VSO Opportunities for Textile & Design Lecturers

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that     works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO’s high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

VSO has been working in Ethiopia since 1997. The work of VSO Ethiopia focuses on education, working through volunteering and partnership to empower individuals and communities to realise their potential for positive and lasting change. Currently they have two vacancies for textiles and garment teaching professionals to work in Ethiopia for 12-24 months. These roles are based in the major universities in Ethiopia. Each role requires a specialist with at least 2 years of experience teaching in a higher educational institute as well as post-graduate qualifications (or equivalent) in the subject taught.

These are voluntary placements and VSO will ask you to commit to 12-24 months in order to make a sustainable change and impact to development. In return VSO makes sure their volunteers are supported and their volunteer financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, medical and travel insurance cover, national insurance contributions, visas and work permits and guaranteed holidays.

Please see below short summaries of each of the individual roles:

Professor for Textile Technology (textile testing and finishing), Bahir Dar, 24 months
You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in textile technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (To apply for this role please quote Job ref: ETH0534/0003/0001).

Professor of Garment Technology, Bahir Dar, 24 months
You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with Institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in garment technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (To apply for this role please quote Job ref: ETH0534/0002/0001).

Apply online at www.vso.org.uk/volunteer or email elizabeth.bowen@vso.org.uk for more information.

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