M-KOPA Senior System Engineer Career 2015

M-KOPA is seeking
Position Title: Senior System Engineer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Position Start: ASAP
Reporting to: Head of Technology Operations
Overall Purpose: Responsible for the overall design, building, deployment and maintenance of M-KOPA’s platform infrastructure.
About M-KOPA Solar: 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 240,000 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 Kshs 40, 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 January 2015 M-KOPA employs over 500 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 recognised 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.
Role ProfileKey Accountabilities

  • Responsible for network and application security
  • Responsible for ensuring our servers and applications have 99.999% uptime
  • Resolve server or application related support issues
Incumbent Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Great in design, building, deploying and managing virtual servers using VMWare or Hyper-V
  • Experience working with cloud service providers such as Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services
  • Team leadership skills, assigning tasks to junior engineers as well as following on tasks to completion
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to assess, plan and build on capacity
  • Demonstrated Windows Server Administration skills
  • Demonstrated SQL Server Database Administration skills
  • Experience working with monitoring tools such as PRTG or System Center 2012
  • At least 4 years’ working experience in a similar role
  • Solid understanding of network protocols and services
  • Experience dealing with server security issues
  • Solid programming background in .NET
  • Deploying software using automated tools
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work closely with M-KOPA staff to determine needs and assist with system requirements
  • Review all backups and periodically check the validity of the same by running trial restorations on tests servers
  • Scripting in Windows environment using PowerShell
  • Training and documentation of all systems
  • Attend to escalated support tickets on our service desk system
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge / Skills: Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, scripting
  • Microsoft SQL DBA Certification will be considered a plus
  • CCNA certification will be considered a plus
  • MCSE certification will be considered a plus
  • Linux Server Administration skills will be considered a plus
  • ITIL certification will be an added advantage
Remuneration: A generous and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate/s.

How to Apply

To apply, send an updated detailed copy of your CV and a cover letter expressing why you feel you would be an excellent candidate for the role to [email protected] with the subject EV-SnrSE-2042
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th October, 2015.
Please Note
Due to the large number of applications received by us, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are short listed for the post and invited for an interview.
Therefore, if you have not heard from M-KOPA within 4 weeks of the date of the deadline your application, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.
This measure has been taken in the interests of efficiency and cost effectiveness and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.