HISP (Health information Systems Program)Ongoing Job Recruitment

Posted on :

21 Oct, 2020

Category :

Software Developer

HISP (Health information Systems Program) is a global network of people, entities and organisations that design, implement and sustain Health Information Systems.

As a network, HISP globally follows a participatory approach to support local management of healthcare delivery and information flows, and was established by the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo.



Job Title: Senior Software Developer
Location: Pretoria, South Africa.
Employment Type: is a 2year, Fixed term contract on post grade D2
Benefits: including pension and medical aid contributions, 21 days annual leave plus study leave and financial assistance for formal studies.

The purpose of this position is  to manage the conceptualisation, design, development, support and maintenance of Software through the provisioning of a broad range of technical services and health information system services, throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), as required by the Manager: Product Development.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the software development team’s contribution to the SDLC
  • Engage with external and internal clients, and Software Development (SWD) colleagues to conceptualise and design information systems assets to support HISP’s role in health information systems strengthening as a foundation for better systems strengthening.
  • Oversee and guide the building, enhancement, testing and maintenance of new or existing software and database assets, across the following three main categories – DHIS2 core, DHIS2 Apps, Other DHIS related and non-DHIS assets – as required based on HISP’s SWD needs;
  • Provide guidance in the development and maintenance of knowledge and expertise to be able to competently use required software development languages and frameworks, as the need arises from time-to-time, including but not limited to VB, Java and SQL, ASP, ASP.Net and/or PHP, Android/J2ME software- and PostgreSQL database development Support processes driven by the Manager: Product Development to establish and maintain an effective SDLC and effective collaborative working arrangements, including setting appropriate standards.
  • Provide technical support including debugging and testing of all relevant software;
  • Assist with training facilitation as and when required;
  • Take a lead in the drafting of documentation relevant to the software development life cycle, including producing user manuals and reports as required;
  • Attending HISP-SA project and management meetings as required;
  • Present academic and research papers at national and international conferences, with the prior written approval of the Manager: Product development; and
  • Produce reports specified by the Manager: product Development and undertaking related obligations.

Job Requirements:

  • An IT or related degree qualification.
  • At least 3 year’s work experience in the software development or a related field
  • Critical thinking and Problem-solving skills
  • Valid driver’s license needed and must be willing to be flexible i.t.o working hours and willing to
  • travel.
  • Solid understanding of object-oriented programming concepts Solid understanding of relational
  • database design and querying concepts Familiarity with version control concepts

Beneficial Skills:

  • Public Health
  • Java (development)
  • SQL Server
  • Windows Server
  • Mail (POP/SMTP/IMAP)
  • Open-Source software
  • ASP
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Apache
  • OwnCloud
  • Microsoft Office (advanced)
  • MySQL
  • Project Management
  • Other development languages (C++ / C# / Delphi as examples)


  • Experience in DHIS 1.4 and/or DHIS 2.0
  • Knowledge of public health systems & M&E
  • Knowledge of Open Source
  • Knowledge of VB, Java and SQL, ASP, ASP.Net and/or PHP
  • Knowledge of MS Access, PostGres and/or MySQL
  • System Testing
  • Database design
  • Preferred Competency Requirements
  • Exposure to web development using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript,
  • Java, AngularJS, Ionic and Reacts JS
  • Knowledge of client/server application development
  • Knowledge of agile development methodologies
  • Knowledge of unit testing theory

To apply

Submit your CV with a cover letter and a self-assessment matrix based on the key responsibilities of
the position to [email protected] 

In evaluating prospective applicants and making the final selection, consideration will be given to HISPSA’s
Employment Equity objectives. Should you not receive correspondence from HISP-SA within 30
days of the closing date, please accept your application as unsuccessful.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

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