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IT professionals

We need IT professionals to add to our pool of volunteers in the long term to help our partner organisations.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll have an IT or computer-related degree and at least two years’ work experience in IT. A post-graduate degree is desirable for some roles. We need strong strategic and analytical skills, plus experience in setting up and managing networks and servers, hardware and software maintenance and support, database development and web design. You’ll also have the ability to train others and develop manuals.

Short-term roles require at least five years’ experience, along with significant experience of delivering training and supporting staff. Experience of monitoring systems and management information systems is desirable.

What you'll be doing

You’ll be working for an NGO or an educational or health institution to develop databases, networks, IT infrastructure and websites.

You’ll support the development and implementation of IT systems, IT infrastructure and maintenance. You’ll also build the capacity of staff in IT management skills, and train a team on IT skills and the effective use of computer software applications.

Available roles include web design, database management, IT training and ICT coordination. You’ll work on a wide variety of projects. You could be helping assess IT infrastructure needs and generate strategies for improved resourcing, or providing advice on policy for the appropriate use of IT resources.

Opportunities are mainly based in Ethiopia, however you could be working in countries such as The Gambia, Ghana or Tanzania.

Example placement

Placement for: ICT department adviser

Country: Ethiopia

You'll work at the Ethiopian Ministry for Education to support the development of an IT Department at the college. You'll be responsible for establishing an effective network and improving desktop support and training colleagues to become self-sufficient.

What does the role involve?:

  • Developing a well networked IT training centre at the college
  • Improving the existing Internet connection at the college
  • Advising on the improvement, maintenance and upgrading of computer hardware, software, local area network etc
  • Providing ICT training to college staff and teachers
  • Training technicians/designated IT staff at the centre in hard and software maintenance so they can further develop and maintain IT equipment after your placement ends.
     

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll need a degree or equivalent qualification in IT or relevant field with at least three years’ experience of working in an IT environment, ideally at management level. Broad IT skills are essential – you’ll need experience in network installation and administration, hardware maintenance and troubleshooting and have the ability to provide training in basic IT skills. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also important as you’ll be training and working closely with your local colleagues. You’ll be a self-starter, flexible with a patient and self-reliant approach, and a great sense of humour for when things don’t go to plan.

And the rest...

Landlocked Ethiopia is situated in North Eastern Africa, bordering Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. The Simien mountains are arguably the most spectacular mountain range in Africa, and Lalibela, with its 13th century rock-hewn churches and the medieval castle of Gondar make for a very different experience from most other African countries. You’ll be based Abbiy Addi, a town of about 13,000 inhabitants in north central Ethiopia in the Tigray Region.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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