Global Data & Insights Fellow

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Website Wikimedia Foundation


The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Global Data & Insights Fellow to advance the Wikimedia movement’s vision of every human being able to freely share in the sum of all knowledge; as well as its strategic direction – that by 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us.

You will be part of the Global Data & Insights Team in the Technology Department. The role of the team is to support Wikimedia Foundation staff in using data to learn from their work and improve decisions. Reporting to the Lead Strategist Equity Landscape Data, you will support the internal evaluation of the organization’s key capacity-building activities.

You will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in planning, designing, and disseminating surveys to Wikimedia movement members;
  • Researching and recommending best practices for developing internationally relevant survey measures for key demographics and other complex survey design elements;
  • Supporting the cleaning, analyzing, and summarizing both quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Synthesizing data from multiple discrete evaluations to provide insight into program impact and progress;
  • Identifying useable trends and themes across datasets that can inform reports and decision-making; and
  • Assisting in sharing findings both internally to the Wikimedia Foundation and to our communities.

Skills and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s or Doctoral program in the social sciences, education, international development, public policy, public health, evaluation, or a related field;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work systematically to ensure accuracy and quality;
  • Experience with developing social science research tools;
  • Experience summarizing data for reporting and analyzing datasets using Excel, SPSS, R, Python, STATA, or other statistical software;
  • Experience analyzing and summarizing qualitative data;
  • Ability to summarize research findings in an accessible manner for broader public audiences; and
  • Experience with or exposure to ethical data management and privacy practices.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • The ability to problem solve and to learn and apply new technologies;
  • The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment;
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and work under deadlines, as well as to seek out learning & support as needed;
  • A track record of effective communication with diverse cultural and language communities; and
  • Interest in or knowledge of Wikimedia projects, the free knowledge movement, global education and/or international development;

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience with international or multilingual data landscapes; and
  • Experience with international development, non-profit, or social movement research, and/or working with volunteers.

Benefits & Perks

  • Quickly improve your existing data analysis, evaluation, and/or research skills through exposure to real-world applied research;
  • Partner with and learn from experienced evaluation professionals to complete meaningful projects that will directly impact the organization and the world;
  • Weekly remote supervision focused on professional development and skills building
  • Telecommute from anywhere with a flexible work schedule; and
  • Work with great colleagues – a diverse, mission-driven, and passionate group of people who speak dozens of languages from around the world and engage in rich intellectual discourse.

The Wikimedia Foundation is…

…the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

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