Development workers as digital ambassadors programme
GIZ is looking for committed nerds and geeks who want to contribute to overcoming the digital divide as development workers in Rwanda, Namibia, Ghana, Cameroon and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
A better life for everyone and meaningful tasks for our employees – that is our model for success. For more than 50 years, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), as a federal government company, has been supporting the global implementation of development policy goals. Together with partner organizations in more than 130 countries, we are involved in a wide variety of projects. If you want to make a difference in the world and develop yourself in the process, you’ve come to the right place.
- Location:Several locations
- Area of Expertise:ICT and digitalization
- Type of enployment:Full time
- Application time:January 31, 2024
Do you want to help reduce the digital divide in Africa and thus actively shape the digital transformation locally? Do you want to advise municipal multimedia centers or youth clubs, improve web platforms or geoinformation systems, or set up a makerspace in a remote village? Are you familiar with mesh networks and Raspberry Pi? Or with social media and data privacy? Then you are right with us!
Our Digital Ambassador Initiative aims to provide disadvantaged groups, communities and civil society organizations in Africa with better access to and use of current digital technologies. In this way, more people should benefit from the opportunities offered by digitalization. The initiative particularly promotes access to the Internet in rural areas, digital literacy for women, girls and young people and digital support for democratic processes.
Digital Ambassadors are mediators between the digital world, the digital ecosystems and the realities on site, who use peer-to-peer approaches to develop innovative solutions to overcome the digital divide between urban and rural, poor and rich or men and women ( co-develop and promote their scaling.
Development workers’ tasks
As part of your service as development workers, you will take on the following tasks:
- The tasks of the Digital Ambassadors are derived from the specific needs on site
- They can lie in the teaching of basic digital skills, in the development of easily accessible digital information channels, in the area of the entrepreneur and start-up scene, digitalization in vocational training or even in the design of concepts for NGOs that promote democratic processes online Use participation
- Missions can also relate to the challenge of finding innovative solutions for access to the Internet where broadband does not exist or for those who do not have a smartphone with a data flat rate
- Digital Ambassadors often work in a team with complementary skills and always together with local partners with whom they design and develop the solutions together
- University degree or professional qualification related to digital change (social, political or economic sciences, social work, pedagogy, media, ICT, engineering or comparable)
- Affinity to the topic of digital transformation, combined with initial practical professional experience (possibly also as part of qualified internships during your studies) and initial experience in the area of development cooperation/international cooperation
- Proven IT/ICT knowledge and experience and understanding of IT developments and IT/ICT projects
- Knowledge of promoting “digital literacy” and consulting approaches to information and communication technologies as well as interest in cooperation/interface management and process design/creation
- Experience abroad, preferably in Africa, and experience working in intercultural contexts
- Sensitivity to and/or experience with approaches to gender equality
- Teamwork and networking skills combined with the talent to think conceptually and analytically as well as a structured working style with a high degree of self-organization, flexibility and creativity
- Very good knowledge of English and French (depending on location), knowledge of German is an advantage
We would be happy to offer you a first impression of topics such as climate, shopping and supply options, school situation and health care in the countries .
Further information about country-specific information from the Federal Foreign Office can be found at https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ .
The fine dust pollution in some locations exceeds the limit value permitted in Europe many times over. As part of the selection process and during the recruitment examination, you will be informed about suitable protective and behavioral measures.
Location: Capital and provincial cities in sub-Saharan Africa
Period of use: 12-24 months (plus 1 month of preparation)
This assignment is also suitable for a gap year.
For this deployment, the specific geographical location depends on the project needs. Possible countries in focus are: Ghana, Kenya, Namibia or Tanzania as well as Cameroon or Côte d’Ivoire. The duration of the assignment, including the start and end dates, also depends on the project that would support applicants. In general, the duration can be between one and two years.
This is an unsolicited application. After sending your application documents, you will receive an automatic reply with further information. We ask for your understanding if any feedback is delayed.
The basis for serving as a development worker is the Development Workers Act (EhfG) and an extensive service package based on it . This includes, among other things, targeted professional and personal preparation. We offer you work in an innovative, globally active development policy institution. Your skills are in demand in an interdisciplinary team on site.
GIZ is a signatory to the Diversity Charter. Recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the company are important to us. All employees should experience appreciation – regardless of gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, social background, sexual orientation.
We would like to increase the proportion of people with disabilities and would be happy to receive relevant applications.
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