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The current host of converging social and economic forces, both national and global require the University to re-position itself to be relevant and responsive to the changes that are taking place in its external environment. This requires a fundamental root and branch rethink of the University which will involve preserving the qualities that have built its reputation, while at the same time deciding what to change and possibly discard and what new things it should be doing. The end state will be a University of Botswana that is fit for purpose and ready to serve the needs and expectations of the nation and the future generations of its citizens.

Through its new strategy ‘Creating a Future for the Knowledge Generation,’ the University is thinking about that future and how it will position itself for systematic and enduring change.  To achieve this, the University wishes to invite suitable applicants for the following Executive positions; 

As set out in the University Strategy, the University of Botswana intends to transform into a Research-based University with Research Creation and Application, Engagement and Entrepreneurship being at the centre of the academic core.

Job Overview

As a member of Executive Management Team and reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the incumbent is responsible for leading and directing the formulation and effective implementation of the University’s research, engagement and entrepreneurship portfolio that is aligned to the University’s overall strategy and mandate.

The incumbent will also oversee the transformation of university’s research facilities to world class and ensure research commercialization

Principal Accountabilities: The successful candidate will be expected to lead and undertake the following:

  1. Transformational Research Strategy
  2. Research Planning
  3. Research Policy
  4. Functional Management
  5. Leadership and People Management
  6. Research and Innovation
  7. Research Application and Commercialisation
  8. Research Management Support
  9. University Engagement
  10. University Development
  11. Project Management

Education, Qualifications and Experience: PhD qualification with substantial level of achievement as an academic covering teaching, research and professional practice as commensurate with a senior academic university leadership role.

Desirable Professional Standing: (i) Professional graduate accreditations and memberships.  (ii) Continuous professional development certification

Work Experience: (i) A minimum of 6 years’ experience at senior management level (Dean and/or Research Director and above) in a University (ii) Proven senior management experience in strategy, financial and human resource management in a University. (iii) Well established international and local network of relationships across academia, business, and government/public/private organizations or industry. (iv) Outstanding track record of research as evidenced by publications, research grants and ability to manage research project budgets (v) A minimum of 6 years senior academic research leadership level with a demonstrable record of scholarly research and a track record of research application and innovation.

Remuneration: The University of Botswana offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants are to address the stated qualifications and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position. They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to:

The Deputy Director, Appointments and Administration, University of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (+267) 355 2324/ 4200/ Fax (+267) 395 9399. Email:

Applicants should inform their referee/s to: (i) Quote the Vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address, before the stipulated closing date.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to the West Wing of the Administration Building, Block 108, Office 211 or 207.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: 22 February 2021

In pursuit of academic excellence