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CoBAMS gets new procurement officer

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Following routine transfers of officers within the university, the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) bid farewell to its procurement officer Mr. Stephen Byarugaba and welcomed Mr. David Ikomo. Stephen has served the college for the last two years. While bidding him farewell on July 7, 2023, the Principal, Prof. Eria Hisali appreciated him for his dedicated service and commitment to the job. Describing him as a flexible, committed and hardworking person, the Principal said Mr. Byaruhanga had supported maintenance of structures, procurement of materials as well as projects.  He has been working outside the normal working hours. This flexibility has allowed us to achieve a lot,” Prof. Hisali said.

Mr. David Ikomo (2nd Right) and Mr. Stephen Byarugaba (Centre) are joined by Ms. Angida Franco Mugyema (Left), Dr. Peter Nabende (2nd Left) and another member of staff to cut cake. The Conference Room, Level 4, Block A, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. David Ikomo (2nd Right) and Mr. Stephen Byarugaba (Centre) are joined by Ms. Angida Franco Mugyema (Left), Dr. Peter Nabende (2nd Left) and another member of staff to cut cake.

The Principal welcomed Mr. Ikomo to the CoBAMS family and called on him to support the staff in whatever way he can. He cautioned against cliques, rumors and dividing of staff. He informed the meeting that the college had improved her work flow processes and asked David to build on the foundation he has found. He asked that lead times between the work flow processes must be reasonable to allow users get the required items in time.

He committed the college to supporting David settle into his new role at CoBAMS.

Mr. David Ikomo (Left) and receives the handover report from Mr. Stephen Byarugaba (Right). Block A, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. David Ikomo (Left) and receives the handover report from Mr. Stephen Byarugaba (Right).

While handing over, Mr. Byaruhanga thanked management of the colleges CoBAMS and CoCIS for the support rendered to him during his service.

“I am specifically grateful to the Principals and Sub-Contracts Committee members for being available when I needed them, their flexibility without bending rules and support which enabled us in making timely decisions for the benefit of the constituent colleges and ultimately according me a stress-free working environment,” he said.   

Left to Right: The Directorate of Internal Audit's Mr. Aggrey Luwuliza, Mr. Stephen Byarugaba and Mr. David Ikomo tour the procurement office. Level 4, Block A, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Left to Right: The Directorate of Internal Audit’s Mr. Aggrey Luwuliza, Mr. Stephen Byarugaba and Mr. David Ikomo tour the procurement office.

He appreciated Ms. Olivia Namuleme, the records assistant, for her exceptional hard work and ethical conduct in discharge of her duties. Mr. Ikomo on his part said he was happy to join the CoBAMS family and called for their support as he settles into the new office.

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PIM centre trains 40 in financial analysis

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Some of the participants that took part in the financial analysis training organised by the Public Investment Management Centre of Excellence, Makerere University. Financial Analysis of Public Investment Training by the PIM Centre of Excellence, CoBAMS, Makerere University, 29th Jan-9th February 2024, Jinja, Uganda, East Africa.

The Public Investment Management Centre of Excellence has completed training for over 40 officers in financial analysis of public investment. The training has equipped them with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and effectively evaluate investment opportunities. The 2-week training (Jan 29–Feb 9) took place in Jinja, and covered topics such as financial modeling, risk assessment, and investment strategies. Speaking at the close of the training, Prof. Edward Bbaale, the principal investigator, said the students have gained valuable skills and knowledge that will enable them to confidently analyze and make informed decisions regarding investment opportunities. “The training has been a great success, and we believe it will have a lasting impact on their future careers,” Prof. Bbaale said. He appreciated the faculty members who were drawn from Makerere University, the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, the National Planning Authority, and Cambridge Resources International for their valuable contributions and commitment to the program. Prof. Bbaale called on the trainees to be ambassadors of the PIM cenrtre of Excellence. He emphasized the importance of spreading knowledge and promoting the program’s mission. He also encouraged them to actively engage with stakeholders and help build partnerships for the further success of the program.

Some of the over 40 participants pose for a group photo with the centre manager, Dr. Kagarura Willy (Squatting Front Row Centre). Financial Analysis of Public Investment Training by the PIM Centre of Excellence, CoBAMS, Makerere University, 29th Jan-9th February 2024, Jinja, Uganda, East Africa.

Prof. Bbaale thanked the government of Uganda through MoFPED for the financial support towards the centre’s activities, which include training and capacity building, research, and advisory services to the government. Additionally, he expressed gratitude to the dedicated staff members and participants for their commitment and contributions to the program’s achievements. He thanked the centre manager, Dr. Kagarura Willy for his exceptional leadership and guidance throughout the program. On this part, the Dean, School of Economics, Prof. Ibrahim Mike Okumu expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders involved. He called on the participants to be good ambassadors of the centre. He also encouraged them to utilize the knowledge gained from the program to make a positive impact in their respective fields. He emphasized the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing for the advancement of their professions.

