Academic Research Manager (National Office) - ACADEM07
Applications accepted until:
Number of Openings

Campus/Business Unit:

Vega School - National Office

Direct Reporting Line:

National Strategy and New Business Development Manager

Job Purpose:

The successful incumbent will be responsible for promoting a culture of research scholarship in the region, embedding the practice of research through, for example, developing the research capacity and skills of the academic staff to achieve the targeted research outputs of the institution.


Doctoral Degree / PhD (NQF Level 10)

Functional Competencies:

Strong interpersonal skills.

Exceptional communication skills - both verbal and written.

Analytical and problem solving skills.

Leadership abilities to guide, influence, motivate and develop staff.

Strong organisational, planning and time management skills.

Work Experience:

A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in the tertiary education sector.

Must be an established academic leader and scholar with an excellent publication research record and successful supervision of postgraduate students.

Key Performance Area:


Build the research capacity of the academic staff to ensure that academic staff achieve targeted individual research output unit/s (as outlined in each academic staff members' KPA) through the development and maintenance of a programme of training, peer support and mentoring.

Promote and develop a programme of research on each of the included campuses by facilitating and supporting the development and implementation of a programme of research projects on the campus.

Undertake and organise training and development of academic staff through research-related workshops and/or the provision of appropriate resources and interventions.

Mentor active researchers by providing support and supervision for approved projects including but not limited to providing consultation and feedback on queries.

Develop and implement a programme of at least 3 collaborative research projects a year for the region that result in submission of articles to peer reviewed, accredited journals.

Accountable for monitoring brands compliance with The IIE 018 Academic Conditions of Service, including training Academic staff on the provisions and policy guidelines and dissemination of the policy in line with annual updates and escalating for management as appropriate any instances of non-compliance.



Promote and develop a culture of scholarship within the academic team by identifying and driving research questions and projects based on the work being done by the team.

Actively support academic staff who are studying postgraduate qualifications at Master's and Doctoral level.



Contribute to research output by achieving own annual research output unit/s target.



Lecture a postgraduate research module per year or supervise at least 1 POD of postgraduate students.



Assist with research support for new qualification submissions.

Develop supervisors in order to improve the quality of postgraduate supervision.

Provide support and guidance to the campus *Research Specialists (*role to be piloted in 2020).

Ensure all academic staff capture research activity on the Research Academic Tracking System (RATS) database on the Tertiary Hub.

Collate and provide the information due for the biannual research progress reports.

A member of the IIE Research and Postgraduate Committee.

A member of the national Research Manager's Group.

Working Conditions:

  • Campus Environment.


Equity Statement:

  • Preferably equity candidate.


Please note that ONLY candidates who meet the requirements will be considered for this role, only successful candidates will be contacted within two weeks of applying. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of applying consider your application unsuccessful.