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Director of Technology Transfer, Innovation and Commercialization at National Commission for Science and technology (NCST)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

National Commission for Science and technology (NCST)

The Malawi Gazette Supplement Notice No. 1 of 20th February 2009, appointed 14th November 2008 as the day on which the Science and Technology Act, No. 16 of 2003 came into operation. The Act establishes the National Commission for Science and technology (NCST) whose function shall be to advise Government and other Stakeholder on all science and technology matters inorder to achieve a
science and technology –led development. The NCST has now been in operation since December 2009 and has a secretariat headed by a Director General.

The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the following posts:


The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the position of Director of Technology Transfer, Innovation and Commercialization tenable at its Secretariat in Lilongwe, situated in Lingadzi House, City Centre.


1.1 Job Title: Director of Technology Transfer, Innovation and Commercialization

1.2 Grade: CST 2
1.3 Reports to: Director General
1.4 Directorate: Technology Transfer, Innovation and Commercialization
1.5 Division/Section: N/A
1.6 Responsible for: Technology Transfer and Commercialization Manager.


2.1 Purpose of the job: To provide overall leadership and guidance in technology transfer, innovation and commercialization towards achieving the appropriate scientific and technology-led economy.

2.2 Key Roles and Responsibilities

a) Overseeing the development, review and implementation of technology transfer policies, guidelines, procedures and processes;
b) Taking lead in identifying and developing appropriate technology for the country in order to enhance competitiveness of the local products;
c) Coordinating the development of national plans for promoting industry research sector collaboration in innovation and technology development;
d) Promoting and coordinating the development of national programmes that aim at enhancing quality of locally produced innovations and technology;
e) Leading in conducting national research dissemination conferences, national science week and other technology transfer related events;
f) Providing support in the identification, development and management of key relationships and partnerships that support technology transfer and commercialization programs;
g) Facilitating networking events, with current and potential internal/external stakeholders (Researchers, service providers, development partners, industry, Government etc.) to promote technology transfer activities;

h) Providing leadership in drafting and negotiating investment/financing contracts and other legal documents for commercialization and Intellectual Property (IP);
i) Leading in the development of bilateral or multilateral technology transfer agreements;
j) Providing technical advice to the Director General on matters relating to technology transfer, innovation and commercialization programmes in the Commission;
k) Producing and monitoring the implementation of budgets estimates and work plans for the Directorate;
l) Consolidating quarterly and annual reports on the activities of the Directorate;
m) Conducting performance appraisals for Managers under charge and ensuring efficient and effective performance appraisal system of the Directorate.


3.1 Minimum academic and professional qualifications and experience

  • Masters in Natural Sciences, Engineering or Applied Sciences, or related Science and Technology; in addition to a relevant Bachelor’s Degree. Holders of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will have an added advantage
  • At least 8 years’ postgraduate work experience at senior management position in a related field.

3.2 Required competencies and attributes

  • The post requires a person who must:
  • have proven track records in technology transfer, leadership and management;
  • be able to lead and motivate various multi-disciplinary teams in technology transfer, creativity and innovation
  • have good leadership and team building skills;
  • be result-oriented, innovative and a self-starter;
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to deal with diverse work force;
  • demonstrate excellent negotiating and analytical skills;
  • have high level of integrity, sense of maturity and ability to meet deadlines


The successful candidate shall be offered a negotiable performance related contract for a period of three (3) years, with an attractive salary benefits and gratuity packages commensurate with seniority of the position and qualifications of the candidate.

Method Of Application

Applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copy of Nation ID, copy of relevant membership certificate, photocopies of relevant certificates, and names and addresses of three traceable referees, one of which must be from the most recent employer should be sent to the following address not later than June 24, 2024.

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations
Department of Statutory Corporations
Capital Hill, New Building, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 30061
Capital City

NCST is an equal gender-based opportunities employer and only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged and invited to the interviews.