Participants in session. Financial Analysis of Public Investment Training by the PIM Centre of Excellence, CoBAMS, Makerere University, 29th Jan-9th February 2024, Jinja, Uganda, East Africa.

One of the officials that undertook the training, Mr Nicholas T, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and stated that he is committed to applying the skills and insights acquired to drive innovation and excellence at his job. He believes that through collaboration and knowledge sharing, professionals can collectively work towards the advancement of their professions.

Participants tour the Source of the Nile Project Construction site. Financial Analysis of Public Investment Training by the PIM Centre of Excellence, CoBAMS, Makerere University, 29th Jan-9th February 2024, Jinja, Uganda, East Africa.

The centre trained over 40 participants from government Ministries, departments, and private organizations. The team undertook field studies at the Source of the Nile construction project and the Nalubale Electricity Generation Plant.

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Job Opportunity FamilEA Study: Research Assistant (20 Positions)

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An aerial photo of the School of Statistics and Planning (Right) and other colleges CEDAT, CoNAS, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Department of Population Studies (DPS) at the School of Statistics and Planning (SSP) is conducting a study on “The Remaking of the Family in East Africa (FamilEA)”. The main aim of the study is to map out the shifting family landscape of residents in Kampala Metropolitan (Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso), including family networks based outside the study area, which is termed the family archipelago. This project will adopt a mixed method (quantitative-qualitative) approach that will extend beyond the household and conjugal family to the extended family and family-like relationships, such as friendships. The project seeks to recruit 20 research assistants.

Position: Research Assistant (20 positions)
Reports to: Field Supervisors / Research Coordinator
Duty Station: Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso)

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Participate in all training, pre-test activities, and pilot surveys.
  2. Recruit research participants for the FamilEA survey.
  3. Administer informed consent forms to all study participants.
  4. Conduct interviews in line with the research project requirements and ethical considerations.
  5. Review and submit data for completed interviews for daily cross-checking and verification.
  6. Ensure completeness and accuracy of the data from the study participants.
  7. Safe and responsible handling of all study tools and equipment provided for the interviews.
  8. Submit daily field reports/timesheets.
  9. Perform other duties related to data collection and management.

Relevant Education Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in Demography, Population Studies, Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Business Statistics, Sociology, Social Sciences, Records and Archives Management, or any related discipline. Postgraduate training is an added advantage.

Required Experience & Skills

  1. Minimum experience of at least one (1) year of electronic survey data collection using tablets (Redcap, KoboCollect, ODK or SurveyCTO)
  2. Experience working in Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso).
  3. Fluency in the following languages: Luganda, and English (both written and oral).
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to deliver outputs under minimal supervision.
  6. Good teamwork attributes.
  7. Ability to adhere to protocols and guidelines for data collection.

Desirable: Knowledge of other languages e.g. Lusoga, Runyakitara, and Luo

How to Apply

Submit one PDF of the following 4 documents (in the order below):

  1. Cover letter (signed)
  2. CV (Maximum 5 pages)
  3. Copy of degree certificate/transcripts
  4. Copy of National ID

Notes

  1. The PDF must be named as follows: FirstName_LastName_Research Assistant Application
  2. Submission email: famileauganda@gmail.com
  3. Submit by midnight of the 18th February 2024.
  4. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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The Actuarial Mega Conference 2024: Unlocking the Future of Pensions & Insurance

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Dr. Felix Wamono and Dr. James Wokadala. Actuarial Mega Conference 2024, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

As the Actuarial Mega Conference 2024 unfolds at Makerere University‘s Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility, its impact resonates particularly powerfully among the students of actuarial science. Organized with precision by the Makerere Actuarial Society, this conference serves as a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable insights, connect with industry professionals, and deepen their understanding of the evolving landscape of pensions and insurance in Uganda.

The conference provides a platform for students to engage directly with keynote speakers renowned for their expertise in actuarial science. These sessions offer students a firsthand glimpse into the real-world applications of their academic pursuits, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Dr. James Wokadala. Actuarial Mega Conference 2024, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Presentations and panel discussions expose students to cutting-edge concepts, methodologies, and technological advancements in the field. This exposure equips them with a forward-thinking mindset and an understanding of how their academic foundation aligns with industry trends.

The networking sessions serve as a unique opportunity for students to connect with professionals, fellow students, and potential mentors. These connections extend beyond the conference, providing students with a valuable network that can support their academic and professional journey.

Dr. Felix Wamono. Actuarial Mega Conference 2024, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Moreover, the conference facilitates interactions with official partners Prudential Assurance and Kenbright, Uganda Insurer’s Association, Insurance Training College, Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority, Britam, The Actuarial Association of Uganda, Sky Reinsurance Brokers, creating avenues for students to explore internship opportunities, industry collaborations, and potential career paths within the sectors of pensions and insurance.

By bringing together academia and industry under one roof, the Actuarial Mega Conference 2024 not only imparts knowledge but also empowers students with the tools and connections needed to thrive in their future careers. This live experience at Makerere University is a catalyst for the personal and professional growth of students in actuarial science, unlocking doors to a future where their contributions shape the landscape of financial security in Uganda.

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