Director in Risk Management
University of Botswana Office of the Vice Chancellor

Director- Risk Management

Office of The Vice Chancellor

Director, Risk Management

Vacancy No. IRC 930

The current host of converging social and economic forces, both national and global require the University to re-position itself to be relevant and responsive to the changes that are taking place in its external environment. This requires a fundamental root and branch rethink of the University which will involve preserving the qualities that have built its reputation, while at the same time deciding what to change and possibly discard and what new things it should be doing. The end state will be a University of Botswana that is fit for purpose and ready to serve the needs and expectations of the nation and the future generations of its citizens.

Through its new strategy ‘Creating a Future for the Knowledge Generation,’ the University is thinking about that future and how it will position itself for systematic and enduring change.  To achieve this, the University wishes to invite suitable applicants for the following Executive positions; 

Job Overview

Director, Risk Management reports directly to the Office of the Vice Chancellor.  The incumbent is responsible for leading, overseeing and monitoring all operational risk management function of the University and also ensures that the University risk management policies and strategies are in compliance with applicable regulations and the overall University strategy.

Principal Accountabilities: The successful candidate will be expected to lead and undertake the following:

  1. Develop Risk-Management Tools and Policies
  2. Oversee and Monitor Operational Risk of the University
  3. Ensure compliance of University’s Risk Management Policies and Strategies Procedures to its Strategy
  4. Establish the Enterprise Risk Management Architecture for the University
  5. Analyse and identify risks affecting the University as well as mitigating factors
  6. Support the University Council’s implementation, Review and approval of the enterprise-wide risk governance framework
  7. Continuous monitoring of risk-taking activities and risk exposure to ensure conformity with UB Council approved risk appetite and limits
  8. Propose and Report appropriate risk mitigating actions to Senior Management and or Council.

Education, Qualifications and Experience: Applicants must have attained; A minimum of a Master’s Degree or similar qualification in any of the following areas: (i) Risk Management (ii) Insurance (iii) Accounting (iv) Finance or Economics (v) Business Administration

Desirable Professional Standing: (i) Professional graduate accreditations and memberships (ii) Continuous professional development certification.      

Work Experience:  Professionally qualified and suitably experienced risk management specialist with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in risk management.  Thorough understanding of the risk management principles and application of good corporate governance, business and operational risk and control processes and procedures.  Human Relations Skills, Interpersonal, Good Communication Skills and a high level of Computer Literacy are essential.

Remuneration: The University of Botswana offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants are to address the stated qualifications 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 CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to:

The Deputy Director, Appointments and Administration, University of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (+267) 355 2324/ 4200/ Fax (+267) 395 9399.

Applicants should inform their referee/s to: (i) Quote the Vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address, before the stipulated closing date.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to the West Wing of the Administration Building, Block 108, Office 211 or 207.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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