Mukuba University Vice-Chancellor Jobs in Zambia

Mukuba University Vice-Chancellor Jobs in Zambia

Job Details:

  • The Mukuba University, established as a learning institution in 1974, is a fast growing accredited public university. With its accelerated development, the University is becoming an institution of choice for its teaching excellence and producing well qualified, all rounded, employable graduates. Mukuba University comprises the faculties of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Education and Home Science and Technology in which are a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The ethos of the University is to transform lives and foster a unique and rich combination of academic and professional personal development for its students.
    The University is located in the Garneton area of Kitwe in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia and has a current student population of 991 and staff complement in its various disciplines of 71. (More information about the university can be found at its website )

  • Mukuba University wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to the position of Vice Chancellor (VC) to drive and enhance the mission and vision of the University. The successful candidate should be a strategic leader, forward thinking and a competent administrator. The candidate will be expected to Direct, Manage, and Coordinate the activities of the University to ensure that the goals, objectives, and programmes of the University, as approved by the Council, are achieved
    The candidate must possess strategic planning and management competencies, strong business acumen and the capacity to transform an evolving and growing institution to comparable global standards. The candidate should be a good communicator and have effective leadership skills that will inspire and sustain a cohesive and inclusive university student and staff community. Candidates for the role will have requisite academic credentials, be committed to the values of a research- led University and have a minimum of 10 years experience of management and leadership in a higher education institution or a comparable organisation at a very senior level. He or she must be an effective entrepreneur and renowned scholar. The successful candidate shall be appointed for an initial fixed term contract of 5 years and will be required to agree specific Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) with the Chairperson of Council. In this model, assessment shall be based on performance.

  • The position attracts a highly competitive remuneration package commensurate with the demands of the job. .

    Key Functions and Responsibilities

    The key functions and responsibilities on which the Vice Chancellor will be expected to focus and deliver, include but are not limited to:

  • Direct, plan and control the affairs of the University ensuring high quality academic standards, increased consultancy, and community service with emphasis on research, innovation, entrepreneurship and producing industry-relevant graduates.

  • Preside over all affairs of the University Senate, oversee and plan academic programmes, and review the university's curriculum development in line with worldwide trends.

  • Provide leadership and create and maintain academic standards and policies that are effective and up to date.

  • Implement, encourage and influence strategies that develop the University into a centre of excellence for research, innovation and consultancy services

  • Deliver the University's corporate strategy that ensures the institution's academic, administrative and financial sustainability

  • Develop an establishment of risk management policy, function and implementation framework for the university and to also ensure that risk management strategies are in place and are adhered to in order to minimize the University's exposure;

  • Ensure that all University activities and operations are carried out in compliance with the
    University governance requirements, and any regulations, rules, laws, codes, standards applicable to higher institutions of learning

  • Ensure that the University's compliance and adherence to good corporate governance principles at all times;

  • Harmonize relevant Acts, University Statutes and Ordinances, Employees' terms and conditions of service and facilitate the enactment of relevant statutes/ordinances which empower recently established units/departments;

  • Ensure constructive and amicable relationships between management and all stakeholders including the Government and its line ministries, especially the Ministry of Higher Education; the University Council and Senate, private business, academic and non-academic staff, Students, the community, Higher Education Authority (HEA), and other local, regional and international institutions of higher learning:

  • Collaborate with other universities, both local and international; identify and negotiate agreements with suitable International partners who will work with the University to assist it achieve its aims:

  • Provide strong leadership for all staff, nurturing an inclusive, collegiate culture to empower them to realize their full potential; leading the University's learning and teaching agenda;

  • facilitate the implementation of outreach programmers and reflect on the social corporate responsibility of the University including its sustainability,

  • Work with the University Council in selecting and building up strong management and leadership teams,

    Reporting Relationship

  • The Vice Chancellor shall report to the University's Council through the Council Chairperson
    Education and Academic record or credentials: A distinguished academic record of international significance at a minimum of an earned PhD coupled with a minimum of 10 years extensive managerial and administrative experience in Higher Education Institutions or comparable organisations Evidence of a global outlook.

    Specific Skills, knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of transforming a major organisation and developing a unique vision to which colleagues enthusiastically subscribe;

  • Experience in organisational design/restructuring and transformation of organisational processes;

  • Possess strong knowledge of emerging global trends in higher education;

  • The ability to represent the University effectively in its dealings with Government, international agencies and other external stakeholders;

  • A track record of success in income generation;

  • Ability to take a long-term and strategic view and entertain a wide range of possibilities in developing and executing strategic plans,

  • Ability to assess market trends in Higher Education and devise a strategic direction for the University to have a competitive academic advantage.

    Personal Qualities:

    In addition to complete commitment to the University and its role, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate:

  • Inspirational leadership in implementing the vision and long term strategy for the University

  • Strong intellectual resources and abilities;

  • The confidence to delegate effectively and to encourage and empower others to achieve their best;

  • Strong leadership ability, people and performance management skills;

  • Ability to focus and demonstrate persistence and consistency when taking decisions, even when circumstances are difficult and issues are controversial, a zest for finding innovative solutions to problems, and for ensuring they are implemented with tenacity and sensitivity.

    How to Apply

    Applications must include the following:

  • Application Letter;

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) (comprising an abridged summary showing main highlights of the CV of not more than 4 pages and a detailed CV);

  • Certified copies of academic records commencing from Zambian Grade 12 'O' level, ICGSE (or equivalent) to Higher Education (Transcripts & Certificates);

  • Three letters of reference sent directly by the referees; one of whom should be in the administrative and managerial setting of higher education or comparable organisations. All applications should be sent by email to the Search Committee Secretary at

  • (copied to ) to reach him no later than 14th August

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