Mastercard Foundation Lead - MSME Jobs in Uganda

Mastercard Foundation Lead - MSME Jobs in Uganda

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.

Values are timeless, they transcend and rise above all. They guide everything we do, as employees of the Foundation. We share a common vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. We make mistakes, we reflect, and we grow so that we can impact our world – it’s why we are here.

We are ambitious and driven. 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.


  • Identify challenges and opportunities facing MSMEs, including those in the Agricultural sector that can be unlocked through education, labour and financial systems to drive job growth.
  • Provide expertise on MSMEs to support Foundation colleagues’ design and management of programs to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labour systems in Africa.
  • Work closely with the MSME Technical Expertise Group Lead and other team members to achieve team goals.
  • Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the FI field, the MSME sector and entrepreneurship growth in Africa.
  • Manage current and future programs as appropriate; including programs in the rural and agricultural finance initiative and distill learnings for Foundation staff.
  • Lead and supervise small teams of colleagues and/or junior experts by providing coaching and support necessary for success and growth.
  • Communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Work closely with program and country teams to leverage synergies across programs and geographies.
  • Build relationships with partner organizations, communities of practice, and global stakeholders.
  • Represent the Foundation and collaborate with key internal and external audiences.
  • Participate in governance activities related to programs, such as investment committees, advisory committees or other stakeholders to provide oversight or elevate and leverage learnings.
  • 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.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Development Economics and/or Financial Inclusion.
  • Ten (10) plus years of experience in 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. 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.
  • Possesses a strong understanding of the role of financial inclusion in economic growth and development in Africa. Understands systemic challenges to financial inclusion and best practices for addressing them.
  • Strong budgeting skills with the ability to manage a large portfolio of assets.
  • Strong ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Astute ability to provide expert technical advice to program managers and implementers.
  • Experience with global grant making, especially in designing market systems development programs. This experience may come from working in another funding organization, corporation or an NGO.
  • Command of quantitative and qualitative business analytics.
  • 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 skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Is willing to travel up to 40% of the time.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 5th November, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; Mastercard Foundation Lead - MSME Jobs in Uganda

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