Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Job: WordPress Developer and Designer, The CIHA Blog

About The CIHA Blog: The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog seeks to transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization. Our research and commentaries highlight critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Through analysis and dialogue, we strive for equality, justice and, ultimately, respect for others’ desires, beliefs and practices.

Job Summary: The CIHA Blog is looking for a talented freelance WordPress developer with a keen eye for design to update the blog design, customize existing themes to design specification, fix bugs in the back and front-end, and improve usability and site performance.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:
  • Work with Co-editors and editorial assistants to update blog with latest technologies
  • Optimize the design for readability and improve display of uploaded media, including photos, videos, and PDFs for high and low bandwidth
  • Integrate the capacity to include additional technologies (e.g., livestream videos, paper archive, podcasts) and improve integration with social media
  • Develop template and technology for subscription email newsletters
  • Enhance analytic monitoring of site
  • Provide assistance with other graphic design or technical tasks

Basic Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge of modifying existing theme templates (support, extend and/or enhance existing code)
  • Full knowledge of WordPress and CMS platforms, HTML5, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Ability to modify and customize plugins and create new plugins, as necessary
  • An understanding of DNS records and cPanel web server admin
  • Fluency in English

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • French language skills strongly preferred (as well as any African languages; Arabic also helpful)
  • Experience with design, including Adobe Creative Suite
  • The ability to advise on UX improvements
  • Aware of WordPress security pitfalls and follow best practices to ensure tight security
  • Knowledge of SEO practices
  • Knowledge of or interest in the role that NGOs, humanitarianism, and religion play in the social and historical context of Africa
How to Apply: Email resume with portfolio and links to website examples to

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