Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # REF: COMMS EDITORS 09/2019
Published 16/09/2019
Contract Type Temporary
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, the Research Programmes, Centres and Cross-Cutting Units of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The HSRC Review is the organisation’s official news publication with four quarterly editions per year. An electronic version is published on the HSRC website.
The publication contains articles based on our research and other activities and is aimed at all parties which are - in one way or another - concerned with the organisation and its work.
Readers include government officials, funders, development agencies, academics, diplomats, students, media and many others.
The publication is aimed at the informed public, but our readers are not necessarily experts in any specific field. Therefore, the intention is to use plain, accessible English.

3 year contract

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•Language editing for the Word version of the HSRC Review, which is normally between about 15 000 and 22 000 words
•Editing includes checking grammar, sentence structure, spelling errors, lack of clarity and inconsistencies in the text, as well as text cuts to an optimal word count.
•Writing and editing of headlines where needed
•Choosing pull quotes where needed
•Checking whether graphics make sense
•Generally focusing on finer details throughout the document

•A minimum qualification of matric with at least 60% for English on Higher Grade;
•Ability to edit English text at the level of a 1st language English speaker and willingness to demonstrate this capability in a test tracking changes in a Word document;
•3 years’ English language editing experience, over and above any general writing experience;
•Preferably experience as member of a newspaper or magazine subediting team;
•Preferably experience in editing academic, technical or scientific content to be accessible to the general public

The HSRC offers market-related rates based on the deliverables required and agreed to. The organisation is also committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of it service providers who are black, female or disabled.


In your application, please include:
•a letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position
•your CV
•the details of three recent referees with telephone, fax or e-mail contact details
•the reference number that appears in this advert

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone.
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you encounter challenges in applying for this post please contact Skillsmap directly – for Telephonic support: +27 12 420 7200; for Email support: skillsmapsupport@sage.com or support@skillsmapafrica.com.

Enquiries (not applications or CVs) related to this post may be directed to Antoinette Oosthuizen on telephone number 021 4668043 or email aoosthuizen@hsrc.ac.za.

Closing Date: 20 September 2019. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. A shortlist of applicants with the required qualifications and experience will be contacted to complete an editing competency exercise. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.
The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment.
Job Closing Date 20/09/2019
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