Office of the Director

NCDC Management is headed by the Director, who is assisted by Deputy Directors.
Dr. Grace K. Baguma
Dr. Grace K. BagumaDirector
Dr. Richard Irumba
Dr. Richard IrumbaDeputy Director Research, Consultancy and Library Services
Dr. Bernadette N. Karuhanga
Dr. Bernadette N. KaruhangaDeputy Director Curriculum,
Review & Instructional Materials Development

Functions of Director

  1. Spearhead the development and/or review of the Vision, Mission, Strategic plans, Budgets, and Procurement plans that shall guide the Centre in achieving objectives and functions as stipulated in the NCDC Act.
  2. Oversee the implementation of the strategic plan, Centre’s policies, rules and regulations, and improving business processes to ensure optimum performance.
  3. Steer implementation of annual work plans and corresponding budgets and ensure good governance and fiscal control.
  4. Ensure financial sustainability of the Centre through resource mobilization, carrying out internal and external audits, and preparing final accounts in line with Government of Uganda Accounting and regulatory frameworks.
  5. Establish and maintain collaborations and partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
  6. Advise and guide the Council on policy matters and keep the Council informed of the business of the Centre by preparing comprehensive quarterly and annual reports to Council.
  7. Oversee the development/review, and ensure operationalization and adherence to policies, procedures and plans for efficient operation of the Centre and optimum utilization of its resources.
  8. Create a supportive environment that fosters personal responsibility and commitment to Centre goals and values.
  9. Oversee the design and implementation of systems to monitor and evaluate Centre activities and initiatives, and provide strategic analysis on the Centre’s overall performance.


  • Plans, directs, oversees and coordinates the Human Resource and Administrative function at the Centre.
  • Coordinates the designing and implementation of effective regular reviews of Human Resource policies, procedures and programmes for harmonious working relationships.
  • Develops and coordinates employee induction and on the job- orientation courses aimed at providing employees with relevant information about their work and the Centre.
  • Conducts training needs assessments and prepares staff Training and Development programmes under the guidance of the Human Resource Manager.
Habiyaremye John
Habiyaremye JohnManager HR and Admin

Functions of Finance Department

  • Obtaining and handling any monies on behalf of the
  • The department controls the income and expenditure in
    addition to ensuring effective business running with
    minimum disruptions.
  • Handles the payroll, income and expenses.
  • Conducts cost-benefit analysis to improve key business
  • Keeps and manages all account records of NCDC.
  • Reconciles NCDC's financial registers to make suitable
    business decisions.
  • Bookkeeping and income statement preparations.
  • Manages statutory deductions from employees.
  • Filing requisite financial data to the auditors and Ministry
    of Finance.
  •  Plans and implements the NCDC's financial year budget.
  • conducts research and collects data to use in temporary and permanent financial forecasts.
  • Plans for acquiring, updating and maintaining the latest
    operations systems to improve efficiency.
CPA Kwiri Stephen
CPA Kwiri StephenManager, Finance

Functions of PDU

  • Manage and coordinate all procurement and disposal activities of the Ministry.
  • Act as a secretariat and support the functionality of the contracts committeee.
  • Act as representative and liaison of the PPDA.
  • Support the functioning and implement the decisions of the Procurement Authority.
  • Prepare tendering documents and advertise the tender opportunities
  • Providing  technical  guidance  to the Missions on procurement and disposal  matters
MCIPS Livingston Rugasira
MCIPS Livingston RugasiraHead, Procurement & Disposal Unit

Meaning of Internal Auditing


The Institute of Internal Auditors defines Internal Auditing as “an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations.

The internal audit activity helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Functions of Internal Audit

  • Verify the existence of assets and recommend proper safeguards for their protection;
  • Evaluate the adequacy of the system of internal controls;
  • Recommend improvements in controls;
  • Assess compliance with policies and procedures and sound business practices;
  • Assess compliance with laws and contractual obligations.
  • Review operations/programs to ascertain whether results are consistent with established objectives and whether the operations/programs are being carried out as planned;
  • Investigate reported occurrences mismanagement of resources.
  • Act as consultancy Unit of the Centre, etc.

Reporting structure of the Internal Audit function

The Internal Audit function has two reporting lines: to the Governing Council through the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee; administratively and to the Director/Accounting Officer.

However, in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 2015 (as amended), Internal Audit functionally also reports to the Sector Audit Committee and the Internal Auditor General (IAG).

CPA John Mary Kisembo
CPA John Mary KisemboChief Internal Auditor


To design and guide institutional strategic and capital investment planning; budget and mobilise resources for the implementation of interventions; as well as monitor, evaluate and advice on the achievement of results.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee development/review and effective implementation of the strategic plan, functions and mandate of the Centre.
  • Spearhead the implementation of the institutional M&E Framework and Plans, monitoring exercises and methodologies of baseline, mid-term, end-term and ex-post evaluations, coordinate reporting and dissemination.
  • Secretariat to the Centre’s Budget Committee and advise management on matters of planning, budgeting, capital investments, M&E and compliance to national economic development guidelines
  • Oversee the design and implementation of capital investment projects.
  • Spearhead and coordinate institutional resource mobilisation initiatives.


