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Savannah Informatics - Backend Developer

Nairobi, Kenya - Full time 

Position: Junior - Mid Level Hire

Pay range: 50k - 90k gross 

About Us

Savannah Informatics is a Kenyan e-Health software company founded by clinicians and finance specialists to deliver interoperable, connected solutions for healthcare facilities, organizations, and regions. 

Our vision is to enable a better healthcare future for Kenya through the pioneering use of information technology and knowledge creation. 

We are a company with great ideas and employees. Working across various customers’ sites, our work epitomizes the future we foresee in the East African health sector: efficiency, higher value, better quality, and outcomes for patients and other consumers of health. 

Our customers partner with Savannah in delivering challenging projects, thus believing in the capabilities of our employees. 

The Savannah team is made up of medical doctors, project managers, and software engineers, who have a common aspiration of transforming the region’s health care. 

If you share in our motivation, vision, and aspirations, check out the careers page of our corporate website. 

Job Description

We are looking for a Backend Developer responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Your primary focus will be the development of all server-side logic, ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by your co-workers into the application; therefore, a basic understanding of front-end technologies is necessary as well.

If you're dedicated and ambitious, and have a solid background in software engineering we’d like to hear from you!

Responsibilities 

 

This individual will be responsible for:

  1. Developing efficient and scalable backend code, adhering to coding standards, to meet business needs

  2. Enhancing existing backend code for optimal performance and maintainability through refactoring and optimization

  3. Collaborating with front-end developers to seamlessly integrate user-facing elements with backend logic

  4. Developing and maintaining unit tests, integration tests, and automated testing suites to ensure the reliability and stability of the backend codebase

  5. Expanding software functionality by implementing new features while considering user feedback and compatibility

  6. Evaluate and prioritize feature requests based on feasibility, impact, and alignment with the software's direction

  7. Translating user requirements into effective technical solutions, collaborating with cross-functional teams

  8. Contributing to the development of clear and comprehensive technical documentation that outlines the architecture, functionality, and usage of backend components

  9. Implementing observability practices and proactive monitoring to ensure system health and performance

  10. Continuously learning, sharing knowledge, and staying updated with backend development trends and technologies

 

 

Skills

 

The ideal candidate for this position should have the following:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of fundamental principles in system design to create scalable, reliable and maintainable backend solutions.

  2. Solid understanding in backend development preferably in at least Golang/ Python

  3. Familiarity with some ORM (Object Relational Mapping) libraries

  4. Strong understanding of API design principles encompassing both GraphQL for flexible data querying and REST for standardized data exchange and the ability to create well-documented and efficient APIs for frontend and external services

  5. Ability to integrate backend systems with other components and external services.

  6. Good understanding of server-side templating languages 

  7. Basic understanding of front-end technologies

  8. Understanding of security & compliance best practices

  9. Knowledge of user authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments

  10. Familiarity with event-driven programming in Golang / Python or any other language

  11. Able to create database schemas that represent and support business processes

  12. Experience with writing unit tests, integration tests, and end-to-end tests to ensure code quality and reliability.

  13. Knowledge of CI/CD pipelines, containerization (Docker), and orchestration (Kubernetes). Familiarity with cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud.

  14. Proficient understanding of version control tools, enabling effective collaboration and code management.

Are you the one we are looking for?

We are looking for motivated and independent thinking developers. The ideal candidate for us is a quick learner, able to pick up the nuances of a complex domain fast. They are intellectually curious and have done many interesting things.

 

We are open to candidates with “unconventional tech” backgrounds e.g self-taught developers with degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, pure mathematics or statistical degrees etc. If you believe that you have serious and relevant skills (despite your unconventional background), demonstrate possession of the skills we need, have a winning attitude, and the ability to learn fast, then we would like to hear from you.

 

Our culture is informal but fast-paced. We value rapid feedback, and speak freely, with team members’ input valued the same regardless of their rank. We expect anyone joining us to be comfortable with our pace and the frank style of communication.

Benefits 

  • Great mission and company culture 

  • Impact work across the Healthcare sector 

  • Growth Opportunities 

  • Market Competitive Salary 

  • Health and Medical benefits package

Savannah Informatics does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Savannah is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.


 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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