The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) is a dedicated Open and Distance Learning (ODL) state University in Zimbabwe established in 1999. The mandate of the University is to empower people through Open and Distance Learning. ZOU has ten (10) Regional Campuses in Zimbabwe, with a Regional Campus located in each Province of the Country. In addition, the University has a Virtual Campus which caters for international students. The Council of the Zimbabwe Open University is inviting suitably qualified, experienced and highly motivated candidates to apply for the position of Vice Chancellor which has arisen in the University.

The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University in terms of the ZOU Act [Chapter 25:20]. The Vice Chancellor reports to the University Council. The Vice Chancellor's position calls for a versatile and respected individual with proven leadership qualities, administrative capabilities as well as teaching and research credentials.


The candidate should possess the following key competencies:

1.1  Be a holder of an earned Doctorate Degree from a recognised   University, a Full or Associate Professorship would be an added advantage;

1.2     A practitioner qualification in ODL at Certificate, Diploma, or Degree level would be an added advantage;

1.3     Have at least five (5) years working experience at the           level of Dean or Senior Management position in an ODL University or related Higher and Tertiary Education or Research institution;

1.4     Be an accomplished Higher Education administrator    with a proven track record for creating a technology   driven and innovative learning, teaching and research environment in a diverse ODL institution with          multiple Campuses;

1.5     Have substantial experience in networking, team building and resource mobilisation;

1.6     Have proven management capacity including knowledge of public financial management, strategic people management and be able to generate financial support from both public and private sectors;

1.7     Have demonstrable knowledge of the structural, legislative and regulatory frameworks for managing an Open and Distance Learning Institution;

1.8     Should be at least 40 years of age at the time of application.


He or she will be the chief administrative, financial and disciplinary officer of the University and shall:

2.1     Provide visionary and strategic leadership through the planning and implementation of the University's Strategic Plan;

2.2     Initiate, recommend and monitor policies, systems, and procedures that ensure sound academic and administrative functions of an ODL institution;

2.3     Lead the development activities of the University, the setting up of new Faculties and raising resources to          support such initiatives;

2.4     Formulate and implement STEM Programmes in line with the University Strategic Plan and in the context of the broader national STEM agenda

2.5     Raising the University profile and ranking through excellence in technology based learning, research and innovation;

2.6     Identify and promote the development and commercialisation of emerging technologies to advance    Zimbabwe's industrialisation and modernisation agenda;

2.7     Ensure that the University provides technological solutions to the surrounding communities and the nation at large;

2.8     Foster strategic partnerships and working relationships between and among various University stakeholders that include staff, students, the public and private sectors;

2.9     Negotiate strategic linkages with local and international institutions regarding instructional resources and the use of information and communication technology for key academic and administrative activities of the University;

2.10    Attract high end skills to advance the creation of technology driven start–ups and incubation of industries to generate income for the University and employment of its graduates.


The University offers,

3.1     A highly attractive and competitive remuneration package in accordance with the University Terms and Conditions of Service.

3.2     Medical Aid, and Pension benefits.

3.3     A five (5) year performance –related renewable contract.

The full details of the conditions of service will be disclosed to the shortlisted candidates.

Candidates who do not have the stipulated requirements need not apply.


Interested and qualified persons should submit eight (8) sets each consisting of the application letter, certified educational and professional certificates, Curriculum Vitae, contact telephone numbers and names of at least three (3) referees. All envelopes should clearly indicate the post being applied for. Applications should be received not later than 23 May 2018. Applications should be addressed to:

Postal Address

The Chairperson of Council

Zimbabwe Open University

P.O BOX MP 1119

Mt Pleasant


Attention: The Legal Services Manager

Or Hand Deliver to;

The Chairperson of Council

Zimbabwe Open University

3rd Floor, Corner House Building Corner Samora Machel and Leopold



Attention: The Legal Services Manager

For any enquiries please contact the Legal Services Manager on the following Telephone numbers, +263 4 753 396, +263 4 793007/8

NB. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.Those who previously applied need not reapply as their applications would be considered.