Mastercard Foundation Senior Program Manager - 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.

Reporting to the Country Representative, the Senior Program Manager, MSME will be responsible for a portfolio of existing Rural and Agricultural Finance programs and partnerships. They will work collaboratively with the program team and other Foundation staff.


Mastercard Foundation Senior Program Manager - MSME Jobs in Uganda


Responsibilities;


  • Identify challenges and opportunities in the agri-food system that can be unlocked through education, labour and financial systems, to drive job growth.
  • Provide agricultural sector expertise to support program managers and partners in the co-creation and management of agricultural and agri-finance programs to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labour systems in Africa.
  • Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the agricultural and agri-finance sector, including climate change.
  • Lead and supervise small teams of colleagues and/or junior experts by providing coaching and support necessary for success and growth.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


    Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Agricultural Economics and/or Financial Inclusion.
  • Ten (10) plus years of experience in financing agricultural companies and farmers is required. This experience could include project management and/or field experience working in developing countries.
  • Minimum of five (5) years leadership and management experience including managing staff and coaching, mentoring and providing
    feedback.
  • Experience working in commercial agricultural companies operational in Africa
  • Experience living and working in Africa.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the role of financial inclusion in economic growth and development, particularly in Africa, and as it relates to small holder farmers.
  • Understands market and systemic challenges to financial inclusion for rural and agricultural economics in Africa and best practices for addressing them, including M4P (Markets for the Poor) and facilitating market systems.
  • Experience and understanding in a variety of value chains (cash and food crops), the small businesses and SMEs along the value chain, and supply chain / logistics in the agri-food system.
  • Understanding of the role agri-food and rural SMEs can play in economic transformation and job creation for youth.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of agricultural markets in Africa and the systemic challenges leading to stagnant growth.
  • Possesses understanding and knowledge of current trends and innovations in agri-finance for value chains, agri SMEs, smallholder farmers and youth engaged in the agri-food system. 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.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills, the ability to think strategically and contribute as a thought partner in the Foundation’s strategy development
  • Demonstrates strong budgeting skills with the ability to manage a large portfolio of assets.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Demonstrates experience in translating technical advice into practical recommendations for program managers and implementers. Command of quantitative and qualitative business analytics.
  • Excellent program management skills that include programs implemented within multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Excellent presentation and listening skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable and have a comfort for ambiguity.
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Willing to travel up to 40% of the time.

    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 31st August 2019

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

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