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DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR

Ad ID
1116552
Posted at
27. Jul, 09:38
Details
Company Industry
Technology & Communication
Work Type
Full time
Job Level
Mid level
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor
Years Experience
4 years
Application Deadline
2018-09-10
Location
Nairobi CBD Nairobi
Description

DEPARTMENT: IT

FUNCTION: DATABASE ADMINISTRATION

REPORTS TO: DATABASE ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database.

Additional role requirements are likely to include planning, development and troubleshooting.

REQUIREMENTS

  • BS Degree in one of the following subject areas: Computer Science, Business Administration, Information Technology or related field preferred
  • 4 - 5 years IT operation with strong understanding of database structures, theories, principles, and practices
  • 3 years PostgreSQL Database Administration experience – Priority
  • Understanding of, and experience with, server-client computing and relational database environments
  • Experience with data management and data processing flowcharting techniques
  • Knowledge of reporting and query tools and practices

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Installation and configuration of database engines
  • Monitoring database server resources
  • Database design and development
  • Managing and controlling database access
  • Ensuring that databases meet user requirements
  • Liaising with programmers, applications/operational staff, IT project managers and other technical staff
  • Reporting, documentation and operating manuals
  • Testing and modifying databases to ensure that they operate reliably
  • Providing user training, support and feedback
  • Writing, testing and implementing disaster recovery plans;
  • Archiving data.

EXPECTATIONS

  1. Keeping databases up to date;
  2. Helping with database design and development;
  3. Managing database access;
  4. Designing maintenance procedures and putting them into operation;
  5. Ensuring that databases meet user requirements;
  6. Liaising with programmers, applications/operational staff, IT project managers and other technical staff;
  7. Managing database security/integrity and backup procedures

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establishing the needs of users and monitoring user access and security;
  • Monitoring performance and managing parameters to provide fast query responses to front-end users;
  • Mapping out the conceptual design for a planned database in outline;
  • Considering both back-end organization of data and front-end accessibility for end-users;
  • Refining the logical design so that it can be translated into a specific data model;
  • Further refining the physical design to meet system storage requirements;
  • Installing and testing new versions of the dbms;
  • Maintaining data standards, including adherence to the data protection act;
  • Writing database documentation, including data standards, procedures and definitions for the data dictionary (metadata);
  • Controlling access permissions and privileges;
  • Developing, managing and testing back-up and recovery plans;
  • Ensuring that storage, archiving, back-up and recovery procedures are functioning correctly;
  • Capacity planning;
  • Working closely with it project managers, database programmers and multimedia programmers;
  • Communicating regularly with technical, applications and operational staff to ensure database integrity and security;
  • Commissioning and installing new applications and customizing existing applications to make them fit for purpose.

OTHER SKILLS / ABILITIES

  • Working knowledge of information systems concepts
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to follow directions
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities
  • Good verbal and written communications skills

WORK CONDITIONS

On-call availability

Willingness and ability to travel and be away for long periods of time at a go

A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database.

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