Canadian Charity Jobs – Program Partner, MSME (Tourism) – Mastercard Foundation

Job Title:       Program Partner, MSME
Organisation: Mastercard Foundation
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in
Toronto, Canada with several offices in Africa. Our programs promote financial
inclusion and advance education and learning in Africa, primarily for young
people, and in Canada for Indigenous youth. The Foundation was established in
2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. From
inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from
Mastercard. Our policies, operations, and funding decisions are made by our
President and Board of Directors.
The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to
unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. Enabling young women
and men from disadvantaged communities to secure dignified and fulfilling work
will ensure inclusive development and economic growth in Africa.
Job Summary:  Reporting to the Country Representative,
Uganda, the Program Partner will work collaboratively with the Uganda Country
team, MSME Technical Expertise Group and other Foundation technical and
managerial staff to develop partnership pertinent to Young Africa Works (YAW)
in Uganda strategy and support the implementation of such programs. YAW in
Uganda is focusing on key priority sectors providing opportunities for young
people to secure dignified and fulfilling jobs: Agriculture, Tourism,
Construction/Housing, and other emerging sectors. They will interact
effectively with senior members of partner organizations to develop and design
programs to support MSME start-ups and growth; and incorporate the MSME
segment’s needs into the Foundation’s country strategy. They will also serve as
a member of the MSME Technical Expertise Group and support the development of country
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support and contribute to the ongoing definition
and development of Country Office strategies and expansion. This work could
include conducting due diligence of potential partners and projects, reviewing
project design and appropriate documentation, reporting and data collection as
well as budget reviews.
Identify challenges and opportunities facing
MSMEs, including those in the multiple growth sectors opportunity that can be
unlocked through education, labour and financial systems to drive job growth.
Manage current and future programs as
appropriate and distill learnings for Foundation staff.
Provide perspective and expertise on emerging
issues and trends in youth employment, MSME sector and entrepreneurship growth
in Africa.
Communicate progress and learnings from projects
to colleagues and the wider development community.
Build relationships with partner organizations,
communities of practice, and global stakeholders.
Serve as a local point of contact and
collaborator across a range of interested parties including partner
organizations, government officials, young people, and private sector leaders
on issues of common concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals
Represent the Foundation and collaborate with
key internal and external stakeholders.
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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant must hold a Master’s degree or
equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Development Economics and/or
Financial Inclusion.
At least seven years of experience in business
development, 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 of five (5) years 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, with a particularly understanding of the
Ugandan context.
Solid experience in the Tourism or
Construction/Housing sector.
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.
Experience living and working in Uganda is highly desirable.
Strong budgeting skills with the ability to
manage a portfolio of commitments
Strong ability to communicate progress and
learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
Excellent project management skills, including
multi-stakeholder projects.
Excellent presentation and listening skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to
be flexible and adaptable.
Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
Excellent prioritization and time management
Ability to work both independently and as part
of a team.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
in English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
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.
Ability to travel up to 20%
How to Apply:
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