4 Positions at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 16, 27 October 2020)

4 Positions at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 16, 27 October 2020)

4 Positions at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 16, 27 October 2020)

Finance partner at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 16 October 2020)

ABOUT MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board of Directors and CEO.

THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION

We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize our Young Africa Works strategy. Our role at the Mastercard Foundation is to be a catalyst. Our Young Africa Works strategy focuses on working with others to spur systemic change so young people have the opportunity to find work that is dignified and fulfilling.

The Foundation has opened offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, building a broader leadership presence in Africa to develop specific strategies that support youth employment.  Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for the work force, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and connect job seekers to dignified and fulfilling work.

We are ambitious and driven. Our values transcend and rise above everything else as our guide. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.

If you are a finance expert ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Finance & Accounting Lead, the Finance Partner will oversee all financial aspects of our program partnerships including due diligence, budgeting, controls, reporting and contracting. This is an opportunity to influence and support our growth across Africa in co-ordination with our hub in Toronto. The successful candidate will also be the primary Finance contact for the Country Program teams. As such, the individual must be highly motivated, innovative, and results-oriented, with strong listening skills and the ability to build effective working relationships.

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Manage the full cycle of Finance program partner contracts, i.e. Expression of Interest (EOI), proposal, contract approval, conduct due diligence, budget reviews, program execution and monitoring, and program completion.
  • Guide and train external program partners on all financial aspects of contract execution, including budgeting and reporting, due diligence, and Canadian regulatory requirements.
  • Provide financial expertise and advice internally to the Foundation’s Programs team on the development and implementation of comprehensive programming strategies.
  • Provide ad-hoc data and support for learning and evaluation activities, including analysis of program outputs and value-for-money.
  • Maintain accurate and timely financial documentation and data, and report on contract commitments, disbursements, and cash flow projections.
  • Monitor program spend against budget and provide analysis and recommendations on proposed changes.
  • Ensure there are adequate business controls with the programs to ensure the safeguarding of the Foundation’s assets
  • Accountable for compliance with local and international financial regulations and requirements, e.g. Canada Revenue Agency standards, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws, etc.
  • Travel within country and elsewhere as required 10%.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.

 WHO YOU ARE  

  • A relevant University Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, or related field. Finance/Accounting designation or in progress.
  • Minimum 5 – 7 years of progressive financial roles within large and/or global organizations. Previous work in the development sector an asset.
  • Strong analytical skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Results driven and self-disciplined, with a strong sense of team and common purpose to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Able to formulate and develop a new or creative approach to a problem
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, particularly Excel.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • You have a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.

Deadline for applications is October 16, 2020

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Foundation and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. We appreciate your interest and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Program Partner at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 27 October 2020)

ABOUT MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board of Directors and CEO.

THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION

We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize our Young Africa Works strategy. Our role at the Mastercard Foundation is to be a catalyst. Our Young Africa Works strategy focuses on working with others to spur systemic change so young people have the opportunity to find work that is dignified and fulfilling.

The Foundation has opened offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, building a broader leadership presence in Africa to develop specific strategies that support youth employment.  Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for the work force, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and connect job seekers to dignified and fulfilling work.

We are ambitious and driven. Our values transcend and rise above everything else as our guide. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.

If you have passion for the youth and are ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Program Partner will be the member of the Foundation country team and works collaboratively with team members to support the implementation of programs and their interlinkages. This individual will be expected to interact effectively with partner organizations to advance the current work of the Foundation.

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Work closely with cross functional team members (Finance, Impact and other functions) to deliver end to end Program Management oversite.
  • Lead program management throughout the program life cycle.
  • Define the program governance (controls).
  • Plan the overall program and monitoring the progress.
  • Manage the program’s budget.
  • Manage risks and issues and taking corrective measurements.
  • Manage stakeholders’ communication.
  • Manage the main program documentation thru the life cycle of the program.
  • Monitor for synthesize and share knowledge and learnings.
  • Overall, provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations regards the progress of the program deliverables for Foundation senior staff consideration.
  • Represent the Foundation and collaborate with key internal and external audiences as per Foundation guidelines.

