Senior Backend Engineer (Go) – Nairobi at NALA

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  • Company: NALA
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: IT/Telecom Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

We are on a mission to increase economic activity on the African continent and for its diaspora around the world. By creating community-powered financial solutions, we make it easier to make day-to-day payments and do business in an increasingly global Africa.  #BuildOurAfrica

Role : Senior Backend Engineer (Go) – Nairobi

Reports  Into : CTO

Accessibility and Inclusion : We want every interview to be as comfortable so you can focus on showing us as much of you as possible. Our interviews are typically conducted via Zoom. If there are adjustments we can make to assist you in the hiring process, please do let us know in the application.

The Role

We are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer who is experienced in Go to help us take the Nala app to the next level. Following an extremely successful funding round, we are ready to scale the app to encompass more countries and currencies providing 21st century payment to the African continent and its diaspora. We are deeply passionate about the communities we serve and we hope you will share our drive to deliver world class software and to achieve our ambitious goals

Whilst projects change from sprint to sprint, these are the types of projects that we expect you will be getting involved in in the first few months of your time at Nala.

  • Build customer facing features together with the frontend team
  • Integrate with payment partners to offer fast and reliable payments across many countries
  • Implement core business logic such as Know Your Customer, Identification Verification, Anti Money Laundering and fraud monitoring to keep our customers safe
  • Quickly launch new countries by writing modular and configurable code to adapt to market specific and evolving requirements
  • Use data to drive decision making and identify customer insights
  • Build internal tools and integrations for our support and marketing teams
  • Automate processes and partner failover to reduce support load and keep our customers happy

Tech Stack

  • Services are written in Go, deployed in AWS ECS and communicate with our app with gRPC
  • Our app is written in Dart with Flutter and available on both Android and iOS
  • We use Postgres, kafka, redis and vault
  • We keep our services size strictly above micro, we like simple and easy to maintain infrastructure
  • We use and leverage AWS as much as possible and we manage it with Terraform
  • We write unit and integration tests, do code reviews and deploy multiple times a day
  • We use kanban to manage our tasks in Jira
Is this you?

We know that finding a job can be stressful. It can be really hard to tick all the boxes for any job description however we encourage you to apply even if you cannot tick every single of the box. Here is what we are looking for:

  • You have at least 5+ years of experience building highly reliable and scalable backend services in Go
  • You have excellent knowledge of the best practices in designing, developing and deploying those services in a cloud environment
  • You have experience working asynchronously with global teams using tools like Slack/Teams/Jira as well as other modern communication systems
  • You are passionate about either our product and the mission that we are on
  • You are are fluent in written and spoken English

These are some nice to haves that would really get our attention:

  • You have experience working in Fintech and Payments
  • You have experience working in a tech startup
  • Experience with crypto currencies development
  • Experience in infosec
  • In addition to English, you can also speak French or Swahili


  • We are fully remote! You can work wherever you like so long as you can work within 3 hours of London time
  • We do 2 company trips per year (sometimes more! Check out our last trip to Zanzibar in Dec 2021
  • Everyone in any region can expense up to $1000 equivalent a year to support themselves on personal development. This can include books, conferences, courses etc – anything to help you do your job better or help you grow your career.
  • We offer 35 days holiday inclusive of any Public Holidays that exist in your country.
  • We provide computer equipment for everyone


Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 31 May. 2022