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UBOS advertises over 100,000 jobs ahead of national census

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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has advertised 132,943 jobs ahead of the National Population and Housing census due in May.

UBOS is currently seeking 114,460 census enumerators and 18,483 census enumeration supervisors in the online recruitment exercise ongoing until March 15.

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

According to UBOS, 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.

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

“The census results will provide bench-mark socio-demographic data at all administrative levels necessary for general administration and the planning process,” the job statement read

Mr Didacus Okoth, the spokesperson of UBOS, said already prepared for the recruitment exercise.

“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.

He explained that there will be training for 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.

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

“After the selection, we shall have those who successfully went through, 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 that 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.

Uganda last conducted the National Population and Housing Census in 2024.

This will be the first census to use digital technology to collect and process data.

According to UBOS, the digital system will enable them to produce accurate and timely demographics social and economic statistics

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