Program Partner, Secondary Education, At MasterCard Foundation


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 are currently in an exciting period at the Mastercard Foundation as we intensify the implementation of the Young Africa Works strategy, aiming to empower 30 million young people throughout Africa to access dignified and fulfilling employment.

To ensure the Foundation’s accessibility to our partners and program participants, we have established offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Uganda. These offices provide strong in-country support for the implementation of Young Africa Works. We collaborate with governments, the private sector, educators, and other funders to enhance the quality of education and vocational training, equip young individuals with the necessary skills for the workforce, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and facilitate connections between job seekers and meaningful employment opportunities.

Our values serve as our guiding principles, transcending and surpassing all other considerations. We wholeheartedly encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work.

If you are an experienced Program Partner looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Director, Secondary Education, the Program Partner will be responsible for supporting the Secondary Education team in the development and management of a portfolio of secondary education programming, focusing on strengthening education access, quality and inclusion.

The successful candidate will be based in any of our offices in Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, or Uganda).


  •  Support developing and managing secondary education programs across the education access, girls’ education, and Enabling Eco-Systems units.
  •  Support partner engagement and relationship management.
  •  Ensure timely updates of internal systems, trackers, calendars and reporting platforms.
  •  Liaise with cross-functional teams to support integrated program management.
  •  Contribute education expertise and advance the Foundation’s thought leadership in the education eco-system.
  •  Support the achievement of team milestones according to the work plan.
  •  Contribute to learning and identify opportunities to strengthen program design and delivery.
  •  Build relationships with relevant development partners and education stakeholders.
  •  Support the planning and facilitation of the Education Community of Practice.


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  •  Bachelor’s degree preferably in social science, education, or related field or a combination of relevant experience and education.
  •  Deep understanding of the education ecosystem on the continent, including key challenges, opportunities, and stakeholders.
  •  Program/grant management experience working within the NGO space in Africa preferred.
  •  Good understanding of program monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning.
  •  Experience managing consultants, vendors, and suppliers to achieve goals.
  •  Experience in policy implementation or analysis related to priority areas in the country roadmaps.
  •  Proficiency with MS 365.
  •  Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  •  A value-driven workstyle aligned with the foundation’s values of humility, listening, kindness & respect, co-creation, and impact.
  •  Good program/project management skills.
  •  Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents across cultures. Fluency in English and French is an asset.
  •  Flexible and adaptable, with excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing tasks.

Deadline for Applications is May 6, 202 4.

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July 2024