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  • Posted on: 16 October, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • 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.  

    The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. Enabling young women and men from disadvantaged communities to secure dignified and fulfilling work will ensure inclusive development and economic growth in Africa.  

    Values are timeless, they transcend and rise above all. They guide everything we do, as employees of the Foundation.  We share a common vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. We make mistakes, we reflect, and we grow so that we can impact our world – it’s why we are here. We are ambitious and driven. 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. 

    Partner, Africa Payroll



    Reporting to the Controller, the Partner, Africa Payroll will be passionate about effective execution of payroll processes across the continent of Africa. This candidate requires extensive experience managing global payroll with proven capability to interact with all levels of employees across the Foundation to address complex data and pay transactions. This role will work independently and will work closely with Human Resources and be able to collaborate with internal and external partners on a day to day basis. 

    LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya or Accra, Ghana preferred


    • Develop, implement, coordinate and complete multi-country payroll processing, practices and programs. 
    • Responsible for the integrity and accuracy of payroll. Maintain compliance with the Foundation’s policies, government regulations, and local labor and tax reporting requirements. 
    • Process bi-monthly and monthly payroll for approximately 20-60 employees including shadow payroll for US and African employees. 
    • Build cross-functional relationships with Accounting, P&C and other departments within the organization. 
    • Manage and prepare the calculation of wages and deductions to ensure compliance with all applicable tax laws and legislation. 
    • Serve as the business owner of all international payroll providers in Africa and identify opportunities to leverage technology. 
    • Manage vendor relationships and ensure that systems and processes correctly compute and record time, earnings, deductions, taxes, etc. 
    • Develop and/or maintain documentation of all payroll controls and procedures; coordinate and manage the production of all audit deliverables relating to payroll and related systems. 
    • Implement controls as required to ensure consistent and robust compliance with all required accounting policies and controls. 
    • Ensure all payrollrelated accounts are timely and accurately reviewed and reconciled to ensure the integrity of the corporate financial records. 
    • Research and interpret government regulations affecting payroll procedures and educate the Controller as needed to ensure payroll is compliant. 
    • Ensure all payments, tax filings and government reports are completed accurately and on time. 
    • Develop and update payroll policy and procedures, contingency plans and process improvements by leveraging existing tools and processes. 
    • Liaise with accounting to ensure timely financial reporting and accruals.  
    • Review and reconcile payroll registers and benefit statements and prepare journal entries as required; identify risk areas and act to mitigate risk. 
    • Perform various payrollrelated activities to support the business such as audits, review of calculations and processing payments, as well as any additional tasks relating to payroll processing and reporting requirements. 
    • Partner with Human Resources in aligning and implementing changes and controls leading to best practice operations. 
    • Responsible for preparing payroll budget/forecast for African operations and partnering with Human Resources to maintain up to date headcount. 
    • Travel requirements of up to 20%.  


    • You have a minimum of seven (7) years of payroll experience for a global organization, handling multi country payrolls. 
    • Certified Payroll Professional certification is strongly preferred (CPP). 
    • Global Payroll Management Certificate preferred (GPMI). 
    • Knowledge of global mobility policies, practices and compensation. 
    • Experience processing shadow payroll would be an asset. 
    • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles and thorough knowledge of internal controls. 
    • Strong critical thinking, financial acumen and data organization skills.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to make timely, sound decisions and implement agreedupon solutions.
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrates good business judgment and takes initiative to drive results.
    • Able to maintain a high level of discretion and confidentiality at all levels.
    • Strong verbal and written communication and writing skills in English.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with a humble demeanor.
    • Professional maturity and is sensitive to working within different cultures.
    • Impeccable integrity.
    • You have the ability to work independently, and report to a manager that works in another country. 
    • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities. 
    • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures. 
    • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.  

    Program Lead, TVET



    Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a critical pathway to ensure young people acquire skills and competencies demanded by the labour market and make a successful transition to work or self-employment. High functioning TVET systems are a key component to achieve the targets set by the Young Africa Works Strategy.  To date, across multiple countries, the Foundation has supported TVET curricula development and instructor trainingIn addition, through our partners, we have provided institutional support for TVETs to engage with the private sector, develop work-based learning and deepen their administrative support, as well as provided workforce readiness training for out-of-school youth.  

