Dr. Sister Dominic Dipio is renowned for her feature films on Ugandan folklore and her passion for cultural film production and research. This however does not mean that she is used to recognition.
Dr. Sister Dominic Dipio is renowned for her feature films on Ugandan folklore and her passion for cultural film production and research. This however does not mean that she is used to recognition.Dr. Dipio received the nomination to become the first African Studies Association’s (ASA) Presidential Scholar, which also accorded her a trip to New Jersey and San Francisco States of the US, from 5th to 27th November 2010.
Before attending the Associations meeting in San Francisco from 18th to 21 November, Dr. Dipio was hosted at Rutgers University by the Center for African Studies, where she gave a lecture in an African Studies Writer’s class titled, Rendition of History in Goretti Kyomuhendo’s Novel, Waiting (2007). She also screened her film, Crafting the Bamasaba, which completely captivated her audience.
She also went to two Media Studies classes, one being peculiarly all female, in keeping with a tradition of a one-time Women’s Studies Department, that has now been reduced to one course. In these classes, she talked broadly about her research area in film and gender: the changing and unchanging gender images represented in African films that she analyzes.
However, her sessions were not without amusement. In the all female class, Dr. Dipio was amazed by a question by one of the students who asked, “How are you perceived in your country/community?” The idea behind the question highlighted how little known, the advancements made by African Women in all spheres of influence were. Startled but not speechless, Dr. Dipio explained to the student that she was right and wrong at the same time because, “There are many women in my country with even greater achievements,” she quickly informed.
In the other media class, Dr. Dipio mainly talked about the politics of making, marketing and distributing African cinema. So as to illustrate her point, she cited Ousmane Sembene, a former mechanic and bricklayer, who rose to international fame for his award-winning films, like Moolaade (2004) among the many. However, as most of the students had no knowledge of who Sembene was, her illustration was incomplete until she easily found a few clips of the director and his film off Youtube, thanks to the fully equipped lecture theatre which hosted the day’s class. This feat was truly enviable for Dr. Dipio who quickly recalled how she struggles with her heroic students of the film class, to screen their weekly films for the class. Nevertheless she expressed her hope, “We hope and look forward to a time when we shall at least have a lecture theatre in the Faculty of Arts, fully equipped with screening facilities.”
About the African Studies Association’s (ASA)
The ASAmembership consists of a diverse group of individuals, who are interested in Africa and its people, and as such carry out research and scholarly activities in and on Africa. It has a long history of doing this, and this year’s conference was the 53rd, with the theme, AFRICAN DIASPORA AND DIASPORAS IN AFRICA.
The overall objectives of ASA are:
- Fostering the study of Africa
- Supporting research by Africans and
- Promoting collaborations among Africanists
The 53rd ASA conference was opened by Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in President Barack Obama’s administration, and former American Ambassador to Uganda. In his address, he underlined the importance of academic scholarships in US policy. The policy makers need the feedback from academics to inform decision. He outlined four areas of priority that the US Government has in Africa and these are:
Food security: To enhance Africa’s capacity to feed itself and the world because of its enormous capacity for food security.
Climate change: This will greatly affect food security, especially in Africa, which has the greatest risks and vulnerabilities.
Global Health: Related to the large number of skilled work force that Africa loses to the Diaspora. The brain-drain phenomenon has lead to health related deaths in Africa.
Youth and Change in Africa: This is the government’s commitment to leadership training. Training the next generation of African leaders is what will positively influence the three areas mentioned above.
During the conference, Dr. Dipio managed to attend some of the parallel sessions and was particularly impressed by the academic rigor of the various senior scholars and graduate students’ researches, undertaken in different parts of the continent. Some of the sessions she attended were: a Roundtable: Whither African Studies in the Academy and in Praxis, Visuality and Social Reform in Colonial Africa; New Critical Approaches to African Literature and Cinema in an Age of Global Production; New discourses on African Personhood in a Time of Votality; and South Asians in Africa, Asian Communities in Africa.
