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Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF): Author Country Profiles for 2022 Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook

The flagship publication of CAHF, the Housing Finance in Africa Yearbookis 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. 2022 will mark our 13th edition, which will be launched in early November 2022–containing 55 country profiles, and published simultaneously in English and French.

The various country and regional profiles are researched and written by different authors around the continent–consultants, researchers and practitioners. To this end, we are currently seeking applications from interested parties to serve as authors for the 2022 13th edition of the Yearbook. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 July 2022, 16h00 CAT (South Africa time).

When preparing your application, please consider the following:

  • Local expertise and language proficiency is preferred. Ideally, profile authors are researchers or practitioners based in that country, who are therefore able to collect data on the ground and assess the quality of the data provided, based on country and housing sector knowledge.
  • Applicants should have a background in housing, urban development and / or housing finance. Knowledge of climate change, green building and gender issues is a bonus.
  • Interested authors can indicate their interest in up to 6 countries. However it is noted that no single author will be selected to write more than 2 profiles. In completing the application form, you are invited to indicate your special expertise in particular countries.
  • Country profiles can be written in French or English and should be approximately 3 400 – 3 600 words in length in English and 3 800 – 4000 words in French (excluding footnotes and text boxes). Written proficiency in one of these languages is therefore a requirement. Please indicate your language preference on your application form.
  • The Yearbook places a high premium on data accuracy, quality and replicability. Authors will be expected to comply with rigorous guidelines regarding citations and references for all facts and data included in the profiles. All facts will be checked.
  • In addition to the written country profiles, consultants will be expected to collect between 30-34 data points as part of the data survey process.
  • Authors are paid R21 000 (South African Rand) per country, for both the profile (R12 500) and the data survey (R8 500).
  • Author’s / Organisation names will be listed under the country name of each profile.

Country profile authors will be responsible for the following:

  • Originally authored profile (3600 words exclusive of footnotes and text boxes) containing the following sections: overview; access to finance; affordability; housing supply; property markets; policy and legislation; opportunities. (To view the draft TOR, click on the orange circle at the top of the page).
  • Completion of a Yearbook data survey. Each YB author would collect data on approximately 30 indicators, which would require local knowledge of data sources and on-the-ground data collection. It should be noted that this will require emails, telephone calls and in-person visits to organisations and government departments to obtain data. (An example of the Data Survey from 2021 is available for download below, although it is noted that indicators may change for this 2022 edition.)

To Apply: Please visit the CALF website for more information.

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