Job Summary

Xavier Project is looking for an 'Operations Lead' to tweak, implement and scale our plans for a maize milling enterprise to benefit the livelihoods of local smallholder refugee farmers by improving access to market information and linkages, and with profits supporting farmer trainings and Xavier Project's work with refugee-led organisations.

  • Minimum Qualification: Unspecified
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description/Requirements

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 business starting in Rwamwanja, Kamwenge District, which aims to tackle market inefficiencies in the maize value-chain to support both Xavier Project's charitable 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 enterprise in Kamwenge and beyond. 

The successful candidate is expected to use their entrepreneurial skills to sustain and develop the 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. 

More information on this role can be found on Xavier Project's website. 

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: 

Applications will be received and reviewed through the Brightermonday portal .Click on 'Apply Now ' section to apply . 

The deadline for submitting the online form and sending your CV is midnight on the 14th May 2021. Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information about our work please visit


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