Senior Full Stack Engineer

About Ilara

Ilara was founded to bring diagnostic support and essential tests to patients and providers who currently are unable to access these basic life-saving tools. We partner with companies that are disrupting the diagnostic device landscape, integrate their devices into our tech platform, and offer this diagnostic package plus smart financing to health facilities in peri-urban areas across Africa. As a result, our facilities are now able to offer their patients essential tests through our affordable, tech-enabled, point of care (POC) diagnostic suite. 

The suite of software services we are building as an overlay to the existing hardware-based platform will enable our facilities to reach a wider number of patients and drive patient engagement through what we call our closed loop patient management system. This system includes patient and provider portals, automated care programs based diagnostic device results, and a remote care platform for clinics.

You’ll be joining a fast-paced startup environment and have an opportunity to make a large impact on Ilara’s product development at an early stage. The work you do will have an impact on bringing better healthcare services to communities in peri-urban and rural areas of Kenya. 

We’re all super passionate about the work we do, and are looking for people with a drive to make real change in the world!  

What will you be working on?

We’re looking for a well-rounded senior full stack software engineer to work on all of the components of our stack - we have tons of work to do on our React front end, Kotlin/Spring healthcare modules, Node.js messaging platform. To succeed in this role, you should be just as comfortable building beautiful front-end interfaces as you are driving back-end development.  We’re early stage, and flexible, so our approach is to have you work on what makes you the most excited! You’ll be joining a small engineering team and be responsible for driving development of industry leading products and services. As we grow, you’ll help build a dynamic and interesting engineering culture and assist in hiring a world-class team. You’ll be working on software that has a real impact on the health outcomes of the people we serve, and play an instrumental role in helping Ilara achieve its goal of improving patient care across East Africa 


  • Help build and ship industry-leading healthcare products

  • Build beautiful user interfaces and user experiences on the front end, and efficient, scalable backend solutions

  • Be a Javascript wizard and lead development on Node.js and React

  • Work with other senior engineers to develop product technical and visual design 

  • Contribute towards developing Ilara’s product roadmap and vision

  • Assist with front-end UI and UX design 

  • Help make high-level technical decisions about Ilara’s tech stack, infrastructure requirements and internal coding workflow process

  • Assist with hiring med-level and junior engineers

  • Assist with backend development in Kotlin/Spring and/or Express and Node.js

  • Assist with dev-ops where necessary

  • Be a coding chameleon! Ilara is a super young company, and we’ll need help with a wide range of engineering tasks.

  • Write clean code and effective documentation 


About you

  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering Computer Engineering, Math or other technical degree or equivalent professional experience

  • 4+ years of experience in technical role

  • 2+ years of experience working with React, Node, Express or equivalent Javascript framework

  • 1+ years working on front-end web development using a modern javascript framework

  • Experience developing and shipping production-level software

  • Proven ability to build simple, beautiful front-end interfaces

  • Experience building and designing secure, robust and efficient back-end applications

  • Some experience building front end and/or backend systems in a Javascript stack

  • Ability to pick up new languages, frameworks and system easily

  • Some managerial experience a plus

  • Experience building software systems for healthcare a plus

  • Some dev-ops experience a plus

  • You have entrepreneurial drive, creativity, are resourceful and have a sense of humour

  • You get energy from working with a mission-driven team who are passionate about improving healthcare in Kenya

How to Apply

Please submit your resume, with an optional link to any front-end dev work or your portfolio, here

Ilara Health
Nairobi, KE