Information Technology Support Advisor At WUSC

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WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision.

Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million.

We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Job Description

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world.

IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity, and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative, and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalized youth, particularly young women.

Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centers, women’s organizations, and youth groups.

In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

 

To help graduates become more employable, Africa Business Centre for Developing Education (ABCDE), a Pan-African organization, is helping youth prepare for the world of work through mentorship, internships, and scholarships.

Mentorship programs enable students to make informed decisions regarding their career and academic success through engagement with large groups of students, medium-sized groups specializing in a field of interest, or one-on-one mentorships on a longer-term basis.

Internships provide students and young graduates with opportunities to gain practical knowledge and bridge the gap between educational systems and the world of work. These services expose young people to a broad range of work-readiness skills such as computer literacy, basic comportment, world outlook, written and spoken English, numeracy, punctuality, attention to details, client responsiveness, productivity, time management, exposure to modern culture, and general attitude to work.

These services introduce students to negotiating skills, personal development skills, ICT skills, time management skills, decision-making skills, numeracy and literacy skills, positive work ethics, confidence, leadership interpersonal skills, teamwork, etc.

  • Assignment ID:  VA-105706
  • Assignment Title: Information Technology Support Advisor
  • Partner: Africa Business Centre for Developing Education (ABCDE)
  • Country: Ghana
  • Duration: 9-10 months
  • Time Commitment: 35 hours

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about promoting youth educational development? Do you have information technology and data management skills to share? 

As the Information Technology Support Advisor with the Africa Business Center for Developing Education in Ghana, you will provide technical support and guidance, and manage a database attractive to young people in search of tertiary education and employment opportunities in and outside Ghana. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to develop and manage a database for the partner
  • Provide periodic updates and review of the website to reflect current needs of young people educational informational needs
  • Support the partner to develop digital content products and services for young people including job and employment seekers
  • Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to information technology plan
  • Support partners to reduce their environmental footprint by transitioning out of paper-heavy communications products, and where printing is necessary, using environmentally-friendly materials
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Required Skills or Experience

  • Degree and/or training in information technology/computer science or a related field
  • Experience in developing and managing a website
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and training, including content development, is considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English

Apply today to have an impact on Ghanaian farmers’ incomes!

HOW TO APPLY

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

CLOSING DATE: APRIL 01.2022

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Team prior to assignment and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context, and network with other volunteers
  • WUSC country orientation
  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Pre-assignment medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of an assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

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