Depty Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Job Overview
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs is responsible for leading and directing the overall academic transformational formulation, as well as, the effective implementation of the University‘s Teaching and Learning strategy that is aligned with the University’s overall strategy and mandate. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVC-AA) will endevour to drive a teaching and learning environment that promotes newer and innovative technologies and modern pedagogic approaches that enrich learning at UNZA.

The incumbent will also ensure the existence of effective and efficient student support services, conducive to student access to learning and ensuring their overall academic achievement. The DVC-AA is expected to demonstrate, success in the following broad areas: academic vision and strategy, leadership, governance, organisational management, academic management, developing an external profile, generating new sources of income, and mobilizing the University community to the desired mission of the institution.

He/she must have attained the rank of full professorial status with an excellent track record of leadership and academic achievements, including international research experience, resource mobilisation, and coordinating academic programmes in the country, SADC region and beyond. 

4 Years
a) Ability to formulate and provide institutional vision and strategic direction in a complex working environment, and lead the implementation in such a way that it inspires, engages all stakeholders and ensures the participation and support of the
University community.
b) Provide strategic academic vision of the University, and the need to maintain high standards across all areas of its academic activities in the context of the national policy developments and emerging issues within the higher education sector.
c) Provide innovative strategy development and to make practical and sustainable choices among multiple strategic imperatives so that the University’s forward planning is both realistic and resource efficient.
a) Provide leadership for a highly complex organisation with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities.
b) Provide an environment of adaptability and responsiveness to a fast-moving external environment, an essential requirement of a modern university.
c) Foster team building, motivation of staff and drive succession planning and leading change as appropriate.
d) Inspiring, engaging and motivating large teams of people undertaking disparate functions to ensure that they understand and are aligned with and feel connected to common institutional objectives.
a) Develop an institutional resource mobilisation strategy to deliver significant new funding streams for the University.
b) Lead the University’s internal/external stakeholders to support the development of philanthropic ventures for the benefit of the University.
c) Develop bilateral relationships with government, private sector and other lead organizations as well as working with partner universities to create national, regional, and international alliances and networks.
Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs shall be responsible for planning, organising, co-ordinating and directing the academic operations of the University as directed by the University Council and in accordance with
the Higher Education Act No.4 of 2013, as read together with the Higher Education (Amendment) Act No. 23 of 2021. The incumbent will be responsible for, among others, the following:
a) Ensuring formulation, implementation and review of policies and the strategies in the area of teaching and learning.
b) Providing oversight on all the teaching and learning functions of the University and ensuring effective operations of the quality assurance function.
c) Serving as Secretary to Senate and as Chairperson of the Senate Admissions Committee, Senate Quality Assurance Committee, Senate Affiliations Committee, Senate Board of Graduate Studies, Senate Distance Education Committee, and any other
Distance Education Committee, and any other Senate Committees .
d) Ensuring that Schools offer market-driven academic programmes which respond to industry, national and global markets.
e) Providing leadership in the performance management of heads of academic units and leading in building a competent, experienced and motivated workforce in the area of teaching and learning.
f) Ensuring the adequacy, appropriateness and good working order of all teaching and learning facilities of the University;
g) Leading heads of faculty in the process of budgeting and mobilisation of resources required for their operations and ensuring that resources are utilised prudently.
h) Ensuring preparation of quarterly and annual operational performance reports on the teaching and learning functions of the University.
a) Grade Twelve (12) Certificate or its equivalent.
b) Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field from a reputable University.
c) Master’s degree in any relevant field from a reputable University.
d) Earned PhD in any relevant field or its equivalent.
e) Full Professor and should have served at professorial level (i.e. being associate/full professor) for over 5 years;
f) Minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant post-qualifying experience in University education or equivalent Institutions, with a distinguished track record of successful senior academic management experience in higher education and/or relevant
corporate Institutions;
g) A strong record of academic leadership and personal achievement in both teaching and research;
h) a strong record as an academic leader at an institution similar enough to make the experience transferable;
i) Strategic thinking capability with excellent and proven leadership skills;
j) Experience in financial management, investment, business, budgeting as well as short, medium- and long-term planning for organizational operations; k) Significant publication record with experience in conducting PhD examinations,
supervising research programmes including successful PhD and research completion;
l) Knowledge of performance management systems for monitoring, tracking and assessing the performance of research projects/programmes of staff, Schools and developing action plans for continuous improvement;
m) Must have proof of valid membership to a professional body.
Attributes & Skills
Desirable Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
a) Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to interact with colleagues and other stakeholders.
b) Knowledge in the use of technologies and information management software or similar tools for academic management.
c) Prior successful work on academic themes the university is presently focused on (e.g., inclusion, building graduate programs, improving graduation rates)
d) Training and experience in strategic planning and managing change in tertiary/higher education sector.
Closing Date
Application Process
All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and should comprise a curriculum vitae, copies of certified/validated qualifications and such other material as the applicant may wish to submit. The CV must give full personal particulars including full name, place and date of birth, qualifications, employment and work experience, date of availability, telephone number, e-mail address, names and addresses of three professional referees. Position/s applied for must be clearly indicated on the applications which should be addressed to:

The Chairperson of the Search Committee
C/O Office of the Registrar
The University of Zambia
Great East Road Campus
P O Box 32379


Applications can be submitted either physically or electronically. Electronic submission of applications must be made through the email address shown below:

The University of Zambia is an equal opportunity Employer