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Closing date : 31 October 3022


Vacancy : Pro-Vice Chancellor , Research Innovation and Industrialisation

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Innovation and

industrialization will be responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and

monitoring of University policies, systems and procedures to promote a relevant, productive and

futuristic University research-innovation-industrialization ecosystem model that undergirds the

institution’s industrialization and commercialization agenda in line with its Vision and Strategic

Plan. This is a University Executive position and calls for a competent, strategic, and focused

individual with an understanding of’ national Heritage-based Education 5.0 philosophy and the

role of higher education institutions towards Zimbabwe’s National Vision 2030 and beyond.


Inspired by the University of Zimbabwe Vision, Mission and Philosophy, and informed by the

institution’s outcome-based Strategic Plan, the specific duties and responsibilities of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Innovation and Industrialization will include:

1. Championing development and functioning of the University’s research-innovation-

industrialization ecosystem that interconnects research and academic institutions, industry,

entrepreneurs and societal needs through production of relevant good and services

2. Oversee the development, implementation and management of the University’s research

innovation, industrialization and business development Projects, Programmes and


3. Providing strategic leadership for generation and monetization of Intellectual Property (IPs)

by Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Centres and their collaborating partners through

promotion of a culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship among University

students, staff and key stakeholders

4. Oversee the operationalization Innovation Hub, Industrial Park and Industrial Incubation

Centre in promoting the development and advancement of prototypes, new technologies and

products, start-ups and commercialization models, and the promotion of University business


5. Lead the development of policy and institutional frameworks for promoting effective

management of the University’s intellectual property

6. Developing and/or promoting implementation policies and mechanisms for taking research

and innovation outputs and outcomes from faculties, institutes, including from collaborating

external partners industry, commerce and the general citizenry through the Innovation Hub

and Industrial Park(s) towards the University’s broader industrialization and commercialization


7. Providing strategic leadership in the development of policies, systems and procedures that

guide the University’s industrial and commercial business partnerships and joint ventures

8. Promote the integration of research, innovation and industrialization processes and outputs

into University teaching and learning and community outreach structures and systems

9. Promoting scientific, technological and knowledge platforms for communicating and

advancing research and innovation methodologies, processes, outputs and outcomes for

national economic development

10. Promoting the internationalization of the University’s research and innovation processes and


11. Performing any other duties and functions of the University as assigned by the Vice



The successful candidate should be a leading researcher and academic at Associate Professor

or Full Professor level, and exhibiting high level of academic and professional maturity,

hardworking and with ability to pay attention to detail among other desirable professional

attributes. He/she should also have excellent written and oral communication skills and good

research leadership skills. The candidate should have, among other attributes

i. An earned PhD/DPhil Degree from a recognized University

ii. Relevant experience at University level in research and innovation and any of the five

missions of Education 5.0

iii. Relevant administrative and professional development experience working with diverse

stakeholders in academia locally and internationally

iv. An excellent record of resource mobilization and fund-raising

v. Track record of success in collaborative research and academic partnerships, and

‘putting research into use’

vi. A record of serving on University Committees

vii. A proven record of published scholarship as well as on providing academic mentorship

viii.Commitment to academic excellence and innovation to address societal problems


i. Clear knowledge of the national socio-economic development objectives and aspirations

for Zimbabwe

ii. In-depth understanding of Zimbabwe’s development aspirations in the context of Africa

and Global development challenges

iii. Ability to clearly articulate the transformative role of higher and tertiary education

institutions in Zimbabwe’s development

iv. Clear understanding of Zimbabwe’s Education 5.0 in the context of the National

Industrialization and Modernization agenda and the role of Innovation Hubs and Industrial


v. A high level of diligence and ability to work without supervision

vi. Use of ICT in higher education and academic institutions

vii. Be able to cultivate inquisitiveness in the institution, resulting in new thinking and ground-

breaking ideas that benefit the national developmental cause

viii. Open-minded, future-focused, team-builder, innovative and always seeking to add value

to the University of Zimbabwe Brand.


All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Eight (8) copies of applications, giving full

personal particulars including full name, place and date of birth; experience, present salary, date

of availability, telephone number, names and addresses of three (3) referees and eight (8)

certified copies of qualifications should be addressed to:

Office of the Vice Chancellor

University of Zimbabwe

630 Churchill Avenue

P.O. Box MP167

Mount Pleasant


Email: [email protected]

Visit our website on www.uz.ac.zw

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2022

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of Zimbabwe is inviting suitably qualified and experienced individuals to apply for

position Executive that has arisen in the Office of The Vice Chancellor

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