5 Sep 2014

Vice Chancellor Kenya Career Opportunity

University of Nairobi Leadership for Sustained Excellence
Vacancy: The Vice Chancellor

The University of Nairobi is the largest and best-ranked Institution of Higher learning in Kenya and the region, with a total student population of over 70,000 and a staff compliment of 5,500.

Founded in 1954, as the Royal Technical College of East Africa, it became a chartered autonomous University of Nairobi in 1970. Over the last ten years, the university has undergone purposeful, decisive, and aggressive transformational change.

This has enabled the University to ensure that the physical capacities, quality and availability of staff and relevance of academic programs is in sync with the ever
increasing demand for access to higher education.

The University of Nairobi is now seeking to appoint an eminent individual with an earned Doctorate degree or equivalent qualification and an outstanding track record in academic and business leadership for the position of the Vice Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor, as the Chief Executive Officer of the University, will be an innovative visionary leader with the capacity to build a dynamic management team.

In particular, the Vice Chancellor will be a widely knowledgeable individual about the status of Education in Kenya and with capability to execute a change program that will ensure sustained success for the University.

For appointment to the position of the Vice Chancellor, a person shall:

  • Be a full Professor and holder of an earned Doctorate degree or equivalent qualification from a University recognized in Kenya;
  • Have thorough knowledge in the structural, legislative and regulatory framework for administering University Education in Kenya;
  • Have at least ten years hands-on experience at a senior level in managing a large and complex University or equivalent institution with demonstrable leadership, and management capacity including knowledge of public financial management and strategic people management;
  • Be an accomplished scholar with proven track record in formulating and managing academic programs and supervising and mentoring Masters and PhD students;
  • Have a proven track record of research and publications in peer reviewed journals, monographs and books;
  • Have demonstrable experience in networking, fundraising and resource mobilization;
  • Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity; and
  • Have a demonstrable experience in transformative and strategic leadership.

Core Competencies:
The following core competencies and skills will be required for the position of the Vice Chancellor:

  • Ability to portray and uphold positive national image and work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity to and respect for diversity
  • Being a visionary and result oriented thinker
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines
  • Firm, fair and transparent management style.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As per the Charter and Statutes of the University of Nairobi, the Vice Chancellor:
  • Shall be the academic and administrative Head of the University and as such shall be responsible to the Council for maintaining and promoting the academic image as well as maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University
  • Shall be a member of all committees appointed by Council or Senate unless otherwise expressly provided
  • Shall be the Secretary to the Council and an ex officio member of the Council.
  • Shall be the Accounting Officer of the University
  • Shall be responsible for Policy matters, Planning, Coordination, Public Relations, Fund Raising, and General Development of the University

Shall be:

  • Chairman of Senate
  • Chairman of Associate Professorial appointments.
  • Chairman of the University Management Board.
  • Chairman of the University Student Welfare Authority.
  • Shall have such powers and duties as may be conferred by the Council in accordance with the University Charter and Statutes.
  • May assign or delegate any of his/her duties to a committee or a member of the University staff and may withdraw any such assignment or delegation at any time.

As per the Universities Act 2012, University of Nairobi Charter and Statutes the Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a duration of five (5) years with the possibility of one time renewal for a further term of five years subject to a positive appraisal by the Council.

How to Apply:
Each application shall be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae, Copies of Relevant Academic and Professional Certificates, National Identity Card or Passport, Testimonials, and other relevant supporting documents. Scanned copies of these documents must accompany the email application.

Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Clearance from Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Clearance from Higher Education Loans Board
  • Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
  • Criminal Investigation Department (Certificate of Good Conduct)

Applications should be addressed to the
University of Nairobi Council,
P.O. Box 30197,00100.

Physical address:
Argwings Kodhek Road,
UNIPEN Apartments, Second Floor,
Block B, Room 8B

AND NOT the Main Campus.

All applications shall clearly be marked “Application for the position of Vice-Chancellor”and submitted as follows:

Ten (10) hard copies
An electronic copy in PDF format by email to

Applications must be submitted on or before 26th September, 2014

Note: The University of Nairobi is an equal opportunity employer. Women, marginalized and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply.

The Chairman,
University of Nairobi Council

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