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  • Posted: Dec 7, 2022
    Deadline: Jan 15, 2023
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  • Code for Africa (CfA) uses technology and #OpenData to empower citizens. We give citizens actionable information for better-informed decision making and digital tools to amplify their voices, so that they can hold the authorities (both governmental and corporate) to account.
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    Community Coordinator

    The successful candidate will be the champion CfA’s Wikipedian-in-residence (WiR) community. Your responsibilities will include a range of activities such as building a network of African WiRs and facilitating and strengthening the relationship between Wikipedia, WiRs and other CfA communities through the implementation of Wikiprojects, training, mentorship and events such as editathons. The ideal candidate will be a registered Wikipedian in good standing, with substantial experience in writing and editing Wikipedia articles, and possess knowledge of Wikipedia standards, culture, and rules. 

    You will help develop and grow a community of volunteer Wikipedia editors and contributors, by organising events, facilitating technical training, marshalling resources and forging partnerships with research, media, statistical organisations and Wikipedia communities. You will also help pioneer new ways for the wider Wikipedia community in Africa to mobilise and tackle topical issues such as climate denialism or delayism and related mis/disinformation.

    The ideal candidates will have strong strategic analysis and critical thinking skills, as our projects are varied and fast-paced, so you need to quickly understand and learn new things. You will need to possess keen attention to detail. You should be comfortable handling multiple tasks with multiple ongoing deadlines and should have previous experience working on the digital collaboration tools that CfA uses, such as Slack, Google Drive, and Trello.

    Required 

    minimum requirements include:

    • Substantial, practical experience working as a WiR or as part of a Wikipedia project. 
    • Registered Wikipedian with a good reputation on Wikipedia.
    • Advanced hands-on experience in Wikipedia editing and understanding of rules that govern Wikipedia editing. 
    • Ability to write online learning material and implement online workshops on Wikipedia’s toolkits and culture.
    • Experience in organising Wikipedia edit-a-thons or other related Wiki events.
    • Comfortable with training, skills coaching and mentoring.    
    • Experience in digital research, online community organising and outreach. 
    • Ability to work across a diverse network of editors and researchers.
    • Organised and able to create, manage and oversee multiple timelines and schedules.
    • Ability to work creatively and accurately under pressure with excellent attention to detail.
    • Ability to multitask, prioritise, and manage time efficiently.
    • Excellent partnership engagement and stakeholder management skills.
    • Excellent leadership, team-building, and self-management skills.
    • Experience working with online-first tools such as Google Product Suite 
    • Proficient in English language (spoken and written).

    Preferred: 

    candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:

    • Familiarity with climate denialism and climate justice programmes.
    • Familiarity with data analysis and data visualisation tools such as spreadsheets, R, Flourish will be an added advantage.
    • Relationships with Wikipedia communities in Africa and media houses.
    • Bilingual in English and French (spoken and written)
    • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Code for Africa (CfA) on opportunities.codeforafrica.org to apply

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