On the last day of the conference, Dr. Dipio was introduced to a group of scholars, doing research on Uganda. Most of the researches that are currently on-going are either historical or political. She however foresaw opportunities, where researchers in Makerere could collaborate with team leaders and join these research groups.
At the close of the conference, The Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola Lecture was delivered by Professor Bekeret Selassie. The issue he highlighted was the need for renewed commitment of the Africans in Diaspora to their Mother continent, where at one point he challenged the Africans living in Diaspora to go back and get involved more directly in the continent’s development.
The African continent’s participation in the ASA annual conference is important. As observed by Dr. Dipio, “Almost all the participants at the conference were people living in or studying in the US or European universities.”
The Association’s initiative to open up the Presidential scholar offer is an attempt to bridge the gap between scholars in the Diaspora and those in the continent. “Whereas this move from the ASA is highly appreciated, it is the challenge of African universities that value research to support the membership and participation of their scholars at this annual conference and other ASA activities,” added Dr. Dipio.
As Makerere continues to re-affirm its commitment to be a research driven University, this is a great opportunity for her to network with various universities especially in the US that welcome such collaborations. Additionally, investment for institutional participation at this conference that is attended by top researchers in the academia will be an added advantage. “I was delighted to particularly meet and interact with Prof. Ali Mazrui our revered and beloved scholar from East Africa,” remarked Dr. Dipio. “I was also delighted to meet my mentor in African cinema and comparative Literature, Prof. Manthia Diawara, who in recent years twice visited Makerere; first to deliver a lecture on Sembene Ousmane in 2005, and in the following year as a filmmaker who accompanied Ngugi wa Thiongo in is ‘homecoming’ to Makerere and East Africa,” she concluded.
Some quick facts about the Nomination
- Dr. Dipio’s nomination came through the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) that that is directly responsible for promoting the African Humanities Program (AHP) to which she has previously been a fellow 2009/2010.
- This nomination came in response to African Studies Association’s (ASA) search for a credible African scholar to be invited as the first Presidential Scholar at the Association annual conference.
- After this inaugural process, the association will annually invite an African scholar living in the continent to participate in the annual ASA conference
- The purpose for this is to grow a more meaningful connection/relationship African scholars in the continent and those in Diaspora
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Makerere University Hospital iTECH Project Positions: Data Manager, Data Officer & Study Nurse
Makerere University Hospital seeks to recruit suitable candidates for the following positions; Data Manager, Data Officer and a Study nurse. Makerere University Hospital received funding from Wellcome Leap, In Utero Program to support implementation of the “Stillbirth in High Burden Settings: Ample Room for Improvement Using Biomarkers and Ultrasound Technologies” (iTECH) project. The iTECH project aims to develop novel clinical tools for use to diagnose and manage high-risk pregnant women and reduce the burden of stillbirths in Uganda, sub-Saharan Africa, and globally.
Available Position: Data Manager (01)
Duty Station: Kampala
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Project Manager
The Data Manager will oversee the development and implementation of strong data management. He/she will implement efficient ways to collate, organize, store and analyze data with attention to security and confidentiality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in the creation and enforcement of policies and guidelines for effective data management.
- Alongside the QA and QC manager, facilitate site level data quality assessment, auditing and verification for improvement.
- Participate in the collection, cleaning, validation and maintenance of high-quality research data.
- Use a variety of advanced statistical software, methods, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for research data;
- Advise and assists in the development of inferences and conclusions, as appropriate.
- Write and execute statistical methods and analysis sections of protocols, reports and peer-reviewed publications
- Design templates and develop specifications for status reports, analysis tables, graphs, and data listings for use in research publications and ad hoc reporting.
- Participate in the process of data sharing with project team and external stakeholders.
- Assist with reports and data extraction when needed from the integrated database in order to track recruitment and retention of study participants.
- Monitor and analyze information and data systems and evaluate their performance to discover ways of enhancing them (new technologies, upgrades etc.)
