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Country:  Ethiopia
City: Jimma

Jimma is situated about 365 kilometers (227 miles) southwest of Addis Ababa. It is the largest city in south-western Ethiopia, with a population of over 200,000. Jimma has a tropical rainforest climate. It has a long rainy season from March to October followed by a warm, dry season from November to February. Temperatures are comfortable, with the daily average between 20-25 °C (68-78 Fahrenheit) year-round. There are daily flights from Addis Ababa to Jimma as well as long-distance buses traveling between the two cities. 

Life in Jimma would be similar to a small American college-town, with the university as the main driver of employment and growth. Jimma has wide, tree-lined and nicely paved main streets; smaller side streets are often dirt roads. People travel by auto rickshaws (colloquially called a “bajaj”), private taxis, or local buses, which are inexpensive compared to prices in Addis Ababa. Jimma University provides complimentary morning/evening shuttle buses for faculty living in select residential areas. There is a central, large outdoor market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables; there are also several streets selling appliances, household goods and furniture near the main market. In each neighborhood, there is a small stall selling basic necessities (e.g. oil, eggs, bread, juice/milk boxes, tinned goods, dry goods, pasta, small selection of fruits/vegetables, toiletries, household cleaners, etc.) to cater to local residents. The main tourist attraction in Jimma is the residence of King Aba Jiffar, which is located on a hill ridge, about 20 minutes uphill from Jimma University, plus visits to nearby coffee-growing areas and the government coffee cooperative. Within Jimma, there is a popular outdoor beer garden, about 6 hotels with regularly scheduled events and entertainment, several local cafes, and a movie theater.

Host Institution: Jimma University

Jimma University is a public research university and recognized as a top national university. The university was founded in 1952, with the establishment of Jimma College of Agriculture. In December 1999, the university was renamed after the merger of Jimma College of Agriculture with Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (founded in 1983). It is a large and fast-growing university, serving the southwest region of Ethiopia. Jimma University is famous for its international collaborative spirit, and through years of successful international collaboration in a variety of fields, an environment conducive to international academic exchange has been created. Jimma University is increasingly attracting students from around Africa and also hosts some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished foreign faculty members, particularly in the areas of medicine, health care, agriculture, and law. Jimma University is also increasingly becoming a center for international conferences due to new infrastructure developments and campus expansion.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach four skills (reading, writing speaking, listening) and offer needs-based training to students from different colleges.
  • The Fellow will support female students who seek special/additional help in their language acquisition skills.
  • The Fellow will offer training or seminars to graduating students on career skills, English for interviews and English in professional settings.
  • The Fellow will conduct training for teachers on teaching strategies (e.g. reflective and student centered English learning).

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Support Jimma’s English Language Improvement Center (ELIC) through a series of activities, including courses on Spoken English for university staff, and organizing culture nights
  • Support the Jimma American Corner activities
  • Support PAS organized outreach activities or workshops related to English in Jimma as well as nationally.

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