Information Technology Advisor

Location: Toronto

City  Assosa, Ethiopia

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

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

Language Scale:

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


Your skills in Information Technology can help save lives! We need a volunteer with experience an Information Technology background to help the Assosa University establish their IT systems. This involves accessing the current situation, identifying gaps, developing a strategy, building the network, implementing the system and then training staff on how to use and maintain the system. By helping our partners develop the capacity of the faculty, students and hospital staff in midwifery practice, you will be contributing to the Midwives Saves Lives project that is being implemented by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives. This position will ultimately work to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates, strengthen the quality of RMNCH services and to build institutional capacity to deliver these services.  

As a volunteer, you will:

-Ensure the functionality of all IT machines in Assosa University

-Establish the computer network systems among the Assosa University

-Perform medical equipment maintenance

-Test the status of new medical equipment

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-BA in Computer Science or a diploma in Information Technology

-Experience in networking, maintenance

-Experience in delivering in-service training design and implementation

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience computer networking, maintenance and training facilitation   

-Experience in conducting a needs assessment, and delivering in-service training   

-Able to work collaboratively with team

-Commitment to achieve results

About Our Partner


Assosa University

Assosa University is dedicated to contributing graduates who are competent in Knowledge, Skill and Attitude; undertaking problem-based research and rendering significant services to the community.

Vision: Assosa University aspires to be one of the top ten universities in Ethiopia by 2025.


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

- 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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.