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in the Development and Programs space.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Demonstrates experience in providing technical and other support to project managers and implementers for effective program delivery.
  • Excellent project management skills for multi-stakeholder projects including; monitoring, evaluation and report writing.
  • Excellent presentation and listening skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity.
  • Committed to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.

Deadline for Applications is October 27, 2020.

 The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks, and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Program Lead, Digital Economy at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 27 October 2020)

ABOUT MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board of Directors and CEO.

THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION

We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize our Young Africa Works strategy. Our role at the Mastercard Foundation is to be a catalyst. Our Young Africa Works strategy focuses on working with others to spur systemic change so young people have the opportunity to find work that is dignified and fulfilling.

The Foundation has opened offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, building a broader leadership presence in Africa to develop specific strategies that support youth employment.  Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for the work force, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and connect job seekers to dignified and fulfilling work.

We are ambitious and driven. Our values transcend and rise above everything else as our guide. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.

If you are an experienced digital technology expert ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Program Lead, Digital Economy will report to the Country Head. The Program Lead, Digital Economy will be responsible for a portfolio of Digitally focused and Digitally enabled partnerships focused on the Foundation’s Young Africa Works priorities and commitment to enable dignified and fulfilling work for young women and young people in general. She/he will provide expertise and interact effectively with senior levels of partner organizations and ecosystem stakeholders to advance the development and delivery of the Foundation’s country.

The job holder will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff, such as Program Country team members who are developing country strategies and other program team members in other technical areas (e.g. education finance, Youth , MSME, etc.) whilst contributing digital technology expertise on design and management of programs.

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Lead the origination and co-design of Digitally focused and Digitally enabled partnerships across all relevant economic sectors and value chains to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labor systems in Rwanda.
  • Engage with mandated institutions, private sector/industry stakeholders and young people to co-create opportunities linking/ enabling young people access to dignified and fulfilling work.
  • Diagnose and contribute expertise on digital enabling environment and policy to inform country strategy design, partnership development, and monitoring processes.
  • Work closely with various teams to leverage synergies across programs and across geographies.
  • Extract, capture and communicate details to elaborate progress and learnings from programs to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Represent the Foundation’s interest in programing governance activities, such as investment committees, advisory committees or other stakeholders to provide oversight or elevate and leverage learnings.
  • Working closely with implementation partners and beneficiaries to contribute towards systematic learning and reflection processes to enable for continuous adaptive management of the program.
  • Support and/or manage programs as appropriate, distilling learnings for use by country team as well as wider Foundation staff.
  • Assist in expanding the country team’s capacity relating to digital skills development and digital policy, by sharing learning, facilitating training and providing on the job support.
  • Support the design and delivery of appropriate mechanisms to monitor effectiveness and impact of skills development interventions through work with colleagues focusing on impact, monitoring and insights.
  • Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the Digital economy space relevant to the Young Africa Works strategy/goals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, key stakeholders and communities.

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in education, business, or a technology-related field.
  • Ten (10) plus years of experience working with the private and non-profit sectors, particularly in a role relating to digital technology and skills development in Africa.
  • Experience in a commercial function in at least one relevant digital technology industry focused on low income customers – e.g. product management, strategy, design.
  • Familiarity with relevant technologies and sectors with potential for emerging markets – software solutions, app or platform providers, venture capital, incubators, digital financial services providers, e-government, data analytics, etc.
  • Experience successfully procuring and managing consultants and technology vendors and suppliers to achieve goals.
  • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Command of quantitative and qualitative business analytics.
  • Experience working with the non-profit or public sectors, particularly in a role relating to digital technology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of African social, economic and political contexts.
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English required.
  • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word and Excel).
  • Knowledge of digital inclusion policy is an asset.
  • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

Deadline for Applications is October 27, 2020.

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks, and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Program Lead, MSME Finance at Mastercard Foundation: (Deadline 27 October 2020)

ABOUT MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board of Directors and CEO.

THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION

We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize our Young Africa Works strategy. Our role at the Mastercard Foundation is to be a catalyst. Our Young Africa Works strategy focuses on working with others to spur systemic change so young people have the opportunity to find work that is dignified and fulfilling.

The Foundation has opened offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, building a broader leadership presence in Africa to develop specific strategies that support youth employment.  Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for the work force, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and connect job seekers to dignified and fulfilling work.

