Vacancy for Director of Research, Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID)


The University of Ghana invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Director of Research in the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) with effect from 1st August, 2022.

REPORTING TO:      Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Development)

The Office of Research, Innovation and Development is responsible for:

  • developing and implementing the University's research policy
  • fund-raising for research
  • ensuring effective distribution and efficient use of research funds, in line with priority areas identified in the University's strategic plan
  • setting standards and ensuring effective dissemination of high quality research output
  • representing the interests of the University in contractual relationships, grant applications and administering contract research
  • establishing systems for ethical clearance
  • registration, patenting and commercialization of intellectual property

Position Summary

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



The successful candidate must:

  1. have the vision and the drive to support the Pro Vice-Chancellor to oversee the mandate of ORID;
  2. be an experienced researcher of professorial status from an academic/research institution or a person from industry with a proven research record, track record of attracting research grants as well as diversity of grant sources.  He/she must also possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
  3. be capable of providing leadership in the areas of research, innovation and development, and possess strong managerial skills especially in research management;
  4. demonstrate the capacity to attract funding for research, innovation and development;
  5. demonstrate experience/technical knowledge in developing and implementing research and innovation related policies;
  6. have experience in collaborating to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including the donor community;


The Director of Research shall have responsibility for:

  1. developing and leading effective strategies for fund raising for research
  2. setting standards and ensuring effective dissemination of high quality research output
  3. setting, prioritizing and meeting targets that will drive the University’s research enterprise
  4. fostering industry-University relations
  5. ensuring effective dissemination of research results
  6. promoting the development of faculty capability and capacity to deliver high quality research output
  7. providing leadership and supervising operational systems for ethical clearance.


The Director of Research shall also support the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in the general administration of ORID in respect of human, financial and material resources within the general framework of University policy.


The Director shall serve a term of 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.


Method of Application

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

The application pack should contain the following:

  1. Completed application form for Senior Level Administrative Positions (UAB Form 1C) to be downloaded from the University’s website at
  1. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, a personal profile of maximum 150 words and copies of relevant academic and/or professional certificates.
  1. 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



Applications should reach the Registrar not later than the close of day on Thursday, 17th March, 2022.