Role of volunteers?
The volunteers’ role is to beef up the internal capacity of NPA arising from a shortage in the substantively appointed staff and also stand in transition periods to facilitate work movement.
Objectives of Volunteership offered at NPA
- Enable Volunteers acquire the necessary skills and work ethics
- Prepare and orient volunteers towards developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become effective future employees
- Enable volunteers gain responsibility and develop abilities on critical thinking and problem solving and identify their strength and weaknesses
- Expose volunteers to formal and informal to formal and informal relations in NPA which underlie the development of favorable human relations and teamwork
- Enable volunteers learn the nature and operations of public organizations and professional conduct
- Relieve staffing pressure at NPA temporarily.
How to apply and be selected for volunteering:
- Throughout the year, the National Planning Authority receives unsolicited or walk in applications and CVs addressed to the Executive Director and received by the Front Desk / Reception to form a pool of applicants.
- Arising out of a departmental need shortlists are made and interviews are conducted and the best candidate(s) is/ are selected respectively.
- However at any one time the opportunities are very competitive and limited and the few arise out of need.
Terms of engagement for a volunteer;
- Volunteers undertake short renewal assignments of 6 months at a time.
- Hold a minimum of a relevant Honors Degree though a relevant Masters’ degree is of added advantage.
- For future openings volunteering positions the candidates are subjected to a competitive internal recruitment process for substantive contract employment.
- Volunteers receive a modest stipend allowance as facilitation and are provided with lunch
STUDENT INTERNS FROM UGANDA’S INSTITUTIONS
NPA’s definition of Interns:
Practical based training for student trainees in order to fulfill a requirement of their educational programs as required by the schools or institutions curricular. Normally students accomplishing their first degrees are admitted.
Objectives of internship offered at NPA
- Enable students acquire the necessary skills and work ethics
- Prepare and orient student interns towards developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become effective employees as one secures employment elsewhere
- Enable student interns gain responsibility and develop abilities on critical thinking and problem solving and identify their strength and weaknesses
- Expose student interns to formal and informal to formal and informal relations in NPA which underlie the development of favorable human relations and teamwork
- Enable student interns learn the nature and operations of public organizations and professional conduct
How to apply for student internship
- Between September and March each year applications with the University’s recommendation attached are addressed to the Executive Director and delivered to NPA Front Desk /Reception
- NPA admits interns between May and August each year for applications that flow in through the reception by March each year. The application must have a copy of an introductory from the training institution or university.
- Not everyone who applies gets an opportunity. Due to space and other resource constraints the Authority normally takes a maximum of 10 candidates for the period and those taken on must be destined to qualify in areas where NPA can offer real practical experience.
- Student interns’ training period does not exceed three months at a time and may be less in accordance with application requirement from the interns’ institution / university.
- Interns are not paid by the Institution and have to meet own costs except lunch is served at NPA.