Biomedical Engineer

at Gould Family Foundation
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted November 19, 2022
Category Engineering
Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency UGX


Job Summary

The key responsibilities of the Biomedical engineer will be managing biomedical technicians and providing technical biomedical support to Gould Family Foundation partner's health facilities.

  • Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
  • Experience Level:Mid level
  • Experience Length:3 years

Job Description/Requirements

The Gould Family Foundation (USA) is seeking a Biomedical Engineer to be based in Kampala, Uganda.


The Gould Family Foundation is a private foundation based in the United States, dedicated to improving health outcomes for the poor and underserved by upgrading clinics and hospitals for women, newborns & children in sub-Saharan Africa. See

The key responsibilities of the Biomedical engineer will be managing biomedical technicians and providing technical biomedical support to Gould Family Foundation partner's health facilities.

Responsibilities of the Gould Family Foundation (GFF) Biomedical  Engineer (BME) 

  • Manage biomedical technicians and apprentices stationed at GFF partner’s health facilities. Provide technical training and mentorship to biomedical technicians, and apprentices to achieve 80%  proficiency in user training, maintenance, servicing and troubleshooting of medical equipment.  Conduct timely assessments and develop training plans both online and in person.
  • Implement GFF biomedical maintenance programs, processes, and procedures at existing partner clinics and hospitals; recommend best practices to improve medical equipment management through utilization and sustainability. Utilize and develop existing BME tools to improve tracking of medical  equipment, usage, and documentation of biomedical activities
  • Plan and manage activities of biomedical apprentices and technicians. Review technician and apprentice monthly plans and reports and provide guidance and direction on implementation.
  • Prepare annual critical service plans for GFF partner health facilities and ensure their implementation on a  monthly basis.
  • Support Biomedical apprentices and technicians with first-line troubleshooting and biomedical support for equipment in GFF partner health facilities. Recommend approved service companies for  specialized medical equipment;
  • Ensure timely completion of preventive maintenance schedules, following manufacturer’s instructions for inspection, testing, and servicing; Review and approve proper medical equipment inventory reports with health facility managers and BMET technicians and apprentices. Ensure that health facilities manage their biomedical programs by having and implementing up-to-date inventory,  critical equipment service schedules, and budgets for biomedical support.
  • Periodically evaluate equipment needs at GFF partner facilities and report “gaps” to GFF Manager of Biomedical programs and operations. Address any biomedical issues and needs pointed out from facility site visits with GFF partners.
  • Train clinicians, medical equipment users, and biomedical apprentices and technicians on the proper  use of biomedical equipment through equipment operation demonstrations and videos; support the  biomedical technicians and apprentices to develop quick start user guides (to be placed on equipment)
  • Review new or proposed medical equipment, install, calibrate, update software, repair and provide technical support for biomedical equipment at GFF partner clinics and hospitals; schedule repairs on malfunctioning equipment during site visits or remotely with biomedical technicians and apprentices when not in the country; Test all GFF equipment received in Uganda and provide test reports with recommendations to GFF, manufacturers, and donors of the equipment.
  • Review all requests for medical equipment, develop specifications, and match equipment to the needs of the health facility (GFF partner). Develop specifications for equipment to be procured, approve equipment to be procured and support the procurement officer with the purchase of medical equipment. Update and review the GFF BME equipment plan.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for the use, management, and disposal of medical equipment when  special needs arise e.g. develop pandemic SOPs like COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures  for the health facility and equipment;
  • Develop preferred suppliers list for spares, reagents, and consumables; Update specifications for GFF  typical deliverables.
  • Develop yearly and quarterly work plans for visits to GFF partners in the countries supported.
  • Provide a weekly report on daily work activity and a monthly report to the GFF programs and operations  manager;


  • The biomedical engineer will have the opportunity to travel to countries supported by the position.


  • Works independently in both routine and complex tasks. Should be able to prioritize work and initiate new work and tasks.
  • Should be a manager and have management experience (effectively support staff under them to  achieve the organizational goals)
  • Coordinate and manage projects from start to completion, performing any necessary communication and follow-up with clinicians, health facility management, and GFF Supervisors.
  • Can communicate effectively; fluent in English, knowledge of written and oral French a plus
  • Ability to use computer-based tools at a moderate to high level e.g. should be able to use a database and online tools for record keeping.
  • Ability to train and mentor staff (technicians and users of equipment) in proper utilization of biomedical equipment;
  • Understands electrical and mechanical biomedical safety principles

Experience & Qualification 

  • Candidate with a biomedical engineering degree
  • Experience managing biomedical technicians is desirable
  • Hands-on experience with critical equipment used in the diagnosis, therapy, and treatment of pregnant mothers and newborn children.
  • Training in project planning and management is desirable.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience

REQUIREMENTS; CV & application letter 

The application should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants should therefore clearly indicate their contact telephone number(s) and/or email address for easy contact.

Applying Instructions

Interested applicants are requested to submit a letter of application together with curriculum vitae with references addressed to; The Manager of Biomedical programs and operations of Gould Family Foundation.

Applications should be sent via email only to the following email address; Please Copy email address 2 into your application.

Address 1: 

Address 2: 

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