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Software Developer Team Lead


As a dynamic, experienced and well-qualified Software Developer Team Lead, we’d love to have you join our vibrant technology team; adding your leadership and energy supporting local and international digital health projects in the public health technology sector.

The role of the Team Lead entails influential leadership and technical expertise. Reporting to the Software Developer Team Manager, you’ll use your social EQ and technical smarts to help your team deliver impact across many Jembi projects. You’ll need a minimum of 5 years experience working with Java and Javascript technologies in production enterprise environments along with relevant education for this role.

The Team Lead together with the Senior Business Analyst, form the “Delivery Unit” who must show a structured approach to delivery that can be applied to different projects and teams in the future, as well as proven ability to influence change and drive continual improvement.

The methodologies and structures used by the Delivery Unit can be effectively applied to different projects and situations. The Delivery Unit proactively seeks areas for process and practice improvements within their environment (team, client and/or project) and is able to advocate the changes for the benefit of the project.

Identifies and understands risks in the project and knows the obstacles that are in the path, and puts in place risk mitigation strategies for these risks. Has the ability to make calculated decisions quickly (even if all information is not immediately available) and take accountability and responsibility for those decisions.

Required skills & experience
  • You have a solid understanding and experience of web technologies and protocols

  • Ability to guide, mentor and inspire your team, increasing their desire for success

  • Extensive experience with NodeJS or Java

  • Front End development experience with javascript, HTML, CSS and relevant web platforms and libraries (such as React)

  • Use of Agile development practices and expertise in relational database development (with a focus on MySQL)

  • Lead your team’s ownership of deliverables; accountable and unsupervised

  • Responsibility for problem-solving and risk management of the overall software product

  • Your hands-on approach demonstrates your in-depth understanding of health interoperability standards and patterns

  • Solid dev-ops experience as it’s often required across projects

  • Other tools: Ansible, Docker, Vagrant, Jenkins, Travis and lots and lots of EC2 and Digital Ocean VMs

Beneficial skills & experience
  • Experience in the public health sector domain

  • Previous work with Electronic Health Record systems

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including product managers, designers, and quality assurance, to define project requirements, scope, and deliverables

  • Take ownership of the team's projects, setting priorities, assigning tasks, and ensuring timely delivery of high-quality software solutions

  • Foster a positive and collaborative work environment, encouraging teamwork, knowledge sharing, and continuous improvement

  • Conduct code reviews to ensure adherence to coding standards, best practices, and maintainable code

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and technologies, and provide technical guidance to the team

  • Identify and resolve technical challenges, roadblocks, and issues that arise during development

  • Confidently collaborate with stakeholders to understand their needs, provide regular updates, and address any concerns or requirements

  • Contribute to the recruitment and onboarding process of new team members


Jembi offers a highly attractive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

What we offer:

● Jembi attracts top talent and offers an unparalleled opportunity to work with accomplished professionals at the forefront of global digital health and develop innovative programs in low resource settings.

● An opportunity to travel in Africa and make a real difference to strengthening health in low resource settings.

Please note

● Jembi may appoint this position at a different management level commensurate with the skill and experience of the successful applicant/s and, depending on qualifications.

● The role description, above, is not intended to be all-inclusive and will change to meet the ongoing needs of the organisation.

Enquiries and Applications:

Interested applicants are invited to submit an application to and include a comprehensive CV; together with your motivation for wanting to join our teams. Applicants may also request to speak with a senior person at Jembi to clarify any aspect of the position. Enquiries can be directed to Jembi Health Systems, Human Resources in Cape Town on +27 21 701 0939.

Jembi reserves the right to not appoint the position if it does not find a suitable candidate.

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Closing date:

31 Aug 2023



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Please note

All new Jembi positions are linked to specific project funding and include a three-month probationary period.

There is no guarantee the advertised position will be recruited as it will depend on funding being place and the candidates applying meeting the criteria required to fill this position. Preference will be given to SA citizens and permanent residents. Applicants with work visas must possess visas which will permit them to work for Jembi Health Systems.

In evaluating prospective applicants and making the final selection, consideration will be given to Jembi Health Systems Employment Equity objective.

Jembi Health Systems is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

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