About Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator


Ameshoff Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

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South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world; there are over 6 million young people that are not in education, employment or training. Yet these young people are the future of our country and can be the cornerstone of a vibrant, growing economy.

What if you could wake up every morning knowing you’re working on solving this huge problem for this important group of people? What if you could be part of the team behind designing and building the technology that will change the face of youth unemployment worldwide? What if you could work with globally leading technology experts, academic researchers and business leaders who all deeply care about this problem?

At Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, that’s exactly what we do. Every day we get to work on solutions that help young people who would otherwise be locked out of the formal economy.

We’re building a technology platform to pathway young people into income-generating opportunities. This means our technology needs to be scalable, innovative and cater for unique, personalised development journeys for each young person – we need this platform to ultimately help young people to find their way to their very first job.
We’ve pulled a team of exceptional experts together to guide us through this journey, and we’re looking to now build a team internally! Our cloud-native technology stack is hosted both in Google Cloud Platform and in AWS, deployed using a microservices architecture, with services written in .Net Core and Python. The data landscape includes MYSQL, Big Query, SOLR; the analytics and ML environment utilises Tensorflow. Harambee has also developed an LMS and Assessment platform using Open edX. This technology stack is designed for scale because we know that we have to achieve big hairy audacious goals with it.

Harambee is a fast-paced environment, incredibly passionate about purpose, and intellectually demanding – be ready to problem solve daily and put the young person at the core of what you do. Be ready to not only work on the technology but help shape how we work as an organisation to address this macroeconomic issue. And be ready to build a technology platform that can address this problem at scale, not only in SA but on the continent and beyond.
Be a part of the solution!

No Dress Code
Do work that has purpose
Hybrid Working
Undercover parking
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Microsoft Azure
.Net Core 2.0
Google Cloud Platform
Entity Framework


Azure DevOps
Visual Studio
VS Code


Google Analytics
Power BI

Business Tools

Microsoft Sharepoint
Microsoft Teams
Harambee dev team preps for the launch of the MVP
Mission Central at Harambee :-)
In partnership with the RippleWorks Foundation, Harambee hosted a visiting residency in South Africa with Christophe Job, one of the most respected technologists in Silicon Valley.  Christophe was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of Verifone, a $2 billion/year revenue tech company that is considered a world leader in payments and commerce solutions, where he led its transition to a cloud based business. Prior to this he had 20 years of leadership experience at Oracle where he co-founded Oracle Fusion Middleware and grew it to a $5 billion business as well as led the development of Oracle’s modern development tools and framework. Christophe’s vast experience in overseeing the evolution and maintenance of complex tech platforms and products will be used to guide the launch and scaling of Harambee's new pathwaying platform. 
Ann Mei Chang visited South Africa to engage with Harambee and its partners. She has over twenty years of engineering and leadership experience at Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Intuit, and a few startups. She served for 8 years as a Senior Engineering Director at Google, where she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services, delivering 20x growth to $1B in annual revenues in just 3 years. At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets.
Sean Blagsvedt, the former CEO of Babajob which became “India’s largest digital job marketplace for aspiring labor, will be working with Harambee on the roll out of their platform. Babajob pioneered local language web, mobile, chat and automated voice innovations to connect workers such as delivery helpers, drivers, BPO workers, cooks and maids to better jobs.” Babajob had 8.5m verified applicants, 500,000 employers, 500k monthly actives. Its hired workers earned 20.1% more and reduced commute times by 14 minutes/day. Prior to Babajob, Sean held senior product roles at Microsoft in both India and the United States. He brings expertise in product management, user experience/user interface, and network metrics that will be of particular value to Harambee in the coming months.