Rockefeller Foundation IT Careers – System and Network Administrator at RUFORUM

Organisation: RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Manager/Information Technology
Job Reference No: RUF/JOB/05/14: System and Network Administrator
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established in 2004, is a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA). The organisation evolved from the Forum on Agricultural Resource Husbandry (FORUM) program of the Rockefeller Foundation. RUFORUM is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and has mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). RUFORUM has an MoU with the African Union for strengthening science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop ICT policies and strategies and proposals for supporting IT activities in line with the RUFORUM Strategic Plan
  • Carry out technical research and systems development, tuning or upgrades to enable continuing innovation or enhanced performance within the ICT environment.
  • Implement ICT programs/ projects including their roll-out and subsequent technical and maintenance support.
  • Install new/ rebuild existing servers and configure among others, hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage in line with standard technical specifications, operating procedures and user requirements.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance of users to systems operating procedures and security protocols.
  • Develop ICT operating procedures, standards and maintenance of system standards.
  • Actively monitor and verify systems integrity (hardware, software, security) or availability of hardware and backup resources.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot, undertake data recovery or repair ICT hardware and software problems.
  • Offer technical and user support to Secretariat units.
  • Oversee the network infrastructure including the central document and mail servers.
  • Optimize system operation and resource utilization, and performs system capacity analysis and planning
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The candidate should hold a Degree in IT, Information Systems Management, Computer Science or equivalent, preferably at Masters level
  • Professional IT certification(s) such as a Microsoft MCSE and/or Exchange MCITP, and VM-Ware or LPIC
  • A minimum of three or more years’ experience in IT as systems administrator
  • Possess the ability to innovate and be creative.
  • Ability to develop applications, analyse ICT processes and troubleshoot ICT systems.
  • Excellent analytical thinking.
  • Possess the ability to test ICT systems.
  • Ability to manage ICT infrastructure platforms.
  • Ability to manage ICT information and application protection platforms.
  • Ability to manage IT –associated risks
  • Ability to manage ICT quality control and assurance.
  • Ability to manage information databases/ servers and related processes.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of  web performance optimization concepts/best practices including caching, load testing
  • Past exposure and experience with Exchange 2010 administration, Office 365, email routing, spam filtering email troubleshooting and power shell scripting
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to send their applications via email to, or delivered in hard copy (with CD enclosed containing soft copy) to:
The Executive Secretary
RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 151 Garden Hill,
Makerere University, P.O Box 16811, Wandegeya
Kampala, Uganda.
(Ref: RUF/JOB/….: ……………….)
Applicants should quote the reference number and job applied for, and should attach photocopies of necessary academic support documents, including letters from two referees. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Screening of applications will begin in November, 2014, and will continue until the post is filled.
Deadline: 20th October, 2014 by 5pm
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