The organisation

Illustrated by Jasmina El Bouamraoui and Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Wikimedia Commons,  CC-BY-SA 4.0

We believe 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 of decolonised knowledge, information and education in all its forms.

Wiki In Africa is a South African-based NGO that runs knowledge contribution programmes such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Women, WikiChallenge African Schools and WikiFundi.  The programmes are aligned to contribute content from Africa to the Wikimedia projects.  2021 is the 20th year of Wikipedia, and Wiki In Africa runs four exceptional knowledge contribution programmes that supports the growth and expansion of content creation communities across Africa, and beyond.


The role

Illustrated by Jasmina El Bouamraoui and Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA 4.0

We are looking for an Intern to work in the exciting Wikisphere.

The addition of an intern onto the Wiki In Africa team is the first step to expanding the core team, and is intended to support the programmatic activities, communications and community development goals of Wiki In Africa.

We are looking for a person from within the African continent who, preferably, has experience within the Wikimedia community. This position will provide the chosen candidate with continental and programme organisers experience, as well as vital insight into communications and community building.

Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Surveys : creating surveys (with leads input), communication to participants, reporting. In particular (but not limited to) Wiki Loves Africa program
  • Wiki in Africa Newsletter: creation (with leads input), publishing, report of impact
  • Community awareness : facilitating participation by the community in global and continental work through regular events, tasks might include online meeting set-up, communication, content production, reporting, etc..
  • Contact Database : improve, clean-up, add entries to a currently under-exploited ressource, including updating media and bloggers.
  • General ad hoc support on some of the Wiki Loves Africa tasks amongst: community support, checking in with all teams, assisting with documentation, jury process, etc., fielding queries, creating lists of topics for focused meetings and Webinars, social media tagging and shares, etc.

 The internship will be a fully remote position.

The person

The individual should have strong English writing skills, research ability and experience, as well as digital and administration skills. The individual should have the ability to meet tight deadlines and should have some flexibility.

We expect the candidates to have had previous experience with:

  • Working remotely and managing tasks independently,
  • Facilitating groups and building communities,
  • Organising events (online or offline),
  • Contributing to communications campaigns, and working with audio and visual materials, and
  • Contributing to websites (wordpress), social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram), word processors and spreadsheets.

Added bonus points if the candidate:

  • Has a fine-tuned knowledge of various software (e.g. Mailchimp, Qualtrix, Adobe, etc.)
  • Can read and write French, but it is not essential.
  • Has experience in the wikisphere.


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 an 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. 

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

Closing date:

Illustrated by Jasmina El Bouamraoui and Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Wikimedia Commons,  CC-BY-SA 4.0

Friday, 22nd January 2021

Monday, 25th January 2021

Allowance and duration:

  • This is a paid position.
  • 11 month duration; start 1st February 2021, ends 31st December 2021.
  • The intern’s tasks are pegged at 0.5 FTE over 12 months (with alternating peak and trough periods expected).
  • As an internship, this does not constitute employment with Wiki In Africa. 
  • No additional payments will be made for national holiday, holiday leave or sickness. Local tax obligations or other legal implications are the responsibility of the Intern.  

More information can be found at: 


  • Apply by emailing applications to
  • Subject title for email: WIA intern application : [your name]
  • CV + motivation as to why you are eager to be considered for this role 


22 January 2021 5pm UTC+2


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