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Dean, Institute For Educational Development at Aga Khan University November, 2022 Job Description
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Dean, Institute For Educational Development, Tanzania

The Aga Khan University (AKU) is a pioneering institution of higher education whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the developing world and beyond, through world-class teaching, research and healthcare delivery. AKU educates students for local and global leadership from campuses and teaching hospitals in six countries, primarily in Asia and Africa. It generates new knowledge to solve problems that affect millions of people, especially the most vulnerable. The University is a private, not-for- profit institution and part of the Aga Khan Development Network (

Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Institute for Educational Development (IED) is one of the leading centres in East Africa for providing diverse programmes designed for the professional development of educators and educational researchers. With cutting-edge and regionally relevant research and leading academic staff, the IED works to improve the quality of education in East Africa by offering a variety of programmes which include graduate degrees in education as full-time and part-time, tailored professional development courses and educational interventions. Additionally, the IED aims to positively influence educational policies across the region by working with communities and other stakeholders.

The Institute for Educational Development in East Africa is currently seeking to hire a Dean to lead the organisation into its next chapter of growth and success. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the Chief Academic and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, a member of the University’s senior leadership team, and the primary ambassador for the Institute in the community.

The Dean plays a central role in setting strategy and overall direction for education programmes and promoting education reforms; advises the Provost; works collaboratively with and supports other leaders to achieve the University goals; ensures alignment of the Institute with University priorities; and models institutional values and competencies. He/she is also responsible for education and scholarship, as well as ensuring the quality and integrity of the Institute in research, teaching, outreach and community engagement.

Ideal candidates for this role will have the leadership, skills and experience to succeed in the following key areas:

  • Develop and implement the Institute’s academic and management plans and policies, incorporating a coherent set of objectives for teaching, research and resource development.
  • Identify and promote quality, access, relevance and impact of education and scholarship in all IED programmes, including research, teaching, outreach and community engagement.
  • Identify and foster links with other academic entities and programmes within the University, the AKDN and outside at National and International levels to enhance collaboration and bring joint grants and funds.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to garner financial and other forms of support to enhance the long-term development and growth of the IED in East Africa.

How to Apply:

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If you meet the criteria for this position, please email your application with updated resume/cv and cover letter addressed to the Global Director Talent Acquisition, Human Resources at [email protected].

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 25th November, 2022.

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