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Senior Database Specialist

Date Posted
8th January 2018
Reference
VAC-27850
Sector
Information & Communication Technology
Job Type
Permanent
Location
Port of Spain
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The incumbent is required to perform specialized database design, development, implementation, maintenance and support duties for the information systems of a large Ministry/Department.

Job Description

Duties include: ensuring the security, confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Ministry/Department’s databases; providing advice on database technology and products; managing database design and development activities; developing, administering, maintaining and supporting database solutions; and supervision of professional, technical and support staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Designs, develops, tests, corrects and documents database management systems as part of the overall application development and maintenance process in accordance with agreed standards and specifications. 
  • Designs and applies physical, procedural and technical controls to the databases of the Ministry/Department to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability; and investigates and remedies related security incidents. 
  • Trains relevant staff to ensure their comprehension of and compliance with government’s policies and procedures, and established best practices, around the use of information; and identifies the risks involved in the use of information. 
  • Manages the accessibility, retrievability and security of defined databases 
  • Contributes to the design of information systems to meet the business needs of the Ministry/Department, consistent with database standards and best practices, and within the constraints of cost, security and efficiency. 
  • Manages the on-going installation, configuration, upgrade, administration, monitoring and maintenance of the databases of the Ministry/Department, including developing and maintaining related procedures and documentation, and optimising database performance and availability. 
  • Facilitates the management of the database development and implementation projects, of the Ministry/Department including the identification and mitigation of project risk, ensuring quality in project delivery and managing resources. 
  • Prepares and delivers learning activities, such as training, to a variety of audiences in areas of technical specialisation and responsibility. 
  • Contributes to the planning and execution of system and acceptance testing of new or modified information systems, particularly for areas of technical specialisation. 
  • Contributes to the planning and implementation of software releases, particularly for areas of technical specialisation by undertaking activities such as risk assessment and stakeholder coordination.
  • Reviews database development and implementation processes in accordance with agreed quality standards. 
  • Provides inputs to the service continuity planning process and implements the resulting plans. 
  • Applies specialist knowledge of database architectures, design, techniques and software to the specification, design and maintenance of databases and repositories which support the information needs of the Ministry/Department. 
  • Keeps abreast of developments in database technology, tools and techniques and advises on their relevance and potential value to the Ministry/Department and their application. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
KNOWLEDGE:

  • Considerable  knowledge  in  database  technology,  and  database  development, administration and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the principles, tools and techniques required for the management and control of ICT within an organisation.
  • Some knowledge of Public Service processes and procedures.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to supervise professional, technical and support staff.
  • Ability to think creatively and to implement database solutions.
  • Ability to manage ICT projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to promote teamwork and manage conflict.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to interact positively with members of the public and external stakeholders.


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience at a supervisory level in the area of ICT, including at least two (2) years’ experience in the design, development, operation and maintenance of large database management systems. 
  • Training as evidenced by the possession of a recognized Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Systems Management, Computer Engineering or a related area. 
  • Relevant certification in database management such as the Certified Data Management Professional, Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional etc. 

OR

  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience at a supervisory level in the area of ICT including at least four (4) years in the design, development, operation and maintenance of large database management systems. 
  • Training as evidenced by the possession of a recognised Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution. 
  • Certification in the area of ICT from a recognised institution. 

OR 

  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience at a supervisory level in the area of ICT, in addition to at least five (5) years’ experience in the design, development operation and maintenance of large database management systems. 
  • Training as evidenced by the possession of a two-year Diploma/Certificate in the area of ICT from a recognised institution. 


We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those persons, who meet the minimum qualifications and experience required for the position will be contacted.
 

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