The Council of the National University of Science and Technology is inviting applications to fill the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor – Academic, Research and Consultancy. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the position is strategic to the attainment of the University’s mission and goals. The University is seeking out an individual of personal and professional integrity, with a distinguished record of accomplishment in higher education or related professional field. An earned research Doctorate (PhD/DPhil) in a STEM discipline from a recognised University and demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills are essential. The incumbent will be responsible for initiating, recommending, implementing and monitoring policies, systems and procedures dealing with University academic activities and any other functions delegated by the Vice Chancellor. 

The position therefore calls for a versatile, respected individual with a proven record of academic achievement and an individual who can provide critical leadership that will help empower the University to strengthen its academic and research functions. The post requires an outstanding academic who has at least ten (10) years working experience in university teaching, research, community engagement, innovation and industrialisation, of which five (5) years should be at senior management level; with the minimum being at the level of a Dean of Faculty or its equivalent. 


The successful candidate will be required to carry out the following: 

  • Academic Policy and Plan Formulation;
  • Research and Consultancy co-ordination;
  • Academic Activities Management including the processing for approval of academic programmes, regulations, syllabi, admissions, examinations and budgets estimates for academic cost centres;
  • Implementation of academic staffing policy including participation in the selection and appointment of academic staff;
  • Quality assurance in its wider sense which incorporates governance/ management, infrastructure, quality of student experience, research and community engagement, while ensuring internal compliance with national and international standards and directions;
  • Internationalisation of student and academic staff recruitment, which is an integral part of a modern University. 


  • Visionary, dynamic and innovative leader endowed with strategic thinking skills and progressive attitudes for effective articulation of the mission and goals of the University as these relate to academic development;
  • Appreciation and understanding of the University academic business and how it impacts on University commercial business;
  • Extensive experience in policy making, strategic planning and quality assurance;
  • Knowledge and understanding of University systems;
  • Interpersonal, superior management, communication, public relations and negotiation skills to foster harmonious relationships between and among various University constituencies especially with the academic fraternity;
  • Emotional stability and ability to balance the requirements of different stakeholders of the University;
  • Ability to develop an academic vision and direction for the University;
  • Ability to interpret and promote the University’s key academic purposes;
  • Ability to stimulate and encourage new ideas and developments through motivation and support for staff and students. 

Conditions of Service 

Medical Aid, Leave and Pension Benefits are offered. The information on salary and other benefits will be made available to shortlisted candidates. 


All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Applicants must submit six (6) sets of applications, certified copies of Birth, ID and Academic Certificates, and an updated Curriculum Vitae giving full personal particulars including full names, place and date of birth, qualifications, experience, present salary, date of availability, contact details, names and email addresses of three (3) contactable Referees addressed to: 

The Chairman of Council

c/o The Registrar

National University of Science and Technology

P O Box AC 939



Tel: +263 9 284890/289057

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 August, 2018.

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