8 New Opportunities at Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) - Various Posts



Historical Background

In East Africa regional higher education interactions and cooperation originates from the pre-independence era when Makerere University College was the only higher education institution in the region serving students from Kenya, the then Tanganyika, and Zanzibar in East Africa


as well as from the then Rhodesia and Nyasaland in central and southern Africa, which now consist of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Later in 1963, university colleges were formed in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as constituent colleges of the then University of East Africa that had been established during the era of independence of the four countries (Uganda, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanganyika). Makerere College was the third constituent college of the University of East Africa.

In 1970, the University of East Africa was dissolved and the University of Dar es Salaam, Makerere University and the University of Nairobi were established as separate national universities for Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya respectively. In the same year, due to the need to maintain collaboration between these universities the Inter-University Committee (IUC) was established under the auspices of the first EAC. The role of IUC was to facilitate contact and cooperation among the three universities (University of Dar es Salaam, Makerere University and University of Nairobi).

IUC was hosted in Kampala, Uganda. In 1977, the former EAC collapsed and the support that IUC was receiving from the Partner States declined. However, IUC continued to coordinate cooperation between the three universities albeit with resource constraints that severely limited its functions.


Deadline: Monday 01st February 2021.

1.0 Background Information
The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is a strategic institution of the East African Community (EAC) responsible for coordinating the development of human resources and research in the EAC Higher Education Institutions. The main objectives of IUCEA are to; (i) facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with universities outside the region; (ii) provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and (iii) facilitate maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region’s global competitiveness in higher education.

In order to fulfill its current mandate and to meet all its objectives and planned activities, IUCEA now wishes to recruit staff at the Secretariat for the posts;
  1. Chief Principal Quality Assurance and Qualifications Framework (P4),
  2. Principal Innovations and Outreach Officer (P3),
  3. Senior Administrative Officer (P2),
  4. Senior Qualifications Framework Officer (P2),
  5. Senior Quality Assurance and Standards Officer (P2),
  6. Senior Exchange Programs Officer (P2),
  7. Estates Management Officer (P1), and
  8. Accountant (P1).
Applications are invited from qualified individuals from the EAC Partner States. Candidates from the Republics of South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi are especially encouraged to apply since the recruitment will be subjected to the EAC Quota System.

2.0 Description of the Positions

See the full terms of reference for the 8 vacant positions on PDF below
Terms of Reference for 8 vacant positions at IUCEA - Detailed Advertisement for 8 positions at IUCEA 2021.pdf

3.0 Tenure and Remuneration
As per the EAC Staff Rules and Regulations, the successful applicant for this post shall serve for a five-year term renewable once. A comprehensive remuneration package commensurate with the EAC Professional Job Grades and Diplomatic status shall be offered to the suitable candidate. Additional details on these packages may be obtained from the undersigned.
4.0 Age Limit
Applicants should not be more than 55 years as the EAC retirement age is 60 years.

5.0 Notification

The successful candidate shall be notified of his/her appointment by the 2nd week of April to give him/her enough time to also give notice to his/her employer.

6.0 Submission of Applications

The deadline for submission of application forms to the IUCEA Secretariat is Monday 1st February 2021. Application forms should be downloaded and filled online accompanied by the following:
  • Certified copies of the applicant’s degree awards
  • Up to date and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae
  • Addresses of three referees, one of which should be of the current immediate supervisor.
  • Any other relevant supporting documents
Applications marked “APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF …….
Complete the online form on this link https://forms.gle/Jd3gkQw1mrm3Kuf9A / https://bit.ly/3aAnZ4X and submit application documents electronically to the following address:
The Executive Secretary
Inter-University Council for East Africa
P.O. Box 7110, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 256 251/2
E-mail: recruit@iucea.org
All candidates who applied for the re-advertised positions earlier are encouraged to re-apply.
IUCEA will not accept hand-delivered applications. Applicants must complete application forms as indicated above/below.