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Company Description

DHIS2 is a configurable platform for data collection and analysis -- free and open source self-hosted software and a proud Digital Public Good.  Today it is used in more than 100 countries.  This includes use by more than 70 national ministries of health where it serves as the backbone for country health information systems.  It has been estimated that 2.4 billion people (30% of the world’s population) live in countries where DHIS2 is deployed.

We are a well-funded not-for-profit project located at the HISP Centre at the University of Oslo (UiO), where we operate as an independent software development organization.  We work with and are supported by many global development organizations and are a World Health Organization collaborating center.  DHIS2 is used every day around the world to manage routine health service delivery, COVID-19 surveillance and vaccination, Malaria elimination campaigns, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, Tuberculosis programs, maternal and child health, national education systems, health supply chain logistics, climate impacts on human health, and much more.

With us you get a chance to work on problems which really matter: Improving the health and well-being of people around the world through access and use of information. We give you a lot of flexibility and freedom to make a difference while solving interesting technical challenges. At DHIS2 we believe you will do your best work if you fully understand the context in which the system operates, so you are encouraged to engage directly with our projects, take part in the design process, and get feedback from users in the field.

Job Description

DHIS2 is hiring a senior Software Engineer with expertise in creating scalable and high-performance applications built on a relational database, specifically Postgresql.  This is a full-time position, with the option to work remotely or from Oslo, Norway. Join us to be part of an open-source digital health project with worldwide impact.

DHIS2 is the largest health software in the world, with many countries increasingly using it at population-scale - monitoring health services delivered to tens or hundreds of millions of people.  We are looking for an expert to help us optimize what we have today and think outside the box so that we can achieve 10-100x improvements in the future.  You will play a critical role in not only solving real pain points for DHIS2 users and implementers today but also in defining the architectural roadmap for the future of DHIS2.


  • Passionate about working on a meaningful, impactful, and challenging global project
  • Extensive experience with PostgreSQL databases
  • Experience with Java development (Java 8 ) and Maven.
  • Experience with other databases and an understanding of their performance characteristics and tradeoffs
  • Experience with design and development of Web APIs a plus
  • Experience with Java enterprise frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate is a big plus
  • Fluent in verbal and written English
  • Strong skills in clear technical writing and communication
  • Experience building technology for use in low-resource settings and on-premise deployments is a plus

Additional Information

PLEASE READ!  Important instructions to ensure your application is considered

We value, above all else, applicants who are passionate about making a positive difference in the world.   Please write 3 sentences in the “Message to Hiring Manager” portion of your application telling us why you are specifically interested in working with DHIS2.  It doesn't have to be a lengthy cover letter, we just want to know that you have at least reviewed our website (dhis2.org) and want to join us in our mission.

Diversity and Inclusion

The people designing and building DHIS2 should reflect the people of every imaginable background, identity, gender, religion, ability, and nationality in more than 100 countries and on 6 continents worldwide who rely on it.  We have published a diversity pledge where you can learn more about our commitment to continually improve the diversity of our teams and to combat unjust disadvantages prevalent throughout the technology industry.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles.  This includes women, non-binary people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from the Global South, and anyone else who identifies with a group that remains underrepresented in tech and engineering.  Please reach out if you have doubts about your suitability for a role, and let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments during any part of the application process.

Learn more at https://dhis2.org/careers/software/diversity

Location and Time Zones

You can work remotely from any country in the world or from our office in Oslo, Norway. If working remotely, we strongly prefer candidates who can have at least 4 hours of overlap with Central European Time Zone working hours.  If you are located more than 2 time zones away from Europe, please indicate in your application how you will accommodate this difference.  If you are located many timezones away and do not including any additional information in your application it may be automatically rejected.

Remote Work and Travel

We are a remote-first global team but we recognize the importance of meeting and collaborating with colleagues in person.  You will have the opportunity to travel 1-3 times per year to meet with other members or your team.  We host one annual all-hands meeting with the entire global software team, and each product team may also meet to collaborate or see DHIS2 use in the field.  There may be additional opportunities to travel for conferences or to help facilitate academies.  All travel expenses are fully covered.

We recognize that travel has an environmental impact, and so we work to limit travel to only what is essential and to mitigate or offset the impact of necessary travel we fund.  We encourage the use of trains and other low-carbon transportation whenever this is a reasonable option.

Contract details

This is a full-time position (80% possible) on an annual renewable contract. We are focused on building long-term contractor relationships. We support flexible work arrangements with generous holiday allowances, and we offer the option to renew for longer contract periods over time.

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