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For many of Uganda’s young graduates, the transition from school to work is encumbered by various obstacles. One of these obstacles is the lack of hands-on skills required by the labour market which Universities and other educational institutions are not able to provide. To address this obstacle and enhance the young graduates’ employability, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have partnered with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) on the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme (UGVS) - a project that is intended to provide a bridge for young Ugandan graduates as they transit from school to work.

Timeline :

UGVS will be piloted for 2 years 2018-2019

Goal :

To build capacity of national institutions, partners and key stakeholders to mainstream and create employment for youth

Stakeholders :

Graduate Youth National institutions, UN agencies, Private Sector, Civil Society, Tertiary Institutions


The main objective of the UGVS is to create employment avenues for young graduates while building the capacity of national institutions, private sector and other key partners to mainstream youth employment into their work places. The Scheme will utilize volunteerism as an avenue for youth’s contribution to societal development challenges and a pathway to providing the youth with the soft skills required to be employable or to create employment for themselves. Volunteers will be employed in various public and private institutions which are partnering with the Scheme. They will also be provided with a full-on job package that includes coaching, mentorship, role models to guide them along their career path even after the programme.
(i) develop the ideas into comprehensive business proposals,
(ii) strengthen their business skills through entrepreneurship training,
(iii) gain access to financing to start up or improve their businesses, and
(iv) acquire support with coaching and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs to help the volunteers from start up through to building their own successful enterprises.
The pilot phase of the programme will run for two years from 2018 to the end of 2019.

Key Partner :

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

Budget :

Total Budget- $3,826,517
Funded - $1,500,000
Unfunded - $2,326,517

Target beneficiaries :

• Ugandan graduates 18-35 years
• 500 graduates annually
• Diploma/ TVET graduates (30%), Bachelor’s (60%) & Masters (10%)
• Up to 4 years after school
• 50-50 male-female
• 10% graduates with disabilities
• Inclusive for all regions of Uganda

Sustainable Development Goals:


UGVS supports efforts to achieve SDG 8

Project Outputs :

  1. 1. Establish a National Graduate Volunteer Scheme, managed and sustained as a government programme specializing in youth employment and volunteerism
  2. 2. Support the review of the youth employment and volunteerism policy and legal framework
  3. 3. Increase youth engagement through volunteerism to address the country’s development challenges.
  4. 4. Volunteers’ employability enhanced through skills development and support to innovative business ideas.

Sectors of Placement :

    Volunteers will be placed in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, District Local Governments’, Private Sector entities, Non-Government Organisations as well as the United Nations system across the key sectors below:
    1. Agriculture
    2. Finance and Banking
    3. Tourism and hospitality
    4. Information Communication and Technology
    5. Infrastructure Development including construction
    6. Energy and Minerals
    7. Health
    8. Education
    9. Social Development

Placement Road Map :