Senior Backend Developer (Brussels, Belgium)

Organization

Bluesquare is a fast growing technology company focusing on Global Health. Bluesquare’s goal is to help Global Health resources get where it matters the most. We partner with Global Health Funds, national governments, health service purchasers, and NGOs, to help them make smarter health investments. Bluesquare’s technologies are in use in more than 30 countries and support +60 different clients, including the World Bank, the WHO, the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leading NGOs and consultancies.

For more information about who we are: https://bluesquarehub.com/

Mission

In the context of a successful digitization effort to support sleeping sickness elimination, we are looking for a senior backend developer (ideally with Python and Django experience) to develop additional features in the support of a national program in DRC and a public health organization in Belgium. 

Reference: article in The Guardian about the context of the project: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/16/congo-drc-sleeping-sickness-upside-tropical-disease-ntd

Additionally, if time permits, the developer might also be asked to contribute to the development of the open source insurance software https://openimis.org/fr.

Apply by sending us your CV, a motivation letter, and possibly a few references by email to trypelim-backend@bluesquare1.odoo.com.

Responsibilities

Support the continued development of the platform, which includes the following tasks:

  • Prioritizing and evaluating tasks with the team
  • Developing the backend application of the platform and ensuring a consistent architecture 
  • Review the work of other contributors to the platform, including junior developers
  • Possibly contribute to the frontend development of the platform
  • Possibly contribute to the development of the Android application (e.g. by reviewing and testing mobile app developments)

Profile

This position is open to freelancers or employees.

Required:

We are looking for an experienced candidate with strong technical skills. Ideally, the following skills are desired, but we are more focused on a pragmatic attitude and experience in shipping software products than on very precise technical skills :

  • Mastery of Django/Django Rest Framework or similar frameworks (RoR, Laravel, etc…)
  • Good knowledge of Python and its ecosystem
  • Practical knowledge of Docker, Docker-Compose
  • Knowledge of AWS, and in particular of Elastic Beanstalk, S3 and RDS
  • Strong relational database knowledge, ideally with PostgreSQL and Postgis
  • Knowledge of React (we build on top of Webpack/Babel currently)
  • Decent mastery of Javascript
  • Strong attention to code quality and maintainability
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English and ideally French

Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of Android/Java/Kotlin to be able to contribute to the mobile app development
  • Experience working with GIS tools (geographical tools)
  • Confidence with design tools like Figma or Sketch
  • Experience with mockup tools like Balsamiq/Whimsical
  • Willingness to understand a little the Global Health actors and ecosystem

Soft skills:

  • Clear and structured communication
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Team player with strong analytical and interpersonal skills

Offer

  • You will work at the crossroad between Global Health, Health Financing & Technology – using the latter to improve the former
  • You will join a dynamic & diverse team committed to improving health access & quality, especially for the poorest
  • You will manage projects impacting the lives of thousands of people
  • You will get first-hand experience on public health in emerging economies
  • You will brainstorm with us on finding solutions to the difficult geospatial data situation in developing countries
  • Location: We have offices in Brussels, Dakar, Bujumbura or Kinshasa. The company is a “remote first” company that allows flexible duty stations.

Apply by sending us your CV, a motivation letter, and possibly a few references by email to trypelim-backend@bluesquare1.odoo.com.