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Call for Position - Programme Officer (Communication) - Access to Knowledge

Posted by Tito Dutta at Oct 06, 2018 01:15 PM |
We are inviting applications for the position of a Programme Officer (Communication) to join the Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team at the Centre for Internet and Society. Please find below the description of the position, the eligibility criteria, and the application process.


To contribute to, support, and lead public communication of the work of the CIS-A2K team, we are looking for a creative, dedicated, and enterprising individual to join the team as Programme Officer (Communications). Please note that women and trans candidates, especially those from socio-economically marginalised communities, and women who are returning to work after a hiatus will be given preference.


Project Background



Required Skills and Experience

Desirable Skills and Experience

Location and Remuneration

Application Process

Project Background

The CIS-A2K team is supported by Wikimedia Foundation to work towards catalysing the growth of the open knowledge movement in south Asia and in Indian languages. The current work plan (2018-19) of the CIS-A2K team is focused on working towards creating an inclusive Wiki atmosphere in India, with emphasis on creating safe spaces, and promoting activities to bridge gender gap in Wiki projects across languages. Further, CIS-A2K facilitates exchange and incubation of ideas amongst Indian language Wikimedia communities, which contributes to the growth of these community and enables emergence of community leaders. During the current year, the A2K team is investing resources and energy on 4 programs/ideas that we believe are going to be 'triggers of change': 1) Focus Project Area, 2) MediaWiki Training, 3) Bridging Gender Gap, and 4) Wikisource Conference India. Please find a detailed description of our proposed activities during 2018-19 on our Meta-Wiki page.


The CIS-A2K team is primarily based in the Bangalore office of CIS, and the Programme Officer (Communication), henceforth POC, will be expected to work out of the same office. Members of this team are also based in Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Hyderabad (Telangana), and Sangli (Maharashtra), and the POC will be expected to work closely with them - generally remotely, and sometimes by travelling to these locations

To support and drive outreach of the work being done by the CIS-A2K team, the POC will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Public communication (60% of monthly work): POC will be responsible for the overall public-facing communication of the work and activities of the CIS-A2K team. This includes planning, driving, and carrying out multi-media documentation of ongoing activities of the team; announcement of programmatic activities in terms of authoring press releases, opinion pieces, short updates, and social media posts, including helping CIS-A2K team members with doing the same; co-authoring and editing the major reports prepared by the team, primarily for submission to Wikimedia Foundation; managing and posting on the Twitter account of the CIS-A2K team; and preparing and publishing a monthly newsletter to share the work of Indian Wikimedia communities and the CIS-A2K team. The CIS-A2K team usually conducts 4 events each month on average.
  • Innovative media projects (25% of monthly work): POC may explore widely from conventional to new media forms to create original stories of experiences, challenges, and learnings of members of Indian Wikimedia communities in general, and communities engaged with by the CIS-A2K team in particular. This may include storytelling in the form of interviews, blogs, audio and video productions including those native to social media platforms, with a focus on producing content in multiple Indian languages, often with support from CIS-A2K team and members of Wikimedia communities. The focus of these media projects will be on the stories of the volunteers who edit and contribute to Indian language Wikimedia projects, as well as gaps and futures thereof. This task includes interviewing Indian Wikimedians under the ambit of the WikipediansSpeak project.
  • Liasoning and training (15% of monthly work): POC will function as an interface between A2K team and the Indian (and global) Wikimedia communities as the first point of contact for incoming communications, and inform the CIS-A2K about requests and concerns shared by members of these communities. POC may also be invited to provide training on effective communications for members of Indian Wikimedia communities, as needed, and to support them to independently tell their own stories in their languages.


Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding issues of gender and sexuality
  • Critical appreciation of open knowledge initiatives
  • Effective communication
  • Inclusive collaboration
  • Intellectual curiosity and openness
  • Respect for diversity
  • Strong cross-cultural competency

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to learn-at-work, especially about the Wikimedia ecosystem
  • Highly organised, motivated, and able to take initiative
  • Experience of managing public communications and outreach, including managing mailing lists and social media accounts
  • Experience of producing multimedia content, including writing and web-based content

Required Skills and Experience


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English
  • Working knowledge (or better) of at least one other Indian language


  • Two years of working experience in an Indian/global organisation with diverse members, and in a position that involved managing communication and producing text and media content


  • Basic understanding of functioning of Wikipedia, and ideally of other Wikimedia projects too
  • Basic ability to produce audio/video content, including recording and editing

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Active user of free and open source software
  • Experience of actively contributing to Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and others
  • Experience of being a member of an Indian Wikimedia community, or taking part in Wikimedia-related events
  • Experience of being part of a free and open source software / open knowledge community

Location and Remuneration

The position is based out of the Bangalore office of CIS.

Monthly remuneration for the position will be Rs. 40,000-45,000 (including taxes) based on the level of experience and previous salary.

Application Process

We invite interested (and eligible) candidates to apply for the position by sending us the following documents to [email protected], with “Application for Programme Officer (Communication)” as the subject, by Sunday, October 28, 2018:

  1. Cover letter (2 pages): This should introduce your relevant academic, professional, and other experiences, and describe the kind of work you look forward to do as part of the CIS-A2K team. We strongly recommend reading the 2018-19 work plan of the CIS-A2K team while writing this cover letter, as well as for preparation for the interview to follow (if you are shortlisted for interview).
  2. CV: This should provide details of your academic, professional, and other achievements
  3. Work samples: The position will require you to produce effective writing outputs in a regular manner. Please share 2 samples of your writing (published or unpublished). In case you have produced media works (photographs, audio/video interviews, short films, etc.), please share 1 or 2 samples of the same. While sharing media works, please share the URL to the same and not the actual files.

We will prepare a short list of candidates, on the basis of the submitted applications, and inform you of our selection decision by Friday, November 02.

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the CIS team, including members of the CIS-A2K team. If needed, there will be two rounds of interview.

We will take the final hiring decision by early November, inform the shortlisted candidates accordingly, and invite the selected person to join our from December 1, 2018.

Please do not hesitate to write to us at [email protected] for any clarification regarding this.


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Tito Dutta

Tito is a Programme Officer associated with the Access to Knowledge team at the CIS, and his work focuses on supporting Indic Wikimedia Communities and community members to plan and conduct Wiki-events.