Deputy Vice Chancellor Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nakuru

Egerton University

Job Description

Egerton University was founded in 1939 as Egerton Farm School and was upgraded to an Agricultural College in 1950. In 1986, the Agricultural College became a constituent College of the University of Nairobi. It was elevated to a University in 1987 through an Act of Parliament.

Since its inception, the University has registered significant expansion in student numbers, academic programmes and physical facilities. Currently the University has a student population of over 15,000 and a staff number of 1,900 and consists of four campuses (Njoro, Nakuru Town, Nairobi City and Baringo Campuses)

The University invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals with excellent credentials to fill the following posts


Egerton University is a public University which aspires to be a World Class University for the advancement of humanity.

To strengthen its Research and Extension Division, Egerton University wishes to recruit a suitable applicant to the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Extension.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in the implementation of the envisaged transformation process, mainly in the research, extension and consultancy functions of the university.

Qualifications and Experience

i. Be a Professor of a recognized University with at least eight (8) years of experience in a senior academic, research and management position or with proven experience in executive leadership position in an institution of comparable status or with proven experience in leading multidisciplinary and international research programmes.

ii. Extensive experience in corporate leadership that will stimulate the realization of the University Vision.

iii. Demonstrate experience in networking, fundraising and resource mobilization including harnessing research and development grants.

iv. Ability and leadership skills to effectively coordinate the research, extension and consultancy functions in the University.

v. Demonstrate evidence of outstanding grant raising and international networking.

vi. Conversant with national laws and policies in education, research and innovation.

vii. Demonstrate evidence of outstanding communication ability, coupled with excellent presentation skills within a complex work environment.

viii. Demonstrate a high degree of a result-oriented performance characterized by foresight, strategic thinking, rapid growth and service delivery.

ix. Proven experience in change management and transformation of ideas into value outputs.

x. Have a demonstrable experience in transformative and strategic leadership and developing strategic documents for the University management.

xi. Be an accomplished scholar with proven track record in supervising and mentoring Master and PhD students.

xii. Have a proven track record of research and publications in peer reviewed journals, monographs and books.

xiii. 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.

xiv. Must be of high ethical standards, integrity, accountability, professionalism, teamwork and stewardship, and comply with the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Extension) will assist the Vice Chancellor in the day to day running of the Research, Extension and Consultancy functions of the University. His/her responsibilities will include:

i. Providing leadership, guidance, and direction in the division;

ii. Developing, implementing and monitoring the strategic plan of the University

iii. Developing and implementing research, extension and consultancy plans and policies, to ensure efficient performance and delivery of services in line with the University’s strategic plan and performance contracting.

iv. Mobilize and solicit financial support for research and community extension through fundraising activities from industry and donor organizations.

v. Maintain collaboration and linkages with both local and international institutions of higher learning for academic research and innovation programmes

vi. Coordinating the design, implementation, maintenance and development of appropriate policies, procedures and systems, activities stipulated in the performance contract.

vii. Management of research, extension and consultancy services and production of education materials, and the co-ordination of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and symposia.

viii. Ensuring that performance contract reports follow-ups are submitted to the relevant authorities within the stipulated period.

ix. Training and development of staff in research and project management.

Terms and Conditions of Service

The post of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Extension) is a five (5) year contract and one is eligible for renewal (once) based on the candidate’s individual satisfactory performance. The position carries a competitive remuneration package, terms and benefits. The entry point will depend on qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will be entitled to an attractive package which includes: basic salary, house allowance, medical cover as per the University medical scheme, leave allowance, official transport and gratuity payable at the end of the contract.

How to apply

All applicants should:

i. Submit ten (10) copies of letters of application, certificates, testimonials and updated curriculum vitae to include full details of education and professional qualifications, experience, present salary and names, email, telephone and addresses of three referees.

ii. Request their referees to forward reports on their suitability to the undersigned directly

iii. Forward clearance certificates from the following Institutions

a) Higher Education Loans Board

b) Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

c) Kenya Revenue Authority

d) Criminal Investigations Department (Certificate of Good Conduct).

e) Credit Reference Bureau Certificate

Applications should clearly be marked “Application for the Position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Extension)” and addressed to:

The Vice Chancellor

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536 – 20115