Software Developer

GLD is Looking to Fill a 6 Month Full-time Software Developer to Create Survey Development Platforms 

Keywords: software development, user interface 


Project Motivation 

The Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD), located within the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, is a research program aiming to explain variation in governance and local development to promote human welfare globally.  

The program’s flagship project is the Local Governance Process Indicators (LGPI) which provides a new approach to measuring, analyzing, and improving local governance. The LGPI employs household surveys to gather micro-level data from communities, including data on experience, perception, and satisfaction regarding cross-cutting governance issues: specifically, batteries for health, education, security, voice and participation, and governance metrics. Thus, the LGPI collects, assesses, and benchmarks detailed information on local governance and service delivery issues. You can read more about the LGPI on our website and in the concept note. 

One of the hallmarks of the LGPI is its ability to be implemented anywhere in the world. To have a survey that can work globally, the survey must be easily adaptable to the local context. This includes both translating the questions into local languages, but also adapting the questions themselves to be relevant to the target population. Both processes, producing high-quality translations and adapting questions to local context, are laborious, with lots of back-and-forth conversations, often with people in different countries. Currently, this type of work is often done by sharing documents back and forth via email. This approach is not time efficient and can lead to critical loss of information. 

GLD is looking to recruit someone for a fixed-term, 6-month, full-time position to work on the development of survey development tools, providing teams with a platform where they can collectively develop high-quality survey questions and translations.   


Project Description 

In collaboration with the LGPI researchers and GLD statistician, you will create two platforms. The first platform will provide a space for developing survey translations. The platform will:  

  • Allows the user to upload a survey questionnaire 

  • Allows the user to upload notes for the translator 

  • Provides a chat window where the researcher and translator can discuss the translation: 

The image below shows a mockup of how the platform could look. 

 survey translation platform mock-up

The second platform will have a similar layout to the translation platform but will provide a space for teams to revise survey questions. The platform will:  

  • Allow users to upload a draft set of questions 

  • Edit questions 

  • Add/Delete questions 

  • Have an ongoing chat about the questions 

Time permitting, you will integrate AI-generated notes into the platform in collaboration with GLD’s statistician. For example, notes to the translator about terms or concepts that should be given special attention.  




Required Skillset 

This position requires the following:  

  • Previous experience as a Software Developer, Software Engineer, or similar role 

  • Experience with software design 

  • Ability to lead in the full software development lifecycle, including analysis, design, test, and delivery 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Strong troubleshooting and debugging skills 

  • Attention to detail 

The following skills are meritorious:  

  • Experience integrating AI into software 

  • Previous education or experience in survey development or implementation 


Application Requirements 

Please include the following documents in your application: 

  • Cover Letter 

  • CV 

  • One past example of a report/journal article that utilizes a method relevant to the project description 

  • A list of at least three references (with contact information)   


Apply for this position via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment system: 


Applications close at 23:59 CEST on May 27, 2024. For more information, please contact Erica Ann Metheney at 


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