[PLUG] [OT: Job] Job Opening for Programme Director (Access to Knowledge) with the Centre for Internet and Society

jadine jadine at cis-india.org
Mon Aug 13 10:58:58 IST 2012


Hello PLUG members, 

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is
seeking applications for the post of Programme Director (Access to
Knowledge) for its New Delhi office. The Access to Knowledge Programme
Director would report to the Executive Director, Centre for Internet &
Society, Bangalore. 


The Programme Director will
manage CIS's Access to Knowledge programme which is funded by the
Wikimedia Foundation, to support the growth of Wikipedia and its sister
projects and to advance access to free knowledge in India. The Programme
Director will partner with the large Wikimedia community in India to
focus on Indic and English languages and will manage a team of four
staff members. 


 	* Support the growth of Indic
language communities and projects by designing community collaborations
and partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors, tackle
technical challenges and explore innovative approaches to building the
projects, e.g., donations of state encyclopedias, education
partnerships, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM)
institution partnerships.
 	* Support India-focused initiatives to
improve the quality of India-relevant content on English Wikimedia
projects such as, university outreach, GLAM institution partnerships,
India-relevant thematic contribution campaigns, etc.
 	* Support
expanded access to free knowledge across India by developing
technology-based solutions like Wikipedia (mobile) and Wikipedia
 	* Help the Indian community share experiences and tell its
story to the wider Indian and global communities through traditional and
social media.
 	* Generate and document lessons from programme
activities that can inform the work of Indian communities and similar
programmes in other countries.
 	* Manage the team and grant resources
effectively; manage the programme in an open and transparent fashion
with ongoing communications and reporting to the Wikimedia community and
the Wikimedia Foundation.
 	* Serve as a spokesperson for the Access to
Knowledge programme and build ties with the Wikimedia India chapter and
other free knowledge communities and movements in India such as
Free/Open Source Software, Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational
Resources, Indic-computing, etc.

 	* High level of commitment: The
Programme Director should be strongly committed to CIS and Wikimedia
movement missions and objectives of the programme and deeply believe in
the values of CIS and Wikimedia projects in the Indian context, exude
enthusiasm for the mission and can powerfully embody and communicate the
 	* 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 she/he is doing
and isn't afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when
you need help and able to handle criticism in a mature fashion.
Community builder: It is essential that the leader sees himself as a
partner to and supporter of the Wikipedians who have and will continue
to be the leaders in building the Wikimedia projects. The Programme
Director 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 Wikipedia'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.
Proficient manager: Able to design and execute on a range of
initiatives; organize and manage a team of people and responsible in use
of resources (financial and human).
 	* Data-driven: Should be well
versed about the Indic and English projects, subject his/her own
approaches and activities as well as those of the team to rigorous
analysis and willing to stop doing things that prove to be ineffective
based on the data.
 	* 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, philanthropic and private sector.

	* Willing to travel: The Programme Director must regularly travel
within India to engage with Wikimedia communities and conduct outreach
activities. Periodic global travel would be 4 trips per year.
Willing to flex schedule to operate within a global team: Must be
available for a limited number of conference calls or email exchange
some evenings on a weekly basis.


 	* At least
seven years of professional experience with a strong track record of
success in high performance organizations.
 	* Experience as a manager
in a collaborative community (ideally online) or organizational
 	* 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
 	* Strong writer in Indic languages and English and must
be fluent in at least one Indic language and English.
 	* Women are
strongly encouraged to apply.

REMUNERATION: Commensurate with
experience and aligned with senior compensation at CIS. 

To apply,
please send your resume to Sunil Abraham (sunil at cis-india.org [1]) or
Pranesh Prakash (pranesh at cis-india.org [2]) with three references. 

is also seeking applications for the following positions: 

Officer (Internet Governance) [3] 

Programme Officer (Access to
Knowledge and Openness) [4] 

Research Manager [5]  

We hope to hear
from you! 



mailto:sunil at cis-india.org
[2] mailto:pranesh at cis-india.org

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