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The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is inviting applications from suitably qualified, experienced, and distinguished academic/research professionals to be considered for the position of Vice-Chancellor for LUANAR which will fall vacant soon.


LUANAR is the third public University in Malawi. It was established through Act No 9 of 2011 by delinking Bunda College of Agriculture from the University of Malawi and integrating the Natural Resources College which was established under a Trust.

LUANAR was operationalised on 1st July 2012. The University has a current enrolment of 13,940 students in seven faculties (Agriculture, Development Studies, Food and Human Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Postgraduate Studies, Natural Science and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) on two Colleges (Bunda, NRC) and one campus (The City campus). In addition to the college/campus-based education, LUANAR operates the Open and Distant Learning (ODL) Programme, currently with centres in
Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. LUANAR’s vision is to become a world class university and in the pursuit of this vision, the University is implementing its second five-year strategic plan.


Given its multi-college/campus/centre nature and its rapid expansion within the short period of its existence, the University offers unique challenges to its Chief Executive, the Vice Chancellor, who is expected to drive the institution’s vision and agenda. The ViceChancellor shall therefore lead the University into its third phase of development including implementation of its 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan and the long-term strategic plan.

Position: Vice-Chancellor


The Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive and academic head of the University. The Vice-Chancellor oversees the day-to-day administration of the University and he/she shall see to it that the goals of the University are met. He/she is responsible to the University Council for the management of the human, monetary and material resources of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor shall exercise general superintendence over the University and shall see to it that the provisions of the Law, the Statutes, Policies and Regulations of the University are observed, and he/she may exercise such powers as may be necessary or expedient for that purpose. The Vice-Chancellor must therefore be always competent to advise Council on any matter affecting the policy, finance, and administration of the University.

The success of his/her job will depend on their ability to lead, motivate, and inspire academic, administrative, and non-academic staff as well as students and all other stakeholders to work towards
becoming a world class university. The duties and responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor shall include:


1. Leadership and Management

  • Provide innovative leadership to the University geared at the furtherance of the objectives of the University.
  • Spearhead strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation targeted at the University and responsive to the needs of Malawi and the world in general.
  • Ensure high standards of discipline among staff members and students alike.
  • Ensure adherence to administrative, academic, and financial policies, rules and regulations.

2. 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.
  • Encourage academic members of staff to embark on investigative research that brings about socio-economic changes in people’s habits.
  • Facilitate international research foundations and collaborative research that can provide funding for capacity building and infrastructure development of the University.

3. Academic Affairs

  • Inspire academic staff in providing effective teaching and learning through performance appraisals of academic, technical and support staff.
  • Stimulate a culture of quality teaching and learning to ensure international standards.
  • Ensure development and review of curricula for all programmes.
  • Explore and facilitate alternative teaching and learning avenues (including open and distance learning) to widen access to higher education.

4. Marketing and Publicity

  • Provide leadership for the development and execution of a comprehensive strategic communications and marketing plan to enhance the universities leadership position, reputation, and brand.
  • Market the University by giving desirable visibility through interaction with government, the public, the donor community, and the outside world on higher education issues.
  • Reach out to communities both locally and internationally, raising awareness of the university’s impact and international credentials.

5. Financial/Business Management

  • Engage in aggressive resource mobilization and ensure that funds raised by the University and those provided by government are properly managed.
  • Demonstrate practical experience and flare to engage the private and public institutions so that industry participates in supporting higher education, research, and product development/marketing.

6. Quality Assurance

  • 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.
  • Champion process of obtaining ISO certification.
  • Ensure the University develops and maintains a culture for continuous improvement.

The Candidate

The candidate for the post of Vice-Chancellor of LUANAR must be a distinguished scholar with outstanding academic and administrative records. He/she must be a proven manager of human and material resources. 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, preferably in sciences, and should be a full professor in relevant field of study.
  • Possess a proven track record of academic excellence such as to be able to command the respect of national and international academic communities and colleagues.
  • Possess a clear vision for the further development of the University and the realization of its vision, mission, and strategic goals.
  •  Have a demonstrable ability to establish and maintain partnerships with local, national, and international governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.
  •  Possess a proven and demonstrable ability to attract international research and development grants.
     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.
  •  Possess personal integrity in the management of funds and be able to deploy financial resources as appropriate in the context of the University’s Strategic Plan.
  •  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 Post and Remuneration Package

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

Mode of Application

Interested Candidates who meet the above conditions should submit 3 copies of their applications, which should include an application letter, detailed curriculum vitae giving names and addresses of three traceable referees and copies of their qualifications under confidential cover on or before (Friday 4th June 2021) to:

The University Registrar and Secretary to Council

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

P.O. Box 219


Electronic Submission

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

Email:, with a copy to: 

the subject line should read, “Application for the Post of Vice-Chancellor”. Referees should be similarly encouraged to submit signed electronic copies of their references in PDF format to the same address.


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