Talk:Wiki In Africa

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Position open in 2022[edit]

The role[edit]

Wiki In Africa is looking for a Community Facilitator to heighten awareness of, interest in, and participation in our programmes in the exciting Wikisphere. The Community Facilitator will not only provide vital and relevant on-wiki information about our projects to facilitate the involvement of, and provide opportunities for, the larger community. The work of the Community Facilitator will support and grow the programmatic activities and community development goals of Wiki In Africa.

Specifically, the Community Facilitator will focus on engagement with Africa’s Wikimedia community (specifically those involved with Wiki In Africa projects) and improve access to opportunities and skills development.

We are looking for a person who has experience within the Wikimedia community. The position is entirely remote. Responsibilities may include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • Managing team calendars, note-taking during meetings, assisting in project reporting or during recruitment processes.
  • Ensure meeting agendas, participation and minutes are recorded, circulated and documented on Meta or Wikimedia pages.
  • Effectively manage all data and Information Management needs and tools.
On-Wiki communications
  • Facilitate participation in projects by ensuring visibility on community channels.
  • Implement messages and awareness across all channels, including on-wiki, websites, messaging platforms, etc.
  • Communicate to existing advisory and organiser committees for beneficiary targeting.
  • Monitor ad hoc alerts for webinars, office hours, etc.
Community awareness and project assistance
  • Ad-hoc support for the implementation of Wiki in Africa programmes (eg, Wiki Loves Women, Wiki Loves Africa etc.) such as updating programmatic wiki pages, liaising with WLW Focus Group, coordinating WLA jury process, collecting data during a content drive etc.).
Technical support and facilitation
  • Assess capacity and feasibility of local volunteers and aligned partners to assist and progress the work.
  • Community empowerment and training via online meetings, modules creation, etc.
  • Oversee information and shared learning across teams and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are documented and understood as the basis for improved programming.
Community health
  • Keeping alert to any potential issues on various channels, and communicating with participants.
  • Ensuring any event or meeting participant is aware of the UCoC.

The person[edit]

Consider applying if you have the following:

Essential skills
  • 2+ years experience in a community development role.
  • Facilitating groups and building communities.
  • Organising events (online or offline).
  • Wikimedia experience across multiple platforms.
  • Exceptional and demonstrable writing and interpersonal communication skills in English.
  • Time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • An analytical mind and ability to think critically.
  • Works well remotely, meets tight deadlines, but should have some flexibility.
  • Managing tasks independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience contributing to websites (wordpress), social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram), word processors and spreadsheets.
Nice to haves
  • Has fine-tuned knowledge of range of community and project management-related software (e.g. Qualtrix, etc.)
  • Research experience.
  • Experience on design and communications platforms (e.g. Canva, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, etc.),
  • Can read and write French (not mandatory, but would be very appreciated).


Candidates should be gender-sensitive, and live on or be from the African continent. We will accept candidates from outside Africa as long as they have direct and recent African experience.

This is a remote position to be conducted from the successful candidate’s place of residence or alternative space. As such, they are expected to have the correct visa or work permits to reside in the country they will be working from. As such, Wiki In Africa will not facilitate the application of visas or work permits, or the transition from one country to another.

To be considered, the intern should have access to a personal computer and reliable internet access.

Allowance and duration:
This is a paid position. 12-month duration; start 1st March 2022, ends 28th February 2023. The tasks are pegged at 0.5 FTE over 12 months (with alternating peak and trough periods expected). As a contract position, this does not constitute on-going employment with Wiki In Africa. No additional payments will be made for a national holiday, holiday leave or sickness. Local tax obligations or other legal implications are the responsibility of the contractee.

More information can be found at:


  • An up to date CV + a motivation as to why you are eager to be considered for this role
  • A reasonably active account on Wikimedia projects
  • SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THIS LINK : (only applications received via the form linked above will be accepted)
  • DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS : 06 February 2022, 17:00 anywhere on Earth (extended)

Wiki In Africa believes that all peoples should see themselves and their experiences reflected online in order to be part of and make sense of the world. We believe in the transformative power that comes with free access to decolonised knowledge, information, and education in all its forms.
Wiki In Africa is a South African-based NGO that initiates and manages knowledge contribution programmes across Africa and beyond. The most notable of these programmes are Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Women, WikiAfrica Hour, WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique, and WikiFundi, although there are smaller drives, and associated projects and movement campaigns that we are proud to support and take part in.
2022 is the 5th year since Wiki In Africa was officially registered, although some of the projects are now in their 8th year. The programmes are designed and integrated to encourage and support the transfer of skills and knowledge to a growing community of Wikmedians to facilitate their contribution of content from Africa to the Wikimedia projects. It runs four exceptional knowledge contribution programmes, and one community engagement programme, that support the growth and expansion of content creation communities across Africa, and beyond.

Learn more:

  • Website:
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  • Why Wiki In Africa
  • Wiki In Africa YouTube Channel
  • Facebook @WikiAfrica
  • Twitter @WikiAfrica
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GAPSYM16: Knowledge production: abstract deadline 1 May 2023[edit]

@GATETE Pacifique, Islahaddow, and Anthere: This conference in hybrid (f2f + online) format may interest people here:

  • location: 13-14 November 2023 – University of the Western Cape/online
  • abstract deadline: 1 May 2023 (very soon!)

While Wikipedia is about knowledge curation (review), not knowledge "production", these are related, and issues of academic ethics (transparency, respect for other editors, citation ethics) have many close links with Wikipedia practices and goals. The people at the meeting would probably benefit from direct contact with Wiki In Africa people (there are plenty of EU-based academics who misunderstand what Wikipedia is, and what it isn't). The abstract deadline is very soon - just a few weeks away. Hope this is useful. Boud (talk) 18:52, 7 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for the head up User:Boud. Indeed... interesting. We will look into it ! Anthere (talk) 22:04, 10 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]
I'm interested GATETE Pacifique (talk) 04:23, 25 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Lancement de la nouvelle initiative francophone WikiCauserie[edit]

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

L'équipe Communications du Mouvement de la Fondation Wikimedia et WikiFranca ont le plaisir de vous annoncer le lancement de la nouvelle initiative WikiCauserie. C'est une rencontre en ligne visant à réunir les communautés francophones membres de WikiFranca pour échanger, se donner des nouvelles et discuter des défis actuels, des réussites et des opportunités à venir. Elle est une opportunité pour approfondir la collaboration et de renforcer les liens au sein de la communauté francophone.

Rejoignez la première édition qui aura lieu le vendredi 15 décembre 2023.

On vous attend avec impatience ! VALENTIN NVJ (talk) 10:17, 12 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]