Software Developer

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Project Description

Three Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as a Software Developer for Focus, Excellence and Innovation (FEI) Systems in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Eswatini, through the Strategic Information Department - HMIS Unit, has been working tirelessly to put in place a functional national Health Information System (HIS) that is aligned to other national and international HIS systems, and frameworks. Over the past three years, the HMIS unit, working collaboratively with health sector partners, embarked on revamping and replacing its legacy hybrid paper/electronic system for collecting routine health information called the HMIS System through a project aimed at bringing in its place a new and modern system called the Client Information Management System (CMIS). Working with the Institute for Health Measurement Southern Africa (IHM), the HMIS unit is implementing a three-year project that will carefully usher in the CMIS system in all health facilities in Eswatini. This project is mainly funded by the US Government through USAID as part of the Presidents Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Eswatini. IHM has been struggling to find locally qualified software developers to support the CMIS project.

The Software Developers, with at least an undergraduate degree in IT, programming, or relevant equivalent experience and experience in database development and maintenance, are needed to assist in the design and implementation of the CMIS system. The PCRV will review current systems, present ideas for system improvements and updates, produce detailed specifications, and write the program codes. The Volunteers will also maintain the code – resolving issues or bugs in the code management software, conduct product testing in staging environments prior to launching updates or new applications, contribute to the production of training manuals for system users, and facilitate training of staff and system users in using the training manuals. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity of the local junior software developers to best support the CMIS system users, the nurses in the country’ health facilities.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in eSwatini together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Focus, Excellence and Innovation (FEI) Systems

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT), programming, or relevant equivalent experience.
• Experience in database development and maintenance
• Knowledge of principles of software design, coding, testing, and deployment
• Knowledge of principles of database design, data acquisition and data access analysis and design
• Knowledge of stored procedure writing, query optimization, and indexes
• Knowledge of ASP.NET, C-Sharp, Mobile applications and devices
• Professional, flexible team player

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Eswatini

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Medical Considerations

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