The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) will employ another 45 workers in the coming months as the development phase in the oil and gas industry starts taking shape.
Peter Muliisa, the company’s chief legal and corporate affairs officer says the massive recruitment will target Ugandans – in line with national content aspirations.
The company is encouraging qualified nationals working abroad to apply as well, because some roles are highly specialized including geology and geophysics jobs plus reservoir, drilling and production engineering careers.
“Oil and gas is a new industry here, hence some skills are difficult to find locally. Fortunately we have several highly skilled Ugandans working in the industry in places like Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom. In the past, we have convinced a number to return and work with us and we encourage more to join us as the development phase picks up,” says Muliisa.
UNOC recently advertised five vacancies – senior legal officer, legal officer (2), reservoir engineer, process engineer and procurement officer – but these positions had been vacant for a while and not related to the current developments in the industry.
The other joint venture partners – CNOOC Uganda and TotalEnergies – as well as the Tier1 contractors and subcontractors are hiring as well.
Meanwhile, UNOC is also inviting applicants for a welding scholarship at the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK), in “a bid to develop national wide expertise in the industry to enable more national participation”.
Established to manage the state’s commercial interests in the oil and gas industry, UNOC holds a 15 per cent participating interest in each of the upstream projects of Tilenga and Kingfisher. It also has a 15 per cent stake in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and up to 40 per cent shares in the refinery project.