War Child UK KATI Project Jobs – Chief Executive Officer

Organisation: War Child
Project Name: KATI
Duty Station: Uganda
About KATI Project:
KATI is an innovative youth-led
social enterprise that aims to reduce youth unemployment in northern Uganda,
stimulating a culture of transformative entrepreneurship. Building upon a
successful pilot project delivered in 2013/4 in partnership with War Child UK,
KATI will now be established as an independent, youth-owned organisation. KATI
provides a unique package of business training, mentoring and access to
competitive start-up loans for young people aged 17-30 years.
During the eighteen-month pilot,
KATI supported 20 young people to become successful entrepreneurs. The business
owners have become role models, supporting themselves and their families whilst
passing on their knowledge, supporting a further 89 young people through
informal training. The businesses are performing well, with 70% of the
entrepreneurs left with disposable income and 47% having diversified to
establish further businesses. KATI has also created further employment
opportunities, with 84% of the businesses employing at least one additional
youth. The initiative has caused a stir locally, as a refreshing and exciting
alternative to traditional livelihood programmes. KATI was chosen as a winner
of the Youth Employment Network Marketplace Award 2013.
War Child UK has successfully
secured funding to establish KATI as an independent organisation, taking this
innovative approach to scale and reaching many more aspiring young
entrepreneurs in northern Uganda. This is a central aspect of War Child UK’s
gradual scaling down of operations in Uganda, with assets and resources passed
to KATI to continue the impact of the programme into the future, positioning
young Ugandans as the leaders of their region’s economic regeneration.
Job Summary:  The KATI Chief Executive Officer will drive
its establishment and growth in northern Uganda’s first youth-led social
enterprise. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of social
entrepreneurship, the Ugandan economy and generating profit. He/she will be
able to demonstrate exceptional management and leadership skills and have the
passion to drive forward the development of this ambitious and innovative new
organisation, delivering direct, sustainable benefits for northern Uganda’s
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining KATI’s
    overall strategy and direction in support of its mission and vision.
  • Leading and directing the activities of KATI’s staff
    in the interests of young people in northern Uganda.
  • In charge of developing, maintaining and delivering
    KATI’s policies and operational framework for service delivery, finance,
    administration, legal compliance and human resources.
  • Managing and developing executive team members.
  • Works closely with the KATI board to ensure strong
  • Acting as a champion and inspirational leader for
    KATI, promoting the organisation and raising awareness of its work amongst
    the wider community.
  • Developing the technical and financial excellence of
    the KATI model to make it a profitable youth social venture within 3
  • Providing inspirational leadership for KATI, with the
    commitment, vision and drive to build the organisation and deliver
    tangible benefits for aspiring young entrepreneurs.
  • Representing KATI at the highest level, building and
    maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with a range of stakeholders
    including youth, the business community, Government, NGOs/CBOs, donors and
  • Actively promoting KATI’s reputation and profile as
    northern Uganda’s first youth-led social enterprise.
  • Working with the KATI Board, senior management team
    and colleagues at War Child UK to develop the organisation’s strategic
  • Taking ownership of the business plan, further
    developing it for effectiveness, sustainability and leading its delivery.
  • Responsible for developing and delivering a framework
    and processes to ensure accountability.
  • Supporting the Chief Financial Officer to deliver a
    finance strategy to which all staff adhere, encompassing resource
    allocation, cash flow and regular financial reporting to the Board.
  • Works in liaison with the Board, especially with the
    Chair, in support of good governance, maintaining a register of key
    decisions that are scheduled to be made.
  • Develop and implement risk management procedures.
  • Ensuring legal compliance of KATI
  • Plan and direct KATI’s activities through the
    executive team to fulfil the strategy and achieve agreed targets and
  • Line management of the KATI executive team (Chief
    Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer).
  • Leading and motivating all staff and volunteers,
    maintaining organisational morale.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a degree or equivalent in a
    development, management or business related subject. Possession of a
    Masters’ level or equivalent (Master of Business Administration, Masters
    in Social Entrepreneurship, Development Management or similar) is an added
  • The ideal candidate should have at least three years’
    experience in a senior management position within a profit making company,
    social business/entrepreneurship, NGO or CBO.
  • Past experience of youth entrepreneurship programming
    and microfinance.
  • Proven experience living and working in northern
    Uganda or a strong understanding of the northern Ugandan context and
    environment is also desired
  • Proven ability and experience of fundraising,
    securing external resources and support is desired.
  • Prior experience of running a social enterprise, ideally
    in Uganda or East Africa is an added advantage
  • Sound knowledge of business principles and financial
  • Proven leadership and management skills. Strong track
    record of developing and inspiring teams to achieve outstanding results.
  • Excellent project management skills and attention to
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and drive and the
    ability to lead by example.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
    English mandatory (written and spoken).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to
    build positive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Strong decision maker, proactive, willing and able to
    take the initiative.
  • Ability to effectively manage a diverse team and
    demonstrate a strong desire to achieve agreed personal and organisational
  • Possess exceptional organisational skills with the
    ability to plan ahead and manage priorities calmly to ensure continued
    progress and meet deadlines.
  • Show commitment to KATI’s aims, values and mission.
Age: Below 35 years
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to send a completed application
outlining how you meet the person specification to Martin
Holliday: martin@warchild.org.uk. 
NB: Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of 3
favourable written references (from your most recent employer, any other
previous employer and a character reference). In case clarification is required
post the receipt of complete reference forms, War Child UK reserves the right
to call the referees.
Deadline: Sunday 8th March, 2015 by 23:59
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