Kenya Methodist University (KeMU)

Job Summary

Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is a chartered private Christian University sponsored by the Methodist Church in Kenya. The University has its main campus situated in the outskirts of Meru town with campuses at Nairobi and Mombasa. We would wish to invite qualified applicants for the above position.

  • Minimum Qualification: PHD
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements


The University is seeking to appoint an innovative individual with demonstrated high standards of personal and professional integrity as well as an outstanding track record in academic, research and business leadership for the position of Vice Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor will be expected to build a dynamic management team to execute the University’s vision and strategic plan. More especially, the Vice Chancellor will be fully conversant with the current trends and challenges in higher education in Kenya, Africa and globally and be able to develop visionary approaches for their mitigation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

Subject to the provisions of Universities Act, 2012, the Kenya Methodist University Charter and Statutes, the Vice Chancellor shall be responsible for the implementation of the Council’s decisions in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. This will entail inter alia:

a) Developing of and recommending to Council short- and long-term strategies, business plans, annual operating budgets, and establishing proper internal monitoring control systems and procedures.
b) Coordinating and preparing business related proposals, reports and other submissions for consideration by Council.
c) Proactively engaging in intensive fundraising initiatives locally and internationally.
d) Ensuring that there is effective communication between Management and Council as well as between different levels of Management.
e) Providing leadership to the employees.
f) Attending to personnel matters including organizational structures, appointments, welfare, training, industrial relations, separation and effective management succession plans
g) Ensuring continuous improvements in the quality and value of services and products provided by the University.
h) Ensuring continuous achievement of the University financial and operating goals and objectives.
i) Overseeing and ensuring implementation of Policies and Programmes.
j) Maintaining a conducive work environment for attracting, retaining and motivating employees.
k) Fostering a corporate culture that promotes ethical and good corporate citizenship.
l) Acting as the principal spokesperson of the University.
m) Ensuring compliance with the laws of the country.
n) Generally upholding the corporate image and brand name of the Kenya Methodist University at all times.
o) Performing any other lawful responsibilities as may be necessary to achieve the objectives of the University.

Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to the position of the Vice-Chancellor, a person shall:

i. Be a Professor or Associate Professor, holder of an earned doctorate degree or equivalent qualification from a university recognized in Kenya;
ii. Have thorough knowledge in the structural, legislative and regulatory framework for administering university education in Kenya;
iii. Have at least ten (10) years hands-on experience at a senior level in managing a large and complex university or equivalent institution with demonstrable leadership, and management capacity including knowledge of financial management and strategic people management;
iv. Be an accomplished scholar with proven track record and demonstrated evidence in formulating and managing academic programmes, supervising and mentoring Masters and PhD students;
v. Have a proven track record of research as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals, monographs and books;
vi. Have proven record of grant proposal writing, resource mobilization and wide networking with development partners;
vii. Have demonstrable experience in project management;
viii. Be innovative visionary leader with capacity to build a dynamic management team;
ix. Have a demonstrable experience in transformative and strategic leadership;
x. Must have good understanding of the current trends, education laws, policies and regulations governing the planning and management of Universities in Kenya; and
xi. Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.

Tenure of Office

As per the Kenya Methodist University Charter and Statutes, the Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a duration of five (5) years with the possibility of one term renewal for a further five (5) years subject to positive appraisal by Council.

How to apply:  

Each application shall be accompanied by detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of relevant Academic and Professional Certificates, National Identity Card or Passport, Testimonials, and any other relevant supporting documents.
Applicants must inform their three (3) referees to write to the Chairman of Council, Kenya Methodist University when submitting their applications.

Applicants must also submit valid clearances of the following:
i. Kenya Revenue Authority;
ii. Higher Education Loans Board;
iii. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
iv. Criminal Investigation Department (Certificate of Good Conduct) and
v. Credit Reference Bureau

How to Submit Applications:
Applications should be clearly marked “Application for the position of Vice-Chancellor” and submitted as follows: –
1 Three hard copies sent to:

The Chairman of Council,
Kenya Methodist University
P.O. Box 267-60200,
Meru, Kenya.

2 An electronic copy in PDF format to the Chairman of Council through email address,
Applications must be submitted on or before 15th May, 2021.


KeMU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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