The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established in 2004, is a consortium of 114 universities in 38 countries in Africa. The organisation evolved from the Forum on Agricultural Resource Husbandry (FORUM) programme of the Rockefeller Foundation. RUFORUM is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and undertakes activities to strengthen Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation development in Africa in line with its Vision 2030 Strategy. RUFORUM Secretariat is based in Kampala, Uganda.

About the Job:
Job Title: Technical Specialist, Knowledge Management
Organisation: RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda Reports to: Manager/Knowledge Hub
Job Reference No: RUF/JOB/TS KM/2019: Technical Specialist, Knowledge Management

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  1. Background

The Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences (ZEFs), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University is partnering with the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), McGill University, Canada and NUTREAL Limited to implement a 3-year multidisciplinary project focusing on Harnessing dietary nutrients of under-utilised fish and fish processing by-products to reducing micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable groups in Uganda”NutriFish.  The overall aim of NutriFish is to increase availability, accessibility and consumption of under-utilized small fishes and fish processing by-products for sustainable food and nutrition security and improved livelihoods through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Through this project, researchers will devise ways to reduce losses and increase product quality and acceptability, as well as improve distribution of fish and fish-based products among populations living far from water bodies.

  1. The scholarships

As part of the NutriFish capacity building component, we are inviting applications for the following scholarships tenable at Makerere University:

PhD Zoology (Research areas: Fish Stock Assessment and Nutrition)

MSc. Zoology (Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences), Research areas: Fish Stock Assessment; Fisheries Socio-economics; Gender in Fisheries; Fish Post-harvest Handling; and Fish value Chain.

  1. Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship will support successful applicants with tuition, research costs, and modest monthly stipend. The applicants must therefore demonstrate willingness to be full-time students based at Makerere University. For MSc., support is available to applicants who have completed coursework and also those admitted to start coursework in the 2019/2020 Academic Year.

  1. Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships are open to all eligible Ugandans.  Applications from suitably qualified females are particularly encouraged

The salient attributes we are looking for are as follows:

  1. a) PhD Zoology (Research focus: Fish Stock Assessment)
  2. Must hold an MSc. in the areas of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resources Ecology, Management and Conservation, or related fields from a recognized University.
  3. Additional training in Fish Stock Assessment will be an added advantage.
  4. Experience in conducting stock assessment will be valuable.
  1. b) PhD Zoology (Research focus: Nutrition)
  2. Must hold an MSc. in the areas of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Natural Resources Ecology, Management and Conservation; Human Nutrition or related fields from a recognized University.
  3. Previous working experience in an accredited laboratory will be an added advantage.
  4. Experience in working with vulnerable communities and undertaking household surveys will be valuable.
  1. c) MSc. Zoology (Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences) applicants
  2. Should hold a Bachelor’s Degree (Upper Second) from a reputable University in Fisheries and Aquatic   Sciences.
  3. Should demonstrate interest and capability to work in the specified areas above.
  4. Should have completed coursework or already be admitted to Makerere University for the 2019/2020 Academic Year on full-time basis.
  5. Should be ready to undertake coursework studies/research activities in the respective areas and complete within 1-2 years.

Application process

The application package should include:

  1. A one-page motivation letter
  2. A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages) indicating contacts of 2 referees
  3. Copies of certified academic documents
  4. Evidence of admission to Makerere University (MSc. only)
  5. A recommendation letter from two academic referees (1 page)
  6. A brief concept (PhD applicants only)

Applications should be compiled into one single pdf document and sent electronically to Dr. Jackson Efitre (jefitre@cns.mak.ac.ug), copied to Dr. Robinson Odong (robinson.odong@cns.mak.ac.ug), Dr. Eric Sande (ericsande@cns.mak.ac.ug) and Dr. Anthony Taabu-Munyaho (director@firi.go.ug ) by 27th July 2019 at 5.00 PM East African Time.

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Note: All students will be expected to work with the interdisciplinary NutriFish research team.

Incomplete applications will NOT be assessed. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Prof. Ongeng the Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University said that Universities can no longer work in isolation, there is a critical need to build more synergies with other players such as TVETs, and private sector so as to enhance actual contribution of Universities to community transformation.  This was part of the wider call to action during the first Agrienterprenurship symposium which took place from 25th to 26th May 2019 in Gulu, Northern Uganda.  With the theme; The Role of Higher Education and Private Sector in Enhancing Agri-entrepreneurship and Community Transformation the Symposium brought together over 70 partners and actors from academia, private sector, student, farming and refugee communities and over 600 participants who came to listen, learn and exhibit.


Participants follow proceedings at the national Agrienterprenurship symposium

The symposium provided an opportunity for sharing of ideas, experiences, success and expectations in relation to promoting youth Agrienterprenurship. Over 30 groups of students drawn from Gulu University, Busitema University, African rural University and Uganda Christian University, TVETs, farmer groups, private sector and international partners exhibited their various Agribusiness ideas, and innovative solutions in the agricultural sector.  In partnership with RUFORUM and with support from the Mastercard Foundation under the project “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development (TAGDev)”, platforms such as the community action research programs (CARP+s) and the business incubation platforms at Universities’ were lauded as key to development of capacities as well as good initatives to train a new breed of scientists in Africa, with the right mindsets that combines entrepreneurial orientation, with experiential learning and community engagement.


Some of the Mastercard foundation supported Students at Gulu University exhibit products of their enterprises

Learning from the experiences of student business incubatees, refugee micro-enterprise trainees, TVETs and private sector youth entrepreneurship initiatives, there was a general call for establishing mechanisms that enhance entrepreneurial component in University outreach programs.

 Universities and TVETs have been challenged to harness private sector engagement opportunities to participatorily address curricular gaps, (initiating curricular development from the labor/demand side). It is hoped that the experiences shared will help universities, TVETs and private sector players to embrace better collaboration, to harness the unique capacities of each group to promote youth agri-entrepreneurship.

We should now look forward to a regional convening to develop a complete ecosystem of practice in the entire education value chain.” Prof. Zeelen UNESCO.

While closing the symposium, Prof. Openjuru, the Vice chancellor, appreciated RUFORUM and the Mastercard Foundation Partnership for promoting innovative and entrepreneurial training orientation, and he emphasized that

With such partnerships, Gulu University is committed not only to its mission towards community transformation but also looking forward to collaborate more with other institutions, TVETs and private sector to promote best practices in community engagement and entrepreneurial training. 

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