Technical Advisor – Lead Developer

The Palladium Group

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Job Description

Our Data, Informatics, and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) group is made of three portfolios that strengthen and harness digital and data ecosystems to accelerate development investments and outcomes: 1- Information Systems (IS), 2- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Analytics (MELA) and 3- Digital Solutions and Transformation (DST).

Palladium is seeking a Technical Advisor, Lead Developer to support the information systems portfolio’s technical delivery of informatics solutions on projects across the company. The Technical Advisor, Lead Developer is a hands-on role that will work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that digital solutions are designed and delivered to the correct principles and standards while ensuring alignment with our technology strategy. This includes contributing to the delivery of ‘fit for purpose solutions that consider all needs of the solution, including the non-functional, such as the standards, security, stability, supportability, and sustainability. The lead developer will also contribute to Palladium’s business growth strategies and provide capacity building to support Palladium’s projects.


This position is based in Palladium’s Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Washington, DC office.

You and Your Career:

If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, and doer, and you have expertise in systems architecture design, software development, leading development projects, and systems implementation, we are interested in hearing from you.

We are a learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start.  We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!

Reporting and Supervision:

This position will report directly to the Senior Manager, Systems Development

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Expertise

  • Make foundational, technical architecture decisions, and confirm adherence to the agreed-upon architectural and integration principles, designs, and patterns
  • Ensure appropriate integration standards and patterns are in place to ensure that all solutions are integrated in the most efficient, standardized, and secure manner, aligning with the Information System team’s principles and strategies
  • Serve as a technical resource for team members and mentor other engineers and team members
  • Write testable, scalable, and efficient code and lead peer-review of designs, code, and artefact delivery
  • Work closely with systems analysts, designers, and program staff to translate user requirements into detailed product specification reports and management plans
  • Lead the development of high-quality innovative solutions using appropriate industry-standard tools, technologies, and languages for decision-makers to generate actional insight
  • Lead the testing and debugging of applications developed by the engineering team
  • Develop lifecycle documents, including use cases, detailed functional requirements, software requirement specifications, detailed design specifications, test scenarios, and user manuals
  • Ensure Information System projects are implemented according to applicable standards as appropriate emphasizing interoperability and improved data use
  • Stay up to date on the latest technology trends and contribute to open-source software communities of practice and champion the Principles for Digital Development

Business Development

  • Contribute to active proposals through the preparation of strategy inputs, technical approaches and capability statements

Key Competencies Required:

  • Relevant experience in multiple roles in the Information Systems domain (application development, data engineering, data warehousing, ETL etc.)
  • Experience in leading deployment and implementation of large-scale software projects (national or multi-national scale)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of system architectural principles, patterns, methods, and techniques
  • Knowledge of relevant technical standards and frameworks for global ICT
  • Experience in designing solutions incorporating cloud components, including PaaS and SaaS solutions
  • Full stack development knowledge and be continually open-minded to new technologies.
  • Ability to responsibly delegate tasks and be a good mentor
  • Excellent communication skills and maintaining a clear vision of the Palladium’s big-picture goals

Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

  • Experience working in international development projects such as CDC, USAID, FCDO etc.
  • Experience working with global good products
  • Working experience with technical standards and frameworks for global ICT such as COBIT, ICD10, HL7, OWASP, SNOMED, OpenHIE, etc.
  • Documented experience managing a diverse portfolio of work and technical staff
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time within the region on short notice

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