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CAHF Francophone Africa Programme Manager

The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) is a not-for-profit company with a vision for an enabled affordable housing finance system in countries throughout Africa, where governments, business, and advocates work together to provide a wide range of housing options accessible to all.  CAHF’s mission is to make Africa’s housing finance markets work, with special attention on access to housing finance for the poor.  We pursue this mission through the dissemination of research and market intelligence, supporting cross-sector collaborations and a market-based approach.  The overall goal of our work is to see an increase of investment in affordable housing and housing finance throughout Africa: more players and better products, with a specific focus on the poor.

Our work covers four main areas: (1) understanding the housing market, (2) monitoring housing sector performance, (3) exploring innovation in housing finance, and (4) supporting housing finance market development.

With the support of the French Development Agency (AfD), CAHF has established a programme to support the development and deepening of Africa’s housing finance sector in Francophone Africa, through the provision of data and market intelligence, as well as capacity building and networking among key players. This will support practitioner investment decisions and policy developments, leading to increased investment in affordable housing and housing finance in Africa.  The programme also facilitates active exchange of experiences, case studies, and data between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

The Francophone Programme Manager (FPM) will lead this programme, promoting research in the region, connecting stakeholders, fostering exchange and supporting the development of housing finance markets in Francophone Africa.  The  FPM  will integrate a bilingual communication approach in all of CAHF’s work. The work includes:

  • research and knowledge management,
  • communication and correspondence,
  • networking and engagement with senior policy makers and private sector practitioners, and
  • administration.

Over the course of the five year programme, it is expected that the FPM will establish an office in the Francophone region, further entrenching CAHF’s work and achieving its objectives locally.

Key Qualifications

  • Honours Degree, but preferably Masters, in related field (Development Studies, International Studies, Housing, Economics, Planning, Urban Management)

 Key Requirements

  • Fluency in English and French; first-language French speaking preferred
  • Excellent writing skills in both English & French
  • Must live or have lived in Francophone Africa
  • Must be willing to relocate to South Africa for 2 to 3 years
  • At least 5 years’ research experience, including research management, in a similar field
  • Good understanding of Housing Finance Markets in Francophone Africa
  • Good networks in Housing finance
  • Experience in social networking platforms
  • Must have capacity building experience
  • Must have experience in managing own budget
  • Must have strategic and analytical competence
  • Must have relationship management and stakeholder management skills

For more information on CAHF and the position, refer to the detailed job advertisement.

How to Apply:

Please email your application, consisting of a cover note, CV and three references, to Lisa Lazarus: llazarus@icon.co.za. Deadline for all submissions is 30th June 2016.