Vacancies

07.02.2017 Applications Invited for the Post of Senior Research Associate - Leadership

Senior Research Associate - Leadership

UONGOZI Institute is implementing its strategic plan 2016/17 – 2020/21 within which “advancing knowledge and practice of good leadership” is one of its goals. The purpose of this goal is to generate and disseminate new knowledge on leadership. With this, the institute believes it will inspire and engage the research and academic community, think tanks, leaders, and the wider public and hence contribute to advancing the practice of good leadership.

While leadership is important everywhere in the world, the way that it is practiced differs by region and by context. Many studies have examined the practice of leadership in western cultures, but leadership in most of Africa has not been explored in much depth, and there are so many impressionistic assertions about leadership in the continent.

The Institute is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate to provide intellectual guidance to its Research Programme on Leadership in Africa. The three-year Programme aims to explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa. The Programme will contribute towards building a body of knowledge on leadership development and practice in Africa; leadership related policy-discussions across the continent; the design of leadership development initiatives; and strengthened research networks in the area of leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties of the post are:

  1. To contribute to the development of the Research Programme on Leadership in Africa;
  2. To contribute to preparing proposals and other activities to secure funding;
  3. To undertake research that contributes to the programme outputs and outcomes;
  4. To contribute towards capacity building of researchers at the Institute;
  5. To participate and present work at seminars, workshops and conferences; and
  6. To participate in round-tables or events open to policy-makers;

Other duties may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Director.

Modality of Engagement

This role is a part-time position and its award is not a contract of employment. The successful applicant can be engaged as a resident or non-resident fellow and for the latter, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. For resident fellows, it will be the responsibility of UONGOZI Institute to arrange for travel, accommodation, transport, office space and make any other living arrangements for the duration of their stay (a maximum of one year).

Qualifications

The successful applicant will hold a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD. S/he will be a scholar with advanced knowledge of at least 10 years on the subject of leadership. The Programme requires considerable organizational and intellectual skills including a practical understanding of spoken and written English language. It is expected that the successful candidate will already have held a postdoctoral fellowship or the equivalent.

Application Process

Interested candidates should forward a CV with a cover letter to research@uongozi.or.tz

The closing date for completed applications is 28th February, 2017

Inquiries

For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918

Email: research@uongozi.or.tz

UONGOZI Institute exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa.  We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development through research, capacity development and public dialogues.

 

16.02.2017 Training Intern

UONGOZI Institute is looking for a Training Intern

The ‘Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development’, also known as the ‘UONGOZI Institute’, seeks to support African leaders to excel in their role of transforming society to realise Africa’s development in a sustainable manner. UONGOZI Institute has a vision of seeing a prosperous and equitable Africa through effective leadership for sustainable development. As part of this effort, the Institute offers executive education and other capacity development activities to current leaders with an important role in society’s development, as well as emerging leaders, those with the potential to make a positive contribution to sustainable development in Africa.

Purpose:

UONGOZI Institute seeks to engage a recent graduate, who has finished training on certain profession area and wants to work for a short time to gain some experience in leadership development. The candidate will not only provide support in different tasks and activities, but also gain experience and acquire skills in leadership capacity development. Through this experience, the intern will add value and enable the department to work more effectively.

The successful Internship candidate will learn and be exposed to:

  • Contemporary Leadership Development trends and best practices
  • World-Class leadership competencies, knowledge and skills
  • Sharpening of computer and other technological tools and skills
  • Practicing the use of different software and programmes to perform different tasks
  • Learning office practice, interpersonal skills and work routines
  • Learning database management
  • Writing better office memos, letters, speeches, reports, logistical notes etc.
  • Proper and official government record-keeping and filing systems
  • Evaluating leadership training programmes and their effectiveness
  • Improving communication through regular practices of making official calls and sending emails
  • Preparing workshops and other training events
  • The use of office equipment (Photocopies, Scanners, Computers and other document imaging and processing equipment)

