2020 Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook: Call for applications to edit country profiles and serve as back-up writers for country profiles which are not delivered

Deadline for applications: 10 July 2020

The flagship publication of CAHF, the Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook, is a highly-respected source of information on the state of the housing finance sector on the continent, targeted for housing finance practitioners, investors, researchers and government officials. 2020 will mark our 11th edition, which will be launched in November 2020–containing 55 country profiles and 5 regional articles, and published simultaneously in English and French.

The Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook provides a current update of practice and developments in housing finance in Africa, reflecting the dynamic change and growth evident in the market in each country and region. While the general aim of the Yearbook is to offer a broad overview of housing finance and housing development in Africa, special emphasis is placed on the key challenge of housing affordability and access to housing processes for low income households, as well as the critical need for housing products and finance that are explicitly targeted at the income profiles of the majority. Given the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we have asked profile authors to write country profiles with a COVID-19 lens looking at risk, recovery and resilience measures in the housing sector.

The 2019 Yearbook can be viewed at: http:///housingfinanceafrica.org/resources/yearbook/

On 18 June 2020 CAHF put out a call for proposals and Terms of Reference for the writing of the country profiles and the collection of data for the country data surveys. All profiles will reflect updated information and data on housing finance markets across these countries covering key aspects such as access to finance, affordability, housing supply, property markets, policy and regulation and opportunities. Profiles are limited to a maximum of 3 600 words.

This call for proposals is for the editing of the 2020 country profiles and for writing of country profiles in cases where the originally appointed author does not deliver on their contract on time (e.g. back-up country profile authors).  As some of the profiles will be submitted in French we require the services of at least two French editors.

  • Editing: The country profiles will require two rounds of editing and attendance at a webinar to explain the editing requirements.
    • The first drafts of the profiles are due on 31 August and they will be allocated for editing as they come in on a one-on-one rotational basis.
    • Editors can expect to be allocated up to 5 country profiles to edit.
    • The turn-around times for these edits should be within 7 days of receipt.
    • The first edit will include content editing in accordance with the Terms of Reference, fact-checking, and editing for clarity, flow, and coherance, as well as proofreading as per our CAHF Style Sheet and referencing guide. .Track changes and comments are to be used.
    • CAHF will host a compulsory editors’ webinar on 12 August 2020 to review content, tone and style sheet adherance so that editors are well-placed to begin editing at the end of August.
    • The final profiles are to be submitted on 21 September and these need to be checked to see if the author has accommodated all comments and made the suggested changes. These profiles will also need to be finalised within 7 days.
  • Back-up country profile writers: If authors have not accommodated changes adequately or have not delivered profiles by the final cut-off date, the writing up of these country profiles will need to be reallocated to a back-up writer. The Terms of Reference will need to be adhered to but we accept that this will be a much less rigorous research process. The aim of these write-ups is to get a publishable profile out under strict timeframes (by the end of September 2020).

Contracts will be drawn up for each appointed editor and will be based on a payment of R2 000 per profile edited for the two rounds of editing, up to a maximum amount of 5 profiles per editor. We estimate that the first edit should take between 3 and 4 hours and the second edit around 2 hours.

Contracts for back-up country profile write-ups will be drawn up on a case-by-case basis only once it is clear which profiles will need to be reallocated to back-up writers. The full country profile amount of R10 000 will be paid for each acceptable / publishable profile written given that this profile needs to be written up at short notice, within tight timeframes.

Applicants must be willing to work with short turn-around times and be flexible in the number of profiles allocated to them.

Individuals or organisations/companies may apply.

In order to apply, please submit the following information to susan@housingfinanceafrica.org by 10 July 2020:

  • Short cover letter, indicating your qualifications to provide editing / research capacity for the Yearbook. Your cover letter should  indicate which particular countries and/or regions you are most familiar with and should give an indication as to the limit of profiles that you are able to edit (up to the maximum of 5). Knowledge of the housing sector in Africa is necessary and so your experience of the sector should also be summarised in the letter.
  • Updated CV: indicating your country of residence.
  • Two references: including contact details.
  • Two short writing samples: articles, or reports. Pieces related to housing or housing finance, and which include data analysis, are preferable.
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