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IT Solutions in Rural Tanzania – Employee Application

Employee Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the second year of this exciting program opportunity!

NSCC would like to announce an opportunity for one employee from the School of IT & Creative industries to participate in the IT Solutions in Rural Tanzania Program in 2019 and 2020. The employee will make a commitment that will last two years. The employee selected this year will serve as the ‘junior’ employee lead and in 2020 will become the ‘senior’ lead and will mentor the ‘junior’ faculty selected (pending project funding in 2020). The senior employee lead for the 2019 program is Ronan O'Driscoll, IT Faculty at the IT Campus.

The role of the selected employee will be to work collaboratively with the ‘senior’ employee lead and the students in all the pre-departure phases of the program but will not travel to Tanzania in 2019. Upon program approval for May 2020, the ‘junior’ lead will become the ‘senior’ employee lead and will participate in the travel component of the program.

Interested employees are asked to review the information below, including the Criteria for Selection, and to submit the online application form. NSCC International and the senior employee lead will review all expressions of interest.

The 2019 Mikumi IT Improvement project is an employee and student international learning program with the purpose being to implement IT solutions to improve conditions on the Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) campus in Tanzania. The 2019 program will focus on improvement of the Local Area Network with an emphasis on reliability and maintainability. The program will provide an opportunity for second year students from the School of IT and Creative Industries to analyze, design, implement and document solutions to improve access to the Internet and network resources.  The travel to Tanzania will take place over a two and a half week period in May 2019. NSCC students and employees will collaborate with related program counterparts at Mikumi VTC to implement the project.

 Program Qualifications:

This program is open to second-year NSCC students from the following programs:

  • Information Technology – Systems Management/Networking
  • Information Technology – Web Programming
  • Information Technology – Database Administration

Successful completion of this program will provide students with a Senior Applied Research Project and/or Work Experience equivalency.

About Mikumi, Tanzania and Mikumi VTC

Since 2009 NSCC has been working with Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (part of the Tanzania Vocational Education Training Authority – VETA) on a Canadian Government funded project managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) called Education for Employment (EFE). The purpose of the project is to build capacity of tourism training offered at the VTC, which is adjacent to a national park, and experience a growth in wildlife and adventure tourism.  Initiatives have included faculty and staff exchange, teacher training, leadership and management training, curriculum review, library services and IT enhancements, marketing, social media and entrepreneurship training, outreach to industry, tourism industry study tours in Nova Scotia, and NSCC student and faculty study tours at Mikumi. 

NSCC is currently working on a new project with MIkumi VTC focusing on the development of an eco/cultural tourism certificate program.

The Mikumi VTC is 400 kilometres outside of Dar es Salaam, just outside the Mikumi National Park boundary in Mikumi Town, and is fully equipped with a restaurant, overnight accommodations, a tourist information centre and a conference centre.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn about and share best practices to implement IT network/infrastructure solutions and address technologies concerns specific to developing countries.
  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity. 
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship, applied learning and marketing.
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Tanzania

NSCC International will provide:

  • Logistical coordination (risk management, pre-departure orientation, travel documentation support, arrangement of in-country transportation and accommodation, etc.).
  • Program management support.

Selection Criteria:

  • Employee with a continuing employment status.
  • International experience considered an asset.
  • Commitment to applying learning in future work with NSCC.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application (see below)
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor stating they are aware you are applying for this opportunity (uploaded to the online form)

Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2018 Student and Faculty Application (Call for Submission)
October 2018 Faculty Selection
November 2018 Student Selection
November 2018 Design Student Learning Contract
November 2018 Program Development and Consultation with Local Partner
January 2019 Research and planning phase initiated
April 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2019 International Learning Program in Tanzania
June 2019 Reporting and Debriefing


  • Selected employees must participate in the one-day pre-departure conference on April 12, 2019.

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Have questions? Contact Kellie McMullin: kellie.mcmullin@nscc.ca

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