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IDI Job Advert: Social Sciences Lead (1)



General Summary

The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to build capacity of health systems in Africa with strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research, and capacity development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University-John Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.

The Academy for Health Innovation Uganda (‘The Academy’) is one of the projects housed within the IDI. The Academy’s mission is to improve health systems through research, development and evaluation of innovative solutions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Grant applications and proposal development for new research
  • Conduct mentorship activities to junior staff
  • Contribute to designing and revision of qualitative tools
  • Organize and participate in debrief sessions with research team members on qualitative data collection.
  • Collect or supervise data for qualitative interviews
  • Analyze qualitative data
  • Play critical role in development and revision of abstracts and manuscripts
  • Support grant writing and resource generation for the Academy.
  • Assist in preparation of study protocols and progress reports for IRB and other research bodies
  • Work with management to prepare project plans, budget and schedules
  • Ensure research project compliance and adherence to the ethical and regulatory requirements
  • Conduct data collection in hard to reach areas like Islands in Kalangala

Person Specification

Education and experience

Masters degree in social sciences, or any relevant field e.g Psychology, Public health, sociology

Other key requirements

  • Certificate in Good clinical Practice
  • Certificate in Human Subject Protection

Other Professional training with added advantage

  • Certificate in computer assisted Qualitative data analysis using NVivo or ATLAS.ti software
  • Certificate in Research Writing in the Social Sciences course
  • Certificate in Project Management in Global Health course

Other skills

  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Willingness to problem solve
  • Resilience

Decisions required on job

  • Budget expenditure decisions
  • Designing and revision of data collection tools
  • Developing workplans
  • Manuscript writing


  • Experience of at least 2 years and knowledge in establishing research project and overseeing and managing project start-up and close-out
  • Formal training in qualitative study designs and conduct as well as over 4 years of research experience with focus in HIV research, TB and other infectious diseases
  • Experience conducting interviews, including design and reporting among populations living with HIV in Uganda
  • Publication of research, at least two manuscripts as first author

More details

Job Code: SSL001
No of Positions: 1
Station: Kampala
Classification: Full-time
Duration: 12 Months
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Posted Date: 2024-03-15 13:12:25.000
Closing Date: 2024-03-31 23:59:00.000

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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