Browse through these IT jobs and see if something interests you! These are just a few of the many staff needs.
Next, complete the IT Skills Questionnaire, which you can access above, and tell us where you are interested in serving.
You may also at some point be submitting a Volunteer or Employment Application and references. If these are already on file with either JAARS or Wycliffe, please let us know. We will connect you with staff who will help with your next step.
Volunteers need to have a heart for Bible translation. Onsite volunteers must:
- be in good health and have adequate health insurance
- cover living expenses
- comply with country and organization’s rules and requirements
Description—Urgent need in Chad
Urgent need! This position is central to the successful functioning of our Branch. If a wide variety of responsibilities in a challenging and eclectic setting would interest you, please, contact us for more details. Chad is a country with great needs. Of the 130 languages in Chad more than half are as yet unwritten and work is ongoing in many others. SIL Chad is partnering with the government, churches and other organizations to accomplish the literacy and translation work. You will make a huge contribution to this ministry by using your work experience and skills. Is God calling you to join our team? Chad also needs several other IT positions filled.
SIL Chad needs people who are willing to live and work under hard climatic and lifestyle conditions to enable these language groups to learn to read and write, and be able to have the Word of God in their heart language. Pray and consider joining us in reaching out to the many still waiting to hear.
The person in this position will:
- Provide leadership to all IT operations which reflect industry best practices.
- Manage the daily operational details of the department, which include systems management, training, and project oversight.
- Provide servant leadership of the IT team, encouraging staff members to high level of performance.
- Maintain and update local area network hardware, software, and telecommunications services.
- Create and implement policies and procedures related to network hardware and software acquisition, use, support, security, and backup.
- Establish and maintain network users, user environment, directories, and security.
- Train users on software and equipment.
Required skills—a decent amount of computer experience and an aptitude for researching and resolving computer problems
Special language skills required—Chad is a French-speaking country and at minimum a basic knowledge of French will be needed. For long-term staff, good proficiency is needed.
Time commitment—3–6 months or longer
Costs—volunteer or supported staff person covers all travel, food, lodging, etc.
Description—Establish and maintain network user accounts and security. Research and evaluate new technologies. Install and test new software and upgrades.
Responsibilities—Manage the operation of the local area network by overseeing network resources, ensuring network security, performing regular backup and maintenance tasks, recovering data when necessary, installing and configuring new equipment, and performing system upgrades. New equipment may include personal computers, printers, servers, routers, bridges, switches, firewalls and cabling. Work with the internet service provider to ensure reliable service. Respond to the needs and questions of network users concerning their access to resources on the network. Communicate with other departments to report and resolve software, hardware, and operational problems. Monitor network traffic and server utilization and makes necessary recommendations for additional resources or hardware. Develop and implement disaster recovery procedures.
Time commitment—12 months
Location—Papua New Guinea, on-site only
Software Development Engineer
Description—Design, develop and test custom software geared for administrative applications to meet user needs. Support and upgrade existing custom applications.
Responsibilities—Design, specify, code, test, debug and maintain new and existing applications. Write user documentation and technical reference documentation for the application. Keep abreast with current computer system technology. Analyze software needs by consulting with administrators and users. Responsible to analyze, plan and design applications to meet customer needs. Design and conduct a variety of tests to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the final product. Work with team members who are remote as well as local.
Time commitment—6 months
Location—Papua New Guinea, on-site only
Description—We help global Bible translation teams build Scripture publication websites and distribute Scripture in various media forms via the Internet and mobile devices. You can work from home on your schedule. We need self-starters who feel comfortable working in virtual teams. Personnel needs include:
- Phone App Developers—For several platforms: iPhone (objective C is the development language), Android (Java and some C), Windows 8, Java ME, Blackberry.
- Documentation Writers—Expand system documentation for ourselves and our users.
- Volunteer Coordinator—A people person to connect with potential volunteers, follow up and determine selections for various positions.
- Client Services—We need reliable people for this critical role. No specific programming skills required. Be the first point of contact for translation teams. Answer questions from translation teams building Scripture publication sites with our system, and forward more complex issues to other parts of the team.
Time commitment—Varies. Some projects have very specific output and duration. Other projects may require a longer commitment.
Hours—Ten hours per week minimum.
Language skills—English. Other languages are helpful.
Costs—Worker supplies own computer. Organization provides specific software and equipment for project.
Location—All project work is remote, no travel needed!
Description—Volunteer(s) needed to develop a website for a Short Term Mission training course, in consultation with the course developers based in Dallas, Texas at Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL).
It is estimated that nearly 2 billion dollars a year is spent in North America on short-term mission (STM) trips with nearly 1.5 million North Americans participating in such trips. Despite the enormous participation and allocation of funds, very few people receive quality cross-cultural training before leaving for their respective fields. As a result, STM participants often conduct themselves inappropriately and disrespectfully in the host country.
To fill the gap in training, GIAL is developing an online course that will provide STM participants with important cross-cultural knowledge. It is anticipated that such a course will enhance the experience of the goer and the experience of the receiver.
Additionally, developers anticipate that the course will enhance the likelihood that STM participants will be interested in careers as long-term missionaries, and foresee that the course will provide a needed revenue stream for GIAL. Overall, this course will play a role in providing better stewardship for the billions of dollars being spent on STM trips each year.
About the consultation—Course developers are open to suggestions and recommendations on how to best offer this course online—and in fact have many questions regarding how to do so.
Required IT Skills—Web development. The site will make use of numerous videos.
Additional helpful skills—Video editing (not required)
Special language skills required—Proficiency in English
Desired completion date—Contact for status of development.
Time commitment—10–15 hours a month for consulting; 10 hours a week for site development.
Measurement of success—When the website can be used as the platform for the online course
Costs—GIAL has a small budget to cover costs for website hosting and/or domain registration. Money could also be used to cover transportation, lodging and food costs if a face-to-face meeting was deemed necessary.
This website aims to provide simple solutions for IT field staff who require low maintenance, low investment, and low bandwidth. It enables colleagues to share solutions in IT support that have helped them to succeed in similar environments. As a volunteer you can sign up and receive email updates on the groups you are interested in helping.
Careers. Check this tab on the homepage for more information and to apply.
- JAARS in Waxhaw, North Carolina
- Wycliffe USA in Orlando, Florida
- SIL’s International Language Center in Dallas, Texas—use Contact Us form
- Wycliffe Canada has its headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, but also has regional centers
Time commitment—On the JAARS Center, short- or long-term volunteers make up 54% of the staff. Many times, if a volunteer can only come for a couple of weeks, it is difficult to find an IT position. It is easier to place you for a month or more. Placement depends upon your skills. For terms shorter than a month, many other areas of service are available.
Costs—All volunteers are responsible for their own housing, food, and travel, and must have health insurance. Convenient, fully-furnished, on-center housing is usually available for rent.
Wycliffe membership is often encouraged for full-time staff. A member is able to raise support through individuals and churches. A Wycliffe member may be seconded to JAARS, SIL, or other organizations throughout world.
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