Health Innovations Fellow 2017-07-25T12:35:46+00:00

Health Innovations Fellow

Looking for something different? Maisha Meds is hiring! We’re looking for a creative, experienced, and motivated health innovations fellow to advance health care in East Africa, where over 60% of patients visit private pharmacies as their first point to access health care. Candidates will help us identify new approaches to maximizing our impact and develop small-scale experiments to evaluate these approaches and integrate patient care improvements into the app. These include using a combination of proprietary data on medicine quality, the quantity and strength of the medicine being prescribed, and available knowledge on the optimal use of medication to suggest improvements in chemists’ workflow and prescribing behavior. In addition, we are in the process of launching a patient-focused SMS service, and you will work with our partner organizations to design the text and workflows for this product.

You will leverage data-driven approaches, including analytics from the system and A/B testing to evaluate how different designs of these nudges lead to differential behavior change across the network. The work will also require extensive user-testing and market research to understand how pharmacies in our network interact with the technology.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leverage best-practice for design: Conduct literature review to identify optimal strategies for providing advice and information that leads to health behavior change at both the pharmacy and the patient level
  • Use data to develop systems: Work with product and marketing teams to conduct extensive user testing and market research, build personas, and identify a variety of strategies for integrating information and advice at salient points in the sales process. Work with product team to wireframe features and build or acquire databases with relevant information
  • Lead A/B testing of behavioral health nudges for evidence-based care: Design and carry out pilot studies using our network of pharmacies that provide salient health prompts regarding best-practice for medication prescribing and quality
  • Evaluate impact and cost-effectiveness of approaches: Evaluate the potential for health impact for different approaches and the cost associated with implementation.
  • Report on findings and roll into core offering: For any approaches that seem to add significant value with a straightforward and cost-effective approach, roll into core operations and work with team to ensure implementation and integration in product.

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.


  • Previous success driving results in an early-stage organization
  • Experience with modeling, A/B testing, or health care delivery
  • Interest in working with a diverse and multi-disciplinary team
  • Effective communicator and extremely strong written and spoken English
  • Strong problem solving skills including decision-making and time management
  • Entrepreneurial nature, creativity, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor
  • Previous experience in developing contexts preferred
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with strong technical abilities
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and R

Maisha Meds is driven by our mission to build systems with potential for large-scale impact. We see our people as our greatest asset, and we have a dynamic and engaged team working full and part-time. We can currently offer extremely modest compensation and travel, with the possibility for a future increase in compensation and equity as we scale.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Health Innovations Fellow Application.”