Job Listing: Database Administrator Assistant (03 Positions)

Reports To: Database Administrator

Department: ICT

Job Summary: The Database Administrator Assistant will be responsible for assisting in keeping NIRA databases up and running smoothly 24/7 to provide a seamless flow of information. This role involves considering both backend data structure and frontend accessibility for end-users.


The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) was established by the Registration of Persons Act (ROPA), 2015 and is mandated to establish and maintain the National Identification Register (NIR). The Authority is also charged with, among others; the registration of citizens and legally resident aliens; assigning National Identification / Alien Identification Numbers (NINs/AINS) to qualifying persons and issuing Identification Cards to those 16 years and above; registration of births, deaths, and adoption orders, and issuance of the relevant certificates.

The first release of National Identification Cards in Uganda was issued in 2014 with a validity of ten (10) years. NIRA intends to conduct a mass renewal and mass enrolment exercise for all expired cards and unregistered citizens. Section 66 of the Registration of Persons Act, 2015, makes possession of a National Identification Card or National Identification Number (NIN) a mandatory requirement for persons to access public services.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in implementing, and enforcing comprehensive maintenance procedures for NIRA database systems
  • Define users and enable data distribution to the right user in the appropriate format and timely manner according to NIRA’s approved data policies, procedures, and standards
  • Carry out data backup and recovery following the data backup policy
  • Perform tests and evaluations regularly to ensure data security, privacy, and integrity
  • Monitor database performance, implement changes, and apply new patches and versions when required
  • Devise and implement processes for resolving faults and data loss, and write disaster recovery plans
  • Participate in data migration and data archiving activities
  • Write database documentation, including data standards, procedures, and definitions for the data dictionary (metadata)
  • Monitor system and database performance, data usage, and space, and support backup and recovery procedures
  • Create and manage database reports, visualizations, and dashboards
  • Create automation for repeating database tasks and support performance tuning and optimization of database systems
  • Support processes for optimizing and enhancing database security and provide second-level support to techno-functional users
  • Ensure data protection and privacy in accordance with the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Manager Information Systems

Qualifications / Education:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with Honours in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, or any related field
  • Excellent technical skills in a range of programming languages
  • Hands-on experience with database standards and end-user applications
  • Excellent knowledge of data backup, recovery, security, integrity, and SQL
  • Familiarity with database design, documentation, and coding
  • Experience with DBA case tools (frontend/backend) and third-party tools
  • Possession of industry-relevant certifications will be an added advantage

Experience and Skills:

  • Proven working experience as a Database Administrator, experience in Oracle and Postgres will be an added advantage
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to think algorithmically
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with or without supervision
  • Ability to sit for long periods working on a computer
  • Flexibility to work night shifts and weekends
  • Accuracy
  • Team player
  • Good organizational skills
  • Cost awareness

Application Instructions: Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications online via APPLY HERE.

Applications should reach the above address not later than Tuesday 12th March 2024 at 5.00 pm.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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