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Last year, I started the ICT4D Career Network to help people start and grow their career in information and communication technologies for development. At first, I thought there would be more ICT experts than employers with job openings. Now I know better.

There are more ICT4D jobs than ICT experts

Recently, I spoke at an ICT4D Career Workshop, where employers almost outnumbered those seeking jobs. Each was hungry for quality applicants to staff their many job openings and all told of hardship in finding ICT4D experts.

In fact, I publish dream ICT4D job announcements every day, and yet there seems to be more job opportunities than I can keep up with. Yet there are still only a handful of people looking to start an ICT4D career.

You too have the needed ICT4D skills

Interestingly, most people assume they need to know how to code software or install communications hardware to get a job in ICT4D. However, the majority of employers I talk to are not looking for these "hard" technology skills. IT techies can be found all over the world now.

What employers are looking for is staff with the "soft" skills like clear, concise writing, which is always a critical skill in a development organization, and people skills, which is really flexibility and adaptability. Another key skill is the ability to tell pie in the sky tech ideas from on the ground reality, and the ability to innovate within the real life context of the beneficiaries you work with.

If you've been working in the developing world, or in the fast-paced technology field (and not even as a techie) then most likely you have the needed skills to success at ICT4D. So what is stopping you? Start networking and jump start your career today!

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Do you want an international development job in information and communication technology? An exciting career where you travel the world using ICT to improve peoples lives? Or to find the perfect ICTD colleague or employee to help you do that?

Then join the ICT4D Career Network to get career tips, employment ideas, and job offers in ICT4Dev.

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Personalized Career Support

To connect with thought leaders and experts working in ICT4D, join the network, introduce yourself, and start asking questions. The Network is a global support community via moderated emails to help you understand the international development and foreign assistance employment landscape.

This is much more than a simple jobs board. The forum will help:

  1. Job seekers start and succeed at an ICT4D job search
  2. Mid-career professionals explore options to improve an existing ICT4D career
  3. Employers and recruiters find and hire quality ICT staff and colleagues

This advice and support comes from leaders in ICT4D and will help you find new and amazing ICT4D jobs, and most importantly - start and grow your ICT4Dev career.

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We scour the Internets to find the best ICT jobs in international development and as a subscriber, you'll get these job ads as we find them. If you are a recruiter, join to advertise your jobs to the best ICT candidates.

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We are here to answer your questions around starting or growing your ICT career. Join to ask experts for help and receive detailed feedback on how to improve job searches, expand employment options, and advance careers. The personal advice is anonymized and shared with the wider network so we can all gain from the collective employment expertise.

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We also share general job search and career advancement tips that can help you plan for a career change or achieve a promotion. Join to get this unique advice on the ICT4D industry.

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Recently my friend Sabahat asked a very intriguing question about information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) that I could not answer quickly:

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Hello Wayan - I am interested in the ways that technology can enhance dev work but I'm not a techno geek. What books and/or journals would you recommend to someone like me so I don't sound like an idiot when talking with the tech folks on an ICT4D project?

I'm not a complete moron when it comes to tech stuff. It's just that up to this point, I've been more of a consumer than "producer" of technology.

For someone who professes to be an expert in ICT, I was a bit taken back that I couldn't reel off a dozen resources quickly. As a blogger more than a book reader, the best I could do was point to ICTworks.org, Educational Technology Debate, and the ICT4D RSS Feed I use to find content for both sites.

What I am missing are ICTD books and journals, and other blogs and websites. So please, do me a favor, list your favorites in the comments below. Especially books and journals, which are a big blind spot for me. I will compile everyone's entries into a shared master list.

Thanks in advance.

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The past decade has seen great interest in information and communication technologies applied to international development, an endeavor sometimes abbreviated ICTD. Can mobile phones be used to improve rural healthcare? How do you design user interfaces for an illiterate migrant worker? What value is wireless technology to a farmer earning a dollar a day?

In this panel, four prominent thinkers active in ICTD debate the potential for electronic technologies to contribute to the socio-economic development of the world's impoverished communities.

  1. Eric Brewer is a UC Berkeley professor who develops wireless technologies to connect rural communities.
  2. Megan Smith is vice president of new business development at Google and managing director of Google.org.
  3. Kentaro Toyama is co-founder of Microsoft Research India, and a computer scientist turned technology skeptic.
  4. Wayan Vota is a senior director at Inveneo, a non-profit that works to provide information technology to underserved communities of the developing world.

Digital Divide or Digital Bridge: Can Information Technology Alleviate Poverty?
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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University of California, Berkeley
102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600

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