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Vice-Choncellor Job in Kenya - Kisii University


Kisii University became the thirteenth Public University in Kenya following the award of charter on 6th February, 2013 under the Universities Act, 2012. 

The institution was established in 1965 as a Primary Teachers’ Training College. In 1983 it was upgraded to a Secondary Teachers’ College to offer Diploma programmes. 

he Government of Kenya mandated Egerton University to take over the institution as its Campus in 1994. On 23rd August, 2007 Kisii University College was established through a Government Legal Notice No. 163 of 2007.

The mission of the University is to train human resource that meets the development needs of the country and the international labour market, sustain production of quality research; disseminate knowledge, skills and competencies for the advancement of humanity.

When the institution was elevated to a University College status in 2007, it had only one faculty with less than 300 students. 

To date, enrolment has increased to 9,200 students, spread across six faculties. 

This number is projected to increase to over 15,000 by the year 2015. Similarly, the number of academic programmes has increased to over 40 compared to two degree programmes in 2007. 

The institution had also one Campus in 2007 compared to the current five. All these are positively contributing towards the attainment of Vision 2030.

The University has since 2007 made major strides in the development of key infrastructure. 

To date, key projects that have been completed, include an ultra-modern library with a sitting capacity of 3000 users, two blocks of hostels, three blocks of lecture rooms and one block of offices. 

Ongoing projects, include two blocks of hostels, ultra-modern ICT learning and business centre, lecture halls and theatres.

Having attained the charter, Kisii University plans to strategically position itself towards training high level human resource that meets the development needs of the country and the international labour market, sustain the production of quality research; disseminate knowledge, skills, innovations and competencies for the advancement of humanity. 

Towards this end, Kisii University aims at establishing a strong quality management system that will ensure efficient and effective running of its operations. 

Thus, hiring policies and processes will be used to acquire the best personnel for the University.

The Council of the University now invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons with excellent credentials to lead the institution in the position of Vice-Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Vice-Chancellor will be the Chief Executive Officer of the University and will therefore be responsible for the implementation of Council resolutions.

The successful candidate will:
  1. Provide strategic leadership and focused direction to the University;
  2. Strategically position and effectively represent the University nationally, regionally and internationally;
  3. Be the academic and administrative head of the University;
  4. Have overall responsibility on the strategic direction, organization and the administration of the programmes of the University;
  5. Coordinate the planning, designing, development and implementation of academic and administrative policies and regulations of the University in accordance with the University’s Master and the Strategic plans;
  6. Maintain efficiency, tranquility and good order of the University and ensure proper enforcement of the University charter, statutes and regulations;
  7. Provide innovative, creative and pro-active leadership in the areas of Finance, Planning and Development;
  8. Play a key role in the facilitation and maintenance of collaboration and linkages with government/regulatory agencies and other local/international institutions of higher learning.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:-
  1. Be a holder of an earned PhD from a reputable university and should be a full Professor.
  2. Should have been actively engaged in research as evidenced by publications in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals, book authorship and postgraduate supervision in their areas of specialization.
  3. Have at least ten (10) years of academic and research experience at senior level and demonstrated leadership skills in an academic and/or research institution;
  4. Should have served substantively with demonstrable results at least as a Principal of Constituent University College or as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of a Public University;
  5. Have excellent understanding of government financial and fiscal policies, strategic planning and Vision 2030, human resource management, procurement and asset disposal legal requirements;
  6. Have excellent understanding of the current initiatives and trends in University education and training in Kenya and globally.
  7. Have a broad awareness of the factors and conditions shaping the development of University education in Kenya and the world at large;
  8. Be a leader with potential to plan, develop and implement niche driven academic programmes and develop strategic institutional linkages;
  9. Have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  10. Must have rendered distinguished extension service to the community and should have participated in corporate social responsibility initiatives by way of projects initiated by the institution through his/her leadership.
  11. Be registered with and be an active member of internationally recognized professional associations in his/her profession;
  12. Having clear understanding and demonstrable experience in networking, fundraising and resource mobilization will be an added advantage.
  13. Be of highest ethical standards, integrity, accountability and professionalism and comply with the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
Terms and Conditions of Service

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package, including house allowance and other benefits in accordance with the Kenya Government Public Service Guidelines.

The appointments will be on a contractual basis for a period of five (5) years, and will be renewable for a further one-term subject to satisfactory performance.

Applicants should submit ten (10) copies of detailed Curriculum Vitae (detailing academic qualifications, professional experience, academic leadership, publications, awards/scholarships/funding, membership to professional associations and linkages), copies of certificates, research publications, e-mail addresses, telephone contacts.They should also provide names, telephone numbers and contact addresses of three reputable referees.

Applications and referees’ confidential reports on the applicant’s suitability for the post should be sent to the undersigned to be received on or before 25th February, 2013.

The Chairman,
Kisii University Council
P.O Box 408-40200, KISII
Kisii University is an equal opportunity employer.

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