Mastercard Foundation Jobs 2021

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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 Description

Job Title: Partner, Program Contracts and Compliance


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 contracting and compliance professional  looking to  increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the  Lead, Program Contracts and Compliance   and working closely with the Legal and Compliance, Finance, and Programs teams,  in the   Western, Central and Northern  African  region . You will work to   implement and  build capacity regarding  a broad range of high impact contracting and program compliance practices to the Foundation. They will support the operationalization of the Foundation’s funding mechanisms delivering best-in-class resourcing opportunities for the Foundation’s partnerships. They will also  deliver the  implementation of contract management and monitoring program s  to promote the highest levels of integrity and ethics and ensure the Foundation meets its  Canadian  regulatory requirements.    

The  Partner,  Program Contract s  and Compliance is a newly created position at the Foundation and comes at an exciting time of growth for the Foundation as it implements its new strategy, Young Africa Works. The Foundation is evolving to a new way of working to deliver on our Young Africa Works Strategy. This role will focus on implementing compliance programs across various  Canadian  regulatory areas  to support innovative and cutting-edge programming approaches .  

This role is open to candidates in any of our country offices in  Western, Central and Northern Africa   (Ghana,  Nigeria,  or  Senegal).  


  • Implement  standardization of contract management and monitoring processes for local partners to align with Canada Revenue Agency, local standards, Foundation policies and project requirements to enable achievement of organizational goals.  
  • Lead engagement with Finance  and Programs  to align programmatic realities with contractual and  Canadian  regulatory requirements.   
  • Support the operationalization of Foundation’s funding mechanism strategy in collaboration with appropriate departments, ensuring efficient and  effective program  implementation.   
  • Co-create  with internal stakeholders to  ensure funding mechanisms effectively facilitate program implementation  through the developments of processes and tools  to enable successful partnerships.  
  • Contribute to the  roll-out and implementation of  an  integrated compliance framework to build organizational capacity in support of the Foundation’s reputation  
  • Support  the continuous improvement of  contracting  processes and procedures   to  effectively manage risks associated with program non-compliance  
  • Inform and implement initiatives to  improve monitoring and program contracting activities.  
  • Proactively identify, analyze and respond to developments affecting program contracting and compliance  activities.
  • Support the d evelop ment  and  deliver y of  training  tools  and e-learning solutions that enhance employee contracting  knowledge and  capabilities.
  • Provide critical support and insight to the  development of systems and processes that support efficient and effective management of program contracting and funding.  
  • Build and maintain relationship of trust with both internal and external stakeholders.   
  • All o ther duties and obligations as may be required from time to time.  


  • University  d egree  preferably  in  I nternational  D evelopment,  A ccounting,  L aw or a related field .   Master’s degree is highly  preferred  and/or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience .  
  • Minimum  5+ years of progressive experience working with   charities   in  Livelihoods and/or  Education , contracting, and/or Canadian regulatory compliance .   Ideal experience from  Canadian  or large multi-lateral   agencies  preferred.  
  • Experience in developing and delivering a broad range of  training formats  including experience with e-Learning Platforms .  
  • Proven ability to effectively influence, build relationships and leverage   formal and informal organizational structure s .  
  • Ability to challenge appropriately and voice alternative perspectives and viewpoints.  
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion in dealing with  confidential   matters .  
  • A  champion of ethics and integrity.  
  • Ability to take initiative, “roll-up  your  sleeves” and bring creative new approaches and diverse solutions.  
  • Results driven;  m otivated by  performance excellence  and a sense of urgency.  
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties with constantly changing priorities.  
  • Possess excellent communication   (written & verbal) and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.  
  • Fluency in  English  is required. Ability to speak Fr ench  and/or local language  is highly preferred.  
  • Possesses  p rofessional 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.  

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