Human Sciences Research Council: IED Editors (Nationwide)


Company Human Sciences Research Council

Reference # IED Editors 09/2020

Published 31/08/2020

Contract Type Contract

24 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa


In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ the Research Divisions, Units, Institutes and Centres of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake policy-oriented research from its offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Pietermaritzburg. Our public purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The newly formed Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research that aims to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and thus conducts research in both areas, sometimes discretely, often overlapping, and through a multidisciplinary lens. We research ways to improve the context of learning for those who have had unequal starting points as well the social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation to bring about the gains and growth South Africa needs.

IED requires the services of a panel of Freelance Editors to provide high quality editorial services for a number of project publications over a period of 24 months as and when the need arises. Freelance appointments are paid by deliverables.

IED EDITORS (Freelancer contract)

Ref. No. IED Editors 09/2020

Job Functions Research

Industries Research


The scope of work and expectations of the Editor will include the following:

i.Read and become familiar with the project report and any other relevant documents which are intended to be submitted as public records to the client;

ii.Copy edit and proof read all reports/draft papers submitted to ensure editorial quality of publications for submission;

iii.Editorial services will include but is not limited to :

a)Content editing – citations and figures are checked

b)Language editing – assess reports for linguistic quality( checking for grammar, syntax and consistent use of terminology and style)

c)Technical editing – formatting ensures consistency with font, size;

d)Proof reading – checking for typos, spelling errors and formatting errors

iv.Liaise with authors to address any editorial amendments;

v.Ensure all manuscripts are properly referenced;

vi.Review and facilitate the formatting of the report;

vii.Required to work to tight deadlines.


The candidates are expected to have extensive writing experience, preferably with writing exposure to scientific publications and willingness and ability to work to set tight deadlines.

•Applicants with a master’s degree in language, journalism, media and communication or social sciences will be given preference, or other relevant qualification;

•A minimum of a post graduate honours qualification in relevant fields listed above;

•At least 5 years relevant professional experience as an editor of high quality English language publications;

•Computer skills and proficiency in appropriate software for writing and editing; ,

•Experience in editing for scientific publications would be advantageous;

•Demonstrable writing skills;

•Some experience with relevant software (e.g. Adobe In Design and Photoshop);

•Ability to provide guidance on publications for different audiences;

•High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation;

•Temperament to cope with a pressurised, deadline driven work environment.

Application Procedure

In your application please include the following:

•Submit a detailed CV’s with proof of qualifications.

•At least two contactable references.

•A quote regarding the work to be undertaken. The cost must be VAT inclusive. The price should indicate the rate per 1000 words and per table/graph to be charged.

•An example of scientific writing undertaken.

The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.

Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Mr Gray van der Bergh email

Closing date 17 September 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 17/09/2020

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