1. Background

WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network, which supports interconnections and fosters collaboration between R&E institutions in the region and international peers by building and operating world-class network infrastructure, developing state of the art services, promoting cooperation between national, regional, and international R&E communities, and building the human capacity of the REN community.  

The position of DevOps Engineer is vacant and is to be filled through a competitive and transparent process. 

2.  The responsibilities of the DevOps engineer will include:

  • Building and setting up new development tools and infrastructure;
  • Working on ways to automate and improve development and release processes;
  • Ensuring that systems are safe and secure against cybersecurity threats;
  • Identifying technical problems and developing software updates and fixes;
  • Working to ensure that development follows established processes and works as intended;
  • Planning out projects and being involved in project management decisions.

3.  Skills and qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience as a DevOps Engineer or similar software engineering role with a BSc or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering or relevant field (Masters in Computer Science  or Software Engineering preferred).  S(h)e will be able to mentor and guide members of the technical team and have the technical ability to understand and gather requirements, review and validate existing software code, and build automated processes wherever possible.

    4.  Essential requirements:

  • Awareness of critical concepts in DevOps and Agile principles;
  • Working knowledge of various tools, open-source technologies, and cloud services;
  • Proficient with git and git workflows and CI/CD tools;
  • Experience working on Linux based infrastructure;
  • Good knowledge of Python, PHP and Java;
  • Working knowledge of databases and SQL;
  • Problem-solving attitude and a collaborative team spirit with good troubleshooting skills.

5. Type of Contract

If successful, the selected applicant will be proposed a 3-year contract, with a probationary period of one (1) year. The contract is renewable, subject to availability resources and mutual agreement between WACREN and the position holder.

Place of duty is Accra, Ghana, but Staff is expected to move to another location (any country in West and Central Africa), should the Secretariat move from Ghana and/or opens other offices in the region. 

There might be an interim period during which the successful applicant will work from his/her country of residence.

6. Submission of Applications and Timeline

  • Applications should be submitted online at https://indico.wacren.net/event/138/registrations/81/ 
  • Deadline for submission of Applications: 25 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC
  • Notification to Short-listed Applicants: 4 April 2022
  • Interview of Short-listed Applicants:  7 April 2022
  • Notification to selected Applicant: 8 April 2022
  • Deadline for acceptance of the Position by Selected Applicant: 12 April 2022

WACREN is an equal opportunities organisation, and female applications are highly encouraged.

Please note: only short-listed applicants will be contacted.