Senior Systems Administrator

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Location: Remote position. Applicants must work within time zones UTC +0 to UTC +4.

Application Deadline: April 26, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. CET

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a growing, global nonprofit media organization that is reinventing investigative journalism for the public good. By developing and equipping a global network of investigative journalists and publishing their stories, we expose crime and corruption so the public can hold power to account. We see a future where organized crime and corruption are drastically reduced and democracy is strengthened. Our global team includes editors, researchers, data engineers, security specialists, administrators, technologists, and strategists, each with areas of in-depth expertise.

Position Overview

OCCRP is looking for a Senior Systems Administrator to help lead the planning, development and roll out of new IT infrastructure. We support a range of services internally for staff and journalists, as well as for some of our member centers and publishing partners.

There are around a dozen self-hosted open source solutions that make up our service offering. This includes tooling such as backups and monitoring. We have a clear idea of the direction we want to head in, and are looking for someone with experience of this kind of roll-out to undertake the heavy lifting. You will be part of a four-person remote team.

Your role will be focused exclusively on designing, developing, testing and rolling out the new infrastructure. OCCRP faces some serious and unique security challenges, with a fast-paced working environment. Both of those aspects will need to be incorporated in future work.

This is a six-month contract within European time zones.

Team: Infrastructure Team, working closely with Head of Infrastructure

Job Description

You will work with the Head of the Infrastructure Team to develop and deliver a new infrastructure platform fit for OCCRP’s growing needs. Responsibilities include:

Developing Ansible playbooks
Integrating testing into deployment procedures
Applying recommended security best practices
Documenting design and deployment details to a high standard
Knowledge sharing within the team
Maintaining the new infrastructure for a temporary period

Person Description
Essential Skills

Strong working knowledge of an Infrastructure-as-code configuration management tool – ideally Ansible – but other tools will be considered.
Good working knowledge of Linux based operating systems, such as Debian
Knowledge of Docker container orchestration
Knowledge of CI/CD
Ability to write good technical documentation
Good interpersonal skills with open communication
Good written and spoken English

Desirable Skills

Knowledge of PHP and Nginx
Experience with Google Cloud Platform


Experience running and maintaining self-hosted application environments
Automation of deployment and integration with CI/CD pipelines
Managing systems with a ‘security first’ approach
Ability to manage and prioritize own workload
Working within a team environment


Previous infrastructure design experience
Project management experience

To Apply
To apply, please email your CV and a Cover Letter to jobs[at]

All applications must be submitted in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Whilst we have internal goals to reply to unsuccessful candidates, we regret that the high number of applicants greatly exceeds our capacity to respond to each person. We apologize that we will not be able to reply to any unsuccessful applicants.

As an equal opportunity employer, OCCRP values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, medical conditions, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics. If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process, please contact hr[at]

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