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Job Vacancy - Network Manager for the ict@innovation / AVOIR Mentored Internship Programme (MIP)

FOSSFA, InWEnt and AVOIR are pleased to announce the vacancy for the "MIP Network Manager".

In order to qualify software developers and enable the creation of innovative local FOSS solutions, a mentored internship programme in software development will be implemented, matching persons interested in improving their programming skills with suitable mentors guiding them through the coding of specific software projects relevant to local African contexts. For the first phase of this Mentored Internship Programme from October 2010 till March 2011 nine universities from the AVOIR network will be participating.

The initial contract will be from 1 September 2010 – 30 June 2011, but may be renewed for a second phase. During the first two months the position will require full time engagement. However, following this phase it will be possible to perform the tasks on a part-time basis.

Interested candidates should send their CV as well as an application letter as soon as possible, to Mr. George Nyambuya, Programme Manager ict@innovation (george.nyambuya[at], with copy to Petra Hagemann, Programme Coordination ict@innovation (petra.hagemann[at]

Last date of application: August 8th, 2010

The applicant must have:
• Experience with the creation and management of networks
• Knowledge of FOSS projects, Software Engineering and development of FOSS software
• Experience in managing interns and on the job training.
• Programme management experience, experience with collaborative projects
• In depth knowledge of and working experience with issues of FOSS in Africa
• Graduate or post-graduate level qualification, in either an IT, business or network management related field

• A minimum of 3 years experience in project(s) of similar nature
• Participation in international academic or FOSS development projects

Additional qualifications should include:
• Creative, visionary and able to design solid structures, programmes and business plans
• Excellent inter-personal and general communication and networking skills
•  Work experience in Africa
• Good organisation and timekeeping skills
• Able to work independently and in a team

The TOR for the position of manager for this internship programme (MIP Network Manager) includes the following main components:

Preparation of internship programme:
- Supporting Host Organisation Coordinators in identifying and matching interns, projects and mentors as well as networking with the local IT industries
- Development of an educational concept and internship curricula
- Compiling possible additional activities for interns and creating linkages between other AVOIR and ict@innovation activities
- Creating an overview of local FOSS Industries and projects

Implementation of internship programme:
- Supervision of Intern and Mentor cooperation and monitoring of activities,
- Assure regular exchange within and between the different groups and stakeholders
- Creating linkages with international partners and similar schemes,
- Actively contributing to the AVOIR and ict@innovation community through mailing list activities, writing news stories and marketing of programme

Evaluation and follow-up to internship programme:
- Evaluating the programme and design improved programme components
- Designing an internship alumni programme,
- Supporting further exchange via an online community of practice of FOSS developers


The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR), including a detailed job description, qualification criteria, and application procedures, for this position can be downloaded as a PDF here, als well as the, as well as the time line for this position.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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