Onja is a social enterprise training underprivileged youth into world-class software developers. We find the brightest students in Madagascar who can’t afford to continue their education, and train them in English language and software development. After just two-and-a-half years they are ready to work as remote front-end software developers in international tech teams. Once in a job, our developers earn a good salary that helps them support their families and pay forward the opportunity to a new wave of students. They unlock exciting careers that fulfill their potential, and accelerate the development of their nation (see ‘How Onja Works’ below).
Our first cohort, ‘Wave 1’, consists of nineteen talented and committed graduates who are now working remotely for our partner companies in Europe and the US. With this immensely successful first cohort, and a proven social model, our goal is now to scale our impact: we aim to take on 360 new students over the next four years.
Our fast-growing team is very united, committed to the mission, and hardworking, but we also maintain a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that you’ll find everywhere in Madagascar.
Onja is in Toamasina, a lively city with beautiful beaches, nice restaurants, and with plenty to do and see. Toamasina is Madagascar’s second-largest city (population 300,000) yet is surrounded by plenty of natural beauty and even has a national park nearby.
About the Consulting Psychologist position
After the successful first cohort, we are planning to expand our impact to reach more talented youth by organising a second campaign of recruitment. Our candidates are youth who have the BEPC or the BACC and had to stop their studies due to lack of opportunity.
The recruitment team started by analysing the data from the first cohort and established a list of learnings that will be used to improve the second cohort’s recruitment efficiency.
Your challenge will be to help improve our aptitude exams: tests that we use to determine students’ aptitude for our programme, to oversee the improvement of the testing tools and train the team on the newly elaborated test. The test will capture specific skill sets such as the capacity to learn new languages, logical reasoning and quantitative reasoning.
The following list is not exhaustive, but should give a good indication of the responsibilities of the role:
- Review our current evidence and proposed changes for a better aptitude test, then elaborate suggestions on improving it following constraints that will be expected to occur during testing.
- Review our list of IQ tests and elaborate suggestions on the ones that fit the organisation the best.
- Acquire the chosen IQ test from the seller.
- Adapt the IQ test to Malagasy context, and potentially translate it.
- Train the current team on the administration norms and requirements for the updated test.
The time commitment will be around 10 hours per week for 2 months.
- At least a Master’s degree in psychology, with experience in psychometric tests.
- Experience in clinical psychology or educational psychology.
- Good communicator and professional.
- Intermediate or advanced English level
How Onja Works
Onja is a social enterprise with a sustainable model:
- Search for brilliant minds who would otherwise be limited to low-paid, unfulfilling careers.
- Students receive two years of English and software development instruction. Meet a developer here: https://onja.org/student/manjaka/
- Graduates earn (and continue learning) at our outsourcing enterprise.
- All profits are used to train the next wave of students and the cycle begins again.
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