Duration and Work Schedule:

The Training Intern will be provided with an initial three months contract. The renewal of this contract is subject to satisfactory performance and internal departmental/organizational needs. The work hours will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday and some weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must hold a BA degree in Education, Political Science, Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Social Science or any other closely related discipline
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills, both in English and Swahili
  • Is capable of multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in MS-Word, Excel and internet search tools
  • Some volunteer experience preferred, although not required

Compensation and Benefits:

An attractive package will be offered to the right candidate according to the internal UONGOZI Institute’s HR policies.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • An application letter with Curriculum Vitae (CV) with email and phone details
  • Contact details for three referees
  • Scanned/certified copies of certificates

Your application must be received by 3rd March, 2017 using the contact information below:

Chief Executive Officer,

UONGOZI Institute,

Msasani Road, Plot 62 Oyesterbay ,

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,

Email: recruitment@uongozi.or.tz

 

Tenders

19.01.2017 Call for Proposals - Leadership in Africa & Sustainable Development Research Grants

1. Leadership in Africa Research Grants

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the year 2017.

UONGOZI Institute has made funding available to support research on leadership in Africa. These research grants aim to support the Institute’s efforts to undertake studies whereby researchers, both local and international will explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa, thus contributing towards building a body of knowledge on leadership in Africa. Support is provided to short term studies (up to six months) in areas that are in line with the Institute’s Research Programme on Leadership in Africa.

Focus Areas:

Research proposals are invited on Leadership and Cultural Context:

The nature of the relationship between leadership practices and cultural underpinnings cannot be ignored or underestimated. Culture represents the shared values and norms that bind members of a society or organization together as a homogenous entity. There are explicit differences between cultures, particularly in terms of the values, attitudes and behaviours of individuals, and this divergence has implications for leadership development and practices. Research in this area will be grounded in the basic assumption that cultural values, beliefs and expectations influences how leaders are identified, developed and the leadership styles they adopt. A strategy effective in one culture can be counter-productive in another. Sometimes culture can be used to justify the uniqueness of a leadership styles, but in other scenarios, culture can be seen as an inhibitor of effective leadership development and practices. Carefully considered, the two perspectives on the link between culture and leadership behaviour are not contradictory. Leaning on the complexity theory of leadership, it can be argued that there are elements of culture that promote unique and positive leadership behaviours. But some of the cultural rules of behaviour tend to act as drags on effective leadership. The understanding of this complexity is important to the success of leadership development and practices and research under this theme should seek to provide us with that knowledge.

The relationship between the cultural context and leadership consist of two different levels of analysis. These are (i) the relationship between organizational culture and leadership, and (ii) the relationship between national/subnational culture and leadership. Research in both areas is important, and will seek to explore whether cultural context facilitates the emergence of different leadership practices (i.e. whether leadership practices are culturally-linked and/or culturally-biased).Some basic questions that should be addressed include:

  • How does culture affect the development of Leaders and the styles and practices of leadership?
  • Are there leadership styles that are universally accepted and effective across cultures?
  • Are there leadership styles and practices that are accepted and effective in only some cultures?
  • What is the effect of violating cultural norms to the effectiveness of leadership practices?
  • Can leadership be explained in terms of an underlying theory that accounts for systematic differences across cultures?

Eligibility:

  • Grants are open to researchers based at African institutions, and internationally that partner with African researchers.
  • Applicants should have a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD with not less than five years of post-degree experience.
  • Applicants are expected to hold demonstrable writing skills and expertise relevant to the research theme.

Guidelines:

Proposals should include a short background and problem statement, research questions, literature review, extensive indication of methodology, budget (ceiling of 40,000 United States Dollars) and timeline.

Proposals that contain clear methodological designs are highly preferred.

Together with the proposal, short CVs of two (2) pages maximum, of researchers in the study are required, indicating professional affiliations, relevant expertise, and publications and post degree certificates.

