and areas of growth.  

Why this is a great opportunity!

This internship is a terrific opportunity for a highly motivated and independent person to grow themselves and play a central role in the development of the company. 

  • Work closely and learn from the founders who have extensive experience at large international corporations
  • Be able to actively shape your own role and be entrusted with large amounts of creative freedom to achieve tasks
  • Flexible work schedule: we care more about people that get the work done than 9-5 working hours
  • Highly collaborative work environment, filled with brainstorming, idea sharing, jokes, pranks, and good food
  • Opportunity for full time employment for high performing interns

Compensation

This is a paid internship. Pay will be “commission” based meaning compensation will be directly commensurate with the intern’s completion of the core tasks 

Who we are looking for

We are most importantly looking for someone who is highly motivated, ambitious, and wants to achieve greatness!

Our new team member will have some or all of these qualifications 

  • Fluent English and Swahili 
  • Experience working with Kenyan informal domestic workers
  • Creativity and a capacity to overcome challenges with unique solutions
  • Capable of working independently and taking initiative without supervision
  • Willingness to venture out into the field to meet potential Lynk professionals
  • Able to fit into a fun and outgoing work environment
  • Recently graduated with an undergraduate degree or currently enrolled
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Software Engineer

The Opportunity- We are looking for a Software Engineer to grow our technical team. Lynk strives to fix the way households connect to service workers. This encompasses employing a number of technologies. We are looking for a bright mind who is not bogged down on using one approach over and over. Instead we value out-of-the-box thinking and creative approaches.

At Lynk we utilize a plethora of different tools and we try to choose the most suitable tool for the respective job. Our core technology stack relies heavily on Python, PostgreSQL and Javascript and it would be advantageous if these are not entirely new for you. However, we believe that a good programmer understands principles and that she or he will be able to become productive quickly even in a relatively new environment.

We push code into production every day. To do this we cherry-pick agile tools. We think it is more important how much someone is able to achieve rather than how she or he achieves it.

We believe that working should be fun and feel natural. There are no 9-5 office hours. Instead we joke, prank, play, eat and drink together. If you enjoy working in a fast paced young company with the ambition to change peoples lifes using technology, we would be happy to meet you!

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an experienced individual who has worked in a startup environment

The ideal candidate will have some or all of these qualifications

  • Fluent English
  • Deeply experienced in one or more object oriented language like e.g. Java, Python, C# or PHP
  • Good understanding of algorithms, server infrastructure and database design
  • Javascript on Server and Client
  • Deep knowledge of web technologies (REST, Websockets, …)
  • Able to fit into a fun and outgoing work environment
  • Deep understanding of Linux/Unix

Interested applicants should send an email including their resume to jobs@lynk.co.ke

Software Engineering Intern

The Opportunity- We are looking for a development intern to assist with a number of exciting projects. Lynk strives to fix the way households connect to service workers. This encompasses employing a number of technologies. We are looking for a bright mind who is not bogged down on using one approach over and over. Instead we value out-of-the-box thinking and creative approaches.

Why this is a great opportunity!

At Lynk we utilize a plethora of different tools and we try to choose the most suitable tool for the respective job. Our core technology stack relies heavily on Python, PostgreSQL and Javascript and it would be advantageous if these are not entirely new for you. However, we believe that a good programmer understands principles and that she or he will be able to become productive quickly even in a relatively new environment. We push code into production every day.

We believe that working should be fun and feel natural. There are no 9-5 office hours. Instead we joke, prank, play, eat and drink together. If you enjoy working in a fast paced young company with the ambition to change peoples lifes using technology, we would be happy to meet you!

Who we are looking for:

We are most importantly looking for someone who is highly motivated, ambitious, and wants to achieve greatness!

The ideal candidate will have some or all of these qualifications

  • Fluent English
  • Experience in at least one object oriented language like e.g. Java, Python, C# or PHP (if nothing else)
  • Experience in Javascript
  • A keen eye for UX
  • Knowledge of common web technologies
  • Creativity and a capacity to overcome challenges with unique solutions
  • Able to fit into a fun and outgoing work environment
  • A strong willingness to learn
  • Linux/Unix knowledge

Compensation

This is a paid internship with the opportunity of full time employment.

Interested applicants should send an email including their resume to jobs@lynk.co.ke

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