Senior Technical Manager

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Description

VillageReach is an NGO that develops solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.

Summary
Lead a team developing great software to support public health systems in low-income countries that ultimately saves lives. This position will manage software development activities for OpenLMIS, an enterprise application automating supply chain operations in low-income countries. It is an example of open source solutions that improve supply chain operations and enable robust data collection and reporting in the most challenging of environments.

Description
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Lead a team of Software Development Engineers and outsourced development partners;
Conduct and improve software development processes including estimation, agile development, performing code reviews, continuous integration, testing, etc.;
Lead agile development processes to deliver high-quality testable software;
Collaborate with partner software development organizations;
Design, develop, test, and document enterprise class software that works in low infrastructure environments;
Participate along with the Architect and Product Manager in decisions about features, priorities, technical approaches, and user interface design,
Contribute to and help lead Open Source communities;
Recommend changes in features, design, development process and system standards; and
Maintain a familiarity with the needs of end users;
Competencies:
The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making
REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position directly supervises up to 3 employees and manages relationships with outsourced development partners. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; monitoring performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related field;
5+ years professional experience writing high-quality software;
Experience successfully leading a development team;
Experience with Object Oriented Design (abstraction, interfaces, DRY, domain modeling, coupling);
Experience working in global health or development, especially sub-Saharan Africa;
Familiarity with data visualization, analytics, and/or reporting engines (Tableau, JasperSoft, Crystal Reports, R);
Familiarity with devops such as Linux server administration, deploying to the cloud (AWS, Heroku, Docker, Chef) and scripting (Python, sh, Perl);
Familiarity with IDEs (e.g., Netbeans, Eclipse, IntelliJ).
Other Qualifications:
Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
Comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
Strong communication and collaboration skills;
Expert in at least one modern OO language: Java, C#, Ruby, etc…
Computer Science fundamentals in data structures, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis;
Knowledge of relational databases and SQL (e.g., PostgreSQL, SQL Server, MySQL);
Fluent in web application design: asynchronous client/server, web-services, RESTful interfaces;
Fluency in spoken and written English required; this position does require creating written documentation;
Ability to travel 25% of the time.
Environment and Physical Demands
VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

LOCATION:
This role requires considerable interaction with colleagues in the GMT +2 time zone. While remote candidates will be considered provided there is time zone overlap during core business hours and good internet connectivity, preference will be given to candidates who can work in one of our country offices (Mozambique, Malawi or DRC).

APPLICATION INFORMATION:
This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 4, 2018 at 4pm PST. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal: https://villagereach-international-postings.workable.com/j/B06122356D

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:
VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

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