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Director, Entrepreneurship Development

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 Director, Entrepreneurship Development looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Executive Director, Pan African Programs, the role will be responsible for building the Entrepreneurship Development unit within Pan-African Programs, by designing the strategic direction, recruiting a team and overseeing a portfolio of multi-country programs that will accelerate the Foundation’s commitment to enable dignified and fulfilling work for young women and men. The role holder is responsible for translating strategies into specific operations and is accountable for overall entrepreneurship development programs within the Foundation which include access to markets, access to finance, and access to capacity & ecosystem building.

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

  • Drive Pan-African entrepreneurship development strategy and roadmap.
  • Providing strategic direction across the entire Pan-African portfolio and in relation to rest of the Foundation’s entrepreneurship programming, ensuring programming meets Foundation values and priorities.
  • Oversee Pan-African entrepreneurship programs delivery.
  • Ensure strategic cohesion, coordination of programming efforts, and knowledge sharing within the entrepreneurship thematic area while also collaborating with the Foundation’s Senior Advisors.
  • Manage risks related to the thematic area and propose respective mitigation plan for resolution.
  • Engage Pan-African entrepreneurship development stakeholders.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships with key partner institutions and peer funders, along with the relevant thematic advisors and directors, as well as Country Directors.
  • Facilitate sharing of expertise and lessons learned across theme teams both formally and informally, convening theme teams and expertise from rest of the organization as needed.
  • Cultivate relationships and facilitate engagements (e.g., roundtables, forums) with external thought leaders to advance the Foundation’s reputation as a thought-leader in this area.
  • Develop strong relationships with continental and global entrepreneurial communities that provide impact - oriented platforms for entrepreneurs in different sector portfolios to increase the participation and benefiting of African young entrepreneurs.
  • Serve as focal point for the Foundation in continental and global Entrepreneurship Development platforms that can scale and accelerate MCF’s programs.
  • Promote a culture of innovation and agility that facilitates the ideation of new programs.
  • Promote collaboration and information sharing within the thematic area both inside and outside of the organization.
  • Build a knowledge hub that can contribute to the continent’s knowledge on practical and fruitful entrepreneurship, which can be disseminated through various formats, e.g., website articles, videos, podcasts, seminars).
  • Build the Foundation’s presence at continental and global platforms designed for the advancement of entrepreneurship excellence including provision of support as judges, advisors, panelists during different entrepreneurship events across the continent.
  • Integrate the various programming across the Foundation linked to the Pan-African entrepreneurship development agenda.
  • Strengthen multi-faceted effort towards access to markets, capacity & ecosystem building, finance by outlining compelling and clear guidelines that will improve and enhance the interaction among teams driving these efforts.
  • Provide the linkages in programming at the country-level – mindful that this role is accountable to deliver programs that impact multiple countries and/or regions.
  • Interacting with counterparts from other program teams to ensure strategic cohesion; Keeping Executive Director apprised of entrepreneurship projects being incubated and sharing recommendations for new programs.
  • Model and reinforce the Foundation’s values in behaviors and interactions across the teams.
  • Coach direct reports across the team to support their productivity in the consistent excellent delivery of program KPIs.
  • A Masters and Professional qualification in a relevant field is required.
  • Ten (10+) years of experience of significant senior level experience driving strategy and program success with organizations across multiple countries in Africa.
  • Eight (8+) years leadership and management experience of which at least four was gained in a multi-country environment in Africa, with a preference for private sector experience.
  • Experience building large-scale initiatives across geographies and expertise at least one of the Pan-African Programs thematic areas (i.e. agriculture and climate, entrepreneurship development, digital economy, gender and safeguarding).
  • Deep knowledge on the continent’s employment, job creation, innovation landscape.
  • Proven track record of working with and mentoring successful entrepreneurship endeavors.
  • Experience in public policy within nonprofit organizations, international NGO’s and/or learning institutions is also helpful.
  • Proven experience effectively engaging with senior government officials, key partners, media, business leaders and other influential individuals.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Strong coordination and project management skills.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; demonstrated attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Exposure to systems thinking with an ability to understand and engage with stakeholders in different ecosystems and design programming that addresses root causes and critical needs.
  • Substantive knowledge of key issues and emerging trends and barriers in youth and work across Africa.
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills, proofreading skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Excellent multi-stakeholder management skills with senior Foundation colleagues and senior levels of external stakeholders.
  • Skilled communicator and influencer, from executive through to technical levels and external constituencies, know how to navigate ambiguous environments and are comfortable at managing up and beyond hierarchy.
  • Ability to build and directly manage small and agile teams of 2 – 4, but regularly engage with many more across the various thematic areas and countries.
  • Fosters a positive spirit of collaboration in a complex, and rapidly evolving environment
  • Results Orientation, innovative and entrepreneurial.
  • Progressive and creative thinker with innovative perspectives on entrepreneurship development across the various thematic areas.
  • 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.
Employment Type
Community Development
Job Location
Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria
Date posted
October 16, 2022
Valid through
October 25, 2022
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Offer ended on October 25, 2022

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