Departments

Audit

Internal Auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the Centre’s operations.

It helps the organisation to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes through independent reviews of the Centre’s operations, activities, policies and procedures and where warranted, recommending cost-effective control and solutions for improvements in systems, processes and operations.

The department strives to meet and exceed the Board, Executive Management and other Stakeholders assurance expectations within SIRDC governance framework and in accordance with the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

In the discharge of our duties, we apply and uphold the principles of the internal auditors’ code of ethics, which are: integrity, objectivity, confidentiality and competency.

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Audit Department
Landline: +263-242-860345 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772901878
Email: audit@sirdc.ac.zw, lchikerema@sirdc.ac.zw

Business Operations Unit

BOU spearheads large-scale commercialization of products as well as services. BOU conducts exhaustive market studies, develops bankable business plans, and creates market niches for products and services as well as establishing synergies with industry.

Expertise

  • Rapid Product Development through the Stage Gate Process
  • Financial and Marketing Analyses
  • Process Costing, Quality Systems & Statistical Process Control
  • Projects Management & Industrial Contract Management
  • Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Business Mentorship in Partnership with Technological Information Promotion System

Training Courses

  • Development of Business Plans (one day)
  • Executive Business Skills Development (3 days)
  • Credit Analysis & Risk Management (3 days)
  • Process Costing & Enterprise Diagnostics (2 days)
  • Essentials of Business Communication
  • Essentials of Marketing and Customer Service
  • The Stage Gate Process (one day)
  • Finance for Non-Finance Managers (2 days)
  • Commercialisation of Technologies (2 days)

Track Record

  • Establishment of Sirtech Investments ֠a commercial subsidiary of SIRDC
  • Establishment of Zimbabwe Technological Solutions (ZTS) Private Limited, second commercial company of SIRDC
  • BOU tasks always entail costing products/processes, design improvements feedback for max value realization and crafting suitable business terms
  • The unit also promotes over 200 services spread across 12 institutes, 9 departments and three strategic business units (SBUs).
  • BOU has sound working relations with the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC), Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IOD-Z)
  • It also gives inputs into the Regional Research Alliance (RRA) marketing and technology commercialization programmes

For Further Information Contact:
The Director, BOU
Landline: +263-242-860330 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772237012
Fax: +263-242-860348
Email: bou@sirdc.ac.zw, pkwaramba@sirdc.ac.zw

Cafeteria

The Cafeteria Department is a support Department mandated to serve bakery products and lunch meals to the SIRDC Community. The meals are Western and Traditional based, with the traditional meals being served on Fridays (Farayiday!). Bakery products are also sold to outsiders as per order.

Cafeteria Products

  • Scones
  • Queen cakes
  • Cocktail Pies
  • Cakes
  • Mini-Pies
  • Doughnuts
  • Biscuits
  • Welsh Cheese cakes
  • Flans
  • Buns
  • Samosas
  • Spring Rolls
  • Egg rolls
  • Hamburgers
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Hot dogs
  • Birthday cakes (Advance booking required)

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Cafeteria Department
Landline: +263-242-860328 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772242968
Email: cafeteria@sirdc.ac.zw, srunyowa@sirdc.ac.zw

Estate

The Estate Department at SIRDC is responsible for maintaining the environs of the Centre. The Department maintains the exterior grounds and internal (office) plants to enhance the pleasant presentation of the whole Centre.

The Department is responsible for landscaping of the SIRDC grounds. It plans and designs various outlays of flower beds, rockeries, paths and walkways. We identify suitable areas for planting different types of lawn and bushes to beautify the Centre. We ensure the pleasantness of the environs by keeping the grass and shrubs around the Centre well-trimmed. Foliage and pieces of paper are picked timeously to ensure clean surroundings all the time.

The Estate Department is also responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of all buildings at the Centre, including office blocks and laboratories.

