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.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

For the next few weeks, UONGOZI Institute will be running a special blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We begin the series with this introductory post describing the SDGs and the processes that are underway to put the goals into action. The blog will feature in-depth pieces on each of the seventeen goals thereafter.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were initiated as part of the outcome document drafted at the close of the Rio+20 conference, formally the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in June 2012. The United Nations member states were party to this document, titled The Future We Want, and mutually agreed that work must be done to establish the SDGs for the post-2015 development agenda. Now that the list of goals has been established, the United Nations General Assembly will meet in September of this year to formally approve the SDGs and put them into action. Thus, making all member states of the United Nations the actors responsible for the creation and execution of the SDGs.


The SDGs were drafted to serve as the guide to the global development agenda at the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The MDGs were established in 2000 to align the global development agenda. As the MDGs wind down, the SDGs will be used instead as a basis for planning the next phase of development. The SDGs, however, will have a global focus, as opposed to the MDGs which focused solely on developing countries. As the United Nations approves the seventeen goals outlined to be the SDGs, Governments will likely incorporate them into their own national agendas as they did with the MDGs.


The work on creating the SDGs began in 2012, as mentioned above, at the behest of the Rio+20 meeting. Since then, an Open Working Group has spent a great deal of time conducting the necessary work to establish the seventeen goals in a proposal released in August 2014. Since then, there has been discussion and debate on the proposed goals in the lead up to their adoption in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. The SDGs would therefore be enacted in 2015, with the timeline of achieving the goals through 2030.


The SDGs were drafted to continue the work begun under the auspices of the MDGs and refine the lessons learned from that fifteen year period of development. The goals are meant to help organize the numerous needs of the world at large in a way that helps countries and regions to focus on those which are most important for their future. By aligning the global narrative on development through the SDGs, the hope is that they can be achieved through partnership and mutual responsibility.


As mentioned throughout, there are seventeen goals currently proposed to make up the SDGs. These are: 1) End poverty in all forms everywhere; 2) End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; 3) Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; 4) Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; 5) Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; 6) Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; 7) Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; 8) Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; 9) Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation; 10) Reduce inequality within and among countries; 11) Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; 12) Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; 13) Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; 14) Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; 15) Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss; 16) Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and 17) Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. These goals will serve as the basis by which all development planning will be made throughout the next fifteen years. Seeing them through will be coordinated at all levels, from local governments to international agencies, based on what the goal entails.

More information:

The SDG Processes

UN Sustainable Development Goals Page

Sustainable Development Solutions Network


The Common African Position on Post-2015 Development Agenda

What is the UONGOZI Institute Blog?

Welcome to UONGOZI Institute’s blog, and as we say it here in Tanzania – Karibuni.

This blog will serve as an informal platform for the UONGOZI Institute (UI) to provide useful information, as well as encourage an exchange of ideas for those across the continent and beyond who are interested in issues of leadership and sustainable development in Africa.

Posts will cover a variety of topics surrounding those two themes, including useful information from UI’s research findings and television shows, and provide insights on capacity building through tips and tricks from UI’s training courses. There will also be periodic posts to announce UI events and relevant scholarships and fellowships advertised outside of UI, or other programs that could prove to be useful for the emerging generation of African leaders.

Lastly, reviews of books on topics of interest from the UONGOZI Institute Resource Center will be posted by UI staff to help provide recommendations for those interested in delving deeper into the material presented here. We also welcome guest posts from practitioners in fields related to any of the above mentioned topics.

If you are interested in contributing as a guest blogger, please email with “Guest Blog Post” as the subject line.

From those of us here at the UONGOZI Institute Blog, we hope to see you here weekly to join the dialogue on these important thematic issues. To make sure you are always aware of when a new post is freshly pressed, you can follow our blog by pressing the “Follow” button on the right hand side of the page.

Please see our “About” page to learn more about the UONGOZI Institute and be sure to visit our website.