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Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe Installed as St Francis Chaplain



Thousands of believers, friends and families convened at Makerere University’s St. Francis Chapel to witness their one and only beloved Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe being installed as the New Chaplain. The installation ceremony was presided over by His Grace Rt. Reverend Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda on 18th February 2018. The highly colourful ceremony was graced by  Archbishops from various parts of Uganda, Archdeacons, Deacons, Reverends, other religious leaders, politicians, Makerere University top Management as well as dignitaries from the United States of America, United Kingdom and Missionaries from New Zealand and other special guests.

Officially appointed on 1st November 2017, Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe joins the ranks of a great heritage of the St. Francis Chapel’s pastoral leadership teams led by previous chaplains such as Rev. Canon Amos Turyahabwe, Canon Goeffrey Byarugaba, Canon Johnson Ebong, Canon Benon Mugarura Mutana, and Rev. Lusania Kasamba amongst others. Before a Chaplain is appointed, the Church of Uganda nominates names of clergy that are then forwarded to the University Appointments Board, which selects and appoints a Chaplain. The Chaplain is at the rank of Senior Lecturer in the University.

1st Row R-L: Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma and his wife, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Chair Council-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, 2nd Row: Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and his family with other members of the congregation

Looking resplendent and graceful in his pastoral robes, Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe was presented to the Archbishop for installation by the Archdeacon of Kampala Central Rev. Michael Mukhwana.  At exactly 11:30am, he was inducted as the Chaplain of Makerere University St. Francis Chapel by His Grace Rt. Reverend Stanley Ntagali. After the induction ceremony, Rev. Canon Asiimwe was then presented to the congregation and received by the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma, the Chairperson of Council Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the Acting Director of Legal Affairs Mr. Goddy Muhumuza.
The Archbishop congratulated Rev. Canon Asiimwe upon his new role as the Chaplain and asked God to bless him so that he may be a faithful shepherd and a true friend to God’s people. He prayed for God’s Guidance and inspiration to flow through Rev. Canon Asiimwe and asked God to make him one in heart and mind for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali (2nd L) lays his hands upon Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe's head during the installation ceremony as Kampala Central Archdeacon-Rev. Michael Mukhwana (R), clergy and the congregation witness

“May God Bless your ministry among the people of this parish. Follow the example of the good shepherd: lead with courage and guide with love; keep watch over the whole flock among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you. Proclaim the gospel, restore the lost, encourage the faithful and build up the body of Christ. Keep in your life and ministry, the love and joy and peace which are the marks of Jesus and his disciples,” he said.

“Your love, faith and inner character have landed you this important role, so take it with utmost faith and love. I thank God for this moment. This is the right choice. God knows us all. When He was anointing you, He was looking at the inner man; He looked at how lovely your heart is. Reverend Onesimus God has called you at a time when there are many challenges. Jesus is commissioning you today to fulfil his task of serving a community with youth,” added Archbishop Ntagali.

Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali delivers his message during the installation ceremony

He thanked the church and the community for supporting Rev. Canon Asiimwe since his appointment as Chaplain. The Archbishop also applauded the Makerere University Management for the cordial working relationship with St. Francis Chapel that has born fruitful results.

Upon installation, Rev. Canon Asiimwe thanked Jesus Christ for considering him trustworthy. He referred his calling to Isaiah chapter 49 when he said, “the Prophet reflects on his calling and his Ministry as Prophet to the people of God in Israel. I was first an ordinary member of St. Francis for many years, and then found myself assisting in the ministry after my ordination while serving full-time as the provincial Youth and Students Coordinator. Now God in His mysterious wisdom has called me to be the Chaplain of His Chapel and great community that my family and I have loved for many years,” he said.

The Chaplain, St. Francis Chapel, Makerere University-Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe delivers his message "too small a thing"

In his message entitled “too small a thing” Rev.  Canon Asiimwe said that God has called St. Francis Chapel as its mission holds, to not only make disciples out of the nations for Jesus, but also equip and empower them to go and make other disciples.

“Our mission states; make disciples who make disciples for Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters, it is “too small a thing” for St Francis Chapel to only be a place where students and graduates can come for lively worship, supportive cell groups, relevant Alpha Courses and Biblical-based sermons. This is too small a thing for us,” he intimated.

Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe introduces his wife (2nd L) and children to the congregation

He thanked His Grace, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali and the Makerere University Appointing Authority for nominating him and considering him worthwhile to serve in the capacity of Chaplain. He also thanked the Chapel Council and all St. Franciscans for the warm reception and tremendous support since he assumed office on 1st November 2017. “God is not unjust, He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you helped His people and continue to help them,” said the Chaplain in quoting Herbrews 6:10.

Prior to his current appointment, Rev. Canon Asiimwe has held various church ministry roles, the most recent being Director for Youth Department at the Provincial Office of the Church of Uganda.

Commenting on his appointment, Rev. Asiimwe said, “The measure of Church should not be determined by its sitting capacity, but, by its sending capacity.” He expressed his readiness to foster the raising, equipping, and empowering of ‘disciple-making disciples’ to transcend cultures and nations preaching the good news of the Bible.

The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma addresses the congregation after the installation ceremony

“Learning the life-skills of racial tolerance and social mediation is crucial for evangelism in unfamiliar terrain across geographic boundaries and cross-cultural circumstances. A University community the calibre of Makerere, with the highest per capita brain power in Uganda, should be known for rigorous study and application of the Bible Scriptures.” He added.

Uplifted and strengthened spiritually by the messages, praise and worship during the service, the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma was happy to note that the church had evolved. By contextualizing the Archbishop’s message to Makerere University’s situation, Prof. Suruma reminded people of their important role as soldiers of righteousness serving the kingdom of God. He thanked Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe for the powerful and uplifting prayer he led the congregation through during the 68th Graduation ceremony.

The Chairperson-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem pledged the University Council's support to the new Chaplain

“I am happy that the Archbishops are here to support Rev. Canon Onesimus in this journey of bringing more light to Makerere University. I am appealing to you for your cooperation to ensure that students at Makerere do not only receive degrees but also become people whose emotions and character turn out to be the basis of the future of this generation,” he said.

On behalf of Council and Management, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council Eng.  Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem pledged to support the Chaplain in refining the minds of students and staff.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated Rev. Canon Onesimus Asiimwe upon his installation as the new Chaplain and appealed to him to continue praying for the institution. “Makerere University is a vibrant institution; the best black university in the whole world. We shall therefore ensure that you enjoy your stay here. The task you have taken up is challenging because it is not easy to work with youth but with God’s guidance you will find it enjoyable,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe appealed to the Chaplain to continue praying for Makerere University

The Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi wished the new Chaplain a successful and fruitful career path that is ordained by God to spiritually change people’s lives. He thanked the Church of Uganda for its tremendous role in initiating several development projects that have positively impacted many lives in Uganda.

In his brief remarks, the People’s Warden Mr. Peter Kizza assured the new chaplain of the support of members of the church when he said, “The people are with you. They are ready to stand with you. The shoes you are putting on now may seem to be big but we will help you to fit in those shoes.”

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Makerere University Hospital iTECH Project Positions: Data Manager, Data Officer & Study Nurse



One of the buildings at the Makerere University Hospital that houses the Temporal Bone Laboratory. Kampala Uganda. East Africa.

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

Job Summary:

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.

Job Summary:

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • 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

Job summary:

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: before Friday 4th March 2024 at 5:00PM

Additional Information

  1. The subject line of your email should be: “Application- (indicate the position) – iTECH Project
  2. Submit your application (1-page cover letter, 3 pages resume including two referees, and relevant supporting documents) as ONE PDF
  3. PDF’s exceeding 5MBs will be considered ineligible.
  4. Submission of incomplete or inaccurate documents will render the applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.
  5. Applications cannot be amended following submission.
  6. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  7. The interviews will be held on 11th March 2024.

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Team of 12 Students from Tottori at Makerere on a 3-Week Exchange Programme



Mr. Ochwo Gerald (Centre in necktie) with Dr. Emi Kaburagi (Left), staff from the International Office and some of the twelve exchange students from Tottori University during the meeting on 19th February 2024. Receiving team of 12 exchange students from Tottori University, Japan. The Boardroom, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

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.

Mr. Ochwo Gerald (Left) receives an assortment of souvenirs from Dr. Emi Kaburagi (Right). Receiving team of 12 exchange students from Tottori University, Japan. The Boardroom, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. Ochwo Gerald (Left) receives an assortment of souvenirs from Dr. Emi Kaburagi (Right).

“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.

Students from Makerere join the group photo with peers from Tottori University. Receiving team of 12 exchange students from Tottori University, Japan. The Boardroom, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Students from Makerere join the group photo with peers from Tottori University.

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.

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Advert: Position of Second Deputy Vice Chancellor



The Main Building, Makerere University against an almost clear blue sky. Date taken 15th March 2013, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

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.




The Second Deputy Vice Chancellor will report to the Vice Chancellor and shall:

  1. Assist the Vice Chancellor in performance of his or her functions and in that regard shall oversee the finances and administration of the University;
  2. Be responsible for the Planning and Development of the University and;
  3. Perform such other functions that may be delegated to him or her by the Vice Chancellor or assigned by the University Council.


Interested applicants are invited to submit their application letters together with the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae with contact details signed and dated by the candidate;
  2. A motivation letter not exceeding 1,000 words about the candidate’s vision for a competitive university in the 21st century.
  3. Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates.
  4. A copy of National Identity Card.
  5. Names and addresses of three (3) referees with their contacts.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. Hard copy applications: Both confidential letters and sealed applications marked “CONFIDENTIAL: POSITION OF SECOND DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR” should be addressed to:


  1. Electronic media (E-mail) applications should have all the above documents scanned and emailed to by 5:00 pm East African Standard Time on 11th March 2024.

Please note that:

  1. Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing time will not be considered.
  2. Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted.

For more information and inquiries: Visit our website OR email us on OR Call Telephone number: +256-414-532634 during working hours (between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday).


Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (PhD)

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