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Uganda Virus Research Institute




UVRI has two categories of staff who go through different recruitment processes.

  • Government staff (civil servants)

Upon declaration of the vacancies by the Institute and confirmation of the availability of funds, the Public Service Ministry authorizes the filling of vacant posts. The Health Service Commission then advertises, interviews and appoints the most suitable candidates and directs the Institute to issue appointment letters in case of scientists. The most senior positions like Director, have to be endorsed by the President. The civil service positions are normally very limited due to the budgetary constraints.

  • In the case of common cadre staff for example Human Resource Officers, Accounts, Audit, Procurement to mention but a few, the Institute requests for their parent Ministries to  deploy where gaps exists.
  • Contract staff are majority employed by projects and partners.

Upon identification of the HR. needs, the project leaders working with the Human Resource and  the office of the Director advertises for the filling of this gaps internally or externally. Applications are received and interviews carried out by the Board constituted. The most suitable candidates are identified and offered one or two years contract with a probationary period of six months renewable subject to satisfactory individual performance and availability of funds. Normally, appointments are they offered for the Institute projects by the UNHRO Director General.

Careers at UVRI

  • UVRI actively engages in training. All departments and partners have a training component which includes on the job training, internship programmes and projects for undergraduates and post graduates to build future leaders. UVRI also has a training committee.
  • The internship programme is coordinated by a training committee of 16 members, headed by a chairperson. The UVRI programmes are represented on this committee. Under training at UVRI is the Makerere/UVRI Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme (MUII). The MUII aims to contribute to research capacity building by providing exposure to world class science for school leavers, undergraduates, Masters, PhD and post doctoral fellows. It also contributes to research through mentoring postdoctoral scientists to progress to positions of leadership.

Training opportunities under the capacity building programme include:

  • PhD and post doc
  • Masters
  • Short courses
  • Undergraduate internships
  • Opportunities for school leavers
  • Open day on science. Two such days have so far been held—2009 and 2013. We will strive to have more such opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at www.muii.org.ug

Other UVRI projects and partners such as the EDCTP funded EACCR-2, The Wellcome Trust funded ThriVe, the NIH funded H3A bionet and the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit offer training opportunities as well.

The UVRI continues to work with various education institutions to place their students for  internships. These institutions include:

  • Makerere University
  • Kyambogo University
  • Nkumba University
  • Uganda Christian University
  • Ndejje University
  • Kampala International University
  • Busitemba University
  • Nsamizi Training Institute
  • Muteesa I Royal University
  • Medicare Health Professionals College
  • Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)


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