Post-doctoral position, Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda

Role Description
Job Title: Post- Doctoral Researcher in Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Remuneration:£32,931.40 / UGX 162,380,903.20 Per Annum
£2,744.28 / UGX 13,531,741.93 Per Month
Category: Research
Type: Fixed term (27 months), June 2019 – September 2021

Job Purpose:
Undertake research relating to the ESRC / GCRF funded project “Skills acquisition and employability through volunteering by displaced youth in Uganda”.

Summary of Project:
This project investigates the capacity of volunteering to reduce inequalities experienced by displaced youths in Uganda and to build their skills and employability. The project will take an interdisciplinary, mixed method approach, and establish collaborative links with global South refugee NGOs, volunteers and leading global volunteering and development actors. Fieldwork will be conducted in four case study regions – Kampala and the refugee settlements of Bidibidi, Nakivale and Rwamwanja. Further information on the project is available at this link:

Responsible to: Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe, Senior Lecturer/Co- Investigator

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and implement research fieldwork in multiple field sites in Uganda including:
    o Assisting with the design of methodologies and research tools
    o Fieldwork oversight
    o Conducting, interviews, focus groups and other qualitative methods with key stakeholders and young refugees
    o Direct management of field teams
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis at an academic level.
  • Support the Co-Is and PI in communications and dissemination relating to the project
    o Help facilitate stakeholder engagement and project impact
    o Participate in academic conferences
    o Work with the project team to develop abstracts and academic publications
    NB: Specific duties will vary from time to time: the above list is intended to indicate the general nature of the post and is not exhaustive. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in supporting the Faculty by undertaking responsibilities which are commensurate with the grade.


Post will be based at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara City Campus, Mbarara, although travel nationally and internationally may be required.

Attendance Requirements:
The post is a full time position and requires attendance where necessary at the University’s city campus based on a working week of 37 hours.

Other Requirements:
Contact with your present or most recent employer will be made if you are offered the position. Please include details of these reference in your application.

Application procedure:
The application is to be submitted by email to by Friday June 7th2019, 5 pm EAT including:
1. A statement of purpose in English that addresses the candidate’s motivation and requirements for the position as described above

2. A curriculum vitae in English, including a list of publications

3. One academic writing example (e.g. published paper in an academic journal)

4. A letter from an academic referee supporting the application (1 page)

5. Copy of certification of University degrees (Scanned and merged in one document)
A preselection will be made on the basis of the files submitted. Selected candidates will be informed by mid July 2019. Unsuccessful candidates will not be informed and there will be no communication regarding the reasons for (non-)selection. There will be a second selection round that will include a presentation and an interview with the project team members.

For specific questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe:

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Post Doctoral Researcher in Social Sciences