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Proposed activities[edit]

Exploration of Open Access Policy at the African Union[edit]

This project aims to pro-actively support African governments at a continental level to open up their collective practices and content. To present a unified front of major players to encourage a new way of thinking about cultural heritage, collective knowledge, national education and publicly funded information. The project will initially conduct a feasibility study into the viability and structure of an ongoing proactive, support person or group that can present an alternative position in ongoing policy debates in the African Union and help create a solid foundation for the free sharing of knowledge across the continent. The project will gather and present reliably sourced information and proposed legislation that would allow works to be re-used on open knowledge projects including Wikimedia, protect the freedom to take pictures of monuments and buildings, and enable citizens to have easier access to knowledge paid for by government taxes, and access to their governments' documents.

News:

  • April 2018: Discussions opened again and strategy formulated after Creative Commons Summit 2018 in Toronto and Wikimedia Conference 2018 Berlin.
  • 2017: Grant application unsuccessful.

Research focus on Gaps in knowledge and community[edit]

Status: proposed programme

A deep dive research project into the content gaps on Wikipedia that relate to Africa. The research will explore the structural elements that affect these content gaps, such as citable sources, closed journals, access to knowledge and academic writing, as well as the less tangible elements such as access to technology, data and power, intellectual confidence, cultural or religious concerns, postcolonial discourse, etc. The research will build a better understanding around engagement and prioritise focus areas.

Community visibility, seeding and development[edit]

Status: proposed programme

Wikipedia Dinners and Kumusha Bus are two methods by which Wiki In Africa will develop the visibility of Wikipedia, and help to seed new communities across the continent.

Research: Wikipedia Open Education Resources[edit]

Status: proposed programme

Job 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:

Administration
  • 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).

Eligibility[edit]

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: https://www.wikiinafrica.org

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION[edit]

  • 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 : https://forms.gle/jLYyc1fEq24hGohq8 (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: www.wikiinafrica.org
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  • Why Wiki In Africa
  • Wiki In Africa YouTube Channel
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