Call for Wikipedian in Community

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Job description: Wikipedian in Community

WikiAfrica is looking for two Wikipedians in Community for its Kumusha Takes Wiki Project.

Kumusha Takes Wiki is a multi-country, multi-faceted project that aims at activating communities (or Kumusha’s) across Africa to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities (villages, townships, suburbs, inner cities, etc) to an online platform. Kumusha is a Shona term meaning ‘the place where you come from’.

The project uses community journalism to gather, and encourage others to contribute, information on culture, notable persons, heritage, geographical features, transport nodes and other community-relevant subjects. It gives each community an online presence that is ‘owned’ by the community, and to which they can upload and provide information that can be pulled into Wikipedia, Wikimedia projects and Open Street Map database.

The project’s actions are designed to harness the power of technology to raise awareness of the richness of personal and community-based knowledge, encourage people across a vast range of socio-economic and age groups to contribute to the Wikipedias. By placing this information on the Wikipedias, it ensures that global representations of Africa are complex, layered and contextualised. The project and the resultant website will add immeasurably to the understanding of Africa by providing relevant information to every human being on the planet (from the people in each Kumusha community to any person in New York, Mumbai or Milan).

The project is currently in the pilot phase. In 2014, it will be activated in two countries: Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda. More information may be found about the project at:

WikiAfrica is an international collaboration between the Africa Centre and Lettera27  that redresses the imbalance of factual heritage and cultural knowledge about Africa on Wikipedia. Its mission is to assist and support the growth of Wikipedia as a free and open encyclopaedia in order to provide greater access to Africa’s wealth of contemporary and historical realities. It does this by encouraging contribution from individuals, communities and institutions across Africa, by offering a new approach to knowledge by creating contribution opportunities that are engaging and easy to take part in.

The position
The Kumusha Takes Wiki is currently calling for applications from enthusiastic candidates in Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda to drive the project among selected communities in their home countries. This contract is a full time position for one year. Residence in the country of operation (either Côte d’Ivoire or Uganda) is mandatory, as is travel for a maximum of 2 months to attend a course in Cape Town.
Interested persons should apply by 11th December 2013. 

The successful candidate will
– Compile data on the selected communities and countries
– Solicit and liaise with community projects, NGOs and partners to contribute to the project
– Organise and manage community events, competitions, workshops, mapping parties and conferences.
– Evaluate and compile reports on all events, competitions, workshops, mapping parties, and conferences
– Complete a project evaluation, review and audit
– Participate to online content management of the website/s and social media sites

Eligible candidates must be:
– A university degree graduate or hold relevant diploma
– Fluent in either English or French, and in one of the major languages of Côte d’Ivoire or Uganda
– Experienced in community building and activation
– Highly organised and flexible
– Must be self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision
– Excellent oral and written communication skills, comfortable writing articles
– Able to display online savvy and be proficient in Social Media. Proficiency with Google Drive
– Fully computer literate (proficient with Word, Excel, Outlook Express and ideally some open source equivalents)
– Passionate about Africa’s voice in the world

Advantageous traits
– Shows initiative
– Is energetic and proactive
– Is an implementer, and is able to find solutions
– Has the ability to see the bigger picture
– Has experienced in motivating, managing and/or working with volunteers
– Is knowledgeable about Wikimedia and its project’s practices
– Is dedicated to and has experience in the Open Movement (Creative Commons, Open Education Resources, Open Street Map project, etc.)

About the position:
Monthly remuneration: US$1,000 per month

Expectations: the successful candidate will be involved in three phases of the project: 
– Remote training on Wikipedia and other Open Movement in home country,
– Course attendance in Cape Town, South Africa (Jan-Feb 2014), and
– In-field community activation, coordination and support (in Côte d’Ivoire or Uganda).

Work schedule: 5 day week; one year contract.
Benefits: Annual and sick leave.
Location: Cape Town, South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire or Uganda

How to apply:
Interested persons should apply by 11th December 2013.

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter with a motivation
  • Your CV (2 pages max.)

Should you not receive any response by the 15th of December please consider your application unsuccessful.

Contact details:
Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard
Email: wikiafrica (at) africacentre (dot) net

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