Program Partner, MSME Job Careers – Mastercard Foundation

Organization: Mastercard
Foundation
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program
Lead, MSME
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.
Job Summary:  The Program Partner, MSME will work with
Program Leads and Partners to provide technical expertise in the development of
programs and interventions, help partners build a shared understanding of key
issues and opportunities related to growing MSME employment in the country, and
contributes to the Foundation’s learning agenda.
Reporting to the
Program Lead, MSME, the Program Partner will work collaboratively with
colleagues within the country team to support a portfolio of existing programs
and partnerships that promote financial inclusion, support MSMEs and the MSME
ecosystem. They will interact effectively with program directors and managers
of partner organizations to design, implement, monitor and review programs that
involve enterprise development and growth, business development services,
fintech solutions and incorporate appropriate MSME support services into the
Foundation’s programs in the country.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Identify
challenges and opportunities facing MSMEs, particularly young entrepreneurs in
the Agricultural, Construction/Housing, Tourism/Hospitality, Manufacturing as
well as other emerging sectors that can be unlocked through skilling, business
development services and financial systems to create work opportunities.
·       
Support
the Foundation partners to strengthen their ability to support MSMEs and  MSME support system in an effort to identify
barriers and co-design solutions.
·       
Support
review of current and upcoming partnerships to distil insights and promote quality
of program implementation during design, implementation and the regular
periodic review of their progress.
·       
Strengthen
the integration and co-implementation of interventions that involve direct or
indirect support to MSME growth and development in the Eco-system.
·       
Provide
perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in MSME sector,
entrepreneurship growth and the role of MSME employment in Uganda.
·       
Build
relationships with like minded organizations, communities of practice, and
global stakeholders to expand knowledge and contribute to the dialogue on MSME.
·       
Closely
work with sector leads, synthesize opportunities and constraints of MSMEs and
provide technical guidance and support to address the challenges and leverage
opportunities.
·       
Contribute
to the effectiveness of the team through sharing knowledge and insights and by
co-managing portfolios.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The ideal
applicant must preferably hold a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in
Finance, Business and Development Economics
·       
Minimum
of seven (7) years of experience in business development support, financing and
non-financial support to MSMEs or new enterprises is highly preferred. This
should include experience in the private sector.
·       
Demonstrated
experience in project design and management with focus on enterprise
development and MSME support.
·       
Good
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 Uganda context.
·       
Experience
working on MSME support programs in Uganda and knowledge of Ugandan and East
African social, economic, regulatory, business and political contexts.
·       
Strong
ability to capture, synthesize and communicate progress and learnings from
projects to colleagues, partners and the wider network of practitioners.
·       
Possess
excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to
articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
·       
Ability
to work both independently and as part of a team with excellent prioritization
and time management skills.
·       
Proactive,
engaged, a self-starter, flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of
job duties and changing priorities.
·       
Ability
to travel up to 40%.
·       
Possess
professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable
integrity with a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision
How to Apply:
All candidates
should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 10th August 2020
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