Program Contracts and Compliance Partner at Mastercard Foundation – Kigali, Rwanda(Deadline: July 30, 2022)

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Program Contracts and Compliance Partner at Mastercard Foundation – Kigali, Rwanda(Deadline: July 30, 2022)

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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,Ā especially young women, access quality education, financial services, and dignified work. Mastercard Foundation was established inĀ 2006Ā through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. The Foundation is independent with its own Board ofĀ Directors and CEO.


We have entered a very exciting time at the Foundation as we scale up our operations across Africa to realize ourĀ Young Africa WorksĀ strategy.Ā 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.Ā  Within a country, we work with governments, the private sector, educators, young people, 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.


The Foundation has begun working within Canada in partnership with Indigenous communities and post-secondary institutions to listen, learn, and best understand how we can act in meaningful ways. The EleV strategy was co-created with Indigenous communities, young people, and partners to enable 30,000 Indigenous youth to complete their education and transition to dignified work aligned with their values and aspirations.

As reflected in Canadaā€™s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, education is a key driver of improved socio-economic well-being. Through building partnerships with Indigenous communities, we look to expand our initiative ultimately helping to support a generation of transformative Indigenous young leaders who will be change agents within their communities.

We believe that by setting a bold target, we will encourage engagement across sectors and create momentum that will elevate the strengths and opportunities of Indigenous youth. In keeping with our approach, Indigenous communities and young people will be the drivers of this transformation. The program will promote innovations to address longer-term systemic change to achieve economic prosperity and social well-being within Indigenous communities.

The EleV team oversees current and emerging partnerships related to Indigenous education. Consistent with our overall vision and Youth Africa Works strategy, we will share learnings and opportunities to connect across the work of the Foundation. While operating in distinct contexts, the centrality of youth voice and vision, affirmation of culture and identity, and priority to enhance community capacity for self-determination are common threads upon which our work is strengthened and reinforced.

If you are an experienced Program Contracts and Compliance professional looking toĀ increase your impact, read on!


The Partner, Program Contracts 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.

Reporting to the Lead, Program Contracts and Compliance and working closely with the Legal and Compliance, Finance, and Programs teams, in Rwanda, the Partner, Program Contracts and Compliance will 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 Foundationā€™s funding mechanisms delivering best-in-class resourcing opportunities for the Foundationā€™s partnerships. They will also deliver the implementation of contract management and monitoring programs to promote the highest levels of integrity and ethics and ensure the Foundation meets its Canadian regulatory requirements.


  • 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 country-level engagement with Finance and Programs to align programmatic realities with contractual and Canadian regulatory requirements.
  • Support the operationalization of Foundationā€™s funding mechanism strategy in collaboration with appropriate departments, ensuring efficient and effective program implementation.
  • Support co-creation 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 creation and implementation of an integrated compliance framework to build organizational capacity in support of the Foundationā€™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 development and delivery 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 other duties and obligations as may be required from time to time.


  • University Degree in international development, finance, law or a related field preference for a graduate degree (Masters) and/or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • 5+ years of progressive experience working with charities in Livelihoods and/or Education, contracting, and/or regulatory compliance, strongly preferred. Similar experience with bilateral/multilateral agencies and international charities will also be considered.
  • 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 structures.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential matters.
  • A champion of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to take initiative, ā€œroll-up oneā€™s sleevesā€ and bring creative new approaches and diverse solutions.
  • Results driven; motivated by performance excellence and a sense of urgency.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team while effectively managing workloads and competing priorities.
  • Ability to articulate complex information in a simple manner to a variety of constituents across cultures and time zones.
  • Ability to challenge appropriately and voice alternative perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundationā€™s values.
  • Must be fluent in English; French fluency will be an asset.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundationā€™s values.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Mastercard Foundationā€™s values and vision.

Deadline for Applications is July 30, 2022.

Mastercard Foundation (theĀ ā€œFoundationā€) values and respects your privacy. ByĀ submitting an applicationĀ for this opportunity, you hereby agree to the Foundationā€™s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy (available atĀ Please note that the Foundation may share your personalĀ information with third-party agencies that support the Foundationā€™s recruitment activities, and suchĀ third-partyĀ agencies may contact you directly regarding this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Foundationā€™s Privacy Officer at the address indicated in its Privacy Policy.

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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