CTO role at Educartis

Company Overview

Educartis is the leading course discovery and information platform, connecting learners to education opportunities across Africa and abroad. We support the need for professional guidance and efforts to upskill learners in an ever-changing workforce and economic landscape. 

We partner with local and international higher and continuing education providers by expanding their reach to prospective learners across the region, creating awareness of their programs and increasing their operational capacity. Learners benefit from a platform that allows them to discover, apply and even enroll into courses best suited for their career and professional needs.

Our vision is to be the go-to resource for learners across the region as they consider higher and continuing education possibilities, while enhancing and personalizing the user experience  and journey for both learners and education providers.


What we are looking for

Educartis is looking for a hands-on CTO to join the team. As a core member of a small team, you will lead our technical efforts as well as be an important contributor to the strategy of the company going forward.  Your role will be to set the technology vision and direction of the company, and build and manage the team and platform to deliver it. You will work directly with the CEO/Co-founder.

We have a first version of the product in-market, paying customers, and partnerships in place. We now want to take our product to the next level.  You will need to possess a deep technical understanding and feel comfortable as a developer in all areas of the business including, but not limited to frontend, backend, DevOps, and eCommerce. Experience in marketplaces and big data is a plus. You should be able to create a product pipeline supported by KPIs meaningful for the business and work through it in a data driven manner. You should be able to combine data from various sources (database, Google Analytics, CSV, etc.) to design reports that would help making product decisions.

Your responsibilities 

  • Build out the technology roadmap for 2+ years for Educartis.com and all regional platforms within the portfolio

  • Work with management to develop new features

  • Select software platform architecture for scalable growth

  • Write high-quality front-end and backend production code

  • Develop great user experiences

  • Think strategically about product opportunities leveraging data and insights

  • Hire and manage a technology team (local and distributed)

  • Communicate product progress to Educartis stakeholders



  •  5+ years of experience in developing web products using Ruby on Rails.

  • Experience with Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, ideally Nginx.

  • Experience with DNS management and Cloudflare

  • Experience using Amazon Web Services, Git and Heroku

  • Experience with JavaScript  (ideally some Vue.js or React)

  • Strong front-end skills, good knowledge of CSS, SCSS, JS, webpack, etc.

  • Competence with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager

  • Experienced in writing and conducting QA tests

  • Able to use Sketch/Photoshop or other to review designs

  • Curious at heart and interested in making an impact across Africa

  • Fluent in English 



  • Degree in Computer Engineering 

  • Team management experience

  • Experience with payments and AI

  • Mobile first view on all aspects of the product

  • Experience with online marketplaces

  • Fluency in French a bonus

  • Previous CTO experience


What we offer

  • Autonomy: Location can be remote. However, regular travel to Nairobi and other cities across Africa will be necessary

  • Impact: Our product is used by tens of thousands of learners across Africa and beyond. 

  • Purpose: a new and ever growing market, full of opportunities and challenges.

  • Culture: work in a multicultural, open-minded, supportive and friendly environment.

  • Career opportunities: a chance to join a small team for a big project and quickly become one of its core members.

  • Equity compensation


Nairobi, KE