PlantVillage https://plantvillage.psu.edu/ is an emergency relief tool for poor farmers across the world facing the threat of climate change and pests. It is run out of Penn State University and is an official tool of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. Our back end ruby platform connects to apps we developed and deployed across 66 countries in 29 languages. As a non-profit we have had little money todate so outsourced development to a team in India. But this has created significant technical debt.
We now need an experienced, very capable ruby engineer to work as a consultant. Ideally +/- 3 hrs EST. You would work would an Android developer and two engineers at Penn State and the Indian Team which we still engage.
You would be entering a project that is rapidly building a tool immediately required to combat locusts plagues from Kenya to Pakistan and multiple other issues. These pests threaten the supply of 19 million people immediately. So, we have a dual need: build tools needed immediately as well as repair the technical debt
This would be a consultancy gig initially but could be transitioned to a paid position at Penn State (after a job is created). As a University, we have excellent benefits
Please email email@example.com with your cv please and cover letter and consultancy rate.
This is a chance to work on a globally important issue affecting hundreds of millions of extremely poor farmers around the world