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Thank you for your interest in the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme. This brief provides information you may want to know about the scheme and how various institutions can participate. If you still need additional information, please email the UGVS secretariat at

What is the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme?

The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme (UGVS) aimed at providing young graduates access to work spaces to gain employability skills is an initiative supported by the Government of Uganda, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is the lead Government partner. It aims at creating 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 the society’s development challenges and a pathway to providing the youth with the soft skills required to be employable or create employment. Volunteers will be employed in various public and private institutions across the country. Volunteers will also be provided with a full-on job package that includes coaching, mentoring, connection to role models and be supported to access finance for their businesses.

How will the Scheme work?

In the pilot, the Scheme will support the development of labour market intermediation services including job matching, job placement, job readiness trainings among others. The Scheme will partner with institutions from public sector, private sector and civil society spread across the country. In the pilot, the scheme will prioritize institutions in the sectors of Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality, Finance and Banking, Information Technology, Energy and Minerals, Infrastructure Development including construction, Health and Education and Social Development sectors and will later expand to all other sectors depending on the demand.


The first cohort of graduate volunteers will be recruited from September to October 2018. The scheme will work with employers to assess their needs to ensure a best match. The volunteer opportunities will be advertised, all applications will be made on a centralized online system, with an interview and matching process led by a selection panel.


Volunteer placement will start in October and November 2018 following a preplacement training that covers life skills, workplace skills and career development skills. The graduate volunteers and supervisors will develop a work plan with measurable targets and a professional development plan. They will meet regularly throughout the placement to review progress, with ongoing program support. All graduate volunteers will engage in community service once a week in their communities working closely with the Community Development Officers and this will be captured as part of their performance. Placements will close with a graduation ceremony bringing together graduate volunteers and employers to review achievements and ensure learning is captured to strengthen the UGVS.

How institutions can participate

Organizations and enterprises interested in hosting volunteers can apply online as host institutions.
• UGVS will conduct due diligence to ensure the institution meets the required standard.
• The institution’s request for volunteers will be reviewed in line with the scheme’s target as well as requests from other interested institutions.

Role of host institutions

Host institutions will be expected to:
• Provide a workspace and work tools for the volunteer
• Provide a comprehensive induction for the volunteer
• Work with the volunteer to develop a work plan and a career development plan.
• Hold regular review meetings to assess the volunteer’s progress
• While the scheme will provide a volunteer stipend, we’ll expect host institutions to pay for any other pre-approved expenses incurred by the volunteer during execution of his/her duties.