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TASFA is a Maryland based non for profit foundation created to promote the exchange of knowledge and empower the youth and work force of Africa by creating a platform for training, volunteering, mentoring, and serving. Using different technologies including content and learning management systems, social media, and virtual classes TASFA strives to connect resources from different parts of the world with governments, organizations, and institutions in Africa to support the competitiveness of the African workforce.  

Given the emerging conducive environment in Ethiopia and the increased interest of professionals in the diaspora to serve their country of origin, TASFA’s current initiative is focused on harnessing this rich knowledge base to strengthen educational institutions and the public sector in Ethiopia.  The “August 2019 Diaspora Service Month” is the first initiative towards this goal. 

 

What We Do - Organize the August 2019 Diaspora Service Month

 

Executive Summary

The ongoing Ethiopian political reform and the grand vision of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and his leadership team has fueled interest in the Ethiopian and
African Diaspora communities to share their experience in the public sector, industry, and the academic world. In line with this call for service, Teach and Serve for Africa, a non for profit organization dedicated to the creation, transmission, and preservation of knowledge to and from Africa, is collaborating with Maryland Global University (MGU), Center for International Business and Education, Center for International Business Valuation, Florida Institute of Finance College, and International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies to launch the “August 2019 Diaspora Service Month” in Ethiopia. This initiative will consist of:

• Coordination with the Ethiopian government to train public sector professionals in various disciplines for which in country training is not readily available and where
shared experience from other countries is believed to be beneficial.

• Execution of the pilot project to teach the foundations of project management to and share experiences gained in different parts of the world with up to 1000 mid- and
high-level professionals engaged in projects in the public sector.

• An International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

• Initiation of a project to establish academic journals in coordination with Ethiopian higher education institutions.

This proposal is designed to provide the profiles of organizations involved in the initiative, a summary of the service they plan to deliver, proposed program schedule and
logistics, information on participating institutions and affiliated faculty and staff, and the expected role of the Ethiopian Government in making this initiative successful.

Organizations Involved in the Initiative 

All institutions and academic centers collaborating with TASFA are co-founded and operated by scholar-practitioners of Ethiopian origin who have been participating in research, education, professional training, publications, and conference organization in the US and other parts of the world.  All aspects of this initiative, with the exception of those identified as the role of the Ethiopian government, will be conducted by TASFA and these collaborating organizations. A brief summary of each organization is listed below:

Teach and Serve for Africa 

TASFA is a Maryland based non for profit organization created to promote the  exchange of knowledge and empower the youth and work force of Africa by creating a platform for training, volunteering, mentoring, and serving. Using different technologies including content and learning management systems, social media, and virtual classes TASFA strives to connect resources from different parts of the world with governments, organizations, and institutions in Africa to support the competitiveness of the African workforce.  

Given the emerging conducive environment in Ethiopia and the increased interest of professionals in the diaspora to serve their country of origin, TASFA’s current initiative is focused on harnessing this rich knowledge base to strengthen educational institutions and the public sector in Ethiopia.  The “August 2019 Diaspora Service Month” is the first initiative towards this goal. 
   
Maryland Global University, inc. 

Maryland Global University strives to deliver high quality professional training in various disciplines. The School of Professional Development has received accreditations from several global professional associations to teach over 200 courses in finance, accounting, tax, auditing, management, leadership, project, program and portfolio management, information technology, information assurance, and more. Some of the industry’s accreditations obtained by MGU are:

• Project Management Institute (PMI), Global Education Provider
• Scrum Alliance, Global Educational Provider
• American Academy of Project Management, Global Partner
• Global Academy of Finance and Management, Global Partner
• National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA), Sponsor
• Approved IRS Continuous Education Provider
• CompTIA Academy, Partner 
• Construction Management Association of America, Member

Florida Institute of Finance College:

Florida Institute of Finance College (FIFC) is licensed by the Florida Higher Education Commission, fully dedicated to training professionals in the closely related fields of business valuation and financial analysis. FIFC currently offers one graduate-level degree, the Master of Business Valuation (MBV). FIFC’s fully-online distance learning approach is unique in that it integrates and applies the curriculum, and is on the cusp of a major paradigm shift in education; specialized degrees are moving out of the traditional university setting and are becoming tailored to the needs of professions. FIFC is affiliated with several leading valuation organizations which not only provide current materials, but also provide networking and employment opportunities to our students.

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies:

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) is dedicated to organizing academic conferences on a broad array of topics.

Center for International Development and Education:

The center for International Development and Education serves as a venue for researchers and practitioners to collaborate in solving world pressing issues. 

Center for International Business Valuation:

The Center for International Business Valuation strives to provide high quality internationally accepted tools and techniques to assist customers make the right investment decision. 

Scholar Practitioner Journals:

Scholar-practitioner Journals is a collection of broad-based publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals in various disciplines including art and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences and others. The Journal platform aspires to be a true global peer-reviewed journal hosting platform and a meeting place for researchers, professionals, students, and others to exchange ideas. 

