Vacancies: Directorships

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following posts in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office: 


This high profile position seeks a creative thinker who will be expected to spearhead the integration of the currently devolved institutional quality assurance functions of the university to advance academic excellence in the realm of STEM higher education and the Education 5.0 focus in the contemporary Zimbabwean context.  The anticipated diverse footprints of the Institutional Research and Quality Assurance Director and his/her Office will include, inter alia, walking and working the NUST vision, mission, and strategic directions through promotion of customer satisfaction, enhancement of operational and financial efficiency, championing continuous improvement efforts, and prompt detection of impediments to quality practice. This will entail constant, effective and systematic interaction with other members of the NUST Management Team, coupled with a tactical oversight of the operations of the entire university community, to ensure protection of the University’s reputation and its compliance with prevailing quality assurance advisory and regulatory frameworks.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor through the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Research and Consultancy), the Director will maintain working links with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Business Development), the Registrar, the Bursar, the Librarian, Principal Officers’ Deputies, Faculty Deans, Dean of Students, Directors of Institutes, Centres and Sections, Chairpersons of Departments, and other line managers. The position therefore calls for a flexible but focussed individual with a proven inclination towards organisational management at senior level, and/or expertise in service delivery. 

Key Performance Areas 

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Source, avail and manage knowledge and information on quality assurance matters pertaining to teaching and learning, research and development, student welfare, campus facilities, all-round operational efficiency, and any other functions as defined by university leadership from time to time.
  • Contribute to the initiation, development, implementation and review of academic programmes and other projects to safeguard institutional quality standards.
  • Identify deficiencies in systems and operations and proffer effective corrective solutions.
  • Initiate and execute relevant education and training to University employees of various grades.
  • Monitor institutional effectiveness and assist managers to make informed decisions.
  • Investigate client needs and experiences and solve problems through consensus.
  • Collect and analyse client performance data to explain problematic issues and predict trends affecting quality product and service delivery.
  • Liaise with local and international vanguards and custodians of quality assurance to enhance the university’s competitive advantage.
  • Integrate agreed international standards into the work of the University towards building a world-class, progressive and high ranking institution.
  • Be an active member of relevant committees of Senate and boards, with specific responsibility for policy determination and oversight on standards of academic, operational, student welfare and support services. 

 Key Competencies and Attributes 

The successful applicant will be expected to display a good combination of the following:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, and the ability to articulate and report on visions, perspectives, events and trends pertaining to institutional quality.
  • Ability to connect smoothly with the internal and external publics.
  • High level decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Client-centred focus and proven organizational skills.
  • Ability to create and promote a culture of proactivity, innovation, transparency, efficiency, collaboration, and flexibility. 

Qualifications and Experience

The post requires an individual with the following:

  • An earned doctorate degree in quality assurance or management or any closely related discipline, backed by strong and well-aligned undergraduate and masters’ degrees preferably in a STEM discipline, all from recognised Universities or other higher education institutions.
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience working in quality assurance systems implementation and management at a university or other high profile institution or organisation, or similar experience in university teaching, research or other senior position in which quality assurance is embedded.
  • Any relevant career development courses and experiences will be considered. 



The position has arisen in line with the new concept of extending the University’s mandate into Innovation and industrialisation. The incumbent will report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Innovation and Business Development (PVC-IBD) and will lead the Innovation Hubs, Science and Industrial Parks. The Innovation Hubs are responsible for driving commercialisation and building alternative University revenue streams through developing innovations into marketable products and services.

S/he will coordinate academic departments, private sector partners, and a multi-disciplinary Innovation Hubs team in developing and implementing product and service development initiatives; and ensuring the creation of successful business ventures. 

The successful candidate will need to posses both technical and commercial expertise to guide activities involved in the commercialisation of University research output and other market related business opportunities. 

Key Performance Areas

The Director is expected to carry out the following key responsibilities:  

  • Investment / Commercial Project Management and execution of standard legal contracts for such work;
  • Investment Structuring, Accounting and Economic Valuation of Projects for acceptance in the commercial world;
  • Marketing business ventures as well as driving fundraising activities;
  • Project Intellectual Property and Legalities Management;
  • Strategic Management and Investment appraisal and development of business plans and strategies;
  • Management of Innovation Hub Facilities (Science Park, Industrial Park and Business Park programmes and activities).

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 (five) years experience in senior management position;
  • A Masters Degree in a Science subject, including laboratory research and development. A PhD Degree with Postdoctoral research experience would be an advantage;
  • Relevant work experience in a commercial setting or a qualification in Business, Economics, Developmental Studies or similar additional qualification is required;
  • Evidence of Entrepreneurial flair and success in a technology driven scientific/industrial environmental.



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


All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Applications, which should include a curriculum vitae (giving full personal particulars of applicant including full name, place and date of birth, qualifications, employment and experience, present salary, telephone numbers and the names, addresses (including email) and telephone numbers of three contactable referees) and copies of certificates must be addressed to:

 The Senior Assistant Registrar (Academic)

Human Resources Department   

National University of Science and Technology

P O Box AC 939     


Bulawayo,   ZIMBABWE  

and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in a single pdf file clearly indicating the position being applied for. Those who responded to the previous advertisements need not apply.                                                                                                                               

The closing date for the receipt of the applications is Friday, 10 January 2020. 

The National University of Science and Technology is an equal opportunities employer.  In the interest of promoting gender parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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