- Troubleshoot data-related problems and authorize maintenance or modifications.
- Participate in the review of the data management plan, maintain the data management plan throughout lifecycle of projects and ensure data management plan is followed according to iTECH project data requirements/needs.
- Maintenance of study database with regular feedback on occurrences and how these were rectified.
- Assist in defining and/or create data listings, summary table validation, data specifications and/or process data transfers in preparation for statistical review and/or data management audit.
- Coordinate the archiving of databases and related documents. Verify data in accordance with the study data management standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Respond to requests for standard reports as required in a timely manner.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- MUST have a Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Statistics or Clinical Epidemiology or Statistical Epidemiology or related field, with significant experience in Medical Sciences or public health research and data analysis.
- MUST have a strong understanding of databases and data analysis
- Good analytical thinking and ability to interpret epidemiological data
- At least one year of progressive experience in data management including designing databases, data collection, analysis and presentation.
- Knowledge of common Statistical analysis and database management packages including STATA, R, SPSS, Redcap, Open Data Kit (ODK)
- Up-to-date training in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects protection Research.
- Should be dynamic and flexible to deliver on strict program deadlines
- Possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
- Able to work under pressure
Available Positions: Data Officer (02)
Duty Station: Hoima and Kampala
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Site Manager/ Data Manager.
The data officer will provide ongoing technical assistance to the project and facility team in recording and management of project-related data in line with the study guidelines.
She/he will also assist the Data Manager in the entry, cleaning and analysis of data captured by the study database.
- Ensure weekly back up of study data including ultrasound, maternal hemodynamics, laboratory, placenta histology and routine clinical data.
- Support with study data entry.
- Help the site teams to project participant recruitment and follow-up numbers together with the data manager.
- Handle labelling of study participant forms including study informed consent forms and lab request forms by assigning study IDs
- Perform labelling of ultrasound and maternal hemodynamic profiles, and any other data as guided by the line supervisor
- Perform data export from the study equipment at the sites.
- Help with participant tracking for follow up study visits and deliveries
- Support the site study team in the timely compilation of daily, weekly and monthly study reports
- Any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the data manager and project manager
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology/ Computer science.
- Experience in medical data management is an added advantage.
- Should be dynamic and flexible to deliver on strict program timelines
- Understands client confidentiality and exhibits a high level of ethical conduct
- Has basic computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and PowerPoint.
- Highly organised and pays attention to detail
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
- Should have analytical abilities
- Good communication skills
Available Position: Study nurse (01)
Duty Station: Hoima
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Site Manager and Project Manager
The Study nurse will be responsible for recruitment of study participants and administering of required study related procedures to these participants.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs) or any other study trainings
- Participate in study site entry visits and engage with management of study participants. These include but not limited to patient enrolment, as guided by the protocol.
- Obtain written informed consent for those eligible and are willing to participate in the study
- Administer all study procedures like sample collection, data collection and entry, patient follow-up and treatment to patients recruited into the study as guided by the protocol and in accordance to set standards of Good Clinical Practice
- Perform patient safety monitoring for any adverse events, offer care and referral as needed
- Provide counselling and pyscho-social support to study participants where needed
- Conduct assessment of maternal hemodynamics and maternal hemodynamics data collection under guidance of coordinator.
- Perform first-level quality assurance and quality control (QA / QC) to ensure all fields in the consent forms and case report forms (CRFs) are complete and accurate
- Offer support to the community health workers and research assistants for the follow- up of study participants.
- Assist in generating study progress reports as needed
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Operations Research officer, Project Manager and principal Investigator, as deemed necessary for study activities
Required Qualifications, experience, skills and attributes:
- Minimum of a Bachelor in Nursing from a recognized institution.
- Currently registered with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and an up-to-date Practicing License.
- Up-to-date training in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects Protection Research.
