About Mzuzu University

Mzuzu University (MZUNI) is one of Malawi’s public universities established by the Laws of Malawi Cap 30:09 (Mzuzu University Act No. 12 of 1997). Currently, the University has six faculties of Education; Environmental Sciences; Health Sciences; Tourism, Hospitality and Management; Science, Technology and Innovation; and Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is a dual mode University offering its courses through face-to-face and open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) teaching and learning modes.

MZUNI has its main campus located in Mzuzu City at Luwinga which also houses its ODeL Main Hub. It has a Tourism and Hospitality Skills Application Centre located at Dunduzu within the City. MZUNI has a physical presence in all the four regions of Malawi through its purpose- built and well equipped ODeL Satellite Learning Centres in Karonga, Lilongwe, Balaka and Mulanje.

Given its multi-campus/centre nature and its expansion drive, the University offers a unique opportunity to its Librarian in coordinating library services across all campuses and centers of the University.

The Librarian

The Librarian reports to the Vice-Chancellor and is responsible for provision of leadership and
strategic direction in the management of library and information services.

Applications are therefore invited for this exciting and demanding position of Librarian.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Librarian is required to fulfil the following duties and responsibilities, inter-alia:

(a) Leadership and Management

(i) Providing strategic leadership and overall management of the University’s library and information services;
(ii) Developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing library and information management strategies, policies, procedures and regulations;
(iii) Initiating the introduction, implementation and scaling-up of emerging Library and
Information Technologies, including e-library services to library and related support services;
(iv) Planning and budgeting for activities for the library and information services;
(v) Providing technical advice on library and information services to Management, line
managers and users;
(vi) Ensuring that the University complies with local and international library and information
services regulations and standards;
(vii) Ensuring the availability of effective and efficient mechanisms for staff and student utilisation of library resources to facilitate knowledge acquisition, research support, and boost the output of reputable publications;
(viii) Ensuring that the library stocks the most relevant resources to support the current and
future academic and research programming of the University;
(ix) Coordinating orientation sessions for library users;
(x) Managing risks associated with library and information services;
(xi) Preparing and presenting financial, investment and other reports;
(xii) Coordinating performance management system in the Library; and
(xiii) Servicing relevant committees in the University.

(b) Resource Mobilisation

(i) Mobilising and managing library resources efficiently and effectively; and
(ii) Conducting research and consultations.

(c) Networking

Establishing effective partnerships and collaborations with local and international stakeholders to continuously improve library and information services at the University.


The candidate must have:

(i) Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences or any related fields obtained from a
reputable and accredited institution of higher learning recognised by the National Council for Higher Education, plus ten (10) years’ experience in managing an academic library at senior management level;


(ii) PhD in Library and Information Sciences or any related fields obtained from a reputable
and accredited institution of higher learning recognised by the National Council for Higher Education, plus eight (8) years’ experience in managing an academic library at senior management level; and
(iii) Membership of professional body such as the Malawi Library Association (MALA).

Desired Attributes and Skills

(i) Excellent leadership and organisational skills;
(ii) Successful supervisory experience in a people-oriented environment;
(iii) Excellent analytical, conflict management and problem-solving skills;
(iv) Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long-range goals;
(v) Excellent IT skills and familiarity with the use of databases and the internet;
(vi) Effective verbal and written communication skills;
(vii) Strong personal and professional integrity;
(viii) Ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of needs;
(ix) Superior interpersonal and team oriented aptitude;
(x) Ability to work collaboratively in a higher education environment; and
(xi) Ability to communicate technical concepts effectively to students and staff.

Terms and Conditions of Service

Mzuzu University provides an attractive salary and benefits in accordance with its emolument structure. The appointment is for a period of four (4) years.

Retirement Age

The normal retirement age for MZUNI is sixty (60) years. Applicants should not be more than fifty-five (55) years of age at the time of appointment to be able to serve a four (4)-year term.

Instructions and Mode of Application

a) Applications should be submitted strictly through e-mail to: ur@mzuni.ac.mw; with a copy to
b) All documents should be in PDF Format;
c) The subject line for the e-mail should read: “Application for the Post of Librarian”;
d) The application package should include the following documents:
i) An application letter with a motivation for the position;
ii) An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) with names and contact details of three traceable
referees; and
iii) Certified copies of academic and professional qualifications.

Closing Date

The application should be e-mailed before mid-night of Friday, 22nd March 2024. Note that only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

The University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore encourages applications from qualified men, women and persons living with disabilities.