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Chief Operating Officer - Xavier Project's Agricultural Enterprise

Published on 05.04.2021


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Position : Chief Operating Officer - Xavier Project's Agricultural Enterprise

Xavier Project is looking to recruit for the position of 'Operations Lead' to be based in Kampala. We are currently setting the foundation for a maize milling and aggregation social enterprise starting in Rwamwanja, Kamwenge District. This aims to tackle market inefficiencies in the maize value-chain to support both Xavier Project's non-profit activities whilst maximising benefits to local smallholder farmers. We have raised the capital needed to launch the first phase of the social enterprise. Now we are seeking an especially experienced, skilled and visionary individual to creatively utilise our resources and connections already attained and lead on the development and scaling of this social enterprise in Kamwenge and beyond.

The successful candidate is expected to use their entrepreneurial skills to sustain and develop the social enterprise in alignment with Xavier Project’s vision to help refugee’s lead fulfilled and dignified lives. The candidate shall be supported by Xavier Project staff, but will work fairly independently. The candidate will run the first phase of the business which is already fully funded, and investors are looking to the long-term. The investors are keen for someone with initiative to help present plans on how best to develop and scale-out the profit and non-profit elements of the social enterprise, with guidance from Xavier Project staff and partner organisations. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone full of ideas on how to address inefficiencies within the Ugandan agricultural sector and generate profits which can be reinvested into activities to support smallholder farmers and refugee-led organisations.

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Essential Requirements: 

  • Tertiary education in a relevant field
  • Highly entrepreneurial with proven experience of leading on business development, preferably in the agricultural/environment sector
  • Strong interpersonal skills and empathy, particularly with regards to working with vulnerable people including refugees 
  • Proven experience in financial management  
  • Strong skills in monitoring, evaluation and accountability 
  • Experience in value-chain analysis 
  • Experience in design thinking, high creativity and ability to be proactive in developing strategic plans and partnerships
  • Ability to work in a team and demonstrates strong leadership skills 
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English language
  • Willingness to regularly travel within Uganda

Desired Features:

  • Access to a wide range of contacts to support the existing enterprise’s development 
  • A strong understanding of the challenges faced by smallholder farmers, refugees and other marginalised communities in East Africa
  • A strong understanding of organic agricultural principles and the risks associated with the industrialization of agriculture on ecological and cultural diversity 
  • Experience in the application of tech to agricultural value-chains and how this can benefit smallholder farmers, as well as related risks 
  • A good understanding of key trends in the refugee and/or development situation in East Africa, and the meaning of localisation in development 
  • Fieldwork experience in challenging contexts
  • Experience working with a diverse team of people from different backgrounds

How To Apply: 

The deadline for submitting the online form and sending your CV is midnight on the 25th April 2021. Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Xavier Project is an equal opportunity employer and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, colour, origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. This is a secure form and your application will only be read by Xavier Project's selection panel for this position and the Xavier Project Human Resources department.

Job criteria for job ad : Chief Operating Officer - Xavier Project's Agricultural Enterprise
Job category :
Industries :
Agriculture, fishing, aquaculture
Distribution, selling, wholesale
Social, public and human services
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Permanent contract
Region :
City : Kampala
Experience level :
5 to 10 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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