Senior Systems Architect

Palladium International, Kenya

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th August, 2019

Job Description

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Palladium DIAS practice vision is to improve health and development investments and outcomes by strengthening information and governance systems and local capacity and ownership at scale to use quality data in real time for positive impact. To do this, DIAS takes a systems approach that combines its expertise in M&E and research; effective data use; and information and communication technology (ICT) to help governments and development partners throughout the world design, implement, and evaluate service delivery and performance monitoring systems at all levels of the health, education, agriculture, and economic growth systems. To support the technical delivery of informatics solutions, DIAS is forming a regional team of informatics experts based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Informatics Team will be responsible for supporting health informatics and ICT projects across the DIAS portfolio globally. The Senior Systems Architect will support a portfolio of projects in the analysis, architecture, implementation and governance of information systems.
This is a regional position based in Nairobi and the applicant must have current work authorization in Kenya.


Technical Expertise:

  • Lead projects in the design, strategy and architecture over country-level information systems, while overseeing implementation and emphasizing data analytics and use, interoperability and governance.
  • Work with system stakeholders to design governance policies around data management, use and access, ensuring that systems are engineered to comply with governance standards.
  • For assigned portfolio of projects, lead human-centred design processes, interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review, assess and report on projects;
  • Ensure that innovations implemented in projects are in line with and enabled by stakeholder governance strategies, policies, structures and processes and support the development and implementation of foundational governance elements when they are not in place;
  • Devise and implement strategies to support change management of new system or tool deployment.
  • Ensure that information systems supported by Palladium meet prevailing standards, including security and confidentiality.
  • Perform ICT assessments, requirements gathering and analysis, and storyboarding using UX tools.
  • Work with the software development team to assure quality of applications during the software development life cycle and implementation.
  • Lead the support to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders to use, manage and scale systems that are deployed.

Management and Coordination:

  • Manage the delivery of informatics solutions across the DIAS portfolio, liaising with the DIAS leadership team to identify, staff and oversee technology implementation.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of project activities and results to the client and DIAS leadership team, including knowledge sharing of innovative approaches that can be applied across the DIAS portfolio.

Business Development: Contribute to active proposals through contributions to strategy and preparation of technical approach and capability statements;


  • Master's degree or higher in computer science, information systems, engineering, business administration or other relevant field;
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience designing, managing and implementing digital solutions including: information systems, data analytics, data visualization, software development. Experience in agriculture, education, and/or economic growth with adjacent experience in health desirable;
  • Minimum of 5 years working in international development projects with proven experience working with CDC and/or USAID projects. Private sector and/or other donor experience, including DFID and AusAID desirable;
  • Documented experience managing a diverse portfolio or work and technical staff;
  • Ability to travel up to 50% with potential for long term deployment.
  • Strong leadership, management and people skills;
  • Strong skills in digital solutions;
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively write technical documents; lead meetings and deliver presentations.


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