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Principal (Natural Resources College)

Date Posted: Aug 12, 2020

Job Description

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is inviting applications from suitably qualified, experienced and distinguished academic/research/administrative professionals to be considered for the position of Principal tenable at Natural Resources College.


Natural Resources College (NRC) became the second constituent College of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) on 14th December 2014 after it was de-registered as a Trust. The College has a student population of 2,500 and currently it offers Certificate, Diploma and degree programmes.


Reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor on academic matters and the University Registrar on administrative matters, the College Principal shall provide overall College leadership and strategic management in order to ensure that the College maintains the mission and vision of LUANAR. It entails development of periodical plans and the coordination to ensure effective implementation through annual work plans as well as ensuring availability of efficient financial and administrative support services to the core functions of teaching and learning, research consulting and outreach operations of the College and the University as a whole. The duties and responsibilities of the Principal shall include:

Leadership and Management

  • Provide innovative leadership to the College geared at the furtherance of the objectives of the University.
  • Maintain efficient and effective financial management systems and ensuring their overall economic and effective implementation.
  • Ensure high standards of discipline among staff members and students alike.
  • Ensure adherence to administrative, academic, research and financial policies, rules and regulations.
  • Chair various statutory committees of the college and those delegated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor.
  • Carry out any assignment delegated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor and the University Registrar from
    time to time.
  • Market the University/College by giving desirable visibility through interaction with government, the
    public, the donor community and the outside world on higher education issues.

Academic Affairs

  • Provide overall College leadership and support on all academic matters by ensuring adherence to the
    academic calendar and deadlines for submission of all reports required by University Management.
  • Explore and facilitate alternative teaching and learning avenues (including open and distance
    learning) in order to widen access to higher education.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders to develop and maintain strategic academic partnerships.
  • Uphold high standards of academic teaching and learning at the College and ensure that Curricula are
    adhered to and reviewed periodically.
  • Ensure that mechanisms for quality control and inspection are in place and are functioning properly
    so that the quality of the graduates is consistent with both regional and international expectations.
  • Ensure the College implements strategy to achieve ISO certification.

Finance Management and Resource Mobilisation

  • Spearhead strategic planning, and implementation, development of work programmes, budgets,
    business/marketing and investment plans.
  • Ensure preparation, defense and implementation of Budgets for the college.
  • Ensure the college implements the resource mobilization strategy and that projects are identified,
    funded and implemented.
  • Lead the resource mobilization initiatives and ensure that funds raised by the University and those
    provided by government are managed properly.
  • Develop and manage strategic alliances and partnerships with the public and the private sectors
    in areas of mutual interest.

Human Capacity Building

  • Attract, motivate and retain highly skilled and talented staff in all categories, teaching and non-
  • Enhance performance of all staff members
  • Ensure staff meet performance targets in line with the Performance Management System.
  • Ensure effective operationalization of the human resource and development policy

Infrastructure Development

  • Keep University Management updated on all Infrastructure Development projects and plans at college.
  • Coordinate Infrastructure development projects in the College.
  • Facilitating and coordinating the implementation of remedial strategies to improve teaching and learning environment in the college.

Research and Publications

  • Ensure implementation of University Research Agenda which fosters application of research results
    to improve knowledge and human welfare.
  • Facilitate collaborative research projects and innovative research that can result in improved production, processing and marketing of agricultural products.

The candidate for the post of Principal shall be a distinguished scholar with outstanding academic and administrative records. Specifically, the person must: 

  • Be proven leader with academic and managerial standing at senior university management level and should possess a Doctorate Degree earned from a reputable University in their discipline and should be at least a Senior Lecturer with not less than 7 years of relevant practical work experience.
  • Possess a clear vision for the further development of the College and the realization of the vision, mission and strategic goals of the University;
  • Exhibit entrepreneurial drive and ability to attract extra-statutory funds and mobilise other resources for the development of the University;
  • Develop and advance a culture of business incubation for nurturing new enterprises for socio-economic development.
  • Demonstrate ability to attract, motivate and retain highly skilled and talented staff in all categories, teaching and non-teaching;
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills and possess the ability to build bridges between staff, students, other members of the university community and the university’s stakeholders.
  • Possess proven skills of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

Tenure of the Position

The successful candidate for the position shall hold office for a period of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one further term based on satisfactory performance. The successful candidate shall be offered an attractive salary and benefits commensurate with the seniority of the position and

Method of Application

Applications can be sent by either email or post using the addresses by 20th August, 2020.

University Registrar
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
P O Box 219

Email: ur@luanar.ac.mw

Electronic Submission

The submission of the hard copy should be accompanied by full electronic submission of the application and accompanying materials to be mailed as attachment in PDF or MS Word format to:

Email: ur@luanar.ac.mw the subject line should read, “Application for the Post of Principal”.

Referees should similarly be encouraged to submit signed electronic copies of their references in PDF format to the same address

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