Experienced Trainer required to train Wikipedians in Residence at #OpenAfrica15

Experienced Trainer required to train Wikipedians in Residence at #OpenAfrica15

The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and WikiAfrica is proudly hosting the week-long (5 day) #OpenAfrica15 – a Wikipedian in Residence training course – in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The #OpenAfrica15 training is an introductory course for Wikipedians in Residence at the Goethe-Institute in Johannesburg from the 30th November to the 4th December 2015. The course is aimed at supporting and expanding the skill sets of existing Wikipedians across the continent. Once back in their home countries, delegates will be tasked with engaging with content-rich institutions and supporting and training local Wikipedians. Delegates will be drawn from the following countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa. For more on WikiAfrica, please visit www.wikiafrica.net.

This is a call for applications to be the course trainer who will instruct the delegates in all aspects of Wikipedia and Wikimedia interaction.


The training session will host 8 delegates with the aim of activating them as Wikipedians in Residence from countries across Africa, and South Africa. The training session will take 5 days of intensive introduction to the following subjects:

  • Wikipedia, Wikimedia Projects, and the Wikimedia landscape in Africa,
  • The Open Movement and its impact in Africa,
  • Working with partners to extract citable content,
  • Leveraging networks to build community and aggregate content,
  • Using Wikimedia tools, e.g. GLAM tools, Wikimetricsand Wiki Data,
  • Event planning, marketing and communication for engagement,
  • Project planning, grants, accountability and budgets, and
  • Tracking and metric tools and evaluation.

The expected outcomes will be:

  • Complete immersion in and understanding of the Wikimedia projects.
  • A road map for engagement with local partners, networks and community.
  • The ability to determine the extent of information available in their country and how to draw that information onto Wikipedia.
  • A plan for how to access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • A sustainable strategy for the critical evaluation of the information and its sources.
  • Plan the incorporation and expansion of all selected information into the Wikimedia projects.
  • Have a proactive understanding of the economic, legal, and social issues that impact the Open Movement and develop an ethical and legal strategy to engage access and use information in 3-5 countries across Africa.


With these goals in mind, WikiAfrica is looking for applications for the position of trainer.The Wikipedian-in-Residence trainer will be expected to:

1. Pre-training

  • Collaborate with WikiAfrica on the preparation of relevant training curriculum and material

2. At the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg

  • Prepare for and activate training for 8 Wikipedians on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiki Events, and Wikimedia projects.
  • Develop a program in collaboration with WikiAfrica to train the 8 Wikipedians to become trainers and be able to coach other potential wikipedian users and give assistance to cultural and other content holding institutions using Wikipedia.
  • Conduct a feedback survey and collaborate on the report to the Goethe-Institut
  • Upload training documentation, create case studies and produce the guidelines of the project for replication across African countries.

3. Post-training:

  • Follow up and mentor any partnerships to liberate content from institutions to Wikipedia and Wikimedia.
  • Follow up and mentor the production of images and documentation for Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.
  • Update the WikiAfrica project web sites in English (www.wikiafrica.org) and on Meta
  • Follow up to assist, where necessary, on community building and volunteer events
  • Assist with the development of communication around the project (and each individual aspect) on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects
  • Feedback to WikiAfrica team and Goethe-Institut on outcomes and achievements.


  • German citizen or permanent resident with excellent written and spoken English (a good knowledge of French will be an advantage)
  • Specific skills and experiences on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiki Data, and with WikiGLAM / Education.
  • Experience as a trainer, and/or in community building
  • Excels at working in a group
  • Experience of living or working in Africa would be an advantage, but is not essential.
  • Please note that timelines (detailed below) are tight and cannot be moved.


  • Allowance: € 2000,00
  • Duration: 7 months (1 month preparation + training, and 6 months remote mentoring)
  • Start: 1st November
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (training), thereafter remotely
  • This position is ideally suited to a PHD student or intern.
  • The costs of journey and accommodation will be covered.
  • The contract partner will be the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, overseen by the WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre.


Interested candidates must apply before 27th October 2015, and their applications should include (in English):

  1. A cover letter that motivates why you would like to be the Trainer of Wikipedian in Residence and an overview of your experience as a Wikipedia editor;
  2. Your CV
  3. An example of a written and researched article
  4. Deadline: 27th October 2015

Submit your application for the WikiAfrica #OpenAfrica15 Training to Isla Haddow-Flood at isla@wikiafrica.net by the 27th October 2015.


  • 16th October – Call for Trainers
  • 16th October – Call for Delegates
  • 27th October – Final deadline for applications for Trainers
  • 29th October – short list for trainers
  • 30th October – interviews with potential trainers
  • 2nd November – final position awarded
  • 3rd November – final deadline for applications for delegates
  • 6th November – shortlist of delegates
  • 9-11th November – interviews with potential delegates
  • 13th November – delegates informed
  • 29th November – meet and greet in Johannesburg
  • 30th November – 4th December – training course

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