Profile-Director Human Resources - Ms Thikhoi Mathealira
Ms. Mathealira, born and raised at Peka in the Leribe District, has been with the University since February 2008. She has six years‚ experience in the higher education sector. She was appointed with the mandate to transform the Appointments Office into a fully-fledged Human Resources function. She is responsible for leading and directing the University's entire Human Resources function.
Since joining the University, Ms. Mathealira has co‚led the development and review of the University's performance management system. She has been part of the team that developed the first recognition agreement that the University signed with one of the unions. She has also led the negotiations between the union and the Management.
Prior to joining the University, Ms. Mathealira served as Director Human Resources at the Lesotho Tourism and Development Corporation for a period of four years. Her professional highlights at the corporation were the development of a Human Resource Manual. She facilitated private sector training among tour operators, accommodation establishments, caterers and skills development projects among the communities in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project area. She was appointed as Acting Chief Executive while the recruitment of the substantive holder was in progress.
Ms. Mathealira joined the Ministry of the Public Service in 1992 as a Personnel Officer. She rose through the ranks until she was appointed as Director Human Resources in 1999. She was tasked to lead ‚“The Transformation from Personnel Management to Human Resource Management‚ Project. Her professional highlights were the development and implementation of the human resources structures throughout the Civil Service. She also conducted the assessment and training of staff to fill the created positions. Ms. Mathealira has acted in the position of Principal Secretary in this Ministry on several occasions. She has served as a member of the Public Service Tribunal since July 2009.
Ms. Mathealira holds a Bachelor of Public Administration from The National University of Lesotho, Master of Commerce in Human Resource Management from the University of Wollongong in Australia. She is a member of the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Lesotho Association of Public Administration and Management (LAPAM) and the Human Resource Management Network of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The Human Resources Office is one of the units under the office of the Vice‚Chancellor. The office is mandated to support the University‚s governance through the development of human resource policies, and to oversee the implementation thereof to assist the University with managing its most valuable- its employees.
It is responsible for providing advice on labour laws. It also ensures compliance and consistency in the application of the terms and conditions of service, policies and regulations.
The unit supports programme offerings by ensuring that faculties are adequately staffed with qualified and experienced teaching and research personnel in line with the Council on Higher Education requirements. The unit is also charged with ensuring that faculties are provided with qualified and competent support staff to facilitate the smooth running of day-to-day activities.
The Unit offers a number of services within its functional areas in an effort to ensure that the University achieves its goals and objectives.
Recruitment, Selection and Administration:
The unit is responsible for posting job advertisements and coordinating hiring efforts to line faculties and departments and implementing human resource policies and procedures. It is also responsible for maintaining the ITS personnel sub-system ensuring integrity and confidentiality of employee records and files.
Remuneration and Benefits:
Manages pay and benefits. Coordinates activities relating to the retirement fund with brokers and the fund‚s administrators. Implements welfare schemes in line with established policies and procedures.
Staff Training and Development:
The unit is charged with planning, organizing and evaluating staff training and development to ensure that the University is staffed with suitably qualified and experienced personnel at all times for provision of quality teaching and learning.
Industrial and Employee Relations:
Monitors the University‚s Human Resource Policies and practices and their compliance with the national laws. Represents the University in conciliations and arbitrations. Deals with all union matters. Handles disciplinary matters as well as staff grievances in line with the University‚s codes. Strengthens the employer‚employee relations through speedy resolution of disputes in order to create a climate that is conducive to performance excellence.
Ms. Thikhoi Mathealira -Director Human Resources
B.A Public Admin (NUL), M.A Commerce in HR Management (Wollongong).
Mrs. Lineo Kheekhe - Assistant Registrar (Administration of employee benefits)
B.A. Public Admin (NUL)
Mrs. ‚MalichabaTaaka- Principal Personnel Officer (On staff development leave)
Dip. Public Admin (LIPAM)
Mr. Rets‚elisitsoe Tautona- Senior Personnel Officer (Supervisor personnel information sub-system of the Integrated Tertiary Software (ITS) system)
Dip. HR Planning and Dev. (Institute of Applied Manpower Research)
Mrs. ‚Masenyobo Monaphathi- Chief Personal Secretary
Intermediate Typewriting (Pitman Qualifications)
Mrs. Puseletso Kwela‚Mokokoane- Assistant Personal Secretary
Dip. Secretarial and Admin. Studies (City and Guilds of London Institute)
Mrs. 'Mamotselisi Liphoto- Senior Copy Typist
Typing Speed (Pitman Qualifications Exams Institute)
Tel: (+266) 22340601
Direct Line: (+266) 22340247
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