Copperbelt University
Copperbelt University
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Director – Directorate Of Research, Innovation And Consultancy

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The Copperbelt University invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the vacant positions as follows:

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

University Research and Innovations Groups

Thesis Examinations Committee

University Ethics Policy Committee

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

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.


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.

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.

How to apply

Candidates meeting the above specifications and requirements should submit their hard copies applications to the undersigned :

The Registrar,

The Copperbelt University,

PO Box 21692,


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Copperbelt University is a public university that was established in 1987 to create a place for high quality education and training. The university empowers graduates to act efficiently and effectively in a broad range of civic and professional functions and activities, creating a place to which access is possible primarily on the basis of intellectual merit and of the ability to participate actively in its programmes. The university provides a quality environment for reading, with good access to study and research materials.