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Backend Developer

George Padmore Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Job Type

Full Time

About the Company

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 fast growing 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

About the Role

We are looking for a Python Web 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 (familiar with
Django) we’d like to hear from you!



This individual will be responsible for:

● Write effective, scalable code

● Develop back-end components to improve responsiveness and overall performance

● Integrate user-facing elements into applications

● Test and debug programs

● Improve functionality of existing systems

● Implement security and data protection solutions

● Assess and prioritize feature requests

● Coordinate with internal teams to understand user requirements and provide technical solutions


● The ideal candidate for this position will have the following:

● Expert in Python, with knowledge of at least one Python web framework {{such as Django, Flask, etc

depending on your technology stack}}

● Familiarity with some 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 {{such as Jinja 2, Mako, etc depending on your

technology stack}}

● Basic understanding of front-end technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3

● Understanding of accessibility and security compliance {{depending on the specific project}}

● Knowledge of user authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and


● Understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application

● Familiarity with event-driven programming in Python

● Understanding the differences between multiple delivery platforms, such as mobile vs desktop, and

optimizing output to match the specific platform

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

● Strong unit test and debugging skills

● Proficient understanding of code versioning tools {{such as Git, Mercurial or SVN}}

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, even without being paid to do them.

We are open to candidates with “unconventional tech” backgrounds e.g non technical degrees, self-taught

developers etc. If you believe that you have serious and relevant skills (despite your unconventional

background), and can prove it, we’d like to hear from you. Your lack of work experience (or the converse) will

not be a handicap if you can demonstrate possession of the skills we need, a winning attitude, and the ability to learn fast.

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.


● Great mission and company culture

● Impact work across the Healthcare sector

● Growth Opportunities

● Market Competitive Salary

● Health and Medical

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.

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