Design Fellow 2017-12-27T17:47:04+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 to thousands of pharmacies 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

We’re working to make quality medicines and diagnostics affordable and accessible for the 2.5 billion patients worldwide who access primary health care at their local drug shop.  Not long ago, we started with software that tracked medication sales and inventory at these drug shops and clinics.  Now we are moving into medication supply chains, partnering with suppliers to ensure that effective medicines are stocked in pharmacies across East Africa, and that they have the working capital to optimize their shops. Our software is used by hundreds of pharmacies in Africa to support hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

For the people who use our software, it represents a way of tracking business decisions and accessing deals and working capital. For patients, we help strengthen supply chains and ensure that the medicine that they buy will be affordable and consistently high quality, in a setting where 1 in 10 products is counterfeit or substandard.


  • 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

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

Working at a startup in 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 work with us. That said, we require a 6-month minimum commitment, and suggest staying at least a year. Your offer will include a return flight to/from Nairobi if you are based elsewhere, as well as regional travel to spend time with our team in Kisumu.

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.”