Apply to work with Laura Schechter, associate professor in the departments of Economics and Agricultural and Applied Economics. In partnership with the Senegalese National Sanitation Office (ONAS), we have developed a call center for sanitation services in urban Dakar, a city in which more than 1.5 million people use septic pits for household waste.
The call center uses custom-built Python-based software to set prices: each time a customer calls and requests a quote, the platform launches and manages an auction via SMS with a randomly selected group of nearby septic truckers. The call center has been in operation for more than a year and a half, and we are now looking to implement some bug fixes and improvements to the software to ensure its ongoing success. The programmer will work with the UW Madison-based research team to design, implement, and test the changes, and will help advise the Dakar-based operations team on how best to pull and live-test these changes.
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