Koko Networks – Devops and Python Engineer.

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About KOKO Networks
KOKO Networks is a venture-backed technology company currently operating in Kenya and India. Our mission is to imagine and deliver technology that transforms life in the world’s fastest growing cities. We build and deploy cloud-connected “KOKO Points” inside local retail outlets, which provide mass market consumer goods in partnership with major suppliers. Our first solution is liquid ethanol cooking fuel, which offers significant cost savings and quality of life improvements in the multi-billion dollar urban cooking market. In Kenya, this solution is delivered in partnership with Vivo Energy, the operator of Shell-branded fuel infrastructure across Africa. KOKO offers a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment with significant opportunities for professional growth. We are looking for people who share our passion for technology and our vision for global impact.
Your Role
As KOKO grows within and outside Kenya, our team is looking for experienced DevOps and Python engineers to lead development of our cloud based software products, and be responsible for major technical decisions associated with them accountable for their successful execution. 
In this position on the software engineering team, you’ll have the opportunity to scale KOKO’s systems and ensure they run smoothly. KOKO’s suite of products spans multiple technical domains and disciplines in software and hardware, and so experience in end-to-end systems thinking across distributed components is key for this role.

What you will do

  • Work on the platform design, implementation and operations of KOKO cloud services hosted in AWS
  • Design and implement the deployment pipeline KOKO applications
  • Establish and implement administrative and operational best practices for the engineering team
  • Troubleshoot any part of supported services when needed
  • Design or improve processes as needed to optimize performance and cost of our infrastructure
  • Design and implement solutions for monitoring and alerting
  • Automate routine tasks enabling other teams to work more effectively
  • Evangelize and advocate for reliability practices
  • Collaborate with other engineering teams to support services before they go live
  • Practice sustainable incident response and blameless post-mortems
  • Oversee planned outages, and assist with major upgrades to ensure minimum downtime
  • Ensuring systems are safe and secure against cybersecurity threats.
  • Work with software developers to ensure that the development follows established processes.
  • Participate in building the engineering culture at KOKO.
  • Monitor and measure customer experience and KPIs.
KOKO’s technology stack currently includes (but is not limited to) AWS, Python, Flask, Vue.js, Postgres, Kotlin, Java, Firebase, C++, Celery, Message Queues, Odoo ERP, Docker, Jenkins, CircleCI, Git

What You Will Bring to KOKO

  • Strong all-round skills working with Linux based systems
  • Two or more years of experience with managing cloud-based infrastructure (AWS, GCP or Azure)
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more infrastructure components (e.g. networking, cloud services, orchestration tools, containerization, compute, and storage systems)
  • Experience with cloud monitoring tools
  • Excellent knowledge of Python, and Javascript.
  • Strong expertise with containerisation.
  • Configuration and managing databases like PostgreSQL, DynamoDB.
  • Experience with source control and continuous integration tools (We use GIT and Jenkins)
  • Worked in an Agile multi-functional team 
  • Thrive in an environment that requires you to partner with multiple cross-functional teams as stakeholders/customers
  • Great oral and written communication skills

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary plus a quarterly cash bonus
  • Annual compensation reviews – we reward great work
  • Discounted health insurance with no-cost financing for you and your dependents (in Kenya)
  • 21 days of annual leave plus public holidays plus examination leave
  • Ongoing investment in you and your skills, incl. full access to over 5,000 online courses
  • The right equipment for the job – a choice of MacBook, Windows, or Linux laptop

We believe that our people are critical for our ambitious growth plans in Kenya and beyond. We want to build an organisation where people thrive, feel included, grow professionally, and enjoy having high impact through their work.

If you share our passion for technology and our vision for global impact, we strongly encourage you to apply!

KOKO is committed to gender and racial diversity in the workplace. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply!









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