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CARE International is an organization driven by its mission to overcome poverty and social injustice. We currently work in over 93 countries with a focus on women and girls as the most disproportionately affected by poverty, while engaging men and boys as well. CARE’s East, Central and Southern Africa Regional Office (ECSARO) is responsible for the oversight of CARE’s operations in the region as well as the provision of support to Country Offices in the region. We are looking for a bright, dynamic, innovative and resourceful person to join the team in the capacity of Infrastructure Operations Manager to support the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) countries to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

CARE USA Core Values Commitment:

The core Values Commitment describes who we are, what we do, and how we do it. It reflects our core values of TRANSFORMATION, INTEGRITY, DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, and EXCELLENCE, which serve as a foundation for all what we do. The core Values Commitment articulates our shared expectations of each other including our board, staff, volunteers, interns, partners and contractors globally.

Job Summary

The Infrastructure Operations Manager– East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA) is a key position in the region, leading the execution of IT infrastructure strategy, architecture, service delivery, standards and procedures for the enterprise. This role works with both regional management and country office IT staff to implement, monitor, and maintain core network services, and helps plan future IT investments to support changing business needs.

The person in this role must be a good communicator, capable of developing and maintaining strong, collaborative relationships with staff at the regional management level, as well as staff at all levels in country offices.

At the regional level, this role acts as a liaison and advisor between the IT organization and other parts of the business. Using your knowledge of the overall technical direction, IT policies, processes and procedures of CARE USA, you will advise of potential opportunities and challenges with upcoming programs/projects including a technology component.

At the country office level, this role provides technical guidance and hands-on assistance to local IT staff on all aspects of network infrastructure design, installation, configuration, maintenance, monitoring and troubleshooting. At times, you may deliver technical training to different groups of staff, including IT, Executive, Program, and Support staff. The ability to simplify and explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences will help to smooth the acceptance and adoption of technology in all areas of the business.

This role reports to the Director of Global Connectivity.

Duties and Responsibilities

Regional Infrastructure Operations Management and Leadership -25%

Provide oversight of the implementation of CARE’s ICT Infrastructure Operations Services strategy across CARE offices in the designated region.

Provide consulting services to CARE’s Country Offices and Regional Management Units in the designated region for assessing, determining needs, strategic planning and implementing technology globally. Work with the department managers and staff to develop team strategies and goals that align with the organization ICT strategies.

Oversight and support of technical operations -**50%**

Tier 3 support for the resolution of all customer support issues for the technical infrastructure, including but not limited to LAN/WAN, last mile Internet, data connectivity, IT security, and telecommunications.

Using CARE’s monitoring tools, set appropriate thresholds for alerts.

Provide mentorship and learning opportunities for IT staff in country offices.

Provide practical direction to country office IT staff and clearly communicate a shared vision. Ensure alignment with CARE USA’s network standards. Being flexible when dealing with and managing changing conditions in the organization.

Responsible for relationship management of the team’s customers and peers. This includes:

  • Understanding the customer’s business strategy and goals
  • Working with the customer to identify and prioritize their infrastructure service level needs.
  • Establish positive and collaborative relationships with other team members and peers.

Network and System Security- 15%

In conjunction with cybersecurity staff, participate in the implementation and management of both physical and logical security for network systems. Tasks may include application and operating system hardening, vulnerability assessments, security audits, TCP/IP, intrusion detection systems, firewalls, etc. Ensure network devices are patched to mitigate known security vulnerabilities.

Vendor Management -10%

Participate in the selection, negotiation, acquisition, and monitoring of IT hardware, software and services (e.g. ISP contracts) for the designated region. Monitor service issues through the vendor support process and escalate as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 8+ years working in an IT environment.
  • 5+ years of experience in hands-on systems or networking support roles.
  • 5+ years as a team lead or manager for network or systems engineers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a requirement for the position.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently.

Desired

  • CompTIA Network+ Certification or similar.
  • ITIL certification
  • Familiarity with Fortinet FortiGate products
  • Working knowledge of ITIL framework.
  • Experience with security device installations, configuration and troubleshooting (e. g., firewall, UTM, IDS, etc.)
  • Experience with VSAT technologies.
  • Experience with public cloud providers and services.
  • Multilingual (written and oral), preferably in Spanish and/or French in addition to English.

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