SCOPE OF THE INITIATIVE

The scope of this initiative includes: 

• Matching areas for which there is a demand for specialized skills and knowledge with professionals that can provide these skill sets. 
• Identifying and collaborating with government bodies or institutions in Ethiopia that can facilitate this knowledge sharing. 
• Identify participants from the public sector and educational institutions in collaboration with public sector and educational institutions at federal, state,and local levels. 
• Organize annual conferences, specialized workshops, and virtual webinars. 

PARTNERS

This scope of this initiative is believed to need dedicated partners ready to support it from the initiation and planning phase through execution by providing technical, logistical, and financial support as needed. The team is currently working to secure this support from the following institutions. 

The Ethiopian Government:

As one of the key stakeholders of this initiative, the Ethiopian government plays a significant role in ensuring the success of the different projects by: 

• Providing government points of contact to be a part of the advisory team
• Facilitating training and conference venues and other local logistics  
• Selecting qualifying participants for professional training programs from the local, state, and federal workforce 
• Advertising training through educational institutions 
• Advertising the call for papers for the ICIRS Conference through higher educational institutions. 

Private and Non-Governmental Organizations: 

TASFA will seek to get support and collaboration from private, non-governmental, and civic organizations that could provide logistical support to this initiative. 

List of Professional Development Training

1. Train 1000 Public Sector Professionals in Modern Project Management 

According to a Standish Group research, the majority of projects and programs fail to be completed on time, with planned budget, and with good quality due to lack of proper project and program management tools, techniques, and knowledge. This is common not only in the developing world but also in the developed nations.  An Economist intelligence report showed that 80 percent of global executives believed having project management as a core competency. They also ranked project management methods as either critical or somewhat important to their ability to deliver successful projects (PMI, 2018). In 2015, the US government passed a law enforcing all federal agencies to use project management principles to enhance accountability and best practices (Program Management Improvement Accountability Act).

In Ethiopia project management has been identified as one area in which such a training and knowledge sharing program can be beneficial and for which a large number of trained and experienced professionals in the diaspora are available and ready to mobilize to provide the training.  Up to 1000 mid- and high level professionals engaged in the management of public sector projects can be reached through this program. 

As a PMI Global Educational Provider, Maryland Global University has the technical capacity and accreditation to train project management professionals and/or prepare qualified particpants to become certified by the Project Management Institute. The professionals volunteering to teach this course in Ethiopia are practitioners with experience managing projects, programs, and portfolios for the public and private sectors. In addition to teaching the principles, tools, and techniques, the sharing of experiences is expected to add great value to the program.  

Course Name: MGU - PMP-100: Foundations of Project Management 
Course Duration : 40 hours 
Course Schedule:  Pilot Training - TBD / EDSM - August 5 - 31, 2019
Location (Venue): To be Determined (TBD)

Target Groups and Requirements: Leaders who oversee the planning and implementation of projects and programs, professionals who currently have a bachelor degree, and work in project related activities in federal, state, or local governments, higher education institutions, and civic societies.

Course Materials: Participants will receive the training material for the Foundations of Project Management. Online access to TASFA’s Learning Management Portal four weeks prior to the course start date.

Completion of Certificate: Upon successfully completing the program, participants will receive certificate of completion from Maryland Global University. For those who wish to to get certified, the course will allow participants to fulfill the 35 hour training requirement needed to take the PMI certification exam. 

Expected Outcome: 

Help participants: 

• Understand project management principles, tools, and techniques 
 
• Understand the importance of identifying key project stakeholders for the success of a project
 
Understand the process of requirements gathering and analysis, and scope delination at the onset of a project.

Understand a project lifecycle including the initation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing. 

Understanding the importance of documenting and sharing of lessons learned from a project. 

2. Conduct Professional Development Training in Various Disciplines 

Organizational learning is the process of creating, retaining, and transferring knowledge within an organization and professional training plays a critical role in bridging the identified knowledge gap and reviewing industry best practices, benchmarks, and trends. Skill gaps are mostly closed through the provision of short, medium, and long term training. Professionals in the Diaspora are keen to share their knowledge through voluntary services and have been looking for an organized way of doing this. TASFA’s vision is to match the supply and demand of knowledge and skills and coordinate training sessions in person and/or online, as required. Areas of interest for which professionals have to-date indicated a willingness to volunteer during the Diaspora Service Month include but are not limited to:

• Management (leadership, finance)

• Information Technology 

• Hospitality and Customer Service Management 

• Communication Management 

• Foundations of IFRS Design and Implementation

• CPR and First Aid Practice 

• Principles and Practice of Business Valuation

TASFA is open to hosting these and any other areas of interest identified and matched in the future. Successful implementation in the above areas is expected to encourage others to follow suit. 

3. Organize the 4th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) in Addis Ababa: 

The ICIRS is planning to host the 4th annual interdisciplinary conference in Addis Ababa in support of the August 2019 Dispora Service Month initiative. The theme of the conference is  “Africa - Break the Wall, Build the Bridge” to reflect the recent reform movement in Ethiopia and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s call for service during his visit to the United States.  The conference will include presentation of abstracts, full text papers, doctoral symposium, professional development workshops, and panel discussions from a broad field of disciplines. 

