• Henderson Harper and Associates
  • Nagawa Lugya & Co. Advocates

 Application requirements can be found at www.shigroup.org/leapprogramme/howtoapply OR pick application forms from our offices or a Leap Programme application center near you. Complete the application form, and provide accompanying documentation and submit as follows;

 To our offices provided below

 Leap Programme application center

 Via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



LEAP Programme

Luminco Consulting

Lifelink Medical Center Building

Plot 24264 Old Kira Road, Ntinda, Kampala

Phone :  +256 39 2001281






Secure the job *

Ugx 450,000

Win the scholarship

Ugx 500,000

Win your fellowship or

Ugx 600,000








   *If taken separately module 1 is UGX 200,000, module 2 is UGX 150,000, while module 3 is UGX 200,000.



Despite students increasingly achieving top grades, many are struggling to secure employment after leaving college or university due to a lack of experience in the workplace. With the high focus on achieving top grades at school and college, and the lack of emphasis on soft skills and career advice, students are left ‘hopelessly unprepared’ for the world of work[1].

 Young people under the age of 30 account for more than 60% of East Africa’s population. Uganda in particular has almost 75% of its population under age 30. A 2014 study by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) across five East African Community countries showed that Uganda fared worst, with at least 63% of graduates lacking job market skills. This same study reported that in Tanzania 61% of graduates were poorly prepared for the job market, while in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, 55%, 52% and 51% of the graduates respectively were perceived to be incompetent/or unfit for jobs.

A quality education, and job competitiveness are key to securing good employment opportunities. While East African Universities provide a foundational academic grounding, studies have indicated a mismatch between school-acquired skills and the job market. Eseza Byakika of Coach Africa has previously said that Kenyan employees perform well at work compared to their Ugandan and Tanzanian counterparts attributing it to the gap in the curriculum at the university that does not prepare students for the employment world by including tips about personal development and work ethics. If university graduates acquire degrees and knowledge that have little practical application in Africa’s fast-changing labour force, then their investment of time will have been largely in vain.

Bridges et al (2013)[2] found that in Tanzania, the transition from school to work as well as between sectors of employment is difficult for young people. Many lack the means, skills, knowledge, or connections to translate their education into productive employment.


East Africa will increasingly become a target for multinational companies looking to escape the growing labour costs in Asia. The global interconnectedness also offers opportunities for young people to pursue opportunities outside of East Africa. However, without adequate preparation, soft skills, and tooling, these opportunities will remain out of the reach of most young East Africans.

 Apprenticeship and structured work experience as means to promote the school to work transition has grown over the last several decades to join the continued emphasis on school-based vocational programs for entry-level skills. Internships and apprenticeship have demonstrated impact on skills acquisition.[3] Therefore, access to soft skills training, fellowships, apprenticeships or internships is a great way to blend the early educational foundations. Additionally, future training in other settings or environments away from a home country, opens up opportunities for young people through additional skills acquisition, international exposure, and network building.

 Unfortunately, few East Africans win scholarships to get into educational institutions abroad, or to undertake fellowships or internships. There is a wide disparity in access to scholarships, fellowships and internships across East Africa, with difficulties accessing information, as well as low application and presentation skills likely explanations for these disparities. The table below shows access to different scholarships and fellowships by scholars around East Africa compared to other African countries.


 Scholarship and Fellowships







South Africa

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (2007-2017)







German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) [Inception to 2016][4]







Gates Cambridge scholarship [2000-2017]







Rhodes scholarships[5]







Fulbright Scholar Program (2010-2017)[6]






















 The LEAP Programme

The purpose of the LEAP Programme is to help young people and professionals brand and position themselves in a competitive global environment. The Programme has two packages: a) Secure your Job; b) Win your Fellowship/Scholarship/Internship.

  1. Secure your Job: This package has three modules that could be taken together or separately – Writing a competitive CV/resume; interview skills; and job readiness.
  2. Win your Fellowship/Scholarship/Internship: This package has two modules that are standalone – win your scholarship; and, win a fellowship or internship.


