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Director, Software Engineering

Living Goods
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

mHealth is the biggest health transformation of our lifetime. All around the globe, mobile phones are making a difference between life and death. They allow families to call for medical help in emergencies, help rural pharmacists locate lifesaving drugs during stock outs, and enable health workers to track potential pandemics. In developing countries, mobile phones have also transformed community health at the grassroots level.

Living Goods is rapidly transforming into a digitally-led business in order to better serve our communities and other stakeholders. Our belief in the power of technology, mobile phones and phone apps is not unique. Nowadays, everywhere you look healthcare executives and Ministry of Health leaders are talking about mobile health. But at Living Goods, we’ve done more than talk. We have created tools, fine-tuned them, and used them to equip over 9000 Community Health Workers and hundreds of supervisors to deliver high impact, low-cost community health services.We truly believe using data for decision making is transformative.

We now want to take it a notch higher by strengthening our Technology team to enable us to customize and build high performance and scalable mHealth systems. As such, this is an excellent opportunity for a driven candidate to take on a leadership role where you would be committed to building and maintaining a highly productive software engineering team instilled with the ethos of delivering quality solutions. In return, you will enjoy an exciting, innovative environment that supports flexible and agile working. You will lead the engineering team and work closely with operational managers and high-level staff in multiple countries. You will support the CTO in developing and delivering the overarching technology strategy and setting the direction for the software engineering and operational teams within the organization. Since technology is central to what Living Goods does, you will contribute to the global organizational strategy and contribute to the technology team transformation strategy and future direction.


  • Provide leadership oversight of 10+ software engineers, including employees, contractors, and third-party partners.
  • Participate in strategy conversations the organization in general and technology in particular.
  • Develop an understanding of organizational goals and requirements, and develop a vision to translate those requirements to the technical end-product.
  • Work in alignment with project leadership and internal & external stakeholders to deliver projects on time, with high quality, and that meet client needs.
  • Partner with cross functional teams, stakeholders, product owners, and operational managers to deliver software solutions in alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Be the team’s representative among senior and project leadership, effectively managing upwards and downwards.
  • Develop and deliver regular communication including software delivery status and risks to senior management.
  • Determine appropriate work load for engineers and develop engineer’s skills in alignment with their career goals and organizational future needs.
  • Has a strong Software Engineering background and deep knowledge of agile development practices, TDD/BDD, automated builds, continuous integration, Cloud & container infrastructure.
  • Has experience across the entire software development life-cycle from inception, through build to production.
  • Is an experienced leader who has built effective teams that deliver results across the organization; technical experts, managers and future leaders.
  • Has confidence to express own opinions, and pragmatic about modifying them when appropriate.
  • Has the desire to learn and evaluate new technologies for cutting-edge solutions.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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