Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (MUAST)

Director Innovation

Strategic Management Jobs

Job Description

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the following posts that have arisen in the University:

Director Innovation
The Director Innovation reports to Executive Director, Innovation and Industrialisation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
 Develop and drive innovation strategies to support University-wide transformation goals;
 Liaising with other stakeholders like technical and multilateral partners, bilateral donors and academic institutions to ensure alignment with major innovation initiatives;
 Initiating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies, systems and procedures dealing with university innovation;
 Maintaining a database of all innovation activities across the University;
 Developing mutually beneficial linkages with industry in order to develop partnerships with regards to innovation;
 Providing leadership, oversight and direction to Faculties and Departments in all innovation initiatives;
 Support, lead and manage innovation projects, from ideation through to launch. This includes managing project timelines, budgets, and resources where applicable;
 Ensure all innovations are well managed and protected through intellectual property rights;
 Facilitate workshops and brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas and evaluate their feasibility;
 Producing periodic reports on all innovation activities;
 Superintending over the establishment and operations of innovation hubs, and incubation hubs;
 Developing performance benchmarks and quality monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the institution’s innovation hubs and industrial parks;
 Spearheading resource mobilization and devise funding mechanisms for the Innovation Unit;
 Developing mechanisms for promoting innovation, production of goods, facilitating and coordinating collaborations with industry leading to the setting up of industrial hubs and putting in place mechanisms for the protection of Intellectual Property;
 Developing an innovation culture and agenda for Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology;
 Continuously evaluate and improve innovation processes and tools to maximize efficiency and effectiveness; capture ideas and approaches and share with wider community;
 Performing any other specific duties assigned by Executive Director, Innovation and Industrialisation.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate must be a prominent academic with a proven track record of scholarship, research, development of innovations, publications, collaborations, networking and resource mobilization. He/she must have a minimum of a PhD and at least five (5) years post qualification experience.

How to Apply

Information on salary and other benefits will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

Applicants must submit six (6) sets of applications which should include the application letter, certified copies of certificates, national identification, birth certificate and detailed Curriculum Vitae giving full personal details including full names, place and date of birth, qualifications, experience, present salary, date of availability, contact details, names, addresses and email addresses of three referees. Applications in envelopes clearly indicating post applied for should be addressed to:

The Assistant Registrar, Human Resources
Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
P.O Box 35

Hand deliver to or send by courier to:

Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
CSC Campus, Industrial Sites
15 Longlands Road

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 23 May 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University does not charge applicants a fee at any stage of the recruitment process and does not have Agents who receive applications on its behalf.

Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is an equal opportunity Employer.