Copperbelt University Recruitment 2023 | See Application Details

Copperbelt University Recruitment 2023 | See Application Details.

Invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for appointment to the position of Director, Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy

The Copperbelt University is a Public University established through an Act of Parliament No. 19 of 1987.  The University’s core business is Teaching, Research and Consultancy as a service to the nation.  The University hereby invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for appointment to the position of Director, Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy:


Job Purpose

The  primary  responsibility  of  the  Director  is  to  implement  the  University  Research, Innovations,  consultancy  and  commercialization  policies  and  effective  representation  of  the Copperbelt University with key audiences and other key stakeholders, in order to build strength and  support  for  the consultancy,  research  and  innovations  strategic  function.  The  Director  has  to  provide supervision  to  research  and  innovations  committees  at  School  level  within  the  policies,

Procedures and standards set by Senate.  He/She  has  to  play  a  leading  role  in  identifying opportunities for project development, collaboration and fundraising for the CBU research and innovations  in  conjunction  with  Schools  and  directorates,  national  and  partner  international organisations. He/She will act as custodian of policies on consultancies and monitor the identification, execution and proper utilisation of funds so realised.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monitor and  implement  policies relating to the University’s research,  innovation and  commercialisation  activities,  including  applied  and  basic  research,  research  capacity development, intellectual property, internationalisation and international reputation, and their management;
  • Oversee establishment of research committees and to guide, monitor and review  the activities of university research committees such as:
  1. University Research and Innovations Groups
  2. Thesis Examinations Committee
  • University Ethics Policy Committee
  1. School Research and Innovations Committees.
  • Inform and  advise  the  Senate  Research  and  Grants  Committee  on  research,    innovation, commercialization, research training and publications;
  • Build fund raising capacity within the unit and leverage funding from external agencies for research and innovation across all disciplines;
  • Oversee the implementation of the University Research Strategic Plan;
  • Guide the  development  of  the  university’s  strategic  research  priorities,  objectives  and monitor research performance within the framework of the University’s strategic planning process;
  • Review, on  a  quarterly  basis,  submissions  for  formation  and  continuation  of  University research  strengths  and  advise  on  funding  allocations  to,  and  the  status  of,  all  university funded research groups;
  • Provide leadership  and  advice on mechanisms  to  improve monitoring,  benchmarking  and reporting of the University’s research and publications performance;
  • Hold one  to  two  events  annually  to  facilitate  the  exchange  and  dissemination  of information  related  to  research  and  research  training  issues  for  the  broader  research, general public, interest groups and corporate community;
  • Internally and externally disseminate, through the University internet portal, research and publications produced by the Copperbelt University on a regular basis;
  • Facilitate the identification and registration of intellectual property resulting from the Units and research activities;
  • To facilitate for the academic community in the University to undertake a broad range of consultancy activities with external clients in a well-organized and effective manner, and act as an interface between external clients and the University;
  • Support academic staff in client relationship management in line with the consultancy strategy;
  • Drive the identification of external constancy and the implementation of the consultancy strategy including the monitoring and preparation of reports and KPIs relating to consultancy activity, and the development of targeted marketing collateral.
  • To perform any other such functions as may be delegated to him/her by the Senate Research and Grants Committee and the Vice-Chancellor.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Result oriented person, able to set targets and achieve set targets;
  • Ability to influence others to obtain results;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Good interpersonal skills and an excellent team player;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism.


            Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD    and  a  minimum  of  Five (5)  years  post qualifying research experience;
  • Holding a minimum position of   Senior Lecturer or equivalent;
  • Good track record of successful grant and technical writing;
  • Good publication record
  • Strong computer literacy is essential;
  • Familiarity with donor agencies/donor procedures will be an added advantage.


Mode of Application

Persons meeting the above qualifications should submit detailed Curriculum Vitae, certified copies of Academic and Professional certificates and names of three referees, two of whom must be professionally acquainted with. The letter should clearly state the specific department being applied for.

Candidates meeting the above specifications and requirements should submit their hard copies applications to the undersigned not later check to [email protected].

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be communicated to.

The Registrar

The Copperbelt University

P O Box 21692




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