OpenLMIS Community Manager


Background Information

VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities.

VillageReach is a lead partner in the OpenLMIS initiative, an initiative to develop software for managing health supply chains in low-income countries. OpenLMIS is currently deployed in five countries, has an established partner community, and is actively growing. Over the next two years, our goal is to further develop and strengthen the OpenLMIS community, resulting in additional OpenLMIS deployments.



The OpenLMIS Community Manager will work closely with community members (software development partners, ministries of health, implementations partners, NGOs, and donors) to build a vibrant and effective OpenLMIS community.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Build community collaboration processes, including establishing working groups and charters and organizing and facilitating OpenLMIS community meetings;
  • Launch and maintain online collaboration tools, and facilitate communication about OpenLMIS through the OpenLMIS website, wiki, and social networks;
  • Engage with new constituents to broaden the OpenLMIS community (governments, donors, universities, private sectors, etc) and evangelize OpenLMIS and open source principles;
  • Represent OpenLMIS and the OpenLMIS community at global health industry conferences;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other open source projects and expand OpenLMIS visibility at key industry and open source events;
  • Establish processes for addressing and managing conflicting priorities with the community, including mediating disputes within the community, should they arise;
  • Deeply engage with the user community in low-income countries to build country-level awareness of OpenLMIS and active participation in OpenLMIS community;
  • Build a pipeline of new implementation opportunities through building partnerships, developing and following leads, and supporting product evaluation processes;
  • Create and publish user documentation to facilitate the OpenLMIS product evaluation process;
  • Coordinate VillageReach and community resources to support implementing partners deploying OpenLMIS; and,
  • In coordination with other VillageReach staff, lead in-country pilot deployments.


Experience and Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of open source communities and the open source contribution processes;
  • Proven experience managing diverse goals and designing processes to advance shared objectives;
  • Experience working in or with diverse, multi-cultural environments;
  • Academic background  in  computer science, business information  systems,  health  informatics,  or  a  related  field;  graduate degree a plus;
  • Successful track  record  of  building professional communities, reaching broad audiences, and cultivating  partnerships –  particularly  with  NGOs,  nonprofits,  and government agencies;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal  skills  for  working  with  US-based  and international staff and partners and experience with public-speaking roles;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally 25-50%;
  • 7-10 years professional work experience; and,
  • Applicants must be able to legally work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Conversational fluency in a foreign language, preferably French;
  • Thorough knowledge of the software market, open source key players and projects;
  • Experience working in low-income countries  with  variety  of  stakeholders, including local government ministries, funding agencies, and other NGOs;
  • Experience deploying ICT4D solutions in low-income countries and/or experience with ERP, EMR, or supply chain management information systems; and,
  • Knowledge of the concepts and tools required for effective software development, including agile development.


The OpenLMIS Community Manager position will ideally be based in Seattle, but remote candidates will be considered. Remote candidates need to be able to be in the Seattle office a minimum of two weeks per quarter. This position will report to the Information Systems Group Lead.  To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to our online portal:

Due to the high volume of submissions, only those applicants advancing to the next stage of the application process will be contacted.

VillageReach is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


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