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Msc. Scholarship Opportunity-Camel Study at the Department of Environmental Management

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The Potential of Camel Production in Resilience Building to Climate Variations in Karamoja, Uganda (CAPREC)

1.0 Background

Camels are able to survive well in the semi-arid areas due to their biological and physiological adaptations which help them cope with harsh environmental conditions. However, little is known why the Karamojong are slowly and increasingly adopting camels, and how wide spread the camels are in Karamoja, as well as their contribution to the pastoral livelihoods resilience against climate variability. Further, there is a dearth of information on the camel product value chain in Uganda.The project therefore intends to investigate the potential contribution of camel production in resilience building for the pastoral households in Karamoja, with specific reference to (i) Mapping their spatio-temporal distribution; (ii) Determining the factors influencing pastoralist’s choice of camel production; (iii) Determining the contribution of camel production to household well-being; (iv) Identify and articulate the performance of camel products value chain; and (v) Determining the influence of camel production on pastoralist household resilience in Karamoja.

2.0 Research Institution

Two Master’s students will be enrolled to study and carry out their research at Makerere University under the supervision of the Project’s Technical team members.

3.0 Duration

24 months with no possibility for Extension

4.0 Roles and Responsibilities
  • Draw up a research wok plan  in consultation with the supervisor(s)
  • Complete and Submit a research proposal by the end of the first 6 months of recruitment
  • Carry out research required to achieve the intended research objectives
  • Keep relevant records of all aspects of the research work
  • Meet regularly with the supervisor and give weight to any guidance or corrective action proposed, keeping a written record of discussions where appropriate
  • Reflect and report on the progress of work at the end of each month
  • Write a complete research report (MSc. Thesis) within the stipulated time as per the demands of Makerere University
  • Write publishable manuscripts from the research
  • Take ultimate responsibility of his/her academic programme as stipulated by Makerere University
  • Attend all meetings organised by the CAPREC project as and when required
  • Inform the supervisor(s) in case of absence from research activities for example in the case of illness
  • Perform any other research task as may be required by the supervisor (s)
5.0 Reporting

The student shall report to the immediate supervisor and when necessary, to the PI of the CAPREC project

6.0 Qualifications and Skills
  • Should have a first class or second upper bachelor’s degree in either Forestry, Environment, agricultural economics
  •  Should:-

a.       Meet the requirements of admission to Makerere University for a Masters in Science program

b.      Have basic analytical skills using econometrics and other statistical packages

c.       Have good communication and writing skills

d.      Have a positive attitude and a strong commitment to conduct research in the Karamoja region

  • Shall successfully undergo an oral interview convened by the Principal Investigator at a date to be communicated upon being shortlisted

NB:Having successfully completed the first year at MSc. Level in any of the specified areas is an added advantage.

7.0 Entitlements and Remuneration
  • Tuition and functional fees
  • Research costs
  • Material support for research requirements
  • A performance-based monthly stipend
8.0 Application procedure
  •  Interested applicants with the above requirements (section 6.0) should submit one soft copy (PDF format) and one hard copy of their applications enclosed with:-

a.   A CV with three references and their contact details

b.   Photocopies of the relevant academic documents

c.   A Motivation letter/statement (Maximum of 2 pages)

d.  Two recommendation letters

  • Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. Justine J. Namaalwa
Department of Environmental Management
School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Forestry Building, Room 213
Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7062,
Kampala Uganda.
  • Applications in both soft and hard copy should be E-mailed (namaalwa@caes.mak.ac.ug) and delivered in person, not later than 31st July 2015 at 5:00PM, to;

NB: FEMALE students are strongly encouraged to apply

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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