Country Head Employment Opportunity – Mastercard Foundation

Job Title:    Country Head

Organisation: 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Strategy & Vision

  • Establish and maintain a clear vision for Young Africa Works in Uganda, aligned with country priorities, relevant to market and economic realities encountered by young people, in particular young women, impacted by unemployment and under employment.
  • Develop and maintain a holistic country strategy, underpinned with strategic and intermediate priorities, within a structured roadmap that builds on integrated partnership model and promotes portfolio approaches.
  • Embed into the country strategy and roadmap a contextualized Impact construct to enable institutional, community and individual level shift that will address the root causes of unemployment and underemployment of young people, in particular young women.
  • Ensure an inclusive programing approaches that engage and invest in young people in remote rural areas, poor urban centers, and young refugees and their host communities.
  • Mobilize Learning and Research agenda to inform Young Africa Works in Uganda partnership strategies, generate evidence of programmatic impact, inform program adaptation and learning and promote internal and external learnings,
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create and nurture an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.

Delivery of Partnerships

  • Translate the country roadmap into a portfolio of partnerships through a robust co-creations process, leveraging the Foundations established processes and emerging partner collaboration platforms.
  • Lead implementation of Mastercard Foundations’ Young Africa Works partnerships, focused on support for implementation partners to deliver commitments under the country vision.
  • Provide targeted guidance and expertise to country teams to ensure the effective implementation of Young Africa Works partnerships to include, timely and transparent impact assessment, and tracking and utilization of learnings to inform programmatic design and adaptation.
  • Drive implementation activities in adherence to all Mastercard Foundation partnership management, quality standards and best practices, i.e., the Foundation’s Safeguarding Policies.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent reporting (narrative and empirical) for internal Foundation use as well as onward reporting to the Foundations Board.
  • Enable conditions for learning within and across Young Africa Works partnerships. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to challenges.

Influence and Representation

  • Deliver periodic written narratives to the Board of the Mastercard Foundation to represent the development and progress of Young Africa Works in Uganda
  • Represent Mastercard Foundation at external events and meetings to highlight the work of the Foundation and share the impact and outcomes of Young Africa Works and other Foundation programs.
  • Lead the outreach and representation to a variety of forums related to Young Africa Works to share the Foundation’s learnings.
  • Develop, enhance and steward a relationship with government, private sector, civil society, and donor type organization stakeholders.
  • Guide and support to deliver on a communications plan to disseminate Young Africa Works in Uganda learning through various forms of media and speaking engagements.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.

People Leadership

  • Sustain and build a work environment commensurate with the Foundations values and policies where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Build and maintain a cohesive cross functional team
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback via performance reviews.
  • Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for staff, partners with the Foundation’s People & Culture staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality learning, mentoring solutions.
  • Provide team members with information, tools, and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Provide overall leadership to a broad team of Mastercard Foundation staff based in Uganda ensuring synergy, sharing of best practices, availing resources and promoting oneness.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The Country Head must have at least fifteen (15) years of significant management experience at a senior level in global organizations with strong leadership experience in development and private sector environment.
  • Ten (10) years of exceptional leadership experience, building and managing high performing teams.
  • Proven experience in managing development/social impact programs within the private sector and managing public private partnerships to advance social impact.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including preparation and management of budgets, contracts, etc.
  • Senior level experience in Africa and with exposure to regional /multi country programing
  • Advanced expertise, gained by working in and with government of Uganda, in the development, political and social issues of the Country.
  • Solution based approach while demonstrating innovation, integrity, quality, creativity, flexibility and resilience.
  • Fluency in English language. Good knowledge of Swahili and local Ugandan languages is an asset.
  • Proven experience effectively engaging with high-level government officials, key partners, media, business leaders and other influential personalities.
  • Excellent strategic planning skills with the ability to merge technical and operational demands of the program into a cohesive structure.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to express facts and ideas in a clear, convincing and organized manner.
  • Demonstrated success at facilitating organizational change as well as building and managing high performing teams in a growing office with proven success.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Proven excellence in verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures and to distill complex information and data into accessible conversation and written pieces.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • Experience supporting technical capacity and skill development amongst diverse teams.
  • You have a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 7th July 2021


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