Wiki In Africa is excited to announce an exciting new platform from their Wiki Loves Women initiative – the Inspiring Open podcast series.

Wiki Loves Women will create the first of a series of podcasts that showcases and celebrate inspiring women leaders within (and aligned to) the open movements, with a strong focus on Africa. The interview-format podcast will ask these exceptional women leaders to interrogate what “being open” means to them, and share their journeys, achievements, challenges, and motivations, and ultimately, the women who inspired them.

The podcast series is designed to inspire present and future women from all walks of life to consider adopting “open” practices as their ‘normal’ when they navigate their future paths; placing opportunities of the open movement and digital media platforms top of mind. The series empowers listeners by imparting alternative ideas, pathways, tips, solutions, and opportunities to underserved communities across the African continent. The podcast series has been funded as part of the Goethe-Institut‘s International Relief Fund 2021.

We are looking for a host to be the voice of Wiki Loves Women’s Inspiring Open

Are you: 

  • A woman
  • African-born and living in the African continent 
  • Fluent in English
  • Have relevant journalism, media, or content creation experience 
  • Proficient in using podcast recording and transcription software
  • Experienced in podcast or audio editing 
  • Experienced with sound, broadcast, or recording mediums
  • Passionate about gender equity, equality, and developing the voice and visibility of women in Africa 
  • Interested and/or engaged in the open knowledge movement 
  • Confident, eloquent, and curious.

Nice to haves:

  • Social media and content savvy
  • Able to speak another language (French, Portuguese or Arabic)

The team will supply the host with a list of guests (accompanied by a research pack). All the podcasts will be recorded remotely, at the times specified by the guests (time flexibility is expected). 15-20 guests will be recorded for the first catalog of this podcast. Interviews are expected to take place between early November 2021 and the end of February 2022. After each interview, the chosen host is expected to deliver the raw audio files, full digital transcripts, and a ‘rough’ edit; before the team proceeds to final editing and audio production. 

Remuneration is subject to experience. 

To apply, you will need the following: 

  • a 3 minute (max) voice recording introducing yourself, the show, and your dream guest,
  • a motivation video, talking us through the reason it should be you,
  • links to previous recordings, podcasts, examples of your voice work,
  • your CV (including social media handles)


The closing date for applications is 25th October 2021.
(Applications will be reviewed as they come in, do not wait until the closing date to apply)

About Wiki Loves Women

Gender inequality is rife across Africa (and beyond), especially online, where there is a shortage of fact-based news, information, and knowledge about Africa’s successful women, or women’s experiences across the continent. 

The Wiki Loves Women initiative was founded in 2016 to bridge two significant knowledge gaps  – women and Africa – in terms of accessible, online content that features or celebrates women, and content authored by women to share their experiences and inspirations. 

Wiki Loves Women’s multi-layered, international activations informs, mobilises, and trains people to contribute factual gender-focused information to open knowledge platforms, and in doing so, celebrate the pivotal roles that women play in each country or region’s political, economic, scientific, cultural, and heritage landscape.

Wiki Loves Women was founded by Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard. It is a pivotal project of Wiki In Africa and is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and the Goethe-Institut. The project documentation and its outcomes are published under CC BY SA 4.0.

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