Volunteer opportunity posted by: VSO
Posted on: November 22, 2012
Volunteer placement based within universities in Ethiopia for 12-24 months.
There is a serious shortage of engineering teachers and trained educators in universities in Ethiopia. You can help urgently to fill the gap by volunteering today with VSO. We are looking for passionate engineers across all sectors to volunteer as lecturers in the top universities in Ethiopia. Sharing your skills and time with people most in need will enrich your life and give your career a boost. Thousands of professionals say volunteering with VSO is a life changing experience. Be one of them.
Background Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and is also one of the poorest. Ethiopia is currently engaged in a highly ambitious effort to realign its higher education system in order to contribute more directly to its national strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. Its achievements over the past five years have been little short of extraordinary. The reforms have targeted all levels: the overall system, institutions and the academic programmes. We have roles in a number of education institutions that require trained and skilled chemical engineers with teaching experience who can make a difference to their programmes.
What does the role involve?
You will work within an education institution to develop their programme and build the capacity of staff. To do this you will:
Skills, qualifications and experience required You'll have at least an MSc in Chemical or Process engineering as well as experience teaching and training in a higher education context. You will also have professional experience working in a related field. You'll need to be a flexible, proactive and positive person who is able to work with limited resources with patience and confidence. You'll be an excellent communicator with the ability to build good relationships with a wide range of people. You'll be open and hardworking with a commitment to capacity building. Flexibility and a sense of humour are essential in this type of work.
And the rest.... These voluntary roles are based within education institutions in Ethiopia. We'll ask you to commit 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to development goals and in return we'll provide you with invaluable training before your placement, a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation and insurance. When you return to your home country we'll help you resettle and we'll invite you to stay involved with us through campaigning, development awareness raising and fundraising.
For more information about volunteering with VSO and to apply for this role please go to: www.vsointernational.org/volunteer/apply-now and put the following job reference on your application form: ETH/Niche.