Interaction Designer / Data Visualization / UX, HQ, Arlington, VA

United States
Apply by 8 June 2015
Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

Interaction Designer / Data Visualization / UX, HQ, Arlington, VA

Company Profile:

MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited . Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey’s international development offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and South Sudan. MSI currently employs 800 development experts in the fields of public sector management, monitoring and evaluation, governance, and anticorruption. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at .

Position Summary:

In delivering innovative strategic performance management solutions in the context of developing countries, our solutions are put to work in challenging environments from Ghana to Yemen to Vietnam. Our web developers have to combine an understanding of what is possible on the web (or mobile) with an ability to ensure that their solutions will work in the field. In order to stay in touch with the reality of our work, our developers get to travel to interesting places like Lebanon, Kenya or Pakistan.

Our team is composed of highly skilled folks who operate with a high degree of independence, regularly consulting with, teaching and learning from each other. MSI seeks experienced developers who are interested in continuously learning and stretching their capabilities.

The candidate will split their time between working on interactive courses and providing UX inputs to our web-based information management systems. We keep an open mind when it comes to the technologies we employ on any given project but our current projects revolve around Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL, with liberal sprinkles of jQuery, Angular and Bootstrap.

This is a full-time position, seated in the HQ office in Arlington, VA. No relocation allowance will be provided.

**Please note: Only candidates with the ability to obtain or are currently holding a Secret Level Clearance are eligible for this position.**


  • Responsible for Full life cycle design.
  • Work with subject matter experts at MSI headquarters and in the field to develop an understanding of requirements.
  • Develop software and/or identify/use off-the-shelf tools to meet client needs.
  • Manage and respond to enhancement requests.
  • Learn new things every day about software and how technology works in difficult places.
  • Collaborate with colleagues about best practices and lessons learned.
  • Occasional international travel 10-15%.


  • Master’s degree.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience working in small teams developing advanced web application interfaces using widely adopted JavaScript libraries (eg Angular, jQuery) and responsive CSS frameworks (e.g. Bootstrap, ZURB Foundation) and/or client side data visualizations (e.g. D3, Leaflet, dc.js).
  • A thorough conceptual understanding of how client side user interfaces and data vizes connect to backend databases and object models.
  • Able to create a working HTML5 client side application.
  • Ability to obtain or are currently holding a Secret Level Clearance.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website,


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About the Organization

Company Profile: MSI is a Washington, D.C.-based international development firm providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. Since its 1981 founding, MSI has grown in size and technical scope, now implementing and managing more than 70 projects worldwide. More than 30 are long-term, many in conflict-prone or fragile states that include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Sudan. Today, our range of technical expertise includes analytical and field projects in democracy and governance, economic growth, strategic planning, organizational capacity building, health and the justice sector. MSI focuses on helping our local partners foster progress, manage change and improve the effectiveness of development assistance. We expanded our global footprint in 2008 by becoming part of Coffey, a leading geoscience, international development and project management firm, and a publicly traded company on the Australian Stock Exchange. Alongside the international development arm of Coffey, MSI has corporate offices in 17 countries. Together, MSI and Coffey employ more than 1,400 professionals worldwide. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

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