Applications Invited for the Post of Senior Research Associate – Leadership

UONGOZI Institute is implementing its strategic plan 2016/17 – 2020/21 within which “advancing knowledge and practice of good leadership” is one of its goals. The purpose of this goal is to generate and disseminate new knowledge on leadership. With this, the institute believes it will inspire and engage the research and academic community, think tanks, leaders, and the wider public and hence contribute to advancing the practice of good leadership.

While leadership is important everywhere in the world, the way that it is practiced differs by region and by context. Many studies have examined the practice of leadership in western cultures, but leadership in most of Africa has not been explored in much depth, and there are so many impressionistic assertions about leadership in the continent.

The Institute is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate to provide intellectual guidance to its Research Programme on Leadership in Africa. The three-year Programme aims to explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa. The Programme will contribute towards building a body of knowledge on leadership development and practice in Africa; leadership related policy-discussions across the continent; the design of leadership development initiatives; and strengthened research networks in the area of leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties of the post are:

  1. To contribute to the development of the Research Programme on Leadership in Africa;
  2. To contribute to preparing proposals and other activities to secure funding;
  3. To undertake research that contributes to the programme outputs and outcomes;
  4. To contribute towards capacity building of researchers at the Institute;
  5. To participate and present work at seminars, workshops and conferences; and
  6. To participate in round-tables or events open to policy-makers;

Other duties may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Director.

Modality of Engagement

This role is a part-time position and its award is not a contract of employment. The successful applicant can be engaged as a resident or non-resident fellow and for the latter, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. For resident fellows, it will be the responsibility of UONGOZI Institute to arrange for travel, accommodation, transport, office space and make any other living arrangements for the duration of their stay (a maximum of one year).


The successful applicant will hold a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD. S/he will be a scholar with advanced knowledge of at least 10 years on the subject of leadership. The Programme requires considerable organizational and intellectual skills including a practical understanding of spoken and written English language. It is expected that the successful candidate will already have held a postdoctoral fellowship or the equivalent.

Application Process

Interested candidates should forward a CV with a cover letter to

The closing date for completed applications is 28th February, 2017


For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918


UONGOZI Institute exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa.  We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development through research, capacity development and public dialogues.

Call for Proposals: Leadership in Africa Research Grants

UONGOZI Institute has made funding available to support research on leadership in Africa. These research grants aim to support the Institute’s efforts to undertake studies whereby researchers, both local and international will explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa, thus contributing towards building a body of knowledge on leadership in Africa. Support is provided to short term studies (up to six months) in areas that are in line with the Institute’s Research Programme on Leadership in Africa.

Focus Areas:

Research proposals are invited on Leadership and Cultural Context:

The nature of the relationship between leadership practices and cultural underpinnings cannot be ignored or underestimated. Culture represents the shared values and norms that bind members of a society or organization together as a homogenous entity. There are explicit differences between cultures, particularly in terms of the values, attitudes and behaviours of individuals, and this divergence has implications for leadership development and practices. Research in this area will be grounded in the basic assumption that cultural values, beliefs and expectations influences how leaders are identified, developed and the leadership styles they adopt. A strategy effective in one culture can be counter-productive in another. Sometimes culture can be used to justify the uniqueness of a leadership styles, but in other scenarios, culture can be seen as an inhibitor of effective leadership development and practices. Carefully considered, the two perspectives on the link between culture and leadership behaviour are not contradictory. Leaning on the complexity theory of leadership, it can be argued that there are elements of culture that promote unique and positive leadership behaviours. But some of the cultural rules of behaviour tend to act as drags on effective leadership. The understanding of this complexity is important to the success of leadership development and practices and research under this theme should seek to provide us with that knowledge.

The relationship between the cultural context and leadership consist of two different levels of analysis. These are (i) the relationship between organizational culture and leadership, and (ii) the relationship between national/subnational culture and leadership. Research in both areas is important, and will seek to explore whether cultural context facilitates the emergence of different leadership practices (i.e. whether leadership practices are culturally-linked and/or culturally-biased).Some basic questions that should be addressed include:

  • How does culture affect the development of Leaders and the styles and practices of leadership?
  • Are there leadership styles that are universally accepted and effective across cultures?
  • Are there leadership styles and practices that are accepted and effective in only some cultures?
  • What is the effect of violating cultural norms to the effectiveness of leadership practices?
  • Can leadership be explained in terms of an underlying theory that accounts for systematic differences across cultures?


  • Grants are open to researchers based at African institutions, and internationally that partner with African researchers.
  • Applicants should have a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD with not less than five years of post-degree experience.
  • Applicants are expected to hold demonstrable writing skills and expertise relevant to the research theme.


Proposals should include a short background and problem statement, research questions, literature review, extensive indication of methodology, budget (ceiling of 40,000 United States Dollars) and timeline.

Proposals that contain clear methodological designs are highly preferred.

Together with the proposal, short CVs of two (2) pages maximum, of researchers in the study are required, indicating professional affiliations, relevant expertise, and publications and post degree certificates.


After submission of proposals, the review committee will review all proposals to identify successful candidates.

Successful candidates will be contacted and a meeting will be held to enable discussion on the research proposals between applicants and UONGOZI Institute.

Application deadline:

The call for research proposals is open up to 28th February, 2017.

Completed research proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to UONGOZI Institute at


For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

Plot No. 62, Msasani Road, Oysterbay

P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918