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Last Date of Apply : 31.05.2017

Date of Posting : 05.05.2017

Vice Chancellor

Faculty / Department : Human Resources

Job Detail:

 Vacancy No. IRC 712: Vice Chancellor

A unique opportunity has arisen to undertake a ‘search’ for a dynamic and innovative individual with experience and vision to lead the University of Botswana (UB) as its Vice Chancellor (VC).
The Position and Role
The Vice Chancellor’s position is the most senior position in the University administration.  Overall, the Vice Chancellor provides strategic leadership, cultivates networking and strategic alliances with key stakeholders and partners and is responsible to Council for the management of the institution.
The leadership context is in achieving the University strategic goals, particularly in relation to teaching and learning.  Fundamentally, the Vice Chancellor will develop educational frameworks and policies and take ownership of the University Strategic Plan.
Key to the role is delivering quality student experience across the University and on an ongoing basis.
Primary Responsibilities
The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and has overall responsibility for academic and administrative leadership. Key responsibilities include:
  • Providing leadership and direction in policy formulation and institutional planning;
  • Implementing the University development plans including human capital development;
  • Promoting good labour relations environment within the University;
  • Having oversight of student services, student welfare and academic support for students;
  • Advising Council on a range of key performance areas including the University strategy;
  • Having direct oversight of day-to-day operations of core education activities, resource management, quality assurance and compliance.
About the University
The University of Botswana is a key national institution.  It was established by statute (the University of Botswana Act) to fulfill the national strategy of delivering quality education to the nation.  It has as its mission, the strategic intent of “improving economic and social conditions for the nation while advancing itself as a distinctly African university with a regional and international outlook”.
As a broad-based public institution the University has embedded in its ethos the promise to be “a leading centre of academic excellence in Africa and the world”.  It strives to provide excellence in the delivery of learning to ensure that society is provided with talented, creative and confident graduates.  Central to its endeavors is to advance knowledge through research and its application.  It also seeks to improve economic and social development by high impact engagement with business, the professionals, government and civil society.
Key Information:
In its portfolio of offerings, the University is organized into eight (8) faculties,  numerous centres and Institutes such as the Okavango Research Institute, Centre for Academic Development, Office of Research and Development; the Centre for Continuing Education, the Confucius Institute and the School of Graduate Studies.
The University currently offers 184 academic programmes and has 12,689 undergraduate students and 2,913 Post Graduate Students. It has a staff compliment of 2,814 employees, comprising of 1,286 academic staff members; 1,405 support staff and 639 Temp/Full time and Part time staff members. The University of Botswana has one of the largest and well-resourced Libraries in Africa. 
The University’s Strategic Positioning
The University of Botswana’s key leverage areas are its people, the quality of its students, staff and technology. The University is set to position itself strategically as part of a regional academic ‘hub’ but will differentiate itself as a global player. It has multiple world class facilities such as the Indoor Sports Centre.
It is expected that the successful applicant will ensure that the University is at the forefront of developments in higher education nationally and globally.
Core Competencies:  
  • Ability to develop a vision and provide strategic direction for the institution.
  • Ability to interpret and promote the University’s key academic mission and vision.
  • Ability to stimulate and encourage innovation and creativity by staff and students.
  • Excellent management, communications, interpersonal, public relations and negotiation skills.
  • Capacity to influence and persuade and to build coalitions and networks.
  • Capacity to play a leading part in national and international policy-making in Higher Education.
  • Ability to motivate and develop trust in a diverse, collegiate academic institution.
  • Ability, presence and skills to promote the University nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the Senior Executive Team.
  • Intellectual distinction and professional standing to lead opinion on higher education and public policy issues.
  • An international perspective together with an understanding of global trends and opportunities in higher education.
  • Strong human relations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to academic values and personal commitment to excellence.
  • Competency in budgetary matters.
  • Computer skills.
Academic Accomplishments and Experience   
Must have a PhD and attained at least the rank of Associate Professor with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching and service; and must have a minimum of 6 years’ experience at senior management level at a University or equivalent institution.                                                                         
Candidates with a PhD and an excellent track record at executive management level in a large organisation with a minimum of (fifteen) 15 years’ experience, six (6) years of which must have been at senior management level, are eligible
Expected commencement date:
1st September 2017 or a mutually agreed date.  
The University offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with the position.
The Vice Chancellor is appointable for an initial term not exceeding five (5) years renewable for a further term not exceeding five (5) years, depending on performance.
How to Apply:
Letters of application must comply with the stated requirements and must provide any other relevant information to assist the University in determining the applicant’s suitability for the position.
Together with their expression of interest, applicants must provide the following:
  1. A letter of application quoting the vacancy number of the position as stated, both on the letter of application and on the envelope containing the application; 
  2. Details of the applicant’s achievements and vision for the University;
  3. Current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail address);
  4. Certified copies of educational and professional certificates;
  5. Names and addresses of three (3) Referees.
Applicants must ensure that their Referees send their written references directly to the address provided below.
Candidates who qualify for the position will be shortlisted, and will undergo an interview as well as appropriate tests at an assessment centre.
Applications should be submitted to the University and sent to:-
If submitted by electronic mail:        
e-mail:      tshegofatso.mogomotsi@mopipi.ub.bw
If Hand Delivered (Physical address)
University of Botswana
Office No. 007
Block 108
Main Administration Building
Plot 4775, Notwane Road,
If by Post: 
Applicants must ensure that original copies of their applications, including copies of qualifications and other documentation, are delivered to the address below:
The Secretary
University of Botswana Council
Private Bag 0022
For further information, visit Website:  www.ub.bw ; (www.ub.bw/ip
Closing date for receipt of applications: 31st May 2017.      


Contact Details :
4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana Private Bag UB 0022. Tel: +(267) 355 0000 Gaborone, Botswana