- Previous experience with working in a research environment will be an added advantage
- Ability to speak the indigenous languages spoken in the western region will be an added advantage
How to apply:
All applications must be submitted to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 4th March 2024 at 5:00PM
- The subject line of your email should be: “Application- (indicate the position) – iTECH Project”
- Submit your application (1-page cover letter, 3 pages resume including two referees, and relevant supporting documents) as ONE PDF
- PDF’s exceeding 5MBs will be considered ineligible.
- Submission of incomplete or inaccurate documents will render the applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.
- Applications cannot be amended following submission.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
- The interviews will be held on 11th March 2024.
Team of 12 Students from Tottori at Makerere on a 3-Week Exchange Programme
The Makerere University International Office has this morning, 19th February 2024 hosted a team of 12 students from Tottori University, Japan, who are on a 3-week exchange programme at Makerere University and specifically, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB).
While receiving the team, the Manager International Office, Mr. Ochwo Gerald, welcomed the students and thanked Dr. Emi Kaburagi, from the Center for International Affairs for her continued support in the coordination and planning of the exchange programme. Additionally, he took a moment to share the unique journey of Makerere over its first 100 years and specifically highlighted the University’s breakthrough in medical research that has seen the discovery of nevirapine, a drug used to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child during birth.
“As one of the leading institutions in research and global medicine, Makerere University’s major breakthroughs over the years have been the discovery of Nevirapine, and the electric car code-named Kiira EV. Today, the Government of Uganda in collaboration with Makerere University, has established a car manufacturing plant in Jinja, and the commuter buses produced now ply the streets of Kampala our Capital City” said Mr. Ochwo.
Dr. Emi Kaburagi in her remarks thanked Makerere University for accepting to host Tottori students and shared that the number of those seeking admission into this exchange programme has drastically increased over the years.
As hosts, Makerere University is committed to ensuring that the exchange students’ visit is not only productive but also comfortable and culturally enriching. Furthermore we are highly optimistic that the students will have a pleasant stay, confident that this exchange will foster mutual understanding and deeper collaboration between our two institutions.
Advert: Position of Second Deputy Vice Chancellor
Makerere University is governed by the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 (as amended). The University is seeking applications from suitably qualified applicants for the position of Second Deputy Vice Chancellor.
SALARY SCALE: M2
DUTY STATION: MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
The Second Deputy Vice Chancellor will report to the Vice Chancellor and shall:
- Assist the Vice Chancellor in performance of his or her functions and in that regard shall oversee the finances and administration of the University;
- Be responsible for the Planning and Development of the University and;
- Perform such other functions that may be delegated to him or her by the Vice Chancellor or assigned by the University Council.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Interested applicants are invited to submit their application letters together with the following:
- Curriculum Vitae with contact details signed and dated by the candidate;
- A motivation letter not exceeding 1,000 words about the candidate’s vision for a competitive university in the 21st century.
- Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates.
- A copy of National Identity Card.
- Names and addresses of three (3) referees with their contacts.
- The referees should be advised to send confidential reference letters, addressed to the Chairperson Search Committee for the Position of Second Deputy Vice Chancellor and delivered directly to the address below by 5:00 pm on 11th March 2024.
- The references should cover the following areas: the applicant’s academic credential, experience, leadership, managerial and administrative skills and personal integrity.
Both hard copy and electronic mail (Email) applications shall be accepted.
- Hard copy applications: Both confidential letters and sealed applications marked “CONFIDENTIAL: POSITION OF SECOND DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR” should be addressed to:
SECRETARY SEARCH COMMITTEE
THE ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
6TH FLOOR, ROOM 602, SENATE BUILDING
P.O. BOX 7062, KAMPALA UGANDA
- Electronic media (E-mail) applications should have all the above documents scanned and emailed to email@example.com by 5:00 pm East African Standard Time on 11th March 2024.
Please note that:
- Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing time will not be considered.
- Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted.
For more information and inquiries: Visit our website www.mak.ac.ug OR email us on firstname.lastname@example.org OR Call Telephone number: +256-414-532634 during working hours (between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday).
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