Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a Canadian non-profit organization. Its mission is to help low and middle-income countries improve their universities, so that they can train their own experts and conduct research to promote their countries’ development.
AWB’s projects are involved in the full range of university activities, from expanding and improving existing institutions and programs to helping create new ones. AWB fulfills its mission by sending volunteers on projects that originate in, and are owned by, developing world institutions. AWB volunteers are reimbursed for their expenses but are not paid a salary.
During the pandemic, volunteers are working remotely on projects that can be implemented online. Once restrictions are lifted, international working visits will resume as appropriate.
Volunteer Opportunity: Development of digital literacy skills of faculty, staff, and students
Number of Volunteers: 1 or more
Partner Institution: Injibara University, Ethiopia
Injibara University is a new university in the northern part of Ethiopia that admitted the first 1450 students in four faculties in January 2018 and an additional 1600 students in the 2018/19 academic year. Injibara University is one of a new group of public universities established as part of the second Growth and Transformation Plan of the Government of Ethiopia. The university has four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Climate Sciences; Natural and Computational Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanity; and Business and Economics. The four colleges accommodate 24 departments and 160 academic staff.
Location: Injibara University, Injibara, Ethiopia – the project will begin virtually
In some areas of Ethiopia there is a recognized deficiency in digital literacy. Injibara University seeks to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) skills development as a central pillar of its programs. As a young institution, the university is building the foundation for ICT development and currently has an ICT directorate, computer science and ICT programs, and a small number of ICT support staff.
The university seeks a volunteer to assist its faculty to increase the use of ICT in education delivery by integrating ICT into the curriculum. Initially, the volunteer will work with faculty members to conduct a situational analysis and needs analysis. This step will include a review of the existing curriculum to understand the current use of ICT throughout the institution and provide recommendations to increase the digital literacy of the faculty, staff, and students.
Based on these recommendations, the volunteer will provide faculty and staff with customized short-term training on digital literacy skills, open-source software, and network infrastructure management tools. The volunteer will also provide recommendations to the faculty for the use of innovative ICT services and tools to support teaching, learning, and research activities and guidance to improve the capacity of ICT staff to provide support and services to faculty and students.
Minimum of a master’s degree in Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, or a related discipline. Applicants with specializations in Network and Systems Administration, Systems Development and/or experience in ICT curriculum development are especially encouraged to apply.
Start Date and Duration:
The assignment will begin with working online with the faculty team at Injibara University to conduct a situational analysis and needs assessment. Depending on project progress and when conditions allow, the assignment will likely continue with one or more working visits to Injibara University.
If the volunteer travels, all expenses – flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals – will be covered by Injibara University and AWB.
Please send to Corrie Young, [email protected]:
- Your CV, including your contact information
- A statement of your motivation in seeking the position and your availability to undertake the role.
- Two (2) letters of reference – please either include the letters of reference with your application package or have them sent separately to Corrie Young, Associate Executive Director – Projects & Network, [email protected], by the application deadline
Deadline: May 26, 2021