University of the Free State Officer: IP Networking Infrastructure Administrator Jobs in South Africa

University of the Free State Officer: IP Networking Infrastructure Administrator Jobs in South Africa

Duties and responsibilities:

Network Infrastructure Management

  • Analyse system logs and identify potential issues with computer systems environments.

  • Perform routine system health checks.

  • Install and configure new network equipment.

  • Maintain the network configuration management database.

  • Responsible to document the configuration of the network.

  • Perform hardware and or firmware maintenance in provided maintenance windows.

  • Troubleshoot and analyse reported problems relating to network infrastructure.

  • Responsible for system performance tuning.

  • Ensure that the network infrastructure is functioning properly.

  • Responsible for the provisioning and de-provisioning of networks and related infrastructure.

  • Responsible for disaster recovery planning relating to network infrastructure.

  • Monitor and report on core network infrastructure.

  • Responsible for the backup and recovery of infrastructure.

  • Assist with the implementation of a disaster recovery strategy.

  • Introduce and integrate new technologies into existing data centre.

  • Answer technical queries and provide assistance to the 1st level support engineers.

  • Maintain software versions of network related business software platforms.

  • Monitor and report on platform availability and health.

  • Plan and perform maintenance of network cabling infrastructure.

  • Assist end-users with any support requests.

  • Assist users with budgeting.

  • Analyse end-user requirements and plan new network rollouts to UFS buildings.

  • Run day-to-day UFS wired and wireless network infrastructure and related configuration.

  • Communicate changes, maintenance, outages of networking equipment with operations monitoring staff.

    Network Security

  • Apply system updates, patches, and configuration changes aligned to security requirements.

  • Analyse system logs and identify potential issues.

  • Implement networking security changes as requested by business.

  • Maintain and monitor the network infrastructure.

  • Implement network security mechanisms according to business needs.

    Strategic Alignment

  • Collaborate with ICT services teams to define future network implementations and systems configuration.

  • Perform annual budgeting and planning of network related equipment replacements to enable business alignment and life cycle management.

  • Engage with vendors to ensure most efficient and appropriate equipment solutions are investigated, tested, and implemented.

  • Report on network environment on a weekly basis and proactively engage with UFS Management in order to mitigate potential problems that might arise.

  • Represent the Networking division weekly at Operational Management Committee.

  • Participate in strategic and management meetings and planning sessions.

  • Fully understand and provide support to the University’s Strategic Plan and departmental goals and objectives.

  • Analysis of business requirements and alignment of internal processes to adapt accordingly.

    Project and Operations Management

  • Ensure optimal and reliable Network, Wireless and VoIP connectivity.

  • Ensure assigned tasks of incumbents are prioritised and carried out efficiently to avoid unnecessary network downtime.

  • Research technology to ensure that correct technologies are implemented.

  • Manage and lead individuals in the division to achieve objectives and goals are met.

  • Upkeep the division’s performance through proper monitoring, change and business needs analysis.

  • Ensure that all business processes and procedures are followed efficiently.

  • Ensure that all network related vendors are effectively fulfilling their contractual obligations.

  • Manage and coordinate projects and providing regular feedback.

  • Effectively monitor and review Telecommunications and Network processes, work instructions and associated forms.

    People Management

  • Provide leadership and mentorship to all human resources within the networking division.

  • Provide positive influence to ensure high levels of morale and business continuity.

  • Take full accountability for divisional activities.

  • Provide advice and address issues related to incumbent’s individual performance, University policies adherence and any
    other issues affecting University performance and or reputation.

  • Challenge the status quo and ensure that all decisions are for the good of the University.

  • Promote individual growth through coaching and positive influence.

  • Continuous improvement of operating standards and efficiency through Rationalisation, Simplification and Standardisation in all domains (People, Process, Technology, Data and Governance).

  • Maintain good professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Create a safe environment to encourage innovation and “out of the box” thinking.


  • Monitor and analyse individual, Divisional and Departmental performance, and the reporting thereof.

  • Monitor network reticulation contractor performance and addresses possible issues.

  • Identify trends effectively and plan preventative and/or corrective steps accordingly.

    Change Management

  • Represent the Network division at Operational Change Committee.

  • Make sure of the involvement of stakeholders with any change processes.

  • Identify stakeholders and facilitate change through proper planning and communication.

    Asset Management

  • Record and report on all Network equipment physical assets.

  • Ensure that all telephony and network related assets are disposed of when the operational risk to business outweighs the benefit of utilising the asset.

    Inherent requirements:

  • A B.Com Information Technology/B.Sc Information Technology/B.Tech Information Technology/relevant degree on NQF Level 7, OR a relevant three-year National Diploma on NQF Level 6.

  • Minimum two (2) years’ relevant Network Administration experience.


    Knowledge of:

  • Microsoft and Linux operating systems.

  • IP networking and cabling standards.

  • VLAN and spanning-tree configuration.

  • Switches and underlying configuration (Aruba and HPE experience beneficial)

  • Wireless Controller management (Aruba experience beneficial).

  • Trouble shooting network and wireless connectivity problems.

  • Enterprise wireless network technologies and standards.

  • RADIUS/802.1x authentication (Aruba Clearpass Policy Manager experience beneficial).

  • Wireless network RF planning.

  • Firewalls.

  • Network protocols and troubleshoot connectivity issues.

  • DHCP, DNS, TCP/IP routing and physical networking.

  • QoS and COS configuration.

  • IP routing and protocols such as OSPF and BGP.

  • Troubleshooting fibre and copper cabling technologies.

  • Network monitoring tools.

  • Cable testing.

  • Fibre networks.

  • The OSI model.

  • Copper and fibre cable reticulation.

  • Networking equipment.

  • Network planning.

    Key Competencies:

    Results oriented.

  • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.

  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

    Strategic thinking.

  • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.

  • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.

    Business Acumen:

  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.

  • Proficient in using MS Office.


  • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.

    Building coalitions.

  • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.

  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.

    How to Apply

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