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Is a Post-ICT4D World is Coming?

I'm finding great unease in recent conversations with leading technology for development practitioners in Washington, DC and elsewhere. They are all nervous about where the international development industry is headed, if ICT4D has a long-term future within it, and what they should do next.

What to Worry About?

There were three general themes that I found people worrying about when it came to their ICT4D career as part of the international development community:
  • Reduced Government Funding: US, UK, and other governments are reducing funding, which is dropping overall funding rates.
  • Shift to In-Country Expertise: more and more work is moving to host country nationals - as it should.
  • Competing Private Sector Solutions: the private sector has finally realized there is money to be made in developing countries.

What Will You Do About It?

If we are entering a musical chairs of shrinking jobs for international ICT4D practitioners (which I think is debatable), then what should a digital development practitioner do about it?

First, and foremost, if you are a competent host country national with quality technology skills, try to get a third-country national position now, while they still exist. This is your fastest route to greater pay and promotions in any country.

Then enjoy the ride as you are head-hunted from one job to the next for another 20 years across multiple developing countries. I think your career will be long and prosperous.

5 Options for International ICT4D Experts

For the international ICT4D expert, I have five options for you to consider if you're worried about the future of international development writ large, and our sub-sector specifically.

Yes, this is where you have to click over to the ICTworks post Is a Post-ICT4D World is Coming? What Will You Do About It? for more details. Oh, and you should probably subscribe to ICTworks, if you haven't already.

Good luck!
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This Week's ICT4D Jobs Listings

  1. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is seeking an Information Management Associate in Uganda for the “Crowdsourcing Non-Camp Refugee Data Through OpenStreetMap (OSM)” project in partnership with UNHCR-HOT.
  2. The DIAL team at the UN Foundation is looking for two Software Engineers to join their ICT4SDGs team. This team is very interested in diverse full-stack polyglots located in DC, Seattle, Portland or other technology hubs. 
  3. WFP is seeking to hire IT Operations Assistants, based at the offshore office of Headquarters Global IT Service Desk in New Delhi, India.
  4. Vital Voices is looking for a Trauma-Informed Digital Security Trainer. The position is remote.
  5. Vital Voices is also on the hunt for their next Chief Technology Officer in Washington, DC.
  6. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is recruiting for their next IT Specialist/Senior IT Specialist–Virtualization/Cloud/System Infrastructure. Apply by January 17!
  7. FinDev Canada is seeking a Data Analyst / Data Scientist who will lead the building of their data management practice in Montreal, Canada. 
  8. Asian Development Bank needs an Intern - Infrastructure and Technology Operations Division in the Phillippines. Apply by January 31!
  9. Looking for an internship? UN Women is looking for a Data & Statistics Intern for the New York office. Apply by January 10.
  10. UNDP is looking for a Chief Technical Advisor/Project Coordinator, E-fiscalization and innovation in Kyrgyzstan. Apply by January 10.
  11. UNCDF is in need of a Technical Specialist, Digital Finance & Innovation in Uganda. Apply by January 13.
  12. Could you be the next Manager, Technology for Communities in Transition with Creative Associates International? The position is based in Washington, DC. Apply today!
  13. UNOPS is looking for their next ICT/Asset Management Associate in Jerusalem. Could it be you? 
  14. UNOPS is also looking for an ICT Assistant in Afghanistan. 
  15. d.tree International is looking for a Senior Software Developer to work remotely.
  16. d.tree also needs a Technology and Innovation Advisor in Guatemala.
  17. d.tree is also seeking a Software Developer in Tanzania. Don't miss out!
  18. CARE is looking to find someone to fill the role of Impact Data Analyst in Atlanta.
  19. Catholic Relief Services is seeking a Digital Developer in Baltimore.
  20. A Full-stack Developer is needed by the Norwegian Refugee Council in Germany. Could you be the right fit?
  21. Could you be the next National Data Manager in Nigeria for the World Health Organization? Apply by January 14!
  22. UNICEF is recruiting for an ICT Specialist (Cloud Applications Platforms) in New York. Apply by January 24!
  23. Know anyone who could fit the profile of Head of Impact Partnerships at Simprints?
  24. Not your cup of tea? Simprints has several other relevant openings as well: Privacy & Data Security ManagerAndroid Engineer, and Software Engineer – Data and Backend Services.   

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