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How Do I Return to ICT4D?

What questions do you have about digital development careers? Click here to ask yours! We'll answer it in the next newsletter.

Q1: How do I return to ICT4D?

A subscriber has an interesting question: they were in ICT4D before, then left to start a business that while in international development, was not a technology company. Now they are wondering how to return to ICT4D and the roles they should apply for.

First: What Do You Want to Do?

I think the hardest part of a job search is figuring out what you want to do. The role, responsibilities, work culture, and experiences that will make you happy. I've found that writing it all down and ranking what matters can really help you narrow down your focus.

This is the first task, because you don't want to do a job search just to get a job you wind up hating. I've done that twice now - its not fun.

Next: What Are Your Transferable Skills

The person writing in realized they wanted to lead an ICT4D team, so next up was to think through all the skills and experience needed to lead a team and then to find examples of that leadership in their present work.

For this person, that was easy - they were managing a team and often had to overcome technology problems to get their product to the right market in the way their customers wanted. So they can list out those experiences in their CV with the right emphasis for each employer's desires.

Finally: Who Do You Know?

For better or worse, ICT4D is a very small field and getting in by a recommendation, referral, or direct friendship is always faster than blindly applying to job ads (including the ones below).

In fact, you should use job ads as a rough gauge of which organizations are hiring and what they looking for, and then start informational interviewing your way into their social/professional networks. You want to be known before you apply.

For this person, they can start with the people they knew in ICT4D from before they left, and build their network from there. They are not in the USA currently, which does pose a slight barrier, but thankfully we have Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and whole slew of connectivity options for them.

Their job search will not be easy.  No job search is ever easy. Its a long, hard, slog with many questions. Ask your questions now!

Want a quick and free primer on the digital development career path? Then watch my ICT4Djobs webinar with Devex where I covered the essential skills you need for a successful ICT4D career.

This Week's ICT4D Jobs Listings

  1. GSMA is in search of an Insights Manager, AgriTech Programme to be based in London.
  2. GSMA is also looking to fill the position of Marketing Specialist, AgriTech also based in London on a fixed-term basis.
  3. UNICEF is looking for a Technology Deployment Specialist to lead their deployment of a Learning Passport for children, and an Education Innovation Consultant for ICT4Edu work in Uganda
  4. FHI 360 seeks an ICT4Ag/Digital Financial Services Specialist for the USAID Agriculture and Food Systems Development Activity.
  5. VIAMO is on the lookout for a Country Manager (Malawi) with years of experience in ICT4D.
  6. World Renew and FH Ethiopia are seeking an Evaluation Consultant/Team to conduct a performance evaluation of the 2-year Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in 3 districts. 
  7. ICRISAT is seeking skilled database & software experts for Scientific Officer - Data Technology.
  8. Human Dynamics is in search of Technical assistance to support EU-Coffee action for Ethiopia project Engagement: the role is a Senior IT/GIS/GI Specialist
  9. WIPO is looking to hire a Senior Information Security Architect based in Geneva, Switzerland.
  10. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is looking for an Information Management and Innovation Officer based in Geneva, Switzerland.
  11. ICAP at Columbia University is seeking a senior-level Health Informatics Consultant to support the implementation of case-based surveillance (CBS) in Ethiopia.
  12. Zenysis, a technology company dedicated to building powerful, collaborative software is looking for an International Project Manager based in Kenya.
  13. DFID UK has 2 new senior positions to fill; Head of Data for Effective Development and Chief Data Architect
  14. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation seeks to hire a Research Manager as  a full-time consultant in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  15. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland seeks to hire a Software Applications Developer.
  16. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is looking for an ICT Coordinator in Somalia.
  17. The UN-World Food Program (WFP) is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Data Analysis Officer to be based in Bamako Mali.
  18. The Harambee Youth Accelerator is looking for a Senior Data Engineer to help store and process data.
  19. Jhpiego is looking for a Digital Health Sr. Technical Advisor I for their US offices in DC and Baltimore.
  20. The UN Women Istanbul, Turkey office is looking for an Information Communication Technology (ICT) intern.
  21. PATH is looking to hire a Health Informatician for their Center for Digital Data and Excellence in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  22. GOAL an International Humanitarian Organisation is looking for a Management Information Systems Officer (MIS)
  23. PATH is also looking for a Technical Project manager for the Centre for Digital and Data Excellence.
  24. World Vision seeks to hire an ICT Coordinator for their Asia and Pacific Office.
  25. The World Bank's ITSOC group is looking for a Senior IT Consultant,
  26. The United Nations is looking to fill the position of Information Systems Officer located in MINUSMA Mali.
  27. Onja is seeking a Front End Engineer to train disadvantaged youth to become world-class software developers in Madagascar.
  28. Medic Mobile designs are looking for a Partnerships Manager to work with our team to identify viable partners.
  29. Cloud to Street is in search of a Partnerships Director on a full-time basis to be based in Brooklyn NY or remotely.
  30. UNICEF is looking for Telemedicine Consultant to work with their office in Kyrgyzstan.
  31. UNDP seeks an Innovation for Development Specialist to lead their Country Accelerator Lab Network in Ukraine.
  32. ICLEI, which promotes Local Governments for Sustainability is hiring a Full Stack Web Developer in the Phillipines to support climate change activities
  33. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator that can comfortably speak and read French and English

There are more jobs to be found on the ICT4D Career Network. Jump over there now...

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