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Head of Program Communications

Mastercard Foundation

This is a Full-time position in Uganda posted December 31, 2021.

Mastercard Foundation Carreer opportunities in Uganda Head of Program Communications Jobs opportunities in Uganda at Mastercard Foundation

# Job Description

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.


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, 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 Canada’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 communications professional looking to
increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, the role
will be responsible for developing Public Affairs and Communications program
strategies and driving the implementation of initiatives. This role leads the
implementation of communications best practices, builds communications
capacity within the program communications team for the Eastern and Southern
Africa docket. Elevates the Foundation’s reputation and brand and amplifies
the impact of the Foundation’s work.

The successful candidate will be based in any of these offices – Rwanda,
Ethiopia, Uganda or Kenya..


–>Develop strategic direction for the Eastern and Southern Africa communication portfolio and ensure effective implementation in support of program objectives.
–>Provide counsel and strategic advice to the Regional Country Directors.
–>Manage and develop the team and ensure the development and strengthening of innovative communications models and channels.
–>Manage multi stakeholder relationships and collaborate closely with key stakeholders to achieve strategic objectives.
–>Work closely across functions to develop findings and insights from regional partnerships and curate information that is consumed by decision-makers in Africa and globally.
–>Develop and implement a program communications strategy for Eastern and Southern Africa.
–>Develop specialized campaigns to ensure findings and insights are synthesized and shared with key decision makers including both internal and external stakeholders.
–>Craft campaigns and messages that are thoughtful and positioned to reach priority audiences including governments, private sector, other funders, and young people.
–>Support and guide senior team members and subject matter experts, positioning them as ambassadors for the Foundation at all forums; Work cross-functionally to prepare them with subject-matter expertise, key messaging, briefs and logistics/tech support to engage effectively at major events and with the media.
–>Improve the quality of communications through the development of new skills and tools and enable adoption of innovative communications methods with the goal of improving execution both within the Foundation and through partnerships.
–>Develop mechanisms, systems and tools that ensure messaging is consistent across all mediums, forums and countries.
–>Identify, extract and reformat key findings from the Impact team to be shared with a larger internal and external audiences.
–>Align key partnerships to the Foundation’s values and objectives.
–>Develop and manage budgets for the regional program communications portfolio.
–>Engage with key stakeholders including new partnerships and outreach, especially targeting women and young people.
–>Facilitate the engagement of leaders in relevant high-impact forums to advance thought leadership aligned with core programs.
–>Cultivate relationships with top journalists, bloggers, thought leaders, influencers and other media personnel to help shape the Foundation’s image in line with the country strategy.
–>Work with youth ambassadors and young people in the Foundation’s programs to elevate voices and views of young people
–>Build productive and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders i.e. Regional Directors, Program staff, Foundation leaders, and Country leaders.
–>Build and provide support to teams around effective internal and external communication to resolve issues / crisis as required.
–>Provide leadership, coaching, and development to the team using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis. Promote a culture of high performance and willingness to learn.


–>Master’s degree in Communications, Management and/or a related field is required.
–>At least 15-20 years of experience working in Africa for a global or regional organization in development, education or an NGO. Experience in senior management or engagement with government, private and the public sector are also valued.
–>Experience with health, secondary education, tertiary education, inclusion, building strong alumni networks, entrepreneurship valued.
–>Experience in managing, leading, and coaching a diverse team located in multiple locations.
–>Experience working with a senior team and providing counsel.
–>Able to build communications capacity at different levels of the organization and within partner organizations.
–>Experience working in Africa and with a range of Africa-led organizations.
–>Experience living/working in a global context will be helpful.
–>French language is required and the ability to navigate Francophone Africa.
–>Demonstrated ability to build a communications strategy, execute it, and achieve results to support the organization’s objectives. Able to point to a track record of results.
–>Savvy with building strategies for digital and social media, particularly mediums to reach young people and other targeted audiences.
–>Excellent communications skills both verbal and written with strong interpersonal and listening abilities.
–>A superior communicator who is progressive, highly creative and flexible. A compelling storyteller who is naturally curious.
–>Skilled in managing and mitigating risk.
–>Comfortable with ambiguity, receptive to new ideas, and willing to change when presented with best options.
–>Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with a “hands-on” approach. Has an appreciation for the importance of results and measurement.
–>A bias for results through collaboration and teamwork.
–>Ability to work effectively at all levels and receptive to feedback.
–>Willingness to engage in a consultative manner to shape and execute Program Communications, both within and external to the Foundation.
–>Innovative and entrepreneurial and able to formulate new or creative approaches to problems.
–>Inspires others on the team to do so as well.
–>Able to develop strong partnerships and networks that will advance the Foundation’s mission and reputation with decision-makers and diverse constituencies.
–>Ability to build strong relationships throughout the Foundation.
–>Passionate about the mission of the Foundation and is intrigued by the substance of the Foundation’s programs, the people behind the work and, most importantly, the people impacted by the work.
–>Results driven and motivated by a high sense of performance excellence and urgency.
–>Professional maturity, humility, and sensitivity to working within different cultures.
–>Impeccable integrity.
–>Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
–>Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
–>Demonstrate a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.

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