Process:

After submission of proposals, the review committee will review all proposals to identify successful candidates.

Successful candidates will be contacted and a meeting will be held to enable discussion on the research proposals between applicants and UONGOZI Institute.

Application deadline:

The call for research proposals is open up to 28th February, 2017.

Completed research proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to UONGOZI Institute at research@uongozi.or.tz.

Inquiries

For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918

Email: research@uongozi.or.tz

 

2. Sustainable Development Research Grants

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the year 2016-17.

Over the past decade, most African countries have enjoyed good economic growth relative to their historical performance and the average growth rate for the global economy. Africa is becoming more integrated in the world economy and its partnerships are diversifying, revealing unprecedented economic opportunities.

Despite Africa’s immense potential, and relatively strong economic growth, it remains the poorest region in the world, the least developed, the most technologically backward, the most indebted, the most food-insecure and the most marginalised. Furthermore, malnutrition, disease, environmental degradation, maladaptation to climate change, natural resource depletion, poor and inadequate infrastructure, youth unemployment, gender inequality, rapid urbanization, along with weak institutional capacities, continue to pose serious challenges.

UONGOZI Institute has made funding available to support research on sustainable development in Africa. These research grants aim to support the Institute’s efforts to conduct research where researchers, both local and international study the planning, implementation and impacts of specific decisions, policies, and processes that may influence the sustainability and sustainable development of Africa. The approach will generate information and knowledge to aid the socio-economic transformation for inclusive growth and development of Africa, particularly to contribute to policy formulation. Support is provided to short term studies (up to six months) in areas that are relevant to UONGOZI Institute’s Sustainable Development Programme:

Focus Areas:

Research proposals are invited on Green Industrialisation in Africa:

The transformation of an economy from one which is primarily based on unprocessed raw materials and commodities (typically extractives- and agriculture- based) to one based on the manufacturing of goods, is referred to as industrialisation. Historically, this has been the main pathway of development that countries have followed across the world. It necessarily leads to far-reaching impacts on a variety of scales ranging from individuals through to international relations. African countries are industrialising, however this process is taking place in an increasingly delicate set of relationships, whether within and between communities, or between humanity and nature. Industrialisation can no longer follow the ‘brown agenda’ that industrialises first and ‘cleans up’ later, without further pushing the planet over the climate change edge. Furthermore, the brown agenda has not traditionally been inclusive; this is no longer acceptable. Green industrialisation focuses on inclusive and environmentally sensitive pathways. The following are sample research topics that may be considered, but are not prescriptive:

  • To what extent is Africa’s industrialisation green?
  • What sectors in Africa are better placed for a green industrialisation? What are the factors that make these sectors better placed compared to others?
  • What are Africa’s options for greening industries and pursuing green industrialisation?
  • What are the likely impacts (challenges and opportunities) of pursing green industrialisation in Africa?

Eligibility:

  • Grants are open to researchers based in African institutions, and internationally, that partner with African researchers.
  • Applicants should have a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD with not less than five years of post-degree experience.
  • Applicants are expected to hold demonstrable writing skills and expertise relevant to the research theme.

Guidelines:

Proposals should include a short background and problem statement, research questions, literature review, extensive indication of methodology, budget (ceiling of 30,000 US Dollars) and timeline.

Proposals that contain clear methodological designs are highly preferred.

Together with the proposal, short CVs of a maximum of two (2) pages, of researchers in the study are required indicating professional affiliations, relevant expertise, publications and post degree certificates.

Process:

After submission of proposals, the review committee will review all proposals to identify successful candidates.

Successful candidates will be contacted and a meeting will be held to enable discussion on the research proposals between the applicants and UONGOZI Institute.

Application Deadline:

The call for research proposals will remain open until March 3rd, 2017.

Completed research proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to UONGOZI Institute at research@uongozi.or.tz.

Inquiries:

For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918

 

UONGOZI Institute exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa.  We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development through research, capacity development and public dialogues 

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