SQL Server Administrator

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Minimum 2-year commitment, full-time job

Job Description

One Acre Fund has several applications implemented as a SQL server merge replicated architecture using web synchronization to a hosted server. There are nearly 40 locations in five different countries, which communicate with our main production server. In addition, we are replicating data to a separately hosted server for business reporting.

As the number of locations and countries to grow over time, we are seeking an exceptional professional to serve as SQL Server Administrator who can build and improve on our current server architecture, as well as plan ahead for future scaling. In addition, the SQL Server Administrator will assist with trainings when One Acre Fund expands to new countries.

The SQL server Administrator will start off in one of our field countries for the first twelve months, with the potential for relocation afterward. During the initial period, some general IT administration tasks will be required and there will be the opportunity to understand the technical constraints a lot of our field offices face. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The SQL Server Administrator will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Server maintenance and security
    • Create and maintain security policies for developers connecting to SQL server.
    • In addition to database security, monitor firewall settings and prevent intrusion attempts.
    • Monitor and test automated backups, ensure offsite storage, and perform consistency checks.
    • Evaluate server performance and make recommendations for improvements
    • Anticipate scaling needs.
    • Create disaster recovery and emergency failover procedures.
  • Communicate with our developers and field operations team
    • Act as gatekeeper for direct data manipulation/cleaning requests.
    • Create scripts for setting up a test environment with production data for developers.
    • Create and maintain a training environment tailored to different country program needs.
    • Assist with database architecture changes and staging data migrations.
  • Support
    • Maintain and improve client installation scripts.
    • Monitor client database performance.
    • Monitor replication performance.
    • Assist local IT staff with troubleshooting in case of connectivity problems with the database.
  • New country setup
    • Provide trainings for our main database tools to new Country Directors and bookkeepers.
    • Assist new countries with hiring local IT staff.
  • Other
    • Our IT needs keep growing and the SQL Server Administrator may be asked to help out in other areas occasionally.

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.  


Professional Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication skills. The person in this position will have to communicate with team members remotely on a regular basis.
  • Knowledge of SQL server and replication, strong scripting skills, and the ability to create clear documentation.
  • Previous experience with server/network administration a plus.
  • English required; French a strong plus.

Personal Attributes:

The following personal attributes are desired:

  • A deep and genuine commitment to serving the poor.
  • A passion for One Acre Fund’s program.
  • A tremendous attention to detail.
  • Humility and positive attitude.

Preferred Start Date



Commensurate with experience


Health insurance, immunizations, flights, housing.

Sponsor International Candidates 


East Africans strongly encouraged to apply.

See Inside the Office of One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund’s supplies farmers with the financing and trainings they need to have a sustainable, permanent gain in farm income—for every dollar a farmer invests with One Acre Fund, he or she will see at least a 100% return on investment.

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