DevOps / Site Reliability Engineer, Nairobi

  • ONA Data
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • 15/07/2019
Full time Software Engineering

Job Description

At Ona, we don't just strive for diversity, we thrive on it. For Ona, diversity has been a spring board for creativity, innovation, and growth. We are committed to giving equal opportunities to employees and applicants regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, colour, nationality, age, marital status, or pregnancy status.

We're looking for developers who want to build foundational data systems that drive change. Our team has worked on projects that record the social infrastructure of entire countries, tally the winners of national elections, and reduce infant mortality. We build software that solves real problems and you will too.

We believe in taking the approach of applying software engineering to infrastructure automation, and manage operations. We are looking for a Site Reliability Engineer with an operations and software engineering background to help us build and run large-scale, distributed, fault-tolerant systems.

Qualities we're looking for

  • Thoughtful coder.

    • You understand the importance of abstractions and interfaces. You keep modules loosely coupled and know that algorithms + data structures = programs.
    • You read and understand existing systems before diving in, then you research and stand on the shoulders of giants to follow best practices. You know how to prototype, how to iterate, and when to step back and think it through or ask questions.
  • Builder.

    • You are committed to the projects you work on and need to see them through to completion. You understand that solving the user's problem is the end goal.
    • You prefer open systems that are verifiably secure, you publish and use open source code, like we do.
  • Lifelong learner.

    • You stay up to date with the latest trends and are excited to learn new languages, tools, and best practices.
  • Explorer.

    • You thrive in teams and projects that span timezones and cultures.
    • You're ready and excited to travel in order to support projects, no matter how dusty or remote.


  • Minimum 3 years maintaining production systems on Linux
  • Minimum 2 years writing production web applications
  • Minimum 1 year working with deployment or infrastructure tools, e.g. Ansible, Chef, Puppet
  • Experience working with remote teams
  • Strong attention to detail and understanding of architectural dependencies.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.

Nice to haves

  • Experience managing and automating infrastructure on AWS, GCP, and Azure
  • Experience writing Clojure, Java, JavaScript, and Python
  • Experience using Ansible, Terraform, and Hashicorp Vault
  • Experience using Docker, Kubernetes, and KOPS
  • Experience using InfluxDB, Graphite, and Grafana
  • Experience using Monit, Nginx, and SystemD

To apply

Please send the following to

  • Note describing why you are interested in working at Ona.
  • Resume.
  • Examples of your work. Link to your GitHub page, projects you've completed, or your website.
  • (bonus points) Build something cool using our API, or extend some software we've written.

Please note that resumes will be reviewed as soon as received. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.