Vacancy for a Position in the Office of Research Innovation and Development (ORID)

Director of Research

The University of Ghana invites applications from suitably qualified person for the following vacant position in the Office for Research, Innovation and Development (ORID).
POSITON:   Director, Research
REPORTING TO:  Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Development)

The successful candidate will support the Pro-Vice-Chancellor to ensure that the mandate of ORID is fulfilled and also assist the Pro-Vice-Chancellor to put in place and implement mechanisms that will ensure that the core functions of ORID are delivered.

The Director shall have direct oversight of the following units in ORID
a. Research Administration;
b. Contract Management;
c. Outreach And Extension;
d. Marketing/IP/Patenting;
e. Publications; and
f. Fund Raising.

The Director shall specifically have the responsibility to:

a. Provide leadership, supervise and motivate Assistant Registrars and Research Development Officers to deliver set goals and targets;

b. Develop and lead effective strategies for fund raising for research;

c. Set standards and ensure effective dissemination of high quality research output;

d. Set, prioritize and meet targets that will drive UG’s research enterprise;

e. Foster industry-University relations for mutual benefit;

f. Ensure professional development of assigned staff to be abreast with current trends and policies in research management;

g. Ensure effective dissemination of research results;

h. Promote the development of faculty capability and capacity to deliver high quality research output; and

i. Any other responsibilities as specified by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (RID)


The successful applicant shall hold office for at least three years on terms and conditions recommended by the Appointments Board and is eligible for re-appointment for a further term of up to three years.

a. Experienced researcher of professorial rank; or a person with equivalent qualifications from industry with proven research record evidenced by number of research projects undertaken, track record in attracting research grants as well as diversity of grant sources.  He/she must also possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills;

b. Demonstrated experience/technical knowledge in developing and implementing research related policies;

c. Experience in working collaboratively to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including the donor community;

d. Strong managerial skills especially in research management.

The ideal candidate must be:

a. Results-oriented and have the ability to set and achieve targets;
b. Able to provide strong leadership and be able to influence others to obtain results;
c. Business-minded with demonstrable evidence of creativity;
d. An excellent team player with very good interpersonal skills;
e. A person with very strong verbal and communication skills; and
f. Able to demonstrate a very high level of professionalism and flexibility.

Method of Application

An applicant is required to submit the complete application pack to the Registrar, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 25, Legon, Accra, Ghana (Hardcopy) or (Soft Copy).

The application pack should contain the following:

i.           Completed application form for Senior Level Administrative Positions (UAB Form 1C) to be downloaded from the University’s website at

ii.         An up to date Curriculum Vitae and relevant supporting documents.

iii.       A statement of about 2,500 words (not more than five pages) indicating how one intends to use the period in office to address relevant issues that will ensure that the University achieves its mission and vision.  The UG strategic plan can be downloaded at:

Further information about the University of Ghana may be found on the university website at

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



Applications should reach the Registrar not later than the close of day on Friday, 30th September, 2016.  However, applications to the Registrar will be accepted until the position is filled.



16th August, 2016