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Business Analyst Software

TERMS OF REFERENCE / JOB DESCRIPTIONReference: STEMBA0032
Post Title: Business Analyst Software
Project Title: Learning Pods Expansion
Duty Location: Blended (Virtual & Georgetown office)
Duration: 1 month
Responsible to: Program Director

Project Background
Driven by a belief that all students, regardless of circumstance, deserve the same opportunities to reach their potential, STEMGuyana works  with K-12 students to remove barriers to academic success. We provide students with the unique academic support they need to succeed through our existing 23 Learning pod centers across 9 regions of Guyana with a plan to expand to 40 centers by December 2022. We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to join our team to upgrade the design and documentation of the program’s software application which  is used to manage the day to day operations of the entire program.  

NATURE OF WORK:
The software business analyst is responsible for assessing processes and requirements using information they gather from business & technical departments in order to improve the quality of software their company produces.

 ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Review current software
  • Interview stakeholders and gather requirements to improve software
  • Document workflows and technical design of software application
  • Prepare requirements document for software developers
  • Update all requirements documents after communicating with developers and system users

QUALIFICATIONS:

  •           Excellent written and oral communication skills
  •           Have an innovative, proactive mindset & approach.
  •           Comfortable with data collection processes and using data to inform programmatic decisions
  •           Must be able to communicate effectively  with all stakeholders
  •           Must work well with others and be skilled at conflict resolution
  •           Expert knowledge of Viso or similar software 
  •           Able to work within a collaborative team but comfortable making decisions and helping to move things forward
  •           Must be able to work independently and efficiently
  •           Must have prior experience in requirements gathering project
  •           Comfortable with public speaking.

SALARY RANGE: Full-time,  $300,000 for the project
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and CV stemguyana@gmail.com. CV will be reviewed immediately, and the position is open until filled. STEMGuyana does not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability.

STEMGuyana Inc  is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Guyanese students join young innovators from 90 countries to design, build and launch Guyana’s first cubesat prototype satellite into the lower athmosphere

For the past 5 years, Guyana has entered a team of young people into the First Global robotics challenge where as many as 90 to 180 countries participate each year.  Our Guyanese youth have travelled to the United States, Mexico and Dubai to meet other young innovators from around the world, but more recently the pandemic has forced the global challenge to the local environs.

Notwithstanding the inability to travel, the challenge remains exciting and highly competitive.  This year, among others, the young innovators were challenged to build, code, launch, recover and analyze data from their own nano-satellite.  Each team received the same standard kit of parts and they all had less then seven weeks to launch their prototypes using high altitude balloons or drones to accomplish a self-identified mission.  Team Guyana’s mission was to measure temperature, humidity and general atmospheric conditions in the lower atmosphere.

What can be measured with nano-satellites?
There is really no limit to the variables that can be identified and measured with a cubesat prototype.  Some teams measured the impact of gases produced by the agricultural sector that generate climate change, some created an advanced weather station (Guyana), some measured air and ground pollution, and others measured reforestation of charred lands following raging wildfires.

Challenges
Because the technology was so new to Guyana, there was concern by Guyanese officials about little understood risks of launching.  The team therefore decided to launch way off the Linden highway to alleviate the concerns of local officials.

Another challenge was the high cost of helium. After an expected sponsorship fell through, the team purchased tanks of helium from local vendors, one of which, unknown to the team, was already used.  This affected the success of the mission as there was not enough helium available at the launch site to lift the fully loaded balloon, the team was then forced to reduce weight by getting rid of key equipment, including the gps module.

The entire design, build, code process was complicated and challenging but Guyana’s young people responded to the challenge by working days and nights to ensure their design was effective.  Aboard the nonosatellite were an arduino board with multiple sensors, a gps unit, a high definition camera and a homemade parachute to ensure safe landing.  The cubesate was designed to reach the height of 25 kilometers, where the balloon would burst and return to within a two mile radius.

Results
Team Guyana was able to successfully design, build, code and launch their nanosatellite.  They encountered a limitation in measuring results as they have yet been unable to retrieve device.  The team believes that the device has been retrieved and they plan to reach out to locals to request that the device be returned as it is important that they are able to review and report on the results.

All Guyanese should be proud of this signature achievement by these young local innovators.  Now that the team has a through understanding of the engineering design for nano-satellites, they plan to soon repeat and complete the experiment.