Senior Javascript Software Engineer

Jembi Health Systems is a not for profit company specializing in Health Information Systems and Digital Health. We do work for Ministries of Health all over Africa (South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda), and partner with international organisations like MSF, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, CHAI, MSH, CDC and USAID to provide software solutions to improve health outcomes in low resource settings.  Most of our code is open source (check us out at, and we run a tight-knit, awesome agile team consisting of 20 developers, each with particular skills. 5 have master’s degrees in computer science, and have worked at web-scale companies like MySpace and Quantcast. We run our sprints using JIRA.

Jembi Health Systems NPC, is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our cutting edge agile development team to work on a number of projects, with a focus on interoperability and data exchange between health systems. The successful candidate will work with a team of developers on one or both of these projects. They should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with Java and Javascript technologies in production enterprise environments.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Solid understanding of web technologies and protocols
  • Experience as a senior software engineer, with the ability to mentor a development team
  • Excellent coding skills and understanding of software design patterns and architecture.
  • Front End development experience with javascript, HTML, CSS and relevant web platforms and libraries
  • Use of Agile development practices
  • Expertise in relational and NoSQL database development
  • Ability to take ownership of the software deliverables and work unsupervised by other senior developers
  • Responsibility for risk management of the overall software product
  • Mentorship of other software engineers

Additional Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in the public health sector
  • Previous work with Electronic Health Record systems

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

Applicants must have a strong background in computer science and experience working on enterprise software systems. They should be self-motivated, hardworking, and keen to learn and be interested in public healthcare.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Application process:

Interested applicants are invited to submit an application to and, include a comprehensive CV, and letter of motivation. Please use the recruitment reference number when applying for the post: JEM/Path/TD-08 and JEM/Path/TD-09.

The closing date for applications is the 16 January 2019.


The position is a one-year contract position that may be renewed for a further defined period if funding is secured. Remuneration will be negotiated in accordance with qualifications and experience. 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 in 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 regard 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.