TERMS OF REFERENCE – WEB DESIGN

DEADLINE: September 23, 2019
CLOSED JOB

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-informed policy research. Our researchers are contributing to the body of evidence about the critical issues in population health and wellbeing impeding Africa’s development in order to provide strong direction and recommendations to policy- and decision-makers at all levels.

Background

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa.

CARTA was formed to support the development of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that impacts positively on public and population health. CARTA enhances the capacity of African universities to create sustainable multidisciplinary research hubs by supporting junior faculty members to undertake their doctoral training locally and to become internationally recognized research leaders. CARTA strengthens university-wide systems to support research.

Our Vision

To be the catalyst for the emergence of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that makes a positive impact on population and public health.

Our Mission

To build high-level capacity for population and public health-related research in Africa.

To attain the mission and vision, CARTA has developed a website, cartafrica.org, which is a hub of information on the consortium, the partners, fellows and opportunities among other features. APHRC is seeking the services of qualified and professional individual to create a new website that replaces the current CARTA website, including all relevant content and adding new sections as needed per the details listed below:

Deliverables 

An engaging platform

  • A website that includes an attractive and easy to navigate landing page, repository and interactive format that encourages engagement. Sample site: https://owsd.net/
  • Back-end coding that improves functionality and display on desktops, mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices.

Main functionalities of this platform include:

  • Establish an RSS feed from media platforms and key partner websites
  • Improve the home-page to display new content that is uploaded
  • Work on the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the website to improve visibility
  • Improve the layout of the fellows, graduates, and news pages to be neat and eye friendly. Here are some examples of layouts. Our blog space should be flexible to allow for this:

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/kenya-journey-fear-and-hope

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/tanzania-burundi-refugees-kigoma-nyarugusu-camp

For a photo story: https://www.icrc.org/en/document/tanzania-burundi-refugees-flood-kagunga-and-kigoma

  • Improve the layout for infographics, links to PDF documents such as reports and facts and figures in formats such as jpeg or png, among others.
  • Images optimization
  • Mobile device compatibility
  • Real time data updates on the impact of CARTA through period updates and an active calendar to show CARTA activities.
  • Improve the layout of the videos page, e-newsletter and publications
  • Add a full site search support
  • Refine the layout of each and every page to be neat, clean, content well distributed
  • Improve on the display of the interactive map showing countries covered by CARTA
  • Establish an e-learning platform that allows for access and scrolling of learning material by CARTA fellows
  • Improve the layout of the publications section to have a modern display that also allows for easier scrolling, navigation and ease of download. We have examples to share.
  • Ensure the design is easy to update in the future by non-technical personnel, and with a simple secure administrator side.

This assignment should be completed within a fixed period of 20 working days.

Qualifications

  • A full stack web developer (front and backend) with at least three (3) years of experience in design & development of web applications and use of relational databases coupled with web frameworks such as Laravel, CI, Zend, Yii or any other modern web framework.
  • Experience in design disciplines and processes such as client server solution architecture, MVC Models, OOP or High performance solutions preferably using PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, NodeJS and pre-processors like SASS and LESS.
  • Experience and extensive use of Content Management Systems particularly Word Press, Joomla, Drupal or any other modern CMS.
  • Experience using collaborative software tools such as SVN, GIT, CVS and Mercurial for version control purposes.
  • Strong skills in designing interactive responsive user interfaces.
  • Ability to analyze and critique requirements and make recommendations on possible solution designs.
  • Ability to complete work independently, incorporate client feedback, and deliver on time.

Applications should be sent to consultancies@aphrc.org and copied to Ekilonzo@aphrc.org and  Jmuthama@aphrc.org by September 23, 2019.

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