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AAU Gets New Country Director

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 15:24

ActionAid Uganda Board has finalised the recruitment process of the Country Director and have identified  Mr Xavier Ejoyi who shall take up office starting 17th September 2018. He shall replace Arthur Larok.

Mr. Xavier Ejoyi will be joining AA Uganda from the USAID, profile attached for your reading on the 17th September 2018. Xavier has over 17 years of development work experience at both national and international levels. His career straddles project cycle management, applied policy research, and civil society advocacy and social development with subject matter expertise in peace building, democratic governance, human rights and civilian control of armed forces. He has a keen interest in integrity, leadership development, human dignity and systems change management.

He is currently working as a Senior Conflict Specialist and Development Objective Coordinator within the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this position, he leads the design and management of USAID’s conflict mitigation and elections projects; provides thought leadership on strategy design; and undertakes periodic conflict assessments. Previously, he worked as a researcher and training coordinator with the pan-African think tank - Institute for Security Studies undertaking research, policy development and peacekeeping training support to intergovernmental organizations in Eastern Africa within its Nairobi office. Prior to this, he worked with the Human Rights and Good Governance Office of the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA) coordinating its peace building and conflict resolution programme in Uganda. In this position, among others, he led support to the Juba peace process between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group including supporting a sensitive implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. Xavier has also worked with the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network, leading policy research and advocacy on education and protection of children affected by armed conflict in northern Uganda, as well as with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative undertaking research on democratic policing in Uganda, East Africa and Commonwealth. Xavier started his career as a licensed teacher and Deputy Head teacher at Christ School Bundibugyo where he taught and provided psychosocial support to Children affected by armed conflict in Rwenzori region.  

Xavier has published a few articles and spoken at a number of regional and international conferences, including at the famous Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Kampala. In 2005, he was a joint Fellow of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.