Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC): Editor

Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # DCES – EDI 09/2021
Published 27/09/2021
Contract Type Contract
1 Month
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Duration 1 Month
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is a statutory council dedicated to conducting human and social science research, thus contributing to the pool of global knowledge, and thereby improving the quality of life of people on the African continent, particularly South Africans. The HSRC promotes and undertakes public interest research. This research aims to advance South Africa and Africa’s understanding of and engagement with its social conditions and the particular contexts within which these social conditions occur.

Editor (1 x Post)
Ref: DCES – EDI 09/2021

The Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research programme actively enhances the contribution of the HSRC as a strategic partner in knowledge production and a resource for informing and deepening public debate, national dialogue and theoretical discourse on key national, regional, and international issues and dominant trends related to democracy; development; justice; governance and service delivery. DCES’ objective is to create relevant knowledge that strengthens our democratic society, its institutions, and practices of governance in order to promote social justice.

The Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council requires the services of a Freelance Research Editor to provide high quality editorial services for the manuscript to be published as a book.

Job Functions Editing
Industries Research
The service provider will be appointed to undertake both language and technical edits including citations and reference checks for approximately 60000 – 68000 words, about 145pages. Only applicants that have an academic qualification in English and a proven track record of undertaking both language (English) and technical editing of manuscripts will be considered for appointment. The person will work in close collaboration with the Volume Editor (VE) to proofread and edit the manuscript (which includes citations, a bibliography, tables, figures & graphs).

1 October – 25 October 2021

Key requirements:
a. The candidate must have experience in academic writing and in editing academic research reports, minimum of 5 yrs. experience in proof reading, editing large scientific research reports and an academic qualification – BA Degree in any of the following – English, Communications, Journalism.
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes 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.
b. Must have experience in similar editorial work and should have excellent English writing skills.
c. Familiarised with Harvard style referencing, indent, and ability to detect similarity and plagiarism from cited and uncited work.
d. Reports to be edited will be provided electronically and should be delivered in the same manner to HSRC.
e. The documents should be in MSWord and edited using track changes (a marked copy, with all corrections and comments showing, and a revised copy that has the corrections accepted and comments removed)
f. The service provider should show the ability to deliver within the agreed-upon timeframes.
Key Responsibilities:
The scope of work and expectations of the editor will include the following:
a. Copy edits and proof-read the manuscript to ensure editorial quality.
b. Editorial services will include but is not limited to:
 Content editing and checking – citations, figures, tables, and graphs and references.
 Language editing – assess reports for linguistic quality (checking for grammar, syntax and consistent use of terminology and style)
 Technical editing – formatting ensures consistency with font, size, page number, table of content etc. and
 Proof reading – checking for typos, spelling, and formatting errors.
c. Liaise with the VE to address any editorial amendments.
d. The editor should be experienced in editing technical content involving research findings.
e. Special attention should be paid to the text to ensure that the information within the manuscript is clearly communicated and does not carry sensitive information.
f. The reports should be edited in terms of text cohesion, style and layout, language and referencing.
g. The manuscript is about ethical concerns and careful attention should be paid to edit text to make sure it does not carry names of the individuals implicated.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

Applications: In your application, please include your detailed CV, a list of assignments that you have successfully completed as an editor during the past 5-10 years and names of contacts who commissioned the work (incl. telephone and e-mail). The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.

Kindly submit your application on-line at

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.
Enquiries and Not applications may be directed to Estelle Krishnan ([email protected])

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date 29 September 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 weeks should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful.

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment


Job Closing Date 29/09/2021