Call for Project Manager for the Wikidata for Education Project

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Open Foundation West Africa is looking for a project manager who is also familiar with the Ghana Education Ecosystem to lead the planning and execution of the Wikidata for Education project. The Project Manager will coordinate implementing partners and key stakeholders while monitoring the project’s progress and deliverables for a period of 18 months. 

This is an exciting project appointment for someone passionate about linked open data, education, technology and innovation who is an expert in managing multilateral projects and wants to contribute to ensuring that students have access to free, quality, open educational resources aligned with the national curriculum. 

You are responsible for:

  • Ensuring project deliverables are met on time by all implementing partners
  • Facilitating project planning, standups, estimations, retrospectives, backlog refinement, roles and responsibilities, and other team ceremonies across multiple stakeholders 
  • Motivating individuals and groups to follow through on commitments
  • Providing a quarterly report of all project activities, metrics, challenges, and opportunities
  • Providing project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Working closely with key focal points in the Wikidata for Education working group to ensure knowledge sharing and project activities are in alignment with members priorities and expectations

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Project management certification 
  • Demonstrated experience managing large multilateral projects
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and supervision of staff and in building and maintaining a high-performing team.
  • Experience or interest in global education programs
  • Experience or interest in digitization and/or machine learning 

Qualities that are important to us

  • Awareness of the Wikimedia projects, the Wikimedia movement, and the ability to positively engage the Wikimedia community
  • Awareness of global education goals, education sector actors, and the ability to communicate the project’s activities and results to an education sector audience 
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to present information in a clear and engaging manner whether through verbal presentations or written reports 
  • The ability to consult and work collaboratively with individuals and groups across cultures and timezones 
  • Comfortable presenting to large groups 

More about the Wikidata for education Project

In 2020, the absence of curriculum documentation in digitally usable formats prevented education systems from being able to quickly and efficiently respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on face-to-face learning.

The Wikimedia Foundation, within the scope of the concept note developed by UNESCO under the Global Education Coalition, is seeking to launch a proof of concept and pilot project as part of broader efforts to align national curricula to content on Wikimedia projects.

The project proposes to establish a data model within Wikidata and Wikibase to enable the easy aligning of national curricula to Wikimedia projects; and make the information more discoverable for learners and educators. This data model will also:

  • Make data about curricula readily available and machine-readable so that developers can create innovative solutions to education challenges.
  • Create an education portal with curated content from Wikimedia projects and other open education resources that is aligned with school curricula.
  • Give education stakeholders the ability to do a comparative analysis of curricula on a global scale.
  • Support the Wikimedia volunteer editing community to improve content related to school curricula.
  • Support countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide quality teaching and learning materials to all students and comply with UNESCO’s OER Recommendation.
  • Improve the capacity of the education system to provide contextualized learning opportunities. 
  • Close knowledge gaps on Wiki projects through strategic alignment of content on Wikimedia projects with the localization needs of school systems. 

  • November 2, 2021