  • Developed and coordinated the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2015/16 – 2019/20. The National Planning Authority graded the implementation of the NCDC strategic plan at 76%.
  • Reviewed the strategic plan and developed a revised edition of the Plan for period 2020/21 – 2024/25. The Plan was certified and approved by the NPA.
  • Mobilized over UGX. 9 Billion For the development, printing and distribution of over 6 million copies of the Home-study and Abridged Curriculum materials during the Covid-19 school closure.
  • Actively participated in the 5-year planning, budgeting and resource mobilization for the implementation of the revised Lower Secondary Curriculum.
  • Coordinated the drafting of the NCDC retooling and infrastructural projects and development of the NCDC Infrastructure Master Plan. 

Situation of the Unit

  • The Unit is headed by the Senior Economist and consists of 4 Planners, namely, Planner – Planning & Budgeting, Planner – Monitoring and Evaluation, Planner – Resource Mobilization and Planner – Development Projects.
  • The Unit is part of the support services and reports to the Director and Accounting Officer.
Sansa Ambrose
Sansa AmbroseHead, Planning Unit (Senior Economist)

Directorate of Curriculum & Instructional Materials Development

Early Childhood Care & Education

Early childhood care and education describes the period of learning that takes place from birth to 8 years old. Early Childhood Education is a term that refers to educational programs and strategies geared toward children from birth to the age of eight. Early childhood education often focuses on guiding children to learn through play.

The Aims and Objectives of Early Childhood Care and Education

According to the “Education for National Integration and Development”, (Government White Paper on The Education Policy Review Commission Report – 1992), the aims and Objectives of pre-primary education are under listed:

  • To develop capabilities and healthy physical growth of the child through play/ activities.
  • To help the child develop good social habits as an individual and as a member of society.
  • To develop moral values in the child.
  • To receive work from the academic departments and evaluate make recommendations on how to improve it.
  • To enrich the child’s experience by developing imagination, self-reliance and thinking power.
  • To help the child towards appreciating his/her national cultural background and customs, and developing a feeling of love and care for other people and for Uganda and a sense of unity leading to a national stance.
  • To develop language and communication skills in the mother tongue.
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Deborah Magera
Deborah MageraManager, Early Childhood Care and Education

Directorate of Research, Consultancy & Library Services

Research, Evaluation and Consultancy

NCDC has a vibrant research and evaluation department whose strategic objective is to provide relevant and up-to-date information for curriculum Development. The department has continued to inform and guide the curriculum development process in this country. The Research and Evaluation department at NCDC is a cross cutting department that supports other academic departments in research and evaluation related activities. It consists of two units. The Research and evaluation and the library unit.

The responsibilities of the Research and Evaluation department include; conducting research and evaluation studies in curricula and educational programs; Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional materials and methods in educational institutions; training panel members in research methods and techniques; producing research reports for curriculum planning and management; disseminating information and findings to promote understanding and better practices of curriculum implementation; maintaining an efficient document unit and providing relevant and up-to-date information resources for curriculum development.

The department of recent has engaged in a number of activities including; dissemination of the findings on the Effectiveness of the Uganda Primary Four Curriculum in the four regions in Uganda; A study on assessing the implementation of the Subsidiary Mathematics and Subsidiary Information Technology Curricula at Advanced level.

The Library Unit

The Library is a Unit under the Research and Evaluation Department with an aim of providing relevant and up-to-date information for Curriculum development. It consists of the main library (reading space), the front/service desk, and the Librarian’s office which has the Reserve, Special collection, and the Reference sections.

It has a collection of about 7,700 books including syllabi for Pre-Primary and Primary, Secondary and BTVET levels; textbooks for different subjects (Curriculum development, Research, Human resource management, Economics, Physics, Biology, etc); UNEB Past papers; various Government publications; Newspaper dailies; local language Orthographies; and other reference materials. The Library subscribes to and is a member to the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) and this enables it have access to at least 32 Electronic Databases Other Library Services include: providing lending services to staff, Current Awareness Services, Reference Services, User education and Training, Issuance of the ISBN & ISSN to the Production unit, Selective Dissemination of Information, and assisting in the acquisition of Copyright for NCDC publications.


  • Controls, guides and implements the Centre’s research and consultancy programs
  • Coordinates the initiation, planning and development of a research and consultancy strategy for the organization that contributes to the overall development of the Centre’s strategic plan
  • Coordinates research and consultancy projects and monitor contract performance to ensure that they deliver timely and cost-effective results that enhance the effectiveness of the Centre’s service delivery.
Tweheyo Gregory
Tweheyo GregoryManager, Research Consultancy and Library Services