Head of Department of Psychiatry

University of Botswana Department of Psychiatry

Head of Department in Psychiatry

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Head of Department


A vacancy exists for a position of Head of Department in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Botswana.

The University of Botswana (www.ub.bw) is the largest and most prestigious institution of higher learning in the country. It has opened the country’s first Faculty of Medicine and is affiliated to an adjacent new state-of-art 450-bed, the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital. The first MBBS undergraduate intake was in August 2009. Undergraduate medical training is by a Problem Based Learning [PBL] Hybrid approach, which is integrated and community oriented. The Faculty of Medicine runs a number of Masters of Medicine (MMed) (residency) programmes, including Psychiatry.

Duties: the successful candidates will be expected to: (i)provide overall leadership and coordination of the department for efficient implementation of quality teaching and learning, research, and patient care; (ii) ensure successful delivery the department’s mandate through effective budgeting and prudent resource management; (iii) to develop and manage the departmental human capital; (iv) work closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to facilitate the country to meet the sustainable development goals in their area of specialty.; (v) create and maintain a high performance and ethical culture; (vi) effectively contribute to the faculty and institutional strategic goals.  (vii) participate in the faculty’s management processes including staff recruitment, assessment and promotion, students’ assessment, and research management. (viii) perform any other duty as may be assigned by the Dean and (ix) act for the Deputy Deans/Dean as may be required. (x) participate in institutional activities as the need may rise from time to time.

Head of Department reports to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Qualification and Experience: (i) an undergraduate medical degree and a specialist qualification in the relevant specialty of medicine with a minimum of 6 years of post-specialization professional practice in the relevant field. The qualification must be registerable by the BHPC with a specialist status; (ii) must have attained the academic rank of senior lecturer or higher in the preceding 12 months prior to appointment; (iii) 1 year of distinctive record of leadership and administration of university level institution or Head of Department is desirable

Attributes and skills required (i) excellent communication and organizational skills (ii) strong academic leadership skills and sympathy for the values and culture of the University (iii) good management, human relations, sound analytical and coordinating skills.

Duration of the contract:  the above positions are available for three years and maybe renewed for a further term of three years on the basis of satisfactory performance.

Remuneration: the University offers competitive salaries and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants are to address the stated qualification and provide other information to assist the university determine their suitability for the position.  They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CV’s (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, and three (3) reference letters.  Applicants should inform their referees to:  (i) Quote the vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the address below;

The Human Resources Manager, Faculty of Medicine, Corner of Notwane and Mabuto Road, University of Botswana, Private Bag 00713 Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 2884 or Email to tshoganetsom@ub.ac.bw.  Hand delivered applications should be sent to Faculty of Medicine, UB Teaching Hospital, 3rd Floor, Office F4003/4004.

NB:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: Open until filled