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Director of Engineering

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring life-saving products and health services to families’ doorsteps.   Services like prenatal assessments and well baby visits. Products like medicines, fortified foods, and modern contraceptives.  

We also empower community health workers through mobile phones. We teach them how to detect and treat common illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, malnutrition, and diarrhea. We develop smart phone apps to guide home visits and create predictive algorithms to make the best use of community health workers' time.  And we test new cool tools like paperless referrals to clinics and biosensors to monitor infant and child growth.

At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods.


The opportunity

mHealth is the biggest health transformation of our lifetime.  All around the globe, mobile phones make a difference between life and death.  They allow families to call for medical help in emergencies.  Help rural pharmacists locate lifesaving drugs during stockouts.  Enable health workers to track potential pandemics. In developing countries, mobile phones have also transformed community health at the grassroots level.

Living Goods is rapidly transforming into a digitally-led business in order to better serve our communities and other stakeholders. Our belief in the power of technology, mobile phones and phone apps is not unique.  These days, everywhere you look healthcare executives and MOH leaders are talking about mobile health.  But at Living Goods, we’ve done more than talk.  We have created tools, fine-tuned them, and used them to equip over 6000 Community Health Workers and hundreds of supervisors to deliver high impact, low-cost community health services.

We now want to take it a notch higher by strengthening our engineering team to enable us to customise and build high performance and scalable mHealth systems. As such, this is an excellent opportunity for a driven candidate to take on a leadership role where you would be committed to building and maintaining highly productive software engineering teams instilled with the ethos of delivering quality solutions. In return, you will enjoy an exciting, innovative environment that supports flexible and agile working. You would be driving the overarching software engineering strategy and setting the direction for all software engineers within the organization.


What we are looking for:

  • Strong Software Engineering background and deep knowledge of agile development practices, TDD/BDD, automated builds, continuous integration.
  • History in providing Software Engineering oversight, technical leadership and setting the strategic direction across multiple teams. 
  • Experience in Android programming and designing complicated secure systems from various open source projects.
  • Experience of multi-tier applications with an innovative user interface based on best Human Computer Interaction HCI practices.
  • Understanding of the entire application stack, deep and broad knowledge of Java, and significant exposure to modern web technologies (HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript) and Node.js on the server-side. 
  • Experience across the entire software development life-cycle from inception, through build to production. 
  • Passion for coaching other software engineers and building a strong team culture. 
  • Confidence to express own opinions, and pragmatic about modifying them when appropriate. 
  • Excitement about enabling others to achieve greater results than one can achieve alone. 
  • The desire to learn and evaluate new technologies for cutting-edge solutions.



  • Lead the architecture, design, implementation and deployment of products, working with delivery teams to ensure effective translation of requirements into technical specifications, delivery of products to schedule with high quality. 
  • Collaborate with senior engineering staff to define and implement reliable, scalable, efficient and secure architectures operating in a cloud environment. 
  • Deliver high quality, high availability, highly reliable, scalable, and secure systems.
  • Define and manage the entire software development lifecycle in an agile delivery environment focusing on continuous deployment at pace while maintaining quality and performance of software systems including supporting systems in production, responding to production incidents and managing unplanned work. 
  • Grow, mentor, manage and inspire a growing team of software engineers, providing clear and constructive feedback and creating opportunities for learning and growth. 
  • Collaborate with other LG teams (e.g. Health, Operations, Innovation, Business Development, CHST, etc) to define and build new features and products.



  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field.
  • 10+ years of software engineering and software engineering management experience with a focus on high performing consumer-facing application and platforms including software development, product development, software architecture and operational support. 
  • 7+ years of direct management experience, building high-performance teams composed of local and remote members and experience working with outsourced development partners. 
  • Previous hands-on experience developing web applications, transactional platforms from requirements gathering to delivery and support. 
  • Proven ability to efficiently manage all aspects of the software development lifecycle in an Agile environment particularly multi-tier data-driven applications.
  • An intense focus on building highly usable customer-centric products.
  • Experience with mobile development.
  • Preferably experience in C++, Node, Javascript, React, PHP and Linux.


How to Apply

To apply for this position please visit our career page and apply for Director of Engineering through our applicant tracking system. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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