25 Feb 2016

Freelance Senior Developer

eHealth Africa – Posted by eHABerlinBerlin, Berlin, Deutschland

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Summary: eHealth Africa brings new approaches to the development of people centric and data driven technology solutions. These connect and deliver better public health services for vulnerable communities. The Global Health Informatics Department develops GIS solutions, mobile apps for field workers, and web-based dashboards for data management and analysis.

The Senior Developer is responsible for developing and supporting projects, functions and completing specific client work, projects and miscellaneous tasks while ensuring commitment and quality through to completion. This highly responsible position involves using established work procedures to analyse, design, develop, implement, maintain, re-engineer and troubleshoot customers’ applications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

- Solves problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

- Acts as a liaison for communicating with client side technical expertise.

- Directs technical aspects of operations related to escalated client accounts or high severity issues as they affect or confront a project.

- Attends to both business and technical considerations when designing solutions to project or organization related issues.

- Participates in the evolution of company level best practices, standards, and policies as they relate to software development.

- Defines objectives by analyzing user requirements; envisioning system features and functionality.

- Works with Product Owners, and technical architect to develop software based on requirements and within agreed timescales.

- Works closely with developers and a variety of end users to ensure technical compatibility and user satisfaction. Collaborates with other software developers to plan, design, develop, test, and maintain web- and mobile-based applications. Works on bug fixes and improving application performance

- Provides thought-leadership as it relates to emerging technologies and integrate them into business operations. Investigates operational or systematic problems and user queries as required

- Manages team demands on time and shows willingness/ability to delegate technical execution or responsibilities when appropriate.

- Performs any other duties assigned by Management.

- May frequently travel between company worksites.

- Presents a professional demeanor at all times. Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Follows through on commitments.

- Is consistently at work and on time.

- Participates in and promotes a positive, supportive, cooperative team environment.

- Attends and participates in staff meetings, training classes and supervision.

- Adheres to Policies and Procedures.

- Adheres to eHealth Africa Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform this job.


- Bachelor’s degree from college or university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems Technology or related field. A postgraduate degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering is desirable.

- Minimum of 5 years of experience in Software Development or an equivalent of education and experience. – Solid knowledge of all aspects of the software development life cycle (e.g. requirements, analysis, design, implementation, testing, and documentation) and associated execution models (e.g. Waterfall, Agile, Iterative Development, etc.).

- Excellent communication skills and an ability to work independently and comfortable coordinating multi-country staff.

Organizational skills and great attention to detail. Must be able to work as a leader and member of a team and possess good problem solving skills

- Must have the ability to manage conflicts and resolve problems effectively – Good learning ability – Action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment

- Good understanding of at least 1 of the following technologies


- Expert in Python, with knowledge of at least one Python web framework

- Familiarity with ORM (Object Relational Mapper) libraries – Able to integrate multiple data sources and databases into one system

- Understanding of the threading limitations of Python, and multi-process architecture

- Good understanding of server-side templating languages

- Familiarity with event-driven programming in Python

- Able to create database schemas that represent and support business processes


- Strong understanding of JavaScript, its quirks, and workarounds

- Good understanding of advanced JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as AngularJS and ReactJS

- Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX

- Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around such issues

- Familiarity with JavaScript module loaders

- Familiarity with front-end build tools, such as Grunt and Gulp.js


- Basic understanding of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3

- Understanding of accessibility and security compliance

- Knowledge of user authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments – Understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application

- Understanding of the differences between multiple delivery platforms, such as mobile vs desktop, and optimizing output to match the specific platform

- Strong unit test and debugging skills

- Proficient understanding of code versioning tools (Git)

Language Ability 

- English is the spoken and written language.

- Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees and the general public.

Reasoning Ability  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can become louder at times due to group discussions or activities. eHealth Africa is a tobacco-free environment.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to sit and use a computer and/or reach with hands and arms

Compensation to be discussed on an individual basis.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Development. Job Types: Freelance. Salary: bis 20.000 €.

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