Design Fellow 2017-07-25T12:47:42+00:00

Design Fellow

Looking for something different? Maisha Meds is hiring! We’re looking for a creative, experienced, and motivated designer to advance health care in East Africa, where over 60% of patients visit private pharmacies as their first point to access health care. Candidates should be excited about the prospect of taking a leadership role in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up environment, be interested in helping galvanize a budding tech community, and have a keen interest in transforming how low-income patients access health care.

You will be joining a small, enthusiastic team of 10 as we scale from 70 pharmacies currently to hundreds in the next year, supporting hundreds of thousands of patient encounters. As such, you’ll have the opportunity to make a large and visible impact on our company and the autonomy to design UI to thrive at scale. We are looking for someone who will own the design process, from developing simple and beautiful icons and graphics to wireframing new features. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate that they can learn quickly, adapt to changing circumstances, and rise to the challenge of difficult tasks that they might not have experience solving.

About Maisha Meds:

Maisha Meds is driven by our mission to build systems with potential for large-scale impact in improving access to medicines and healthcare across East Africa. We work with pharmacies, which are the primary point of care for over 60% of the region’s population, to improve their patient care through clinical oversight and medical advice, while offering simple and effective business management tools with the goal of reducing stock outs and improving financial performance. We are a data-driven company, and are working to provide visibility into a segment of health care that is plagued by poor regulatory controls and a lack of transparency. We use this data to support access to finance, improve supply chain efficiency and help ensure medication quality. Our company is funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GIZ, the Dioraphte Foundation, Stanford Center for Innovation for Global Health, and Merck.

We see our people as our greatest asset, and we have a dynamic and engaged team working full and part-time. We are a flat organization, where everyone has input into the development of the business. We enjoy our work, and try hard to make sure that each team member is working on tasks that interest him or her most.

Why you should come work for us

Our company takes the best of Silicon Valley, including the technical expertise, rapid iteration, and agile processes, and applies this approach to solving problems that affect millions across sub-Saharan Africa. Though we can’t offer you catered daily meals, a Ping-Pong table, or 30” monitors, we can offer an opportunity to drive real, quantifiable change, help lead a small but passionate tech team, and give you access to some of the world’s most incredible places. We are dedicated to our work, and care deeply about our product’s impact, the clients and patients who use our software, and the company’s success. You’ll get the opportunity to help grow a small startup from a local operation, to a company serving tens of millions of people. On top of all of this, you’ll have the chance to explore this incredible region – spend weekends in tropical paradise, chase after lions and elephants, or climb some of the tallest freestanding mountains in the world.

Contract Details

Moving to East Africa is a big decision, and we get that. As such, we’re offering a variable term contract, so you can decide how long you’d like to stay. That said, we require a 3-month minimum commitment. Your offer will include a return flight to/from Nairobi, and a living stipend while you are with the team.


  • 2+ years of professional experience in graphic design or UI/UX related fields
  • Desire and ability to create beautiful icons, graphics, and interfaces
  • Ability to establish visual hierarchy, layout, typography, and color effectively
  • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
  • Demonstrable experience producing wireframes and UX for mobile platforms
  • Knowledge of Android design principles and guidelines
  • A drive to simplify and clarify complex sets of information.
  • Effective problem solving skills including decision making and time management
  • Entrepreneurial nature, creativity, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor
  • Design of software for emerging markets a plus

How to apply

Send your resume, links to any personal projects you’ve done and a cover letter (optional) to with the title “Design Fellow”