Country Lead Program Communications Employment Opportunity – Mastercard Foundation

Organization: Mastercard
Foundation
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
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
communication specialist ready to build something new and increase your impact,
read on!
Job Summary: As
the Lead of Program Communications, you will work as an integral part of the
country team giving support to the Country Head and her/his team. Collaboration
with our partners’ communications point persons in order to ensure alignment in
all related communications, agency and brand management is an integral part of
the role. This position will have technical oversight from the Head of Program
Communications.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·       
Work
with the country program team to develop and strengthen innovative
communications models and channels, including the use of both traditional and
new, emerging methods, in order to engage in more impactful ways with and
within a range of constituencies.
·       
Develop
country program communications portfolio and ensure effective implementation in
support of program objectives. This includes effective deployment of social
media and other digital tools to reach a range of audiences. Work closely with
agencies and consultants.
·       
Contribute
to reputation and brand positioning for the portfolio. Work closely with
country colleagues and Head of Program Communications to frame findings and
insights from country programs into information that is consumed by decision-makers
in Africa. This also includes the engagement of the in country subject matter
experts in relevant and high-impact forums to advance the Foundation’s Young
Africa Works strategy.
·       
Cultivate
relationships with top journalists, bloggers, and other media influential in
the country. Work with youth ambassadors to elevate voices and views of young
people.
·       
Craft
messages and program communications strategies that are thoughtful and
positioned to reach priority audiences including governments, private sector,
other funders, and youth.
·       
Improve
the quality of communications through the development of new skills and tools
and enable adoption of innovative communications methods with the goal of
improving execution.
·       
Develop
and manage country budget for program communications portfolio.
·       
Align
with a culture of high performance, willingness to learn, perpetual curiosity,
and results orientation.
·       
Liaise
closely with Lead, Internal Communications, People & Culture and other
internal stakeholders & consultants to grow ‘Oneness’ in the Foundation.
·       
Develop
and implement internal communication strategies, plans and materials to
communicate the Mastercard Foundation’s messages, stories, strategies and
issues to employees and internal stakeholders.
·       
Build
and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
·       
Other
duties as required by business needs.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant
must hold a degree in Communications and/or a related field.
·       
You have
at least 7 years relevant experience in communications working in advertising,
news agencies, public relations, current affairs and in particular development
programs.
·       
Have a
strong network and can work easily with media.
·       
Have a
demonstrated ability to lead successful communications campaigns with a focus
on development and human stories using both mainstream and social media.
·       
A
compelling storyteller with demonstrated ability to frame compelling content
for various audiences.
·       
You have
demonstrated experience on brand positioning and management.
·       
Demonstrated
extensive and professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,
Instagram among others).
·       
Proven
and demonstrable capacity to develop a vast follower and friend base within the
social media.
·       
Direct
experience working with digital, print, radio and television journalists.
·       
Proven
ability to edit materials and review/adapt them to fast changing situations,
exercising and promoting creative thinking.
·       
A confident
communicator with excellent interpersonal, analytical, presentation and
editorial digital skills.
·       
Outstanding
social and intercultural skills and proven ability to multitask and work to
deadlines, sometimes under pressure.
·       
French
language and/or local language skills are an asset.
·       
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.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 3rd April 2020
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