AWB/USF to support USJM in Strategic Planning





Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a Canadian bilingual nonprofit organization based in Montreal. Our mission is to support academic institutions in developing countries in building capacity in higher education so that they can train their own experts and conduct research to assist in their development. AWB sends volunteers on projects that originate in and are owned by developing world institutions. AWB reimburses volunteers for their expenses but does not offer them a salary.

Job Reference:

Strategic Planning

Number of Volunteers:

One (1)

Partner Organization:

University of Saint Joseph Mbarara

The University of Saint Joseph Mbarara is a new private not-for-profit university, owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Mbarara. It was licensed by the National Council for Higher Education of Uganda in December 2017. The University is currently enrolling the first cohorts of students in five faculties: Humanities and Social Science, Management Sciences, Computing Sciences, Education and Agriculture, Forestry and Environment.


Mbarara, Uganda



Job Description:

As a new university in the developing country, the University of Saint Joseph Mbarara faces enormous challenges and competition from existing universities and other tertiary institutions. For the University to confront these challenges and achieve its intended objectives, its strategic plan must be robust. Therefore, the University requires a volunteer who will support a review and update and re-alignment of the recently completed five-year strategic plan. The volunteer will provide strategic guidance in redefining the strategic plan and developing a strategy for its implementation throughout the institution. The volunteer will work in partnership with the Quality Assurance Office of the University to ensure a thorough review of the existing plan, an assessment of best practices in developing an effective strategic plan and implementation strategy, and extensive stakeholder consultations with the faculty, staff, students, and community representatives.


Applicants for the position must have experience in strategic planning at the institutional level; relevant academic qualifications at the masters or doctoral level (Business, Education, Public Administration or a related discipline), and 3 years experience in a managerial position such as Head of Department/Dean/Head of Unit.

Start Date & Duration:

The volunteer will ideally spend 3-4 weeks on site in Mbarara in the first quarter of 2019. The position may require remote support following the completion of the in-country assignment.


All expenses, flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals will be covered by the African Leadership University and AWB.


Please send CV, letter of motivation, dates of availability, and the names and contact details of two references to Corrie Young,

Deadline for Applications:

October 22, 2018


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