|ASO/MCC: ICT Teacher & Maintenance Person - Ethiopia|
|Debre Zeit (about 1.5 hr SE of Addis Ababa)|
|The MCC Ethiopia office is located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Addis is an international hub for air travel, tourism and international organizations. The African Union headquarters are in Addis and many international meetings, including peace talks, are routinely held there. It is a cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of services, products, sporting facilities, churches, and educational opportunities available.
Although Ethiopia is a poor country and ranks very low on the human development index, there are strong signs of economic growth. There is a small and growing middle class, but the average Ethiopian continues to struggle to make a living. The rapid economic growth in Ethiopia, particularly in Addis, has resulted in vastly increased pressure on an aging infrastructure. The main roads in Addis Ababa are paved, but the high number of cars and the looseness with which local drivers follow traffic rules can make driving in town a stressful experience. There are a variety of transportation options available. Each must be evaluated for safety concerns. Water quality from municipal sources is generally good but boiling and filtering is highly recommended.
The Information & Communications Technology Teacher/Maintenance Person, however, would live and work at Meserete Kristos (MK) College in Deabrzeite, a town about 47 km from Addis Ababa. MK College is located in a beautiful, rural/pastoral setting with a pleasant semi-arid climate year round; temperatures are in the 20-30s°C (70-80s°F) by day and 15-25°C (60-70s°F) by night. There are two rainy seasons; the short rains usually occur in March-April and the longer rains from June-September. The town is situated at some 6,000 feet/1,900 meters above sea level, just north of the equator. Located in the heart of the Rift Valley, many crater lakes dot the landscape, including one just south of the MK College.
The volunteer will live on campus in the guest apartment building. Lunches would likely be on campus, while other meals can be made at the apartment. There might be other guest workers from North America living in the same building so there could be an opportunity for fellowship and eating together.
Relatively speaking, the town has a good health and transportation facility. There are evangelical churches in the town and nearby country side areas to be served and to serve.
|Sep 02, 2019|
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
Anabaptist Service Opportunities Expectations: Living expenses (food, lodging, in-country transportation, etc.) are provided by MCC. The short term volunteer(s) would cover travel expenses to and from assignment, carry their own health insurance and provide a monthly contribution ($500 suggested donation). Applicants for this position must be legally eligible to be employed in the U.S. (Preference is for candidates age 55 and up.)
1. Minimum of Bachelor of Arts degree in Information & Communication Technology [ICT].
2. Three years teaching experience at college level required. Computer maintenance and website development skill preferred.
3. Recommendation from church and other related institution regarding candidate's faith and church involvement.
4. Need to be willing to work with a charismatic church in a conservative, male-oriented culture.
5. Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
|The main roles for the Information & Communications Technology Teacher & Maintenance Person will be teaching, computer maintenance and website development/administration. Through these activities, the teaching & learning process at Meserete Kristos College will be enriched and achieve the expected results. The teacher would be accountable to the Academic Dean and the MCC Ethiopia Reps. The ICT Teacher & Maintenance Person would be accountable to the Academic Dean and the MCC Ethiopia Reps.|
|The key responsibilities for this role are:
- Teach courses as assigned by the academic dean.
- Prepare in advance a syllabus for the course to be taught and submit the syllabus for evaluation to the academic dean
- Prepare thoroughly for each class so as to ensure that each class contributes as much as possible to the learning and development of the students.
- Submit student grades at the end of each course.
- Organize the computer lab class; assist with the maintenance of computers and systems. They tasks might include:
a) wiring system networks, training IT/ computer persons how to keep the networks running, introducing open software technology and establishing it where agreed to.
b) ensuring all departments have email access and virus protection and troubleshooting all IT problems.
- Provide computer skills training to staff
- Participate in website development activities.
- Participate in the community life of the college e.g. attending in chapel programs, gradation programs, etc.
- Be an example for the college community through Christ-like lifestyle and conduct, with a Christ honoring commitment to excellence in the teaching and scholarly rigor.
The volunteer needs to be open to teaching a basic computer skills course, and if needed, workshops that increase capacity of partners in Ethiopia (including how to use Power Point, Excel, Access, advanced word processing and the internet as well as work with problems with illegal software and how to deal with viruses).
Dates for the school terms at MKC are:
Summer terms: May 15 to May 29; June 5 to June 19
First term: Sept 19 to Jan 9.
Christmas break: Jan 9 to 16
Second term: Jan 16 to May 13
More information about Meserete Kristos College can be found on their website: http://mkcollege.org/about-us/
- The Amharic language is difficult for English speakers, but it will be important to learn some. MCCers have found that mastering greetings and situational basics for shopping and traveling takes them a long way.
- Limited dental care and mental health services; limited internet connectivity.
- Use of public transit required
- The health risks have to do with water and food borne diseases. One needs to be careful of what one eats or drinks. There is pollution in Addis Ababa and on the roads where the traffic is heavy, but Debre Zeit has relatively clean air in that respect.
- Security in country is constantly monitored; there is political instability on the borders of Ethiopia but one is relatively safe in the country. Petty theft is a problem but rarely does one see violent crime occur.