Senior Software Developer

  • Full Time
  • Kenya
  • Posted 2 years ago


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Position Summary

Reporting to the Digital Health Solutions Architect and Lead Developer, the Senior Software Developer is responsible for the execution of software development tasks in line with work plan and team objectives and develops specific products assigned in adherence to the business and functional requirements, quality objectives and timelines set, and works with a team of individuals from development, quality assurance, business analyst, and solution architects on core systems which include eHealth, mHealth and interoperability layer solutions.

Project Overview and Role:

Funded under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through a cooperative agreement with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Palladium Development and Consultancy Kenya Ltd (Palladium Kenya) anticipates 5-year funding to support the Kenya Ministry of Health, county governments and healthcare service delivery partners to implement technological innovations in health information systems.
These innovations include the scale up of electronic medical records systems (EMRs) for clinical decision support and improved patient care,  the enhancement of the Kenya National Data Warehouse (NDW), a centralized data repository of data from EMRs for analysis and reporting, the development of an interoperability layer to support the exchange of data across systems, the enhancement of mHealth solutions and numerous other innovations including  patient identification and informatics solutions to support health surveillance.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with business analysts, product owner, domain experts, and other stakeholders to gather and translate user stories, business requirements and use cases into clear and appropriate functional, technical, and operational specifications and designs for health informatics applications.
  •  Utilize established development tools, guidelines, and conventions to design, develop, and test applications.
  • Participate in peer-reviews of solution designs and related code.
  • Unit-test code for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Maintain existing HIS by identifying and correcting software defects.
  • Integrate HIS software components and other third-party programs.
  • Leverage knowledge and contribute to proper knowledge management within the project.
  • Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency.
  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of the application.
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed.
  • Ensure secure coding practices are adhered to in all phases of the secure development life cycle.
  • Collaborate within existing open-source digital health / global goods communities to leverage standards and contributions of multiple interested parties for shared solutions to common problems.
  • Apply data and technology standards in software and engineering projects (HL7, FHIR, LOINC, ICD-10 etc).
  • Conduct work breakdown planning for development and provide accurate and timely estimates for completing programming of features, bug fixes, and requests for scheduling into the SDLC.
  •  Follow Agile process and implement best practices.
  • Any other duty as assigned.

    Senior Software Developer – Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer science, Information technology or a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in web development with at least 3 years’ experience developing OpenMRS.
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrable skill with popular open-source programming languages (should include at least JAVA, PHP, JavaScript, Node), and frontend frameworks i.e. react, angular, vue, etc.
  • Advanced experience in developing data-driven applications utilizing significant relational database engines as part of the overall application architecture (experience with any or all of the following highly desirable: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, H2 SQL) with great SQL query writing skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Proficiency developing and troubleshooting complex software systems that run in mixed environments including Linux, Unix and/or Windows on desktop, server, tablet, and mobile systems.
  • Strong knowledge in RESTful web services.
  • Working experience with GIT, Docker, Ansible, Gradle, Maven, Spring, Hibernate.
  • Exposure to an agile development environment using Scrum.
  • UI/UX experience.

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