Now Hiring: Software Developer (Contract) for African German Phrasebook functionalities Connectivity to Wikidata

The African German Phrasebook(AGPB) is a fun project that focuses on translating Wikidata items and gathering lexical content on Sub-Saharan African languages in text and audio and adding them to Wikimedia Commons.

This data is therefore used to build applications which will help the community to learn their languages and also from their languages learn other languages from the basics.

For the past few years, the Goethe Institut decided to partner with the Wikimedians of Cameroon user group and thanks to the grant for this project, the data from the previous AGPB will be moving to Wikidata and other Wikimedia sister projects. With this grant, between August 2021 and December 2021, the Wikimedia Cameroon team is tasked with importing the data and building the first proof of concept dictionary which looks a bit like Leo but with data from a large community of Wikimedia projects.

The Wikimedians of Cameroon user group is seeking a developer to extend the current functionality of the AGPB and integrate with data from Wikidata to result to the abovementioned desired functionality:

  • This is a part time 5 Months contract
  • The work will be for 20 weeks minimum for the prototype
  • Not fully remote as developer needs to interact with community(under our strict Covid19 measures)
  • We have between €2500 to €3048 available to complete this assignment, depending on experience. The payment details will be negotiated with the contractor, who will invoice the Wikimedians of Cameroon user group for their work towards the corresponding assignment goals.


  • Build a new AGPB prototype which integrates Wikidata as the main data stream.
  • Add support for any other relevant Wikimedia project to be used as data stream
  • Collaborate with project coordinators to train volunteers on how to add data into platform
  • Carry out other tech related tasks necessary for building the tool.


Please do not self-censor if you do not meet all of these criteria, as you will develop your skills during the project.

  • Experience developing web services in Python and Javascript.
  • Enthusiasm for writing good documentation and tests alongside your code.
  • Ability to work independently in a fully remote project.
  • Experience with open source development workflows on GitHub.
  • Familiarity with tool deployment on the Wikimedia Toolforge(not required).
  • Ability to build and maintain large scale applications is a plus.

How to respond

Please send your resume or CV, sample of your relevant previous work, and a short letter of interest to We will schedule an interview with short-listed candidates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an aim to fill the position by August 30.

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