Software Developer / Trainer / Entrepreneur Opportunity in West Africa

I received an email about a job opening for a software developer in West Africa. I’ve never posted a job opening from a recruiter before, but it’s for a non-profit, and I have a soft spot for West Africa that you can read more about in my article Using Technology to Fight Poverty.

Here is a snippet of the job description:

“I am looking for a Software Developer/Trainer who is willing to make a two year commitment to a non-profit project in West Africa. The project’s goal is to train the local students on producing commercial software and helping them become entrepreneurs in starting up their own technology firm. This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference. They will be very well compensated in US dollars, housing will be provided, and relocation assistance will be given.

This position will start in January 2008. The company that is funding and leading this project is a multinational company with its headquarters in Europe. They are truly seeking dedicated, energetic, passionate people to fill this role. It is a great way for someone to give back to the world using their technical capabilities.”

Email if you are interested: rob -at- software by rob dot com.
Update: This position has been filled.

[tags]west africa, ghana, career, programming[/tags]

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#1 software shareware on 12.03.07 at 11:48 pm


#2 George on 12.04.07 at 12:04 pm

A friend of mine did this about 5 years ago — headed to Ghana. At the time he we intensely overworked in the corporate space — flying back and forth every week and working 11+ hour days.

His relationship with his wife deteriorated and he eventually divorced. I think it was a turning point in his life. He decided to take a position like this in Ghana and it changed his life. He immensely enjoyed his time helping on the non-profit project and met his current wife in Ghana.

He has since moved to Indonesia and is still doing this kind of work. That says a lot. I believe his satisfaction in his work is unparalleled compared to our daily 9-5 grind.

Great cause! If you are looking for a chance — seriously consider this.