UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
POSITION: DIRECTOR: INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH (P4)
(5-YEAR FIXED-TERM CONTRACT)
Unisa is the only publicly funded Higher Education Institution in South Africa dedicated to
distance education. In keeping with its mandate as a comprehensive, Open and Distance
Learning (ODL) Institution offering a variety of academic and career-focused programmes,
Unisa is inviting applications for the position of Director: Institutional Research.
The purpose of the position is to undertake an array of Institutional Research (IR) activities
and initiatives to guide and inform strategy, planning, decision-making, and operational
management at Unisa.
The incumbent does so by having to:
Develop and Implement a high-level Strategic and Operational Plan for Directorate
Institutional Research (DIR);
Develop, Review and Monitor Institutional Research;
Develop, Review and Monitor Internal Quality Assurance Document;
Conduct Environmental Scanning and Benchmarking activities in the higher education
Develop draft IR Directive outlining key objectives, principles and procedures for the
coordination of institutional research;
Provide People Leadership and Management;
Manage Institutional Research processes and procedures;
Minimum Honours Degree in Research, Statistics, social Sciences or equivalent
quantitative and qualitative skills. Preference will be given to candidates with Master's
degree and above.
Minimum of 10 (ten) years’ relevant work experience within Institutional Research or an
equivalent research environment, actively undertaking research, of which 5 (five) years’
experience should be at management level.
Knowledge and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research.
Knowledge of the higher education policy environment, frameworks, procedures and
Statistical and analytic knowledge and capability coupled with familiarity of statistical
packages such as SPSS, SAS or others
Relevant ICT Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (such as Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Access) and demonstrated competency in the use of Cloud-based Computing
Knowledge, skills and abilities required for the successful accomplishment of the job,
Higher Education acts, policies and frameworks.
Unisa policies and strategic plans.
Research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative).
Statistical knowledge and ability.
Assumption of duty : As soon as possible
Salary : Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the
Interested candidates should send a detailed covering letter indicating their suitability for the
position, a detailed comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, and copies of:
All educational qualifications;
Identity document; and
Proof of SAQA verification of foreign qualifications, where relevant.
The contact details of three contactable references must be provided, one which must be from
your present employer. Should you not be currently employed a contactable reference from
your previous employer must be provided.
The detailed advertisement together with the prescribed application form can be found on the
Application can be forwarded by email to:
Unisa is not obliged to fill an advertised position.
Late, incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered