Open Data Kit (ODK, provides free and open
source tools for social good organizations to collect data quickly,
accurately, offline, and at scale. ODK has been used to collect
billions of data points around the world. Example projects include
gathering real-time election data in emerging democracies
(, forest monitoring in Indonesia
(, and tracking polio vaccinations in the
Middle East (

ODK’s design enables novice users to collect data in challenging
environments and its robustness in these environments has driven the
platform’s adoption and evolution. Additionally, building an open
source community ( around ODK has
allowed it to benefit from code and content contributions from users,
implementers, and developers.

Nafundi ( is a company started by founders of ODK
that offers professional services and software customization for ODK
tools. We are seeking a strong writer to help document usage of the
ODK tools for both technical and non-technical end-users, integrating
user feedback from support questions to improve content. We're also
looking for end-user documentation support for new feature launches.
The ideal candidate has written end-user documentation for software
and is familiar with and passionate about open source.

Responsibilities include:
* Answer support questions on!forum/opendatakit to get to know the
software and the community
* Identify the best tools and platforms for ODK documentation and support
* Create non-technical user documentation for ODK Collect
( and ODK Briefcase
* Create technical user documentation for building forms with XLSForm
* Write release notes and announcements for new features and large deployments

Minimum qualifications:
* Writing samples in English, preferably software documentation
* Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate software concepts to
a non-technical audience
* Demonstrated ability to self-motivate (a side project, for example)
* Knowledge of web development and content management tools (e.g.,
Wordpress, GitHub Pages, Markdown, HTML)

Preferred qualifications:
* Experience using and documenting open source projects
* Experience planning and implementing strategies to improve community
* Experience working remotely and with globally distributed teams
* Experience developing on or deploying mobile data collection (e.g.,
iFormBuilder, Pendragon Forms, CommCare, SurveyCTO, Magpi, Fulcrum)

What we offer:
* A chance to contribute to a project with broad social impact
* A distributed, open, and fun community eager for great documentation
* Location independence
* Flexible contract-based arrangement

Contract rate and length are negotiable based on experience.

If this sounds like a good fit, please send a cover letter, your
resume, and 3-5 writing samples to with subject
"Documentation Writer for Open Data Kit".

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