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Date de clôture : Sunday 30 September 2018


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Village Health works is seeking to recruit Java Software Developer


Organisation :  Village Health Works
Closing date30 Sep 2018

Village Health Works Overview

The mission of Village Health Works is to provide quality, compassionate community-based health care in a dignified environment while treating the root causes and the social determinants of illness, disease, violence and poverty.

Since 2007, VHW has operated a modern health center in Burundi’s Kigutu region, providing services where there were none. Our health model is holistic, incorporating medical treatment and disease prevention, women’s economic development cooperatives, demonstration animal and crop farming, nutrition and food security programs, educational classes and support for adults and children, and extensive arts and culture classes and activities.

Our rural catchment area includes 200,000 residents, with an estimated additional 50,000 returning refugees, and new refugees from surrounding countries. VHW employs 490 Burundians, including 6 doctors, 26 nurses and 195 village-based community health workers. Community members provide volunteer labor and ongoing input as VHW’s programs grow to meet their needs.

Electronic information systems and resources at VHW are implemented, managed and maintained by the Information Services Group (ISG). In particular, ISG has operated an electronic medical record system since 2009 and migrated to the OpenClinic system late in 2017.


Java Software Developer Position

The Java Software Developer will support the OpenClinic electronic medical record used by VHW and enhance its functionality for implementation in the new Women’s Health Pavilion. This requires a full stack Java developer.

OpenClinic (OC) is an integrated hospital information management system covering management of administrative, financial, clinical, lab, x-ray, pharmacy and other data, and has broad reporting capabilities. The result of nearly 20 years of development at MXS (Belgium), OC is offered as an open source application program written in Java, using Tomcat servlet engine, backed onto a MySQL database.

As VHW grows, its data collection, processing and reporting needs have also grown, requiring in-house capacity to modify data entry forms, add new ancillary programs, and generate custom reports. The Java Software Developer will lead these efforts.



  • Collect and document user requirements for OC improvements
  • Propose approaches, plans and priorities for OC improvements
  • Code, test, evaluate and document VHW OC improvements
  • Work with OC developers and implementers to integrate VHW improvements into OC
  • Manage OC upgrades and versioning
  • Participate in user support and training
  • Work closely with VHW EMR Specialists in data extraction and analysis
  • Participate in programs to improve clinical data quality and security
  • Participate in projects to select, develop, implement and integrate new information systems
  • Compile timely, comprehensive and accurate documentation and reports as requested
  • Work closely with ISG staff on medical records, ancillary health systems, and other departmental information systems
  • Other duties, as appropriate, in support of the Mission of VHW


Required Skills and Experience

  • Endorsement of the Mission of Village Health Works
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in the development of computer applications
  • 2 years’ experience building Java-based applications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in computer or information science
  • Expertise in PHP and Javascript coding
  • Experience with Angular JS, HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery
  • Experience with Tomcat, MySQL and advanced SQL scripting skills
  • Mastery of, and ability to manage, the software development cycle
  • Experience with Windows and Linux operation systems
  • Ability to independently analyze issues, report findings, formulate recommendations and develop software solutions
  • Have a thorough analytical mind, ability to quickly learn new technologies, close attention to detail and a mature sense of responsibility
  • Possess a knowledge-sharing spirit, with an ability to mentor other staff
  • Ability to work creatively, flexibly and enthusiastically, both independently and part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex procedures to both technical and nontechnical people
  • Speak, read and write French and English fluently
  • Able to live in a dormitory setting with limited amenities on VHW’s Kigutu campus
  • Able to make at least a one-year commitment


Additional Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with healthcare information systems, particularly OpenClinic
  • Familiarity with health care delivery processes, language and culture

Note: This position is based full-time in Kigutu, Vyanda commune, Bururi Province. Room and board will be provided in Kigutu. To promote gender equity on our team, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply :

This is a full time position on the Village Health Works campus in Kigutu, Burundi and is paid in Burundi Francs at a Burundian scale. If interested, please send a cover letter, your CV, certificates proving your educational background and 3 references to:

Please note that due to volume of applications, you will be contacted only if your application advances.


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