Job Title

Senior Developer with Python and Frontend experience


Remote (Global)


We are looking for a Senior Developer with at least 5 years experience to work with us on the development of an organisation-wide data exchange platform based on CKAN for a major philanthropic client. This is a contractor position (with possibility of employment if based in the UK) working up to 40h/week for initially 6 months.


  • Implementation of technical products
  • Work on the technical design of products
  • Mentoring other developers
  • Interaction and collaboration with wider technical community

Required Skills

  • Python development, experience in building web applications and APIs
  • Front-end development with React
  • Git and GitHub workflows (Pull Requests, Code Reviews, etc)

Desired Skills

  • Docker and other DevOps tooling, including cloud deployments and Continuous Integration
  • PostgreSQL
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies

We are a small team working on a mix of commercial and grant-based projects, as well as maintenance of some of the internal Open Knowledge infrastructure. All of our code is Open Source so you should be comfortable working in the open and interacting with the wider community. We like to learn from each other and complement our skills.

Some examples of the types of activities you may be involved with:

  • Writing custom CKAN extensions to support client needs
  • Refactor User Interfaces to make them reactive and responsive
  • Help design and scope new features alongside product owners and tech leads
  • Fix bugs reported by the platform users

See our GitHub repositories for an idea of the types of projects you would contribute to: and


This is a full time position. An offer will be made based on Experience. Expected annual earnings between £35,000 and £45,000 based on a flexible 40h work week.

The Organisation

Open Knowledge Foundation is a global non-profit organisation working towards the openness of all forms of knowledge to secure a fair, free and open future for all. A world where all non-personal information is open, free, for everyone to use, build on and share, in which creators and innovators are recognised and rewarded. The wide range of projects we work on all aim to give people access to data, the knowledge to understand it, and the power to use it in our everyday lives.

Open Knowledge Foundation is a distributed team, based all over the world, so experience or strong understanding of what is required to work in a global, multicultural, highly transparent, remote team is a distinct advantage.

The applicant must have their own computer and access to a reliable internet connection.

Application deadline

The position will be open until 6th June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply, please send your CV and a cover note highlighting why you are interested in the role and stating your availability to start to

At Open Knowledge Foundation we are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and aim to cultivate and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We value and encourage diversity because a range of experiences and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address complex challenges. Applicants from communities that are under-represented in our workplace - ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTI+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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