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Software Developer at GIZ

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: 000


As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objective in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries around the globe. In Malawi, GIZ has been working for more than 50 years. Malawi is a priority for German international cooperation and currently focuses on three priority areas: education, health and private sector development in rural areas. In addition to our work on these areas, we also work on public financial and economic management and social protection.


The Malawi German Health Programme (MGHP) is the technical cooperation programme of the German Development Cooperation’s (GDC) support to the health sector in Malawi. It is commissioned by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, and implemented by GIZ. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) co-finances MGHP.

The title of the MGHP is “Health Systems Strengthening with a Focus on Reproductive Health”. MGHP provides technical support to the Ministry of Health (MOH), regulatory bodies, academic institutions, and implements interventions in the four target districts of Dedza, Lilongwe, Mchinji and Ntcheu.

The areas of support are (1) quality of care, (2) district HR management (3) health information and digitalization (4) central hospital reform and (5) epidemic preparedness.

The current programme phase runs from 01.08.2020 till 31.07.2023.

GIZ is recruiting a Software Developer to be seconded to the Digital Health Division (DHD) of the Ministry of Health


A. Responsibilities

The software developer has the following core responsibilities:

  • Support DHD and other MOH departments with the implementation of digital applications such as the eRegister platform and an integrated Community Health Information System (iCHIS)
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with relevant stakeholders including a local consortium and an international
  • software development company that support the eRegister platform and UNIMA that supports iCHIS
  • Develop, manage and maintain the eRegister platform in close coordination with an international software development company
  • Provide technical software development, server management, documentation and capacity development services to the Digital Health Division
  • In this context, the position holder performs the following tasks in close collaboration with the Digital Health Division, the consortium, the IT software development company and GIZ technical advisors:

B. Tasks

Technical advice (capacity development)

  • Identify capacity development needs and implement further local software development capacity building on OpenSRP and FHIRcore for the eRegister
  • Provide technical advice in strategic discussions with DHD and the project team Planning, support and coordination
  • Coordinate closely with the eRegister project stakeholders to develop and implement a long-term local eRegister capacity building plan
  • Support DHD, Last Mile and UNIMA in rolling out and developing further content for the integrated Community Health Information System (iCHIS)
  • Support documentation and knowledge management on technical aspects of digital applications being rolled out by DHD such as eRegister and iCHIS
  • Support transparent communication, documentation and information sharing between DHD, Last Mile, UNIMA, GIZ, consortium, the international software developing company, District Health Authorities and health workers Software development
  • Develop expertise in developing OpenSRP and eRegister modules based on FHIRcore
  • Develop and enhance the eRegister features according to identified and scoped issues and bugs
  • Document new or existing eRegister functions
  • Maintain architecture of the eRegister
  • Provide the consortium with technical backstopping where needed
  • Identify and implement interoperability requirements
  • Develop further local eRegister software development capacity of local IT specialists in Malawi
  • Assess technical feasibility of user requirements, develop user specifications and system architecture documents for identified bugs or enhancements of eRegister
  • Model patient flows and processes
  • Identify issues, risks and benefits of existing and proposed solutions and outline business impacts.

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Perform other duties and tasks at the request by DHD, the international software developer company or GIZ management

C. Required qualifications, competencies and experience


  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Health Information Systems or Medical informatics Professional experience
  • 4 years professional experience in a similar position
  • 3 years professional experience in programming in Java for app development
  • 4 years professional experience in at least three of the following areas;
  • Developing and managing OpenSRP platforms
  • Developing interoperability layers using FHIR or HL7
  • Developing and managing DHIS2 platforms
  • Software development and implementation for health care delivery applications
  • Systems analysis and design, database management, version control management and deployment

Additional Competencies

  • Strong team player and coordination skills
  • excellent communication and documentation skills
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed
  • Strong English and Chichewa language skills

Method Of Application

Interested candidates should submit their applications and these should include: a motivation letter, current resume of the applicant and certified scanned copies of relevant diploma’s and degrees to:

The Head of HR
P.O. Box 31131

Or email to:

The deadline for receiving applications is 11th August 2022.

GIZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people with disabilities who qualify are encouraged to apply.

Within its activities, GIZ is promoting and protecting human rights, health and wellbeing, and wishes to contribute to a world free from harm, exploitation and abuse. Prospective candidates should be willing to adhere to GIZ’ s Child Protection Principles, and Prevent Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy.