JOINT APPOINTMENT: LSTM Professor, Executive Director - CeSHHAR

LSTM and CeSHHAR Zimbabwe are seeking an Executive Director with a strong academic background to join our team in this pivotal role based in Zimbabwe.

LSTM and CeSHHAR Zimbabwe are seeking an Executive Director with a strong academic background to join our team in this pivotal role.

As the Executive Director, and LSTM Professor this role will provide strategic and academic leadership, business acumen and management of the organisation to ensure CeSHHAR continues to develop as a centre of excellence in public health research and programming.

With strong internal links to LSTM this high-profile role within CeSHHAR has strong support of LSTM’s Senior Management Team. The post holder will build on the existing collaboration with LSTM and other strategic partners.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an internationally recognised record of research, publication, research higher degree supervision and research funding. They will hold a strong record of securing significant research funding through competitive processes from a range of funding agencies (e.g. MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIH, Gates Foundation, NIHR, ESRC, FCOA, USAID, CDC, UN agencies).

Reporting into the CeSHHAR Executive Committee and LSTM Senior Leadership Team, this post calls for an ethical and insightful leader capable of delivering clear strategic guidance underpinned by CeSHHAR’s and LSTM's values and research goals. The successful candidate will foster an inclusive culture focused on achieving excellence across research and programmatic projects.

Key to the success of this role is the post holder’s ability to motivate, support and align diverse teams, drive internationally recognised research, support and develop academic learning as well as collaborate with partners at local, national, and global level to secure research funding.

The successful candidate:

You will have a strong track record in Research Excellence and hands on academic and professional leadership skills; you will invest in the quality of your relationships building effective and meaningful working relationships internally and with partner organisations including local government.

Fundamental to the success of this role is the postholder’s ability to understand, oversee and input in the financial budgeting and fundraising activities in line with scientific and programmatic priorities.

You will be experienced in and understand the importance of ensuring the implementation of an efficient internal control framework and good practice with regards to the identification and management of risk. You will ensure areas such as safeguarding, international research ethics standards and good participatory practice are imbued across the organisation. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Research Focused: Provide high quality research outputs that are relevant to public health impact in sub-Saharan Africa
  •  Strategic Leadership - Oversee organisational strategy development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • People Management – Foster values-based culture of innovation, creativity, and quality to enhance the research and programme performance of CeSHHAR.
  • Communication and Relationship Management – Maintain good communication and the maintenance of strong relationship within organisation and with all CeSHHAR stakeholders.
  • Fundraising and Financial Oversight – Fundraise for the work of the organisation and provide oversight for budget expenditure.
  • Documentation and Reporting – Ensure the work of the organisation is effectively disseminated.
  • Compliance – Ensure compliance with all national and international regulatory authorities and internal and external policies and procedures.
  • Collaboration with LSTM – Strengthen partnerships with LSTM to build new research relationships and widen areas of engagement including with teaching and postgraduate research placements.
  • Collaboration with Internal and External Partners – Ensure there is effective collaboration between different CeSHHAR programme and Research units and between CeSHHAR and external partners.

The successful post-holder will demonstrate:


  • Internationally recognised record of high impact research, publication, and competitively sourced research funding
  • Academic teaching and higher degree supervision
  • Expertise in strategic and long-term planning which appropriately reflect longer term perspectives
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in a collegiate, multi-cultural and interdisciplinary setting
  • Knowledge and behaviours that support equality, diversity and inclusive proactive.
  • Knowledge and behaviours that support safeguarding as applicable to the role
  • Highly motivated to contribute to the development of academic expertise in developing countries
  • Diplomacy
  • Enthusiastic approach to work 

The Application process:

To Apply online please follow this LINK and upload Your CV and a covering letter with your suitability for the role. 

Should you have specific questions prior to applying, please feel free to reach out to Kelly Maddocks at 

Attached is an overview of the role, our work and mission – we encourage you to review this before applying.  

Important Information and Dates to Consider:

  • Salary: Competitive and in line with experience
  • Appointment Term: 5 Years
  • Closing Date for applications: 21/11/2021
  • First Interviews: 8th or 9th December 2021
  • Final interviews: 14th or 15th December 2021 

(please advise Kelly Maddocks should you be unable to attend an interview during this time and we will endeavour to make suitable arrangements) 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Inclusion is central to our values at LSTM.  

We seek to attract and recruit people who reflect the diversity across our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, faith or belief, social background, age and disability. LSTM selects candidates based on skills, qualifications, and experience. 

We welcome conversations about flexible working; and applications from those returning to employment after a break from their careers. 


CeSHHAR Zimbabwe is a private voluntary organisation based in Zimbabwe that has a large portfolio of HIV prevention and sexual health research and programmatic projects. LSTM and CeSHHAR collaborate on several research programmes. In 2014, CeSHHAR was registered as a private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. CeSHHAR has a strong commitment to strengthening research capacity among Zimbabwean graduates.

Look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year by viewing our annual report:

About LSTM 

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. 

Look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year by viewing our annual report:

Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role. 


LSTM actively promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy