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Mak Charts the Way Forward for a Solid IP Management Office

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A team from Makerere University headed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Tuesday 1st December, 2020 met with the Registrar General, Mr. Bemanya Twebaze and a team from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and held discussions aimed at operationalising the Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO) at Mak. The meeting held in the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Conference Room was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba, Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Josephine Nabukenya and Ag. University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda.

Also present were the Ag. Director Legal Affairs, Mr. Hudson Musoke, Interim Chairperson Intellectual Property Management Committee and Principal College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Dr. Robert Wamala and Interim Manager IPMO, Can. Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza. URSB Staff-Ms. Mercy K. Kainobwisho, Mr. Agaba Gilbert and Mr. Dominic Ddamulira were also in attendance.

Acknowledging Intellectual Property (IP) as a vital component of the knowledge economy, the Interim IPMO Manager, Can. Muhanguzi Muhumuza applauded the Vice Chancellor and Members of Management for recognizing the need to protect and commercialize Mak‘s research and innovations by setting up the office. He thanked the Registrar General and his team for sparing time to be part of this initiative right from the start and pledged to do his part to ensure that the office takes off.

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Nawangwe congratulated the Mr. Twebaze upon his recent election as Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) for a five year period. He also applauded him for making the URSB brand more visible nationally and internationally.

He noted that whereas the University has since inception been acclaimed as a beacon of research and innovation in Africa, the amount of IP and startup companies attributed to the institution were still very low. “Makerere University staff and students are highly innovative. The IPMO will therefore help us to commercialise these innovations into ventures that can create much-needed employment for our exploding young population.”

The Vice Chancellor in this regard appreciated the Registrar General for sparing time to personally attend the operationalisation meeting and his willingness to help commercialize IP at Makerere University. In the same breath, he thanked the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) for offering to support the IPMO and second experienced staff to the Mak unit where necessary.

“The University has allocated ample office space to the IP Management Office and Resource Centre as an asset not only for Makerere but other Universities as well. Makerere has highest concentration of PhDs in the country and we have absolutely no reason why we cannot transform this country” said the Vice Chancellor.

Introducing the Registrar General, URSB’s Director IP-Ms. Kainobwisho shared that Mr. Twebaze is not only the incoming Director General ARIPO but also a Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and President of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement. She added that Mak‘s IPMO will greatly benefit from the Registrar General’s national and international experience.

Mr. Twebaze in his remarks thanked Prof. Nawangwe his invitation, noting that it was a great honour and privilege for him as an alumnus from the School of Law and proud Lumumbist to visit his alma mater. “I am happy to always introduce myself as an alumnus of Makerere everywhere I go in the world and I thank the Vice Chancellor and his leadership for the great visibility they have brought to this University in so many ways.”

He applauded the Vice Chancellor for recognising that the IPMO will not only serve Makerere but also other established and upcoming Ugandan Higher Education Institutions. The Registrar General expressed happiness that his alma mater had taken the lead nationally by formulating an institutional IP Policy. The Makerere University Intellectual Property Management Policy was approved by the University Council on 13th March 2008.

“The National Intellectual Property Policy was launched by His Excellency the President in September 2020 but the only way we shall be able to demonstrate that IP actually works is by translating our good ideas and innovations into solutions that solve local problems, create jobs and wealth and enable the people to thrive” shared Mr. Twebaze.

The Registrar General equally took note of the recognition accorded by the President during the aforementioned launch to Ugandan scientists and Makerere University for taking the lead in finding solutions to societal problems, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Makerere University has been at the forefront of Uganda’s response to COVID-19 and I commend the leadership and researchers for this.”

In 2018, URSB set up a Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at the Mak Main Library to help promote quality research and innovations by providing access to patent information, scientific journals and training on Intellectual Property (IP) laws and patents. Mr. Twebaze shared that URSB has since then set up over 20 other TISCs in Uganda and urged the Interim IPMO Manager and Deputy Director DRGT to help popularise the facility.

In the interactive session that followed, Dr. Robert Wamala shared the proposed IPMO process flow. The steps include; Sensitization, Disclosure, Audit, Application (Form Filling and Submission to URSB), Grants Management, Commercialization and Enforcement. The URSB team pledged to support the IPMO along every step of the proposed process and reiterated the need for students and staff to make the most of the TISC if they were to come up with innovations that can be commercialized.

The meeting agreed to; establish a fully fledged resource centre at the IPMO manned by a team that can undergo further training by ARIPO and WIPO, share the Mak IP Policy currently under review with the URSB team for input, and periodically review the use of the TISC, applications for IP and other goals.

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Guidelines for Freshers 2020/21 Academic Year

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First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of normally one week which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

From Saturday 30th January, 2021 to Friday 5th February, 2021 (7 Days) will be the Orientation Week for all Freshers at their respective Colleges while observing the COVID-19 SOPS, will follow a programme drawn by the College.

After the orientation programme, first year students will undertake an Open Distance and e-Learning education model (ODeL/Blended Learning) subject to further guidance from government. Each student therefore, MUST have a laptop computer as one of the essential tools for study purposes for the programme offered.

Registration
For a candidate to qualify to be a bona fide student of the University, he/she must be registered. Registration is a mandatory requirement of the University which must be done within the first two (2) weeks from the beginning of the semester by every student. Privately sponsored students will pick their original admission letters after payment of 60% tuition and all functional fees from their respective colleges.
Registration will commence on Tuesday 2nd February, 2021 starting at 9.00 a.m. each day.
Ensure that you complete all the required enrollment/registration formalities within the prescribed time in order to avoid disappointments later.

Further details including fees and change and procedures of change of course are available in the documents downloadable from the links below:

NOTE

The information on orientation and registration for non-finalists which was proposed to start on 30th January 2021 is tentative. You should therefore wait for Government of Uganda directive/guidelines on the official opening of Higher Education Institutions.

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MU-JHU Position: Director Strategic Planning and Partnerships

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A Member of Staff of the MU-JHU Research Collaboration | MU-JHU Care Ltd at work. Photo credit LinkedIn/MU-JHU

The Makerere University-Johns Hopkins (MU-JHU) Research Collaboration | MU-JHU Care Limited, a Kampala–based equal opportunities Clinical Research and Service Delivery Organisation with more than 350 employees is seeking an interested, committed and reliable senior professional with the described qualifications to apply for the position of Director Strategic Planning and  Partnerships in support of MU-JHU Care Ltd studies/programs to be implemented in Kampala, Uganda.

Job Title:      Director Strategic Planning and Partnerships

Reports To:  Executive Director

Job Location: MU-JHU Research House, Upper Mulago Hill Road, Kampala.

Description and purpose: 

The successful person will be responsible for identifying and managing strategic partnerships within the health research, care and funder fields in Uganda and abroad, including managing the grants portfolio and serving as a lead liaison and advocate on behalf of MU-JHU with major funders and partners and ensuring regular and effective communications for a wide range of stakeholder communications.  

Required qualifications and profile:

A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Development, Public Health, Public Policy, Finance, Business or Public Administration. The candidate will demonstrate a minimum of seven years successful experience in strategic planning, grant solicitation, grant management and stakeholder relations in the clinical research and/or health care field in Uganda or a similar setting. General management and communications experience, including project and personnel management, is essential. The candidate should be a self-starter with exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, well-developed interpersonal skills and presence to interact at the most senior corporate, funder and academic levels, experience in strategic planning and in identifying and evaluating potential partner relationships with related organizations. Proven success in resource solicitation and management, funder cultivation and acknowledgement, skilled in general management, including personnel management, basic knowledge of clinical research with a focus on the improvement of the health and well-being of women and children. Knowledge of HIV, TB and vaccine preventable infectious diseases would be an advantage. High level ability to implement short- and long-term goals, ability to foster a cooperative work environment, sensitive to cultural issues and language differences, proficiency in computer systems are core skills. Advanced proficiency in use of Microsoft applications, desktop publishing and willing to travel and work irregular hours will be added advantages.

The holder of this position will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, and will be responsible for the following duties:

 Strategic and Operational Planning and Development

  • Consult closely with the Executive Director and Core Management Team to identify areas for strategic program and related infrastructure (space, equipment, resources) expansion that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Design, develop and implement short and long term resource development plans and strategies that make possible both the strengthening of the specific programs/components of MU-JHU core competencies (across Research, Program Services and related Capacity/System Strengthening) as well as expansion into approved strategic directions and niches.
  • Work closely with the MU-JHU Executive Director and Board in developing and reviewing high quality MU-JHU Strategic plans over 5 year cycles.
  • Working in support of the MU-JHU Executive Director, liaise with all stakeholders to ensure the interests of these major stakeholders are appropriately reflected in MU-JHU planning.
  • Regular communicate the elements of the Strategic Plan to the Division Directors/Senior Management and coordinate the annual operational planning and reporting cycle aligned to this Strategic Plan.
  • Analyse, prioritize and pursue funding opportunities among the potential funders that are consistent with the goals and objectives as defined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Identify and address critical knowledge and skill gaps in middle, senior and executive management staff related to strategic and operational planning processes.

Grants portfolio, partnership and communications leadership

  • Lead in the development and implementation of the Strategic Resource Generation component of the MU-JHU Strategic Plan.
  • Leads in the formation and implementation of policies regarding development and resource generation.
  • Serve as the Authorised Business Official and lead the MU-JHU grants administration office including supervision of the Grants Administration Manager and grants and contracts portfolio. 
  • With MU-JHU Executive Director, prepares regular reports on development activities and status funder-defined projects underway.
  • Represents MU-JHU management at various community, funder, stakeholder and board meetings.
  • Ensure MU-JHU communications reflect MU-JHU’s strategic plan and promote visibility with MU-JHU’s diverse stakeholders including supervision of the Communications Specialist and communications portfolio.  

Risk management

  • Work closely with the Board, Executive Director and Director of Administration and Finance to establish and resource effective risk management processes including internal controls and with appropriate separation of duties and accountability to the Board.

Applications with complete C.Vs, including 3 referees and their full addresses or contact Tel No.’s, copies of academic certificates and testimonials, should be sent by email to hr[at]mujhu.org or hand delivered to: MU-JHU Human Resource Manager, through the reception on first floor, MU-JHU 1 Building – not later than January 15, 2021 by 5.30pm. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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AFROHUN Position: Regional Lead Africa-USAID STOP Spillover Project

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A table flag at the virtual event to launch the AFROHUN brand and showcase Year 1 of the One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) Project under the theme ‘Innovations in the Face of COVID-19’, 28th October 2020, Kampala Uganda.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The USAID STOP Spillover program provides a critical opportunity to enhance global understanding of the complex drivers of viral spillover and to augment sustainable national capacities in surveillance, risk analysis, and behavior change. Implementation of the project envisions priority ten countries across Africa and Asia to gain critical knowledge about their Spillover Ecosystems, to refine and use that knowledge effectively, efficiently, and sustainably to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral spillover and
spread. This is a five year project from October 2020 to September 2025.

STOP Spillover is a USAID-funded project to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose the greatest risk of jumping from animals to humans. Tufts University, together with an international consortium of nine core partners including Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) and six core sub-award partners are working collaboratively utilizing diverse capabilities among consortium members and stakeholders to implement the STOP project in five countries in Africa over the next five years.

AFROHUN under the STOP project is looking for a competent and passionate person for the position of Regional Lead Africa (RLA).

The RLA is a key position for the STOP project and will preferably be located at AFROHUN Regional Secretariat located in Kampala, Uganda with frequent travels where possible within project target countries.

JOB TITLE: REGIONAL LEAD AFRICA

Reports to:
AFROHUN Chief Executive Officer

Responsibilities:
The RLA will provide leadership to project implementation in Africa and serve as a member of the Global project’s leadership team. S/he will offer technical leadership to the project working very closely with global consortium members and AFROHUN leadership. The RLA will be under the overall administrative supervision of the AFROHUN Chief Executive Officer. This is a full-time position, renewed yearly based on performance evaluation, and availability of funds.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in any discipline with relevance to One Health (public health, human health, animal health, wildlife, behavioral sciences, environmental health), project management, international development or related relevant discipline.
  • Experience with developing and managing projects of partnerships at the highest levels with government partners, academia, international partners, funders, and private sector.
  • Understanding of One Health concepts and expertise in areas critical to surveillance, risk reduction and management, intervention implementation and mitigation of zoonotic disease amplification and spread, public health and ecosystem health
  • Excellent collaboration capabilities, working in multi-cultural and multidisciplinary settings.
  • 10-15 years in program/project management experience.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven experience in managing donor funded projects especially USAID.
  • Gender and cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, digital communications.
  • Willingness to travel locally and internally

How to apply:

If your career aspirations, qualifications and experience match the above requirements, please email your application in English stating Regional Lead Africa as the subject to secretariat[at]afrohun.org and copy to nainembabazi[at]afrohun.org by 17h00 East African Time on January 8th 2021. The application package should include, application letter, CV with 2 referees, and copies of relevant academic certificates.

Please see Downloads for detailed advert

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