Software Engineer


This is an excellent – and unique - opportunity to be a Full-stack Software Engineer, in a ‘start-up’ like environment, with a strong social purpose. Software Engineer (32-40 hours/week) 510 is ‘scaling up’ digital humanitarian products to maximise their humanitarian impact. To achieve this, we need to enhance our software engineering capacity and capabilities, and as a result, we are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to boost our Software Engineering team. The Senior full-stack Software Engineer will help us achieve our vision by contributing to digital products that are high quality, reliable, and secure, and mentoring, supporting and coaching more junior members of the team. The Senior full-stack Software Engineer is a critical role in the team. In this role you report to the Software Engineering Lead of 510. You work closely with design and product management colleagues in the digital team on product development, and with colleagues in the data team on ensuring a seamless connection between data and digital products. Currently there are 7 people working on Software Engineering, a mixture of staff positions, long-term contractors, and externally contracted organizations. We expect the team to grow in the next few years. The organisation The Netherlands Red Cross helps to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands we do this with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and financial aid. Together we act before, during and after natural and human-caused disasters to meet the needs and to improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinion. Our fundamental principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The team 510 is the data & digital initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross. Our vision is that smart use of data and digital products will enable faster, higher quality and more (cost) effective humanitarian aid at a global level. The 510 initiative was established early 2016 and has grown since into a team of 50 core and project staff, and a wide network of students and volunteer data experts with diverse backgrounds. Our core products · Read about the 121 platform, the flagship product for this role · Read about the Impact Based Forecasting platform


Responsibilities Within 3 months: • Familiarize yourself with the 510 initiative and its team operations, processes, and goals. • Begin contributing to front-end and back-end development, maintaining software architecture, and documenting your work. • Start writing business logic code & APIs and user/developer-documentation. • Begin writing unit/integration tests. • Start building responsive web-apps with modern web technologies. Within 6 months: • Have a clear understanding of your role within the team and be actively involved in quality assurance. • Be actively writing unit tests to continually improve quality and our ability to introduce features at a rapid pace. • Begin conducting code and software architecture reviews with other team members. • Start supporting other developers in developing software that fits in the DevOps environment. Within 12 months: • Fully integrate into the team, actively contributing to all aspects of our development work • Show a high level of quality and speed in how you deliver code • Successfully contribute to multiple projects, demonstrating your strong fluency in TypeScript and experience with Node.js, Nest.js and PostgreSQL Within your work this in an indication on what you will spend your time on: • Contribute to front-end and back-end development: (c. 70%) • Quality assurance (c. 30%)

Functie-eisen en profiel

Candidate profile We're on looking for a software engineer who can help shape the future of data and digital technology within the humanitarian sector. Our ideal candidates come from various backgrounds, bringing a wealth of experiences that will contribute to our success. We're particularly interested in those who can offer a fresh perspective and innovative ideas. In this role, your technical skills will be vital. You should have a robust tech background, with at least four years of professional experience in both backend and frontend development. Expertise in TypeScript is essential, and experience with Node.js, Nest.js, PostgreSQL, and API development is highly desirable. Familiarity with Docker, Angular, Ionic, and various mobile platforms will be an added advantage. We also value a deep understanding of software architecture, Git and GitHub/Azure workflows, Azure Cloud Services, and testing methods such as Automated Testing, TDD, Unit Tests, API Tests, and Integration Tests. Beyond technical skills, the role requires excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and a proven track record of effective collaboration within agile teams, including designers, product managers, and other developers. You should be proficient in communicating effectively with various team members, other departments, and stakeholders. We also value flexibility and adaptability to rapidly changing project requirements and priorities. Experience in a humanitarian organization is a bonus but not a requirement. If you are passionate about making a difference and ready to bring your skills to our exciting and evolving environment, we would love to hear from you. The ideal candidate is driven and quality-oriented, with a keen eye for detail. They excel in cooperation and have a strong analytical mind, with the ability to take a helicopter view of products and projects. Their written communication is excellent, and they listen attentively to others. Their natural curiosity fuels their self-development, continuously pushing them to learn and grow. Learn more • Read about 510 • Read what the Netherlands Red Cross does

Ons aanbod

We offer An interesting job with a unique organization and an innovative team. The organization has an immense international network and a significant impact in the humanitarian sector. We offer a flexible and social working environment with room for initiative and personal development. A contract for a year with the possibility to extend. The salary is set in scale 11 and dependent upon education and relevant professional experience (min. € 3.869,44 and max. € 5.031,20 euro gross based on fulltime position). Our office is in the Hague, walking distance from the Laan van NOI station. Based on our re-work concept you work partly from home and partly from the office. We regularly meet colleagues on the work floor but also online via Teams to discuss cross functional issues and to stay connected to each other and our networks.

Informeren en solliciteren

How do you apply?

Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to HR Advisor Shelly Jonker before May 31 2024 through the following link: https://werkenbijhetrodekruis.....

For more information about the position, you can contact Richard Lines at

Please note that an integrity background check and an assessment forms part of the selection process.

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