The African recruitment programme of global technology giant Microsoft, founded by American Bill Gates, is now in Mozambique seeking professionals as software engineers.
The initiative is part of a continental programme by Microsoft that aims to reach out and recruit African talent to form part of its workforce for teams in Redmond, in the United States, and Vancouver, Canada.
According to Cláudio Silva, speaking to Kabum Digital, who is Mozambican and responsible for implementing the programme, “for this position Microsoft is looking for recent graduates or final year students of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, computer science or related areas, with the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of computer science, including data structure and algorithms.
The application process began in August and covers the entire national territory, with no age or gender limits. Candidates who are selected will be invited to the first phase of interviews. The vacancies will close as soon as they are filled after the final interviews.
For this achievement, Cláudio Silva said that there is a collaboration with the largest universities in Mozambique in the dissemination of the programme, in the preparation and support to candidates, and also to make known the culture, skills and values that Microsoft is looking for, in order to enhance the skills of students and thus enable them to have adequate preparation that will allow them to reach the final straight in the recruitment process.
Present on the African continent for at least three decades, the company last year created the Africa Transformation Office (ATO) division to drive investment and accelerate Africa’s sustainable digital growth “driven by Africans for Africa”. The mission comprises five main areas: digital infrastructure, capacity building, small and medium enterprises, startups and strategic partnerships, and recently, a new subsidiary, the Africa Regional Cluster (ARC), was created, which will be responsible for strategic initiatives across the continent.
Microsoft also has plans to support more than ten thousand African startups over the next five years. The idea is to create a series of programmes on the continent, through strategic partnerships with startup accelerators and incubators.