Software engineer for social enterprise at Entrepreneurial Finance Lab in Lima

Isabel Kleinau, the Latin America Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab sends the following meaningful job offer:

“We are a spin off of Harvard University, that developed a Credit Scoring Model based on the psychologie of the entrepreneurs. The idea is to give entrepreneurs in developing countries who have little or almost no repayment history and collateral access to finance to increment the growth of SMEs in developing countries, to obtain sustainable development. We are right now searching for an Software Engineering Fellow, who would like to work for a year from our Lima office to develop our IT platform.”


Want to work in Social Enterprise and develop your technology skills? Interested in living in South America and honing y

our Spanish skills?
Seeking a web-savv

y, achievement-oriented Software Engineering Fellow looking to jump-start their career.

Interested in Social Enterprise? Want to solve hard problems in a fast-growing entrepreneurial environment? Fancy a year abroad in Peru? Spending time down under, mastering your Spanish, and building a social enterprise? Are you a self-starter that can build to scale? Love Slashdot, digg, and Prototype? Are you just as smooth in PHP as you are in JQuery and Java? Do you love development but want to get more experience building a business from the ground up working in one of the most interesting areas in Social Enterprise today? If yes to all of the above, you could be a great fit for a Software Engineering role with EFL– read more below to find out more.

If interested, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Bailey at for immediate openings.

About EFL and the Team

EFL is the ‘Entrepreneurial Finance Lab’. Founded by Harvard economists and backed by, EFL is the leader in developing automated and scalable solutions to one of the most vexing problems in emerging markets – how to increase available financing and credit in developing countries for thriving small businesses and entrepreneurs.

It’s an exciting time to join EFL. As an early stage company that’s on the cusp of a revolution in micro-finance in developing countries, you’ll have an immediate impact and witness a Social Enterprise organization built from the ground up: The EFL Software Engineering Fellowship

Description: The EFL Software Engineering Fellow will be a recent graduate or experienced hire that is looking to gain a lot of experience quickly in a fast growing environment. A self-starter, that can think on their feet, this role will require interacting with all members of the EFL team to implement components of the EFL IT strategy, including development and maintenance on critical business systems. The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded developer, with experience in both hardware and software as the EFL infrastructure will be built from the ground up.

Type of Position: This is a one-year fellowship, located in Lima Peru. The successful candidate will have all living and relocation expenses provided.

Organizational Focus:
Develop customizations for EFL’s testing platform and maintain existing testing systems and customizations
Develop and maintain EFL data warehouse for storing EFL testing data and reports
Evaluate and document existing EFL internal systems and processes
Liaise with EFL management team to support prospective customers security remediation needs
Assist EFL staff with IT issues as needed
Provide end-user support on the EFL testing platform support as needed

The Ideal candidate will…
Have commitment to EFL’s mission of accelerating poverty reduction and economic growth in developing countries .
Be functional and proficient in English (verbal and written)
Have a proven track record of success.
Thrive on change, ambiguity and autonomy
Have experience managing and configuring both Linux and Windows servers
Have strong experience in building data-driven websites using frameworks such as LAMP
Have object-oriented development experience in either C, C++, C# or Java
Be a seasoned pro in any of the great web development scripting languages – python, ruby, php, perl.
Have experience in SQL in either MySQL or SQL Server
Able to switch quickly between different modes of thinking and tasks
A self-starter that is highly creative in assembling different tools, able to manage and prioritize effectively
Innovative – able to create innovate toolsets to make the team and clients more effective
Have their pulse on the latest trends in web (e.g. you can debate the relative merits of Slashdot, techcrunch, digg, gizmodo, and the quality of content they provide)

It would be great (but it’s not required) if…
You have experience in a start-up or small high-growth company
You have prior email marketing experience
You’ve worked with SaaS (aka Cloud) computing platforms
You’ve worked with Amazon Web Services
You’ve had experience with product design, development, or implementation
You have proper web design experience – HTML/DHTML, CSS, Javascript, JSON, and Ajax

Bachelors degree in Computer Science or equivalent; or over 2-3 years of professional experience preferred.

Availability: Immedaiate availability

Location: Lima, Peru


comments (1)

  • Sir/Madam: I am creating a new Center for the Advancement and Understanding of Social Enterprises (CAUSE) at my university. I’ll be in Lima for a few days in October. Would it be possible to meet and chat about your activities? I’m interested in your programs and perhaps we can work together.

    Thanks in advance …

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