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IT Manager1

  • Company: Bridge International Academies
  • Deadline: Friday 4th March 2011
  • Location: Nairobi
Job Description

About Bridge International Academies
Bridge International Academies is a startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a truly unique business model.  The company has launched a large-scale franchise-like network of ultra low-cost for-profit private primary schools across Africa. Our schools profitably deliver high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, enabling local school managers to operate their school businesses profitably, while creating a highly successful business at the central level. We now have 25 schools in Kenya, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students.
About this position

We are looking for a full time IT Manager to hire and lead the teams responsible for our corporate network, IT equipment and user support.

Specific Responsibilities include:   

  • Managing the local area network and internet connection
  • Planning and implementing expansion of the network to ensure that is scales reliably as the company grows including extending the network to satellite offices
  • Managing servers (database, domain, web)
  • Recommending, sourcing ,installing and maintaining network equipment such as firewalls, routers and switches
  • Ensuring network security through installation of appropriate hardware and software as well development of IT policies
  • Developing procedures and systems for data backup and disaster recovery
  • Oversee user support (help desk) staff for both the network and other hardware and software
  • Oversee support of remote users at our schools using netbooks, tablets and other mobile devices
  • Oversee maintenance, upgrades and repairs of IT equipment including all employee computers
  • Project management, including scheduling and budgeting, particularly for IT infrastructure improvement projects
  • Developing IT policies and procedures and ensuring their continuous review
  • Supervision, training and mentoring of junior staff members
  • Building and maintain vendor relationships and manage purchasing of hardware and software.
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure that company assets are tracked maintained responsibly
  • Recommendations to senior management on ways to improve the use of IT within the company

About You

  • You have BA/BS in Computer Science or related technical field
  • You have a minimum of 8 years experience in networking, systems administration and IT support with at least 3 years in a supervisory role
  • You have managed networks for more than 100 users spread across multiple geographical locations
  • You have designed and implemented large networks from scratch
  • You have lead IT teams of 5 or more people
  • You have experience with the following technologies:
  • o    Windows (client and server) including ActiveDirectory
  • o    Firewalls, internet filtering and traffic shaping
  • o    End user (help desk) support
  • o    Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones
  • o    Web servers (IIS & Apache)
  • o    Databases (MySQL & SQL Server)
  • o    VPN
  • You have developed and managed project schedules, plans and budgets for IT projects
  • You take initiative, are well organized and work independently
  • You function well in a fast-paced, informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high
  • Deadline for applications: 4th March 2011

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