UBOS extends deadline for census jobs shortlisting over complaints

UBOS starts recruitment of census enumerators as exercise goes digital

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has decided to extend the deadline for displaying shortlisted census enumerator and supervisor applications due to a significant number of complaints from applicants nationwide. The new deadline is now April 12th, 2024, two days beyond the initial cutoff of April 8th.

Chris Mukiza, UBOS Executive Director and census commissioner, stressed that this extension aims to rectify reported errors in the recruitment process and address evidence-based complaints effectively.

He urged district recruitment teams, particularly Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), to continue displaying shortlisted candidates until 5 pm on April 12th, 2024.

Mukiza outlined major grievances received, including the shortlisting of unqualified candidates, solicitation of money from applicants for interviews, and the existence of a fraudulent recruitment website named http://adhoc.ugcensus.infogov.sit.

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Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the Executive Director of UBOS.

Regarding the official application period, Mukiza clarified that it closed on March 22nd, 2024, and any other website requesting money should be reported to the police.

UBOS responds to the numerous queries with regard to recruitment of census enumerators and supervisors.

Another concern raised, though less widespread, involves discrimination against applicants based on their regional origins.

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Mukiza reiterated UBOS’s commitment to fair employment practices and pledged transparency throughout the recruitment process. The extension has necessitated adjustments to the census timetable, with enumerator interviews now scheduled to begin on April 15th, 2024.

Districts have been instructed to halt ongoing interview processes until complaints are reviewed. Mukiza emphasized that shortlisting does not guarantee qualification; final selection will be based on interview performance. Qualified candidates will be contacted through sub-county administration structures for interview arrangements.

The same web portal used for job applications will also facilitate the submission of complaints under the same usernames, with users following provided prompts accordingly.