Xavier Project is looking to recruit for the position of social business lead in our Uganda office. Xavier Project has two departments – Education and Enterprise.
The education team are ensuring that more refugee children access quality learning, delivered in environments that are safe and inclusive, and foster social, emotional and extra-curricular learning.
The Enterprise team are enabling refugees to contribute to their new societies through relevant skills and access to livelihoods opportunities.
Xavier Project is scaling implementation models in both these departments. Our implementation models rely on pioneering learning interventions and are run on the principle of community ownership.
The Enterprise Department implements a model called the Community Enterprise Cycle with refugees and local host communities.
It starts with the identification of a group of community members, under an informal or more formal structure, leading efforts in education and livelihoods to support their own communities.
As part of CEC Xavier Project has launched social business with refugees. Through this experience Xavier Project is immersed in value chains helping understand the multiple, but not unsurmountable barriers to doing business in refugee hosting areas.
In addition the social businesses will deepen understanding of market challenges and actively support market improvements, support skill building in relevant sectors, and take the capital and operational risk of testing new practices in emergency like settings so as to inform refugees who can then take the reins to scale livelihood solutions for greater self-reliance.
Xavier Project is exploring blended ownership models; controlling ownership in the start-up phase while looking at options for transition of ownership to communities in later years. Examples of these social businesses include a farm on the periphery of Rwamwanja Settlement and 3D printing business in Kakuma in Kenya.