This global conference will serve as a meeting place for scholar practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and students engaged in research and practice to exchange ideas on the challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ideas in their fields.  
  
Planned Schedule and Duration: August 1 - 4, 2019

Location (Venue): Addis Ababa. Specific location TBD   

Target groups and requirements: Scholars and practitioners in the Diaspora,Ethiopian higher education institutions, research and Think Tank centers, professional organizations, practitioners, and doctoral and masters students who want to receive feedback on their research work from experienced scholars and practitioners. 

Areas of Interest: Business, leadership, arts and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, political sciences, information technology, and others disciplines.  

Expected Outcomes

• Facilitate knowledge exchange between Ethiopian higher education institutions and research and educational organizations abroad 
• Create a networking opportunity for the Diaspora members to get engaged in teaching and research work with Ethiopian counterparts Publications of conference proceedings

4. Introduction of the Journal Management System to Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers

Scholar Practitioner Journals is a collection of broad-based publishers of peer-reviewed open access journals in various disciplines. This journal platform is being offered to host and support up to 10 academic and professional journals in major    disciplines that could serve as a means for young and experienced researchers and graduate students to  publish their completed and work-in-progress research studies, practitioners to share industry best practices, lessons learned, and trends in their fields. 

Expected Outcome:   Collaborate with Ministry of Education and interested colleges serving as the home for certain specializations to host and setup online journals and train their staff in the journal management system workflow. 

Call to Service

 

Call to Service
 
Professional Development Trainer/Coach
 
Teach and Serve for Africa is inviting professional volunteers interested in teaching short term professional development training to Ethiopian public service and academic workforce during the “August 2019  Ethiopian Diaspora Volunteer Month” initiative.  Areas of interest for which trainers/coaches are needed include but are not limited to: 
 
• Management (leadership, finance)
• Hospitality and Customer Service Management 
• Information Technology 
• Engineering 
• Social Science
• Natural Science 
• Arts and Humanity 
• Life Science 
• Education
• Research
• Others 
 
Requirements: 
• Experience in their field of interest 
• Professional certifications (recommended)
• Experience in teaching/coaching 
• Be able to allocate time to serve in different parts of the country
• Be able to cover own transportation and accommodations 
 
Interested volunteers can send their bios and availability within the month of August 2019 to info@tasfa.org or complete the online form 

Call to Service - 2

Call to Service

 

2. . Conference Organization and Journal Review/Editorial Service 

 

The international Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS)  is announcing a Call to Service to help organize its 5th conference scheduled August 1-4, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The theme for the conference is “Africa - Break the Wall, Build the Bridge”. The conference will include abstracts, full text papers, doctoral symposium, professional development workshops, and panel discussions from a broad field of discipline. All positions listed are volunteer positions. 

 

Duties for volunteers  are as follows.

 

Journal  Editors: Expertise and experience in the specialist field related to the journal    Publication record of a number of articles and /or books ( usually in / related to the specialist field )  Being a reviewer for  an international peer reviewed journal . Equivalent experience in research and scholarship  Submission Reviewer: 

 

Editorial Board Member: To offer expertise in their specialist area , review submitted manuscripts, advise on journal policy and scope

Volunteers: Help to organize the conference, admission, session control, and other logistics support 

 

Interested to volunteer please send your CV to info@icirsconferences.com

 

Conference Chairs

 

Dereje Tessema, PhD, Florida Institute of Finance College  

Darrell Burrell, D.EH., Florida Institute of Technology

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The 4th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS)  

August 1 - 4, 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

The ongoing Ethiopian political reform and the grand vision of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has fueled interest in the Ethiopian and African Diaspora communities to share their experience in industry and the academic world.  

In line with the call for service, the “International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies, ICIRS - Summer 2019” will be held August 1 -4, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for the conference is “Africa - Break the Wall, Build the Bridge”. The conference will include abstracts, full text papers, doctoral symposium, professional development workshops, and panel discussions from a broad field of disciplines. This global conference will serve as a meeting place for scholar practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and students engaged in research and practice to exchange ideas on the challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ideas in their fields.  

The submission deadline for abstracts and papers is February 15, 2019 (early registration ends on March 30, 2019). Conference proceedings and full papers will be published in the “International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business, Technology, and Education (ISSN 2333-598X). 

We hope you will take time from your busy schedules to participate. More information on the call for papers, registration cost, hotel accommodation, Ethiopia tour, and other information are available on the ICIRS Conferences web page.  Previous conference information can be found here

Conference Chairs
Dereje Tessema, PhD, Florida Institute of Finance College  
Darrell Burrell, D.Ed., Florida Institute of Technology

Contact info

8561 Fenton Street, Suite 210 Silver Spring us Maryland MD Teach and Serve for Africa Foundation (TASFA), United States

+1 844-235-0220
+1 240-640-7761
info@tasfa.org