Archive Digitisation Project: Looking for Team Members

                                                                          

BUILDING EARLY ACCRA: AN ARCHIVE DIGITISATION PROJECT

The Building Early Accra Project (bEA) is looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic, and organised people to join our project team in two roles: (1) Assistant Project Coordinator, and (2) Digitisation Officer. Our project aims to digitise an important collection of architectural documents pertaining to construction in Accra from the early 1900s in order to make them available to future generations. The project is funded by an academic research grant and the duration is 12 months in this first instance.

 

THESE ROLES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:

You’re excited about taking on new challenges, even if they are in new and unfamiliar terrains. You are good at thinking and learning quickly.

You can clearly and confidently communicate your ideas and opinions, whether in writing or verbally.

You’re available starting mid-to-late January, 2020.

Having years of experience in similar roles and/or relevant educational credentials is desirable, but not essential. (Volunteer roles and internships count as experience). For clarification or inquiries, email km79@soas.ac.uk.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Find detailed information about the different roles below. To apply, send an email to km79@soas.ac.uk with a cover letter and CV stating which role you wish to apply for. The deadline for submitting applications is 7th January, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

 

  1. ASSISTANT PROJECT COORDINATOR

Reports to the Principal Investigator (P.I.)

Remuneration: GhS 25,800 – GhS 30,000 for 12-month period, depending on experience

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Assist the P.I. in coordinating and supervising the bEA project and related activities.
  • Assist the P.I. to supervise the project team and associated personnel, and liaise with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure project success.
  • Sort, prepare and digitise Archival Material according to project guidelines and standards.

 

REQUIRED:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrable ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organisational and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

 

GREAT TO HAVE, BUT NOT ESSENTIAL:

  • Experience in a similar organisational, management or leadership role
  • Relevant educational qualifications
  • Experience with historical research, archives, architecture and related fields.

 

 

 

  1. DIGITISATION OFFICER

Reports to the Principal Investigator (P.I.) and Assistant Project Coordinator (A.P.C.)

Remuneration: GhS 24,000 – GhS 26,400 for 12-month period, depending on experience

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Assist the P.I. and A.P.C. in implementing the bEA project and related activities.
  • Sort, prepare and digitise Archival Material according to project guidelines and standards.
  • Develop and implement archival systems for the archival materials according to project guidelines and standards

 

REQUIRED:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrable ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrable experience (education or work) with archiving.

 

GREAT TO HAVE, BUT NOT ESSENTIAL:

  • Degree or Diploma in Archival Studies, Archiving, History or related fields.
  • Experience with digitising archival material
  • Experience with using digital imaging equipment (such as scanners and cameras)
  • Experience with historical research, archives, architecture and related fields.

NATIONAL SERVICE. CHECK!!

31st July, 2013 marked the last day of one year of National Service. I can honestly say I enjoyed it and gave off my best. I decided to go into National Service with a good, positive attitude, and even though at (many) times, I had to (groan) remind myself to be positive, I enjoyed it, and I have learnt so much.

Thank you National Service Secretariat and Mr. Vincent Kuagbenu (They should not have sacked you)!

The registration process went rather well… Just that my friend Sarpong and I registered late because … of… reasons… So when the postings came out, even though our department had asked us to stay on as teaching assistants, we were scared we were going to end up like this guy who got posted to a mortuary.

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When the postings finally came out, we got posted to the KMA and Town & Country planning respectively, which I hear is a good posting if you want a year of R&R with a monthly allowance of about 240 cedis… but the Department of Architecture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) said WE WANT YOU!, and got our postings changed… so what could  we do? We blessed them with our awesome genius awesomeness.

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That’s us!

In a wave of good luck, Sarpong got assigned to the M.Arch 2 studio with his mentor/hero Dr. Kootin-Sanwu and I got assigned to the 4th year studio with my mentor/hero Professor George Intsiful. In a wave of more good luck for me, my class happened to be the best class inna di whole department (college too)… and I got to be the only Teaching Assistant with my own office. ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ

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It looked better after I had “pimped” it up, really it did

Life as a teaching assistant was really cool, and my class was so good that discussing design schemes left both T.A. and student feeling très bien. I learned so much from them.

No wonder some of the freshest, best ideas ever come from architects who teach. 

I have so many fond memories of my awesome class. Did I mention they won first place at the Carol Service, among other general awesome awesomeness? (˘⌣˘)

I entered National Service in a government institution with very low expectations. I expected to get my allowances very late, I expected to have to join long queues to get those allowances, I expected to encounter many, many frustrated and therefore rude douchebags  rude people in the National Service Secretariat (NSS).

Allowances were never paid late. By the end of the month, and in fact most times 5 days before the end of the month, allowances were ready! I was actually the one who was late in collecting (which led me to meet one of only two rude people encountered in the entire NSS. Very manageable!) Queues? Well, service personnel who were working at KNUST usually had officials coming to them at the University’s Great Hall or had a special KNUST table at the NSS. So no long queues for us.

Morale: Work hard and become a TA, Or try and get posted to the library or one of the department offices.

The only drawback was the mode of paying through EZwich, which is not NSS’ fault, but the government’s, for starting a service they cannot maintain (as usual). The EZwich ATM on campus didn’t and still doesn’t work. The closest ones were in Asafo and Adum (which is pretty much a long way to go to use an ATM) and most of the banks always had a problem with the “system” being “down”.

This post has gotten really long, so let me conclude… Perhaps there will be a part 2 later. I’ll leave you (especially the next batch of National SERVANTS) with

1. It’s called National Service for a reason. STOP complaining and Go and serve!

2. Just have a positive attitude and I promise you will be surprise with how much you take away from National Service. One day I’ll tell you about my friend who got posted to a village school, did his job so well, that when the… (Is this my story to tell? Perhaps not) _______ Foundation came to Ghana, the CEO met him and offered him an amazing job. 

3. Learn to live on 240 a month.

BYE!