Ubos to recruit over 130,000 as census enumerators, supervisors

Kampala, (UG):- The Uganda Bureau of Statistics is set to recruit a total of 132,943 Ugandans to help in the forthcoming exercise of the National Population and Housing census exercise due in May this year.

In an advert published in the newspaper dailies last week, Ubos, the national statistics body indicated that of these, 114,460 will serve as census enumerators while 18,483 census enumeration supervisors deployed all over the country.

“Ubos is seeking dynamic, experienced, and competent persons for the following positions to carry out the census exercise,” the job advert reads in part.

The advert further indicates that the census enumeration supervisors will undertake effective census supervision of the enumeration exercise in the assigned supervision area, while enumerators are to conduct census enumeration in all the enumeration areas assigned.

The Recruitment process

According to Mr Didacus Okoth, the spokesperson of Ubos, application for the position is purely online with the recruitment exercise set to conclude by March 15.

“We are prepared because as we have already stated that it is going to be online recruitment, we already have the infrastructure in place to ensure people are ready to apply and the system can run in terms of selection,” Mr Okoth said, adding that Ubos will offer training to district officials who will be responsible for recruitment at the district level and will be able to select those who will have gone through the process.

After the recruitment exercise, Mr Okoth says successful applicants will be taken through training on how to use the census gadgets as the exercise will be strictly online.

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“After the selection, we shall have those who successfully went through, and trained. We shall have training at the national level, district level, and at sub-county level. Those who will be trained at the national level, will train those at district level, and then those will train the other ones at sub-counties on how to use the gadgets,” he said.

Mr Okoth said since the job recruitment exercise will be done online, they don’t expect any cases of bribery before cautioning the district leaders to be transparent and honest in the exercise.

He also noted that they are going to sensitize the community to avoid incidences during the recruitment exercise to ensure that the entire process is transparent.

“We understand that such incidents (bribes) will be there but we have urged the leaders at district level to try to be as honest as possible, we are also going to ensure that we sensitize the population,” he said.

Ubos is a semi-autonomous body which will be implementing the enumeration exercise of the National Population and Housing Census (NPHC) 2024 from May 10 to May 19 with May 9 as census night.

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Uganda last conducted the National Population and Housing Census was conducted in 2014. This will be the first census to use digital technology to collect and process data.

Mr Okoth emphasizes that the digital system will enable them to produce accurate and timely demographics social and economic statistics

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