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Estate Department
Landline: +263(242)860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772529441
Email: estate@sirdc.ac.zw, gmatoi@sirdc.ac.zw

Finance

For Further Information Contact:
The Financial Controller, Finance Department
Landline: +263(242)860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile:
Email: accounts@sirdc.ac.zw

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department operates at a strategic level and its functions involve the following, among others:

  • Policy formulation
  • Performance management
  • Recruitment and Selection of all positions within the Centre from Director level to the lowest member of staff
  • Induction of all new employees, including students who come on industrial attachment
  • Job evaluation system
  • Exit interviews
  • Industrial Relations and following up on disciplinary issues
  • Training and development of all personnel
  • Human Resources Management Information System
  • Medical aid and pension administration
  • Conducting various surveys from time to time

For Further Information Contact:
The Director, Human Resources Department
Landline: +263-242-860339 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263712605896
Email: hr@sirdc.ac.zw, nmapfumo@sirdc.ac.zw

Public Relations

Public Relations is a management function meant to achieve the following:

  • Building Corporate image through undertaking an effective communication between the Centre and its various publics.
  • Establishing mutually beneficial relationship with the same
  • Safeguarding a corporate identity of the company
  • Developing and maintaining links with the Media
  • Producing company profile, annual reports and all literature for the public domain
  • Organising and managing of Corporate Events
  • Showcasing the company and promoting its activities
  • Establishing and maintaining information channels including the company’s website
  • Developing and implementing a Social Media Strategy to publicise the Centre and its activities

The Public Relations Department also disseminates information through library services which include:

  • Reference services, internet browsing and services as well as maintaining text
  • Provision of research journals both online and print
  • Provision of current daily and weekly local newspapers
  • Provision of pictorial reference sources

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Public Relations Department
Landline: +263-242-862585 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263712880009
Email: pr@sirdc.ac.zw, tzvoma@sirdc.ac.zw

Purchasing

The Procurement Department of SIRDC procures goods and services using best value practices to meet the needs of the organisation. The Department ensures that SIRDC procurements are conducted in an open and fair environment, and in full compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.

SIRDC procurement policies were adopted from the country’s Procurement Regulatory Authority.

The Procurement Department always fosters and maintains a professional relationship with supplies and internal customers.

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Purchasing Department
Landline: +263-242-860343 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263774036010
Email: purchasing@sirdc.ac.zw, wmutsvandiani@sirdc.ac.zw

Security

The Security Department is one of the organisation’s support service organs whose main functions are to:

  • offer protection and reduce loss to the organisation’s property and assets.
  • address security issues affecting SIRDC’s Institutes and Departments.
  • address issues to do with security and safety of employees, customers or visitors to SIRDC premises.
  • provide any services that may be assigned by Management from time to time.

The Department’s motto is “to serve and protect”.

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Security Department
Landline: +263-242-860331 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263772520032
Email: jchidhuro@sirdc.ac.zw

Transport

The Transport Department is a service unit responsible, in the main, for the day-to-day transportation of staff to and from work. The department also provides institutes and departments with transport to various sites and destinations enabling them to carry out their research, hence we are the nerve Centre of the organization.

The department regularly maintains the organisation’s fleet of vehicles to reduce running costs.

Safety of personnel and property is upper most in the discharge of our duties.

For Further Information Contact:
The Manager, Transport Department
Landline: +263-242-860358 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263774644179, 0714146176
Email: mchigowe@sirdc.ac.zw

Works & Physical Planning

The Works and Physical Planning Department (WPPD) is charged with the responsibility of planning and executing infrastructural projects at SIRDC. The department is responsible for the maintenance of both infrastructure and equipment. WPPD also gives technical back up to all SIRDC institutes. It is also responsible for ensuring a constant supply of water at the Centre for both human use and for irrigation. WPPD also maintains the irrigation system installations at the Centre.

For Further Information Contact:
The Director, Works & Physical Planning Department
Landline: +263(242)860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263774632867
Email: wppd@sirdc.ac.zw, bmakokove@sirdc.ac.zw