On Monday 17th September 2018, ActionAid Uganda welcomed a new Country Director Xavier Ejoyi.
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.
His first message to staff was exciting! ; ‘I am grateful for the work you are doing for this organisation. I am aware of the struggles this organisation is advancing in standing against inequality, poverty and injustices and empowering communities to change this situation for better!
In Uganda today, it takes a bold but committed person to work in such an environment and I am grateful to you staff for taking on this mantle, in all your different capacities, both at the Kampala office, in the Clusters and at the Local Rights Program offices. Your input is valued because you are playing an important role. It is on account of your commitment and impact that you are making that inspired me to join you! I count on your support to learn more about ActionAid.
I shall be asking a lot of questions so be patient with me. My door is always open, and everyone should feel free to say hello when we bump into each other.’ He said.
He has been 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.