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IT Network Administrator

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Job Description

Somaliland– IT Network Administrator

Company Overview

The Pharo Foundation (“the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The Vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve the Vision by investing in the human and physical capital of Africa, with an emphasis on job creation.

Established in 2011 as a UK based non-profit, the Foundation has already carried out more than 30 projects, primarily in Ethiopia and Somaliland. The key themes for the philanthropic side of the Foundation are education, health, water and agriculture. Social enterprises cover all areas where the Foundation feels an effective impact can be made with the aim of sustainability and job creation.

Headquartered in London, the Foundation also has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Hargeisa, Addis Ababa and Assosa.

Position Summary


Reporting to:

IT Network Administrator based in Hargeisa, Somaliland The Pharo Foundation COO in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Key duties and responsibilities

Install and maintain network infrastructure (routers, switches, firewalls, servers, cabling) and resources

(including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and general support) Administer network accounts, network policies, and document network administration

Ensure technical support to install, configure, and maintain personal computers application platforms,

networks, network cabling, and other related equipment, devices, and systems

Develop a range of system documentation such as user manuals, standard operating procures (SOPs) as

well as end user tip sheet and guides

Provide first line support on all general and specific software and hardware issues Provide thorough and timely, technical assistance and training to Staff

Ensure that confidentiality and data protection requirements are maintained and adhered to

Manage the security of network computer system integrity by implementing regular and accurate backup and virus/intrusion protection procedures and guidelines and disaster recovery operations

Maintain logs and accurate inventory of assets and issues Monitor network communication

Arrange the timely repair of hardware

Manage service provider and vendor communications

Ability to communicate technical information, both verbal and written, to a wide range of end-users and clients

Somaliland– IT Network Administrator

Knowledge and experience requirements:

The ideal person should possess BSc degree in Computer Sciences or related field Minimum 4 years’ experience working in a Windows/Mac environment

Certified in networking and security (CCNA) will be an advantage Familiar with Windows 10, Azure, Office 365 Suite / Google Suite Active Directory maintenance and Exchange Online

PC hardware, printers, scanners, computer peripherals, mobile devices (iOS, Android) Client PC connectivity – Ethernet, TCP/IP, file server knowledge

Strong customer service and troubleshooting skills

Supporting LANs, WANs, network segments, internet, and intranet systems.

Research into new technologies that can be used to improve business/staff productivity

Behavioural Competencies

Process oriented

Excellent time-manager who can balance multiple priorities

Motivated to learn and perform and not afraid to ask questions Keeps informed of new trends, skills, and practices in technology

Good communicator and comfortable to work in a team environment High professional and ethical standards

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 30 September 2019.

Review of application packages will begin as soon as they are received and only complete application packages will be reviewed. In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

Please send the information listed below, as a single PDF file, to the following email address:


  1. A detailed CV and Covering Letter
  2. A 1,000-word essay on What experience have you gained that makes you think that you are the most qualified candidate for the role?
  3. A one-page list of minimum three references with current addresses, phone numbers, and email contacts.

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