Makerere University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Human Resource Management Association of Uganda (HRMAU) to train prospective managers and ring fence their professional conduct in the country.
While signing an MoU on Wednesday 12th July, 2023, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe appreciated the initiative pioneered by the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and said this will help the institution to produce competent human resource professionals.
“The fourth strategic goal of Makerere is to make the University a professionally managed institution. And when we talk of management, of course, the first thing is Human Resource Management. Any organisation will succeed to the extent that Human Resource is managed well. If we don’t manage it well, the production will be low,” he said.
He noted, that Human Resource is a very important factor in the success of Makerere University and Uganda at large. “The most delicate and important resource is on this hill and it must be managed well. But even then, they must train other human resource managers who are going to manage the Human Resource around the country. I hope you will be able to train us as managers at Makerere,” Prof. Nawangwe requested.
Mr. Ronald Bbosa, HRMAU President revealed their work plan embedded in this MoU saying, “We are entering into partnership with Makerere on issues to do with research, supporting students through internship, having innovative human resource solutions that will be able to uplift the profile not only of our practice as HR practitioners, but also to make students more marketable out there whenever we interact with them as prospective employees.”
According to him, HRMAU brings together more than 1,200 professionals of the top organisations in the country that employ the biggest number of people.
Mr. Bbosa said the starting point in moving a country to the next level is to make sure there is ring fencing of professionals with ethics such that they do their work without any kind of interruptions.
He asked the legislators in Parliament to approve their proposed bill intended to regulate the operation of their work reasoning that this will create avenues to achieve all that is expected from HR professionals, and acting as a stepping stone that will enable managers to uplift the National Development Goals.
“We are collaborating in areas of research in HRM on those aspects that we think can help the country to achieve the National Development Goals. It is in our interest as the country that we move in the direction of recognising professional associations and making sure they are governed by Acts of Parliament such that we bring forth the ethical and moral conduct that is required to drive professionalism in the country and deal with some of the challenges that we face as a country today like corruption,” he explained.
Dr. Seferia Bwadene Wanyama, a lecturer of Human Resource Management said this MoU is intended to bring professionalism in academics.
“We are going to collaborate with the association to develop programmes that are industry related and relevant and also collaborate in areas of research on practical aspects that concern the industry and the profession of HR. We intend to bring practitioners from the industry of work through the association to complement our efforts in delivering programmes that are practically oriented,” he said.
PIM centre trains 40 in financial analysis
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.
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.
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.
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.
Job Opportunity FamilEA Study: Research Assistant (20 Positions)
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
- Participate in all training, pre-test activities, and pilot surveys.
- Recruit research participants for the FamilEA survey.
- Administer informed consent forms to all study participants.
- Conduct interviews in line with the research project requirements and ethical considerations.
- Review and submit data for completed interviews for daily cross-checking and verification.
- Ensure completeness and accuracy of the data from the study participants.
- Safe and responsible handling of all study tools and equipment provided for the interviews.
- Submit daily field reports/timesheets.
- 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
- Minimum experience of at least one (1) year of electronic survey data collection using tablets (Redcap, KoboCollect, ODK or SurveyCTO)
- Experience working in Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso).
- Fluency in the following languages: Luganda, and English (both written and oral).
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to deliver outputs under minimal supervision.
- Good teamwork attributes.
- 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):
- Cover letter (signed)
- CV (Maximum 5 pages)
- Copy of degree certificate/transcripts
- Copy of National ID
- The PDF must be named as follows: FirstName_LastName_Research Assistant Application
- Submission email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit by midnight of the 18th February 2024.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
The Actuarial Mega Conference 2024: Unlocking the Future of Pensions & Insurance
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.
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.
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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