The last date for submitting applications has been extended to 5th May, 2013 

Nitika Tandon
Program Manager
Access to Knowledge
The Centre for Internet & Society

On 17-Apr-2013, at 12:25 PM, Nitika Tandon wrote:

> Dear All,
> The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the post 
> of Programme Officer, Pilot Projects for its Access to Knowledge (A2K) 
> Programme. The position will be based in its Bangalore office. Programme 
> Officer will collaboratively work with the A2K Team and would report to the 
> Programme Director, Access to Knowledge at CIS.
> Position Summary
> As Programme Officer, Pilot Projects, your job will be to drive and support 
> the growth of Indian language Wikipedias and its sister projects. Your 
> primary responsibility will be to design and implement different pilot 
> projects with an aim to create high quality content and cultivate new editors 
> on different language Wikipedias in a time bound manner. One of the main 
> pilots you will be spearheading immediately will be on ‘Indian Performing 
> Arts’. The pilots will be premised on themes and seek to create a 
> multi-lingual repository of knowledge  using Wikimedia projects as knowledge 
> platforms. In addition to this you will be anchoring the development and 
> growth of at least one Indian language Wikipedia. You are encouraged to 
> deeply engage with the A2K Work Plan before making the application.
> You will work cohesively with the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia India 
> Chapter to meet specific goals of each language community in India. You will 
> be a part of a small team of 5 to 6 doing high visibility and high impact 
> work.
> Responsibilities
> Support India-focused initiatives to improve quality of India-relevant 
> content and number of editors on Indian language Wikimedia projects.
> Support the growth of Indian language Wikimedia communities and projects by 
> designing and implementing community collaborations and partnerships pilot 
> projects – detailing rationale, aim and objective, execution, evaluation, 
> timeline, resource investment, etc.
> Spearhead A2K’s pilot projects.
> Identify institutions/groups that have ready-made content/archived material 
> and aggregate available material in respective languages.
> Create a network of state institutions, university departments, 
> non-government organisations, academics, artists, researchers and wikipedia 
> community members that will work towards creating a repository of knowledge 
> on specific themes by using Wikimedia projects as a platform.
> Conduct initial meetings with the principal investigators from each of the 
> shortlisted institutions and share project idea.
> Facilitate Wikimedia community involvement with the core network of 
> institutions and principal investigators to collaboratively participate on 
> specific content/area modules.
> Create social media platforms for visibility of these projects and facilitate 
> need-based technical and online support.
> Conduct a series of wiki-training workshops for various nodes within the 
> network.
> Conduct periodic monitoring and evaluation of the pilot projects in progress.
> Generate and document lessons from programme activities that can inform the 
> work of Indian communities and similar programmes in other countries.
> Providing ad hoc support to the Wikipedia community on all aspects of Indian 
> languages as may be deemed necessary.
> Candidate's Background & Experience
> At least two to three years of professional experience with a strong track 
> record of success in high performance organizations.
> Prior experience of working with schools of performing arts and/or cultural 
> departments.
> A deep understanding of the varied cultural context of India.
> Good understanding of the basics of program design and management.
> Experience of working in a collaborative community (preferably online).
> Strong academic results from highly-regarded university.
> Strong understanding of the Internet and the forces that underpin the success 
> of Wikipedia.
> Active participation as a Wikimedia volunteer would be an asset, though not a 
> prerequisite (must be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of how Wikipedia 
> works in interviews).
> Demonstrated experience working in a global, multi-cultural team environment.
> Good writing skills in English and Indic languages and must be fluent in 
> English and at least one Indic language.
> Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
> Characteristics of the Programme Officer
> High level of commitment: The Programme Officer should believe in the values 
> of CIS and Wikimedia projects, exude enthusiasm for the mission and can 
> powerfully embody and communicate the mission.
> Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Must enjoy tackling difficult, 
> ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge into how one 
> approaches situations and generates solutions, loves learning from others 
> while expanding intellectual horizons.
> Open and transparent: Have a high level of integrity and be comfortable 
> working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback, a 
> proactive and candid communicator who wants people to know what s/he is doing 
> and isn't afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you 
> need help and should able to handle criticism in a mature fashion.
> Community builder: It is essential that the Programme Officer sees 
> herself/himself as a partner to and supporter of the Wikimedians who have and 
> will continue to be the leaders in building the Wikimedia projects. The 
> Programme Officer must be willing and able to work with a diverse array of 
> people, many of whom come from non-traditional backgrounds and have a fervent 
> commitment to Wikimedia’s community-led nature.
> Strong cultural competency: Able to navigate in a global movement and on a 
> global team in addition to navigating the complexity of India.
> Partnership developer: Able to initiate, negotiate and operate partnerships 
> that advance the Wikimedia mission in Indic languages and English (as 
> relevant to India) with a wide range of institutions across the public, NGO, 
> universities, philanthropic and private sector.
> Willing to travel: The Programme Officer must regularly travel within India 
> to engage with Wikimedia communities and partner with institutions.
> Location: The position is based out of the CIS Bangalore office.
> Remuneration: Compensation structure will be determined by the level of 
> expertise, experience and current remuneration.
> To apply, please send your resume to T. Vishnu Vardhan (
> You can also find the job posting on our website 
> (
>  Please feel free to share this mail with your networks.
> Thanks
> Nitika Tandon
> Program Manager
> Access to Knowledge
> The Centre for Internet & Society

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