ILRI Systems Administrator Jobs in Kenya

ILRI Systems Administrator Jobs in Kenya


  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Systems Administrator to strengthen ILRI’s ability to design and operate high performance research computing as well as data collection, management and analysis systems in the Data and Research Methods Unit (DRMU).

  • ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

    The Position:

  • The current transition to the One CGIAR will likely materialize into a tighter integration of platforms structured around the production and the management of research data at a global, One CGIAR level. Therefore, the incumbent will have to keep themselves abreast of the discussions at One CGIAR level and take an active part in them, to ensure that ILRI’s voice is heard when it comes to scientific data production and management, and that the steps we make prepare us fully to the upcoming One CGIAR landscape.

    Key Responsibilities

  • The position encompasses three roles as described below: Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst and Training Officer.

    Systems Administrator

  • Requiring a strong command over the administration of UNIX systems as well as a thorough experience of computer networking, these roles are as much as possible conducted in coordination with the ICT team, primarily through a resource person within the ICT team that is involved in the hardware and networking aspects of our on-site scientific computing and scientific database infrastructure.

  • Manage and participate in the ongoing development of ILRI’s on-site high performance cluster (HPC)

  • Manage and participate in the ongoing development of ILRI’s on-site database servers and data collection platform (ONA-ILRI)

  • Ensure minimal disruption to the services with both proactive and reactive actions

  • In coordination with the Head of the Unit, propose and roll out changes in terms of software, user account administration and recharges in our data management and computing platforms

  • Enforce the user management paradigms adopted on the HPC and database servers (e.g. amount of data storage or computing resources allocated)

  • Work in coordination with the administrative assistant to the Unit, prepare recharges to programs based on their usage of the computing and database resources (CPU time on the HPC, virtual machines, etc)

  • Work in coordination with the ICT Department for hardware specifications to comply with the best industry standards

  • Work in coordination with the ICT Infrastructure team to manage access controls through switches, routers and firewalls setup

    Systems Analyst

  • These require foresight and participation into the discussions at One CGIAR level, but also a tight coordination with ILRI’s Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) team regarding our research
    outputs and their visibility.

  • Ensure the best efficiency and seamless integration of our systems for data collection (e.g. ODK,ONA-ILRI), data storage (e.g. database servers), data analysis (e.g. software on our HPC) and information products publication in coordination with the CKM unit (e.g. CGSpace and Dataverse)

  • Provide advice to the Head of the Unit as well as the Head of CKM regarding the evolution of data and information systems already in use at several CGIAR centres and that are meant to remain key to the One CGIAR digital assets policies, if not in identity, at least in function: CKAN, ODK/ONA, Dataverse, CGSpace

  • Provide support and direct inputs into maintaining and upgrading the above-mentioned data systems in use at ILRI or adopted by ILRI’s CGIAR and One CGIAR research partners

    Training Officer

  • These roles require at the same time a good knowledge of the scientific community at ILRI and good communication skills.

  • Work in partnership with CKM to train the ILRI community on the awareness and tools for the production, publication and storage of FAIRER data for Open Science (e.g. Dataverse)

  • Train the ILRI scientific community on the best practices for the use of the HPC

  • Train the ILRI scientific community on the use of tools for the publication of reproducible software pipelines (e.g. git and GitHub), on open-source licenses and on the best practices for open science, including the use of controlled vocabularies (e.g. FAO’s AGROVOC)

  • Provide training for one ICT staff on UNIX systems administration and networking

  • Perform any other related duties as may be required

    Requirements

  • Master’s degree in computer science, information systems or relevant field with Seven years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree in computer science with ten years relevant experience.

  • Relevant professional certification.

  • Experience of administration of Unix systems at corporate level.

  • Experience of administration of computer networks.

  • Experience of administration of database servers and therefore familiarity with MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB.

  • Sound knowledge of open data standards and data sharing systems using JSON objects, API interfaces, etc.

  • Working knowledge of the most common programming and scripting languages: Python, Perl, Bash, Javascript

  • Familiarity with data collection pipelines based on the Open Data Kit (ODK).

  • Experience in the management of open digital repositories based on the DSpace technology.

  • Familiarity with an international research environment such as the CGIAR Centres would be an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Systems Administrator Jobs in Kenya


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