We are ambitious and driven. Our values transcend and rise above everything else as our guide. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.

THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION – MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSMEs)

Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) play a critical role in employment and job creation in Sub-Saharan Africa. To address youth unemployment, the demand for labour will need to increase and it will need to increase within firms. In its new strategy, the Foundation has committed to efforts that improve the quality and quantity of jobs in African countries and working with MSMEs is vital to this mission. Constraints facing the growth of MSMEs fall under the following categories: investment climate, access to infrastructure, access to markets, access to finance, and training and skills. The Foundation will pursue systemic approaches to diagnose and work on several interventions that range from the firm to the bank to the policy level to address these constraints within target countries.

The MSME team supports the development of country strategies, provides technical support in the development of country-led programs, helps colleagues build a shared understanding of key issues and opportunities related to growing MSME employment in Africa, and contributes to the Foundation’s learning agenda.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Country Head, the Program Lead, MSME Finance will work collaboratively with MSME colleagues and other Foundation staff, such as Program country team members and Impact team colleagues. The Program Lead, MSME Finance will be responsible for a portfolio of access to finance and entrepreneurship support partnerships supporting micro, small and medium enterprises across all relevant economic sectors and focused on the Foundation’s Young Africa Works priorities and commitment to enable dignified and fulfilling work for young women and young people in general. She/he will provide expertise and interact effectively with senior levels of partner organizations and ecosystem stakeholders to advance the development and delivery of the Foundation’s country strategy.

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Lead the origination and design of entrepreneurship ecosystem support interventions (access to finance, BDS, market, etc.) that contribute to the co-creation and growth of MSMEs across all relevant economic sectors and value chains.
  • Engage with mandated institutions, private sector/industry stakeholders and young people to co-create opportunities linking/ enabling young people access to dignified and fulfilling work.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities facing MSMEs that can be unlocked through education, labour and financial systems to drive job growth.
  • Provide expertise on MSMEs to support Foundation colleagues’ design and management of programs to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labour systems in Africa.
  • Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the Financial Inclusion field, the MSME sector and entrepreneurship growth in Africa.
  • Manage current and future programs as appropriate; including programs in the rural and agricultural finance initiative and distill learnings for Foundation staff.
  • Lead and supervise small teams of colleagues and/or junior experts by providing coaching and support necessary for success and growth.
  • Communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Work closely with program and country teams to leverage synergies across programs and geographies.
  • Build relationships with partner organizations, communities of practice, and global stakeholders.
  • Represent the Foundation and collaborate with key internal and external audiences.
  • Participate in governance activities related to programs, such as investment committees, advisory committees or other stakeholders to provide oversight or elevate and leverage learnings.
  • Identify and overcome barriers to team effectiveness by sharing knowledge and learnings while offering insights and possible solutions to issues and/or program challenges.
  • Contribute insights to the Foundation’s thought leadership on youth employment in Africa.

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Development Economics and/or Financial Inclusion.
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience in financing and non-financial support to MSMEs or new enterprises is highly preferred. This should include commercial experience and project management in enterprise business development, investing in and/or financing MSMEs in developing countries.
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership and management experience including managing staff and coaching, mentoring and providing feedback.
  • Strong understanding of MSME segments (from early stage startups to growth-stage SMEs) in Africa and the systemic challenges constraining their growth. Understanding of the role MSMEs can play in economic transformation and job creation.
  • Experience with MFIs, banks or investment companies operational in Africa to finance SMEs.
  • Experience living and working in Africa; knowledge of African social, economic and political contexts would be an asset.
  • Possesses a strong understanding of the role of financial inclusion in economic growth and development in Africa. Understands systemic challenges to financial inclusion and best practices for addressing them.
  • Strong budgeting skills with the ability to manage a large portfolio of assets.
  • Strong ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Astute ability to provide expert technical advice to program managers and implementers.
  • Experience with global grant making, especially in designing market systems development programs. This experience may come from working in another funding organization, corporation or an NGO.
  • Command of quantitative and qualitative business analytics.
  • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Proficiency in English, written and oral is required. Ability to speak a local language is highly preferred.
  • Is willing to travel up to 40% of the time.
  • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

Deadline for Applications is October 27, 2020.

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks, and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY





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