Pro-Vice Chancellor – Research and Academic Affairs.

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Pro-Vice Chancellor – Research and Academic Affairs. :

  • Gweru
  • Full Time

Job Summary

The Council of the Midlands State University is inviting applications to fill the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor – Research and Academic Affairs. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the position is strategic to the attainment of the University’s mission and goals. The University is seeking an individual of personal and professional integrity, with a distinguished record of accomplishment in higher education or related professional field. The incumbent will be responsible for initiating, recommending, implementing and monitoring policies, systems and procedures dealing with University Academic issues and any other functions delegated by the Vice Chancellor.

The university is implementing a Heritage Based Education 5.0 with these five (5) pillars: Teaching, Research, Community Service, Innovation and Industrialisation as enunciated by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

? Academic, research and innovation skills. The incumbent must be experienced in supervising postgraduate studies and in developing academic programmes as well as innovations which can be patented;
? Development of academic programmes and research activities which are responsive to the socio-economic development needs of Zimbabwe;
? Promotion of academic linkage programmes and partnerships with other institutions, organisations and communities;
? Curriculum development and review of teaching and learning programmes in line with the Ministry vision of implementing a Heritage Based Education 5.0;
? 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 staff recruitment, which is an integral part of a modern University;
? Governance and Compliance issues

Qualifications and Experience

? An accomplished academic with a proven track record of at least ten years’ experience in managing a higher and tertiary education institution or equivalent organisation;
? He/she must demonstrate a predisposition to embrace the Midlands State University training and teaching philosophy and methodology of the modular and semester system, innovation, entrepreneurship and work related learning;
? He/she must be prepared to consolidate the research agenda as well as developing policy and institutional frameworks for successful implementation of the national aspiration of modernisation and industrialisation of the economy;
? He/she should possess quality assurance skills to manage both administrative and academic processes of the University;
? He/she must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
? He/she should play a pivotal role in implementing a Heritage Based Education 5.0 for the modernisation and industrialisation of the economy;
? He/she should coordinate academic and co-curricular programmes and activities among faculties, institutes and schools for a seamless implementation of the University’s strategic plan;
? He/she must develop and implement quality assurance systems for the university that meets both local and international standards;
? He/she should be able to monitor and evaluate the university academic processes, and oversee policy implementation for marketing of the university academic, teaching and learning programmes;
? He/she should have the ability to chair the university’s committee meetings and performing other roles as may be assigned by the Vice Chancellor;
Qualifications and Experience
? At least an earned doctorate (PhD/DPhil) or equivalent;
? A full or Associate Professorship;
? A proven track record of at least ten years’ experience in Higher Education at management level, Dean, Director level or better.

How to Apply


All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Applicants must submit an electronic application in a single pdf file which should include 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 envelope should be clearly marked; Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Partnerships, Campus Development and Facilities Post and addressed to:

The Registrar

Midlands State University

P Bag 9055


For the electronic version, please send to [email protected]

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 June 2021.

NB: Midlands State University is an equal opportunities employer. In the interest of promoting gender parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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