 [1] The Online Resource Bank (https://www.theorb.org.uk/blog/81/why-soft-skills-are-crucial-for-the-employment-of-young-people)

[2] Bridges et al 2013. Labour Market Entry and Earnings: Evidence from Tanzania Retrospective Data

[3] The World Bank 2007. The Role of Youth Skills Development in the Transition to Work:  A Global Review

[4] https://www.daad.de/der-daad/zahlen-und-fakten/en/29263-daad-country-statistics/

[5] https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/community/list-of-rhodes-scholars/

[6] https://www.cies.org/fulbright-scholars


Our Mission:

At Luminco, we are committed to maximizing the value and impact of our clients’ products and services NOW and in the FUTURE.


A safer, healthier, and economically vibrant Africa.

Mantra/Motto: Your future is here…


Luminco was founded by Dr. David Mukanga, former Gates global health fellow and former Executive Director of the African Field Epidemiology Network, and was incorporated in Kampala, Uganda in February 2015 as a consulting firm. Luminco Consulting is a social enterprise that is part of Science and Health Impact Group (SHI). SHI is a non-profit organization based in Kampala, Uganda. We serve as a catalyst for innovation in the young and budding health, healthcare, education, and agriculture sectors across Africa.

We have mobilized the right people, skills and technologies to help organizations maximize their potential, streamline their strategies, build robust teams, efficient work flow, and support systems to navigate change and produce client centric results. Luminco is committed to maximizing the value and impact of our clients’ products and services with excellence through innovative and flexible solutions.

Our Drive:

We are driven by the socio-economic context of Africa with:

  • A continent full of promise, wealth, and talent, looking out for catalytic support.
  • A budding private sector with a bubbling enterprenual spirit.

And yet,

  • Prevalent with suboptimal quality of goods and services with poorly understood market.
  • Public health goods are largely publically financed with suboptimal execution of policies and plans.
  • Inadequate social sector planning and prioritization.
  • Limited availability of financing for innovations.
  • A complex and fluid political economy.

Our Core Services:

1. Strengthening health systems, product/services testing and support:

  • Implementation research
  • Market introduction and implementation support/de-risking, demand, behavior and impact 

2. Strengthening institutional capacity, fundraising capabilities, and image

  • Organizational Development Executive coaching/advisory
  • Interlocutor between African NGOs and donors
  • Fundraising skills building

3.  Strategy and management consulting to healthcare and pharmaceuticals firms

  • Feasibility studies
  • Understanding market dynamics
  • Quality improvement

What is unique about Luminco?

  • Founder and team with experience setting up and running organizations, with broad experience across Africa with academia, governments, for-profit, and non-profit sectors.
  • Networks and deep knowledge of the African market, and its nuances.
  • Nimbleness.
  • Links to pool of talent across Africa, and in the diaspora personate about Africa and its people. 
  • Access to and understanding of donor and financing world. 

Our Key Clients:

  1. World Health Organisation
  2. Malaria Consortium



Contact us:

2nd Floor, LIFELink Medical Centre Building

Plot 579 Kira Road, Ntinda, Kampala

P.O.Box 24264 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: 0392-001281/0782-026973

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.shigroup.org

Kampala Office

Plot 579 Kiira Road , Ntinda, 24264 Kampala
+256 (772) 408-406
+256 (705) 408-406

Tororo Office

Plot 7 Jowett Road, Tororo, Uganda

The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) has led workforce development in field epidemiology and laboratory management in Nigeria since 2008. With support from the Global Health Security Initiative, NFELTP will in 2016 expand its malaria activities to support States’ malaria control programs.

The Malaria Acceleration project seeks to:

  1. Strengthen capacity for malaria control in all LGAs through training, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of case management practices.
  2. Strengthen capacity at LGAs to improve LLIN distribution, coverage and usage.
  3. Build capacity at LGAs on malaria interventions, surveillance and M&E.
  4. Strengthen malaria surveillance at LGAs through training, harmonizing malaria surveillance tools, and supportive supervision.

SHI was invited to a scoping mission to engage the state of Kano to discuss the implementation of the project and provide technical guidance to the NFELTP team in Abuja and Kanu.

We engaged in-country malaria stakeholders at national and state levels to understand the landscape of malaria programming with the view to ensure coordinated implementation of the project in line with country and state priorities and needs.


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Kampala Office

Plot 579 Kiira Road , Ntinda, 24264 Kampala
+256 (772) 408-406
+256 (705) 408-406

Tororo Office

Plot 7 Jowett Road, Tororo, Uganda

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