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M-KOPA SOLAR   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Senior System Engineer

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Engineering, architecture
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

M-KOPA Solar is looking for a Senior System Engineer who will be responsible for carrying out project work to completion, escalations from Global Service Desk and managing Azure infrastructure.


-Installing, configuring, testing and maintaining operating systems, application software and system management tools.
-Responsible for network and application security.
-Ensuring the highest levels of systems and infrastructure availability.
-Managing and monitoring all installed systems and infrastructure.
-Resolve server or application related support issues.
-Maintain security, backup and redundancy strategies.
-Provide 2nd and 3rd level support.

-Demonstrate Windows Server skills (IIS, Containers, PowerShell, Service Fabric, Failover clusters,Load balancing)
-Demonstrate capabilties in managing and administering laas,Paas and Saas.
-Solid cloud experience, preferably in Microsoft Azure.
-Team leadership skills,assigning tasks to junior engineers as well as following on tasks to completion.
-Ability to self-manage projects as well as prioritizing them.
-Experience with automation software e.g Puppet, cfengine,Chef, Octopus.
-Ability to asses, plan and build on capacity.
-Demonstrate Windows Server Administration skills.
-Demonstrate SQL Server Database Administration skills.
-Experience with monitoring systems.
-Solid understanding of network protocols and services.
-Experience dealing with server security issues.
-Review all backups and periodically check the validity of the same by running trial restorations on test servers.
-Scripting in Windows environment using PowerShell.
-Training and documentation of all systems.
-Provide technical support working with the Global Service Desk.
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Engineering, architecture
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: System and network security; Relational databases (SQL); Database query languages (SQL, others); Cloud architectures and services
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)


Energy, utilities, environmentCompany size: 500-1000 people

M-KOPA Solar, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the global leader of "pay-as-you-go" energy for off-grid customers. Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 500,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day. The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for US $0.45, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting. After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments. This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company's proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.As of May 2015 M-KOPA employs over 650 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets. M-KOPA has been recognized for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award.