The AfricaLink Partnership: Johannesburg, South Africa, 1998
The USAID Division of Consulting and Information Services, in
collaboration with USAID/AfricaLink, is pleased to announce the
availability of a short-term partnership opportunity in Johannesburg,
South Africa. Closing date for receipt of applications is April 24,
The AfricaLink Partnership will provide a 10-week opportunity for an
individual just completing formal training or otherwise early in his
or her career to apply technical skills while interacting with members
of the AfricaLink Team in South Africa and around the world. The
intent is to permit the Partner to polish skills in an actual work
environment, to contribute to a worthwhile African Internet
development project, and to develop useful career contacts in the
African Internet industry.
Anyone may apply. However, the successful AfricaLink Partnership
applicant will likely be someone who shows significant promise of
being able to take the experiences and technical skills gained and
apply them to African Internet development. Persons presently
employed by Internet services firms or organizations in Africa, women,
and students with an intent to work in Africa in the future are
strongly encouraged to apply. Strong proficiency in English is an
The Partnership will be organized around a specific technical project,
the AISI Connect Online database located at
The data reside on a server in Johannesburg, are stored in Microsoft
Access, and are queried using Cold Fusion software. The successful
applicant must exhibit a propensity for mastering relational databases
and SQL programming syntax. Specific knowledge of MS Access is highly
desirable. Specific knowledge of Cold Fusion is not required, but the
successful applicant will be someone with a propensity for on-the-job
learning with minimal assistance or supervision.
The project is more than just technical. The Partner will be expected
to consult with the worldwide users of the database and with those
whose information is contained in the database. The successful
applicant will have appropriate skills in writing, diplomacy, and
The project will occupy anywhere between 40 and 60 per cent of the
Partner's time, to be determined as the project unfolds. The
remaining time will be spent in a succession of activities within
SANGONeT, learning through actual work experience how the organization
provides services to various communities in Southern Africa. These
services may include online or telephone technical support, visits to
customer sites in and around Johannesburg, Web site design. An actual
practicum will be tailored in consultation with staff of SANGONeT
based on their assessment of the Partner's capabilities and interests.
The AfricaLink Partnership will last approximately 10 weeks. Start
and finish dates are flexible, but June 1 through August 9 is
proposed. The host for the Partnership will be the Southern African
Non-Governmental Organization Network (SANGONeT). Staff of SANGONeT
will supervise the Partner's day-to-day activities and assure an
appropriate educational experience. SANGONeT will also arrange
suitable housing in the home of a local family, and will provide
guidance in day-to-day living requirements in Johannesburg (e.g.
managing the local transportation system, handling foreign exchange,
medical care, tourist sites of interest).
The host family will provide the following:
· Basic accomodations
· Morning and evening meal
SANGONeT will provide the following:
· A return air ticket to the Partner's home of record
· Visitor's health insurance
· A minimal expense allowance of US$25 per day (to cover one meal per
day, incidentals, and local transportation)
If the successful applicant is not a citizen or permanent resident of
South Africa, it is the responsibility of that applicant, if selected,
to secure the necessary visa and other travel documents for travel.
SANGONeT will provide a letter of invitation and assistance as
appropriate, but the ultimate responsibility for travel documents and
any fees rests with the applicant.
Applicants must by April 24 present a one-page resume containing the
· Name, address, telephone, fax, email
· Highest formal education degree and institution
· Relevant employment
· Relevant skills and evidence of proficiency
· Other pertinent information
On a second page, at the top of the page write "AfricaLink SANGONeT
Partnership." Then write your name, followed by the names of three
references with complete contact information including telephone
number and email address if available.
Both pages should be prepared in 10 or 12 point typeface with standard
margins. If submitted in electronic form as an email attachment, the
application must be in Word97, WP8, or compatible. If submitted as
plain text within an email, a maximum of 2000 bytes is allowed.
Alternatively, the application may be faxed or sent via postal
A preliminary selection process will be held, commencing on April 20.
All applicants providing an electronic mail return address will be
notified of a decision by May 4. Other nonfinalists will receive an
Finalists must participate in one or more telephone interviews.
Arrangements for these interviews will be made either by email or by
telephone. During these interviews, elements of the resume will be
verified by experts. Also, the finalists will be asked to explain how
participation in this Partnership will contribute to their education
and to the advancement of information technology applications in
Electronic mail applications are preferred. Send an email with the
application attached (MIME or UUEncode encoding) in Word97,
WordPerfect/Corel8, or compatible, or incorporate the application as
plain text in the email. Otherwise, postal or fax submissions must be
received by the deadline April 24.
Please note that there are two AfricaLink Partnerships being offered
this year, one in Johannesburg, the other in Washington. If you wish
to apply for both, the applications must be submitted separately.
Postal Mail: AfricaLink, 1111 North 19th Street Suite 210, Arlington,
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1111 North 19th Street Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Tel 1-703-235-5415 Fax 1-703-235-3805