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LISGIS recruits 29,829 applicants for census

By Kruah Thompson

Following the recent launch of nationwide recruitment for temporary census data collectors/enumerators for the 2022 National Population and Housing Census (NPHC), the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Service (LISGIS) releases preliminary list of 29,829 applicants.

“Out of the total number of applicants that applied, 9,908 are females and 19, 921 are males. Of these numbers, three (3) hold PhDs, 114 Master’s; 4,311 hold BScs, 1,841 post-secondary, and 23,560 are high school students, respectively”, LISGIS announces here.

The deputy director for information and coordination at LISGIS, Wilmot Smith, says recruitment for the 2022 National Population and Housing Census (NPHC) was conducted in close consultation with the 54th Liberian Legislature.

Mr. Smith explains that the Legislature was the one that set the date for the conduct of the 2022 census, so the statistics house is working closely with members of the House of Representatives to carry out the exercise.

He indicates that despite earlier standoff, they have ensured transparency of the process by vetting requirements and guidelines that were set for recruitment purposes.

He says applicants must be Liberian Citizens 18 years or above or be high school graduates with valid diplomats or WAEC/WASSCE certificates. 

“Most importantly, they must be comfortable with the use of electronic gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers in carrying out the survey.”

“These are guidelines all applicants must meet in other to be selected to work for (LISGIS) as temporary data census collectors or enumerators”, he adds.

Smith recalls that over a year ago LISGIS trained about 142 Librarians in geography mapping exercises, and these individuals were selected randomly from the total number of people that applied.

“Therefore, we went to give them the chance because they were trained on how to use these gadgets, and they also have experience in carrying out digital surveys for the (pilot census and geographical mapping.)”

He notes that out of the total number of applicants, a little over 268 persons have had hands-on experience and practical knowledge in conducting the pretest, which is the pilot phase of the 2022 general census.

 Describing the process as exhorting says LISGIS is proud to submit the provisional listing of over 24 thousand, one hundred and fifty-five names for training despite the huge turnout.

He discloses that the training will be held at 149 sites across the country.

“we’ve prepared 149 training centers for the 24,155 names that are on the provisional listing. “

Meanwhile, a total of 16,027 applicants were earmarked, but the Institute received 29, 829 applications, exceeding the target number.

Smith further details that out of this number, 13,800 are going to be trained as Enumerators while the remaining 2,760 as Supervisors, urging the public to keep updated via the link Editing by Jonathan Browne


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  1. Some of us where shortlisted but don’t know where will the training will be held in Monrovia

  2. Some of us have been short listed but don’t know when training with start and the venues for training

  3. When will the list of the temporary census data collectors/enumerators for the 2022 National Population and Housing Census be out?

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