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Information Technology Advisor

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

6 Months | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2019

Location Zelalem Nega, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role


This placement will support the implementation of the project « Midwives Save Lives » (MSL) in Ethiopia. The project is an RMNCAH initiative, implemented by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives in four sub-saharan countries (Benin, DRC, Ethiopia and Tanzania), in close collaboration with four national midwifery associations. MSL will contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity through the strengthening of the availability, access, acceptability and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This placement will support the implementation of the project « Midwives Save Lives » (MSL) in Ethiopia.

The project started in April 2015 and is 4 years in length. More specifically, activities planned will increase the skills and competencies of pre- and in-service midwives, strengthen health systems to work more effectively with and for midwives, address low levels of demand for RMNCAH services at the community-level that impact the health status of girls, women and babies, and strengthen the capacity of Midwifery professional associations to improve the quality and coverage of midwifery care. Central to this project is the universal right of all women to be treated with dignity and respect. This placement will support the work carried out by Farm Radio-Ethiopia in rural communities while boosting their technological capacity and thereby strengthening the ability of Farm Radio to use the technology to better serve their beneficiaries and clients. ices delivered through midwives in the four target countries.

As a volunteer, you will:

 - Facilitate workshops and/or create educational materials on themes related to strategic planning. These might vary depending on the volunteer’s expertise and the needs of the association though subjects may include business planning, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc.

- Perform need-based analyses on associations, including an analysis of the new value chain of an eco-tourism initiative in Yororobá. The analysis should highlight the associations’ institutional needs, along with the beneficiaries’ progress in achieving their professional goals.

- Develop and implement strategic plans and recommendations on future actions of associations/groups based on the collected data.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications, Windows 10 and earlier versions), Windows servers, Microsoft Active Directory.

-Experience with Terminal Servers and Virtualization (VMware is a plus).

-Experience in network troubleshooting.

-Experience in hardware/software troubleshooting.

-Experience with SharePoint and Office 365, or willingness to learn.  

Essential Professional Background:

-MSc/BSc in Computer Science, Software, Computer engineering, management of information systems, or related field. Minimum 3 years of work experience in IT


About Our Partner


Farm Radio

Farm Radio is an international non-profit organization based in Canada and dedicated to serving African farming families and rural communities trough radio. The organization has currently more than 650 radio partners in 40 Sub-Saharan countries to fight poverty and food insecurity through high quality radio programs. These radios reach more then ten million of small-scale farmers with life-changing information and opportunities. The mission of Farm Radio is to help African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities through radio programs that are informative, interactive and entertaining. To achieve these objective Farm Radio develops radio resources and trainings for selected broadcasting partners.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.