Software Development Officer at Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation

MGIC is a non-profit affiliate of UMB with a mission to administratively support international operations of UMB Principal Investigators. Our purpose is to provide the administrative infrastructure for sizable and sustained operations outside of the U.S. Currently, MGIC operates in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia, with registration application in-process in Haiti. These operations support the research and clinical programs of the SOM, Institute of Human Virology.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Software Development Officer

Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers

Job Description

  • The Health Informatics Software Development Officers implement new features and technologies, and deliver high-quality, high-performance code in an agile environment. These positions will assist with the design, development, and maintenance of complex solutions with a focus on quality, performance, and resiliency.

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical expertise:

  • Develop and routinely update all processes, standard operating procedures and documents for software management for the organization
  • Perform In-Process Review including Code Walk-throughs
  • Evaluate various solution options
  • Create TDD (Technical Design Documents)
  • Create, Review & Approve Design & Solutions
  • Engage with client on requirements and application
  • Participate in requirements analysis, design and test plan creations and test result verification
  • Advise for production environment set up
  • Breaking down large scale projects into manageable chunks
  • Consistently defines and applies technologies, standards and software engineering practices, mentoring other team members
  • Generate data for project planning, including task breakdown and estimation of work for a project. Tracks status within the project as necessary.
  • Raises long-term architecture issues within project
  • Own the delivery of an entire piece of a system or application, and serve as a technical lead on small projects.
  • Build software solutions where the problem is not well defined. Design and define the interaction between the other component pieces.
  • Maintain and support software solutions post-production.
  • Implements and debugs some of the more involved/complex functionality.
  • Responsible for mentoring junior talent as well as directing technical staff through technical challenges, tasks and projects.
  • Develop key product features within existing large-scale enterprise applications & new strategic initiatives.
  • Participate in the full SDLC involving design, implementation, testing, and launching.
  • Assist with the generation and analysis of business and functional requirements for proposed software solutions.
  • Create design specifications, documentation, and unit testing plans as defined by the Agile development process.


  • Collaborate with the government and other stakeholders on e- initiatives by attending TWG meetings, and implementation of all activities designed by the government
  • Attend designated meetings in relation to cross cutting issues at different levels e.g. within organization (Team lead meetings, general staff meetings), outside (GON, various Partners meetings).


  • Maintain reports and documentation that are consistent with the task at hand and available to all concerned parties via emails or standard archiving options
  • Connects easily with supervisees and colleagues at all levels in a professional manner.


  • Generate solutions or approaches to the most demanding problems within the team
  • Establish workable, prioritized, and highly effective problem-solving plans for each problem

Mode of evaluation:

  • Biannual updated SOP for team
  • Documentation of innovative new ideas or problem-solving initiative
  • Employee assessment of supervisor
  • Reports of representation attended (meetings, TWGs)
  • Responses via email to supervisees, colleagues & management on key issues

Team Coordination and Supervision:

  • Provide appropriate mentoring and support to each supervisee addressing their individual assigned task – (one on one physical visits, monthly meetings and documentation communication to each/all supervisees)
  • Give supervisees the information, technology and reference materials necessary to perform their jobs
  • Assign task to supervisees to build their capacity and demonstrate their skills in the task in:
    • Site support: Each supervisee should have a copy of what sites have been assigned to them with a detailed SOW
    • Developments: specific roles of each staff who be documented and communicate to the staff for each development activity
    • Desk activities: Each supervisee should be made aware of the sites that they are responsible for reporting. Feedback on reporting rates and quality of data entered should be shared and discussed with supervisee routinely
  • Conduct annual performance development plan and appraisal for each supervisee.
  • Recommend performance awards and/or merit increases when appropriate. As merit increases and award programs are implemented, supervisors will be required to provide evaluations that demonstrate the performance of eligible supervisees
  • Sign monthly timesheets and approve requests for time off. Your signature on a time record means you concur with the hours worked as recorded by your supervisee, including time taken off that may result in the supervisees inability to complete the required task
  • Identify and support supervisees to complete at least 1 capacity building activity within the year relevant to the project
  • Help supervisees address and resolve a wide variety of concerns and complaints. These typically involve job duties and job descriptions, performance standards, and relations with coworkers.

Mode of evaluation:

  • Annual PDPs and appraisals
  • Quarterly documented feedback and coaching discussions (Dec, Mar, Jun & Sep)
  • Quarterly score card of work plan/assigned task and achievements
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar Technical discipline; or, equivalent demonstrable experience.


  • 3 years systems development experience
  • Successful full life-cycle implementation of a least 2 major projects

Specialized knowledge:

  • Experience with software development methodology and release processes Excellent knowledge of software and application design and architecture
  • Familiarity with software configuration management tools, defect tracking tools, and peer review
  • Excellent knowledge of OS coding techniques, IP protocols, interfaces and hardware subsystems.


  • Experience in software development and coding in various languages (C#, .NET, Java etc.)
  • Experience in developing web applications using at least one popular web framework
  • Possesses full working knowledge of technologies such as UNIX, Oracle, SQL Server and TCP/IP for example, as well as knowledge of one or more programming languages
  • Abilities: Ability to multi-task, Analytical skills, Ability to follow verbal or written instructions, Thinking analytically, Communication, Using effective verbal communication, Using effective written communication, Handling stress & emotions, Concentrating on tasks, Making decisions, Adjusting to change, Examining/observing details, Sitting for long periods at a time, Ability to relocate to Rivers State.
  • Interpersonal / Individual Competencies: ability to work with other team members, flexibility, decisiveness and personal integrity.
  • Strong organizational, time management, computer and communication skills, leadership, coaching and team building skills to strengthen and cultivate relationship to help achieve organizational goal.
  • Ability to recognize the sensitivity to individual organizations needs and the impact on services of the introduction of IT solutions.


  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing).



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  20th January, 2022.

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