    To support broader skills needs as identified in Country Strategies as part of the Young Africa Works, an Education and Skills Technical Expertise Group (TEG) has been established to build a shared understanding of key issues and opportunities related to skill development, secondary education, TVET and workforce readiness trainingThe TEG contributes to the Foundation’s country diagnostic and country programing process as well as impact and thought-leadership agenda 


    The Program Lead, TVET, will report to the HeadEducation and Skills on the Programs Team. The Lead will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff such as country team members; Impact and Finance team members as well as other team members in the Skills TEG or other technical teams (e.g. genderyouth engagement) 

    The Lead will provide thematic and programmatic expertise tsupport the design of TVET related priorities as part of Foundation strategiesIn addition, the Lead will assist in the design and implementation of portfolio of TVET focused partnerships and draw insights on key questions in the Foundation’s learning agenda. The successful applicant will also support the Foundation in developing perspectives regarding effective TVET policies and approaches in Africa that can contribute to thought leadership. 


    • Provide expertise in the Education and Skills Technical Expertise Group, with a particular focus on TVET, to support Foundation colleagues’ design and management of programs in priority countries  
    • Identify issues and trends that affect the quality of TVET, as part of the Foundation’s country strategy and program development processes. 
    • Lead oversight of consultancies focusing on scoping research, learning and program design. 
    • Lead the adaptation of the Foundation’programming and learning related to TVET to specific country contexts, leveraging country diagnostics and learning from our portfolio of partners. 
    • Identify and engage with potential implementing partners for country-based TVET programming and support the development of program proposals.
    • Support and/or manage current or future programs as appropriate, which may include facilitating implementing partner coordination, reviewing narrative and financial reporting, undertaking regular partner/site visits and distilling learnings for the country and TEG teams as well as wider Foundation staff. 
    • Assist in expanding the Foundation team’s capacity relating to TVET and training and development, by sharing learning and supporting country teams. 
    • Support the design and delivery of appropriate mechanisms to monitor effectiveness and impact of TVET interventions in close collaboration with the Impact team. 
    • Participate in TVET partner coordination working groups, task forces and other meetings where relevant 
    • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, government representatives and other key stakeholders at the country-level, communities of practice and global education stakeholders. 


    • Graduate degree in education, or a youth development-related field   
    • Minimum 10+ years of relevant experience leading program interventions with partner organizations/grantees; education sector experience is desirable.  
    • Minimum 5 years of leadership and management experience including managing staff and coaching, mentoring and providing feedback. 
    • Strong understanding of key issues, challenges and trends in TVET in Sub-Saharan Africa Experience working in an education-focused program or policy context in the non-profit or public sectors with a focus on TVET and workforce development training.  
    • Knowledge of, and experience designing and implementing, best practices in TVET  
    • Solid familiarity with the key organizations, development partners, donors, international organizations and other actors relevant to TVET in Africa. 
    • Knowledge of education policy and reform across multiple African contexts. 
    • Demonstrated ability to lead diagnostic and analytic work as well as project design, partner identification and implementation.  
    • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects with senior levels of government and the private sector. 
    • Experience living and/or working in a developing country, particularly on the African continent.  
    • Demonstrated written, presentation and spoken communication skills in English required 
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity 
    • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter. 
    • Excellent prioritization and time management skills. 
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
    • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks. 
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel). 
    • Fluency in French and/or another African language is an added advantage. 
    • Is willing to travel up to 20 – 30%.
    • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
    • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
    • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

    Project Coordinator, Facilities



    The Facilities team coordinates the physical work environment with the employees and the business of the Foundation, in the Canadian (Toronto) and African locations, thereby contributing to the success of the Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy.


    Reporting to the Manager, Security & Facilities, the Project Coordinator, Facilities will be a key member of the team responsible for creating inspiring spaces and innovative services that brings the Foundation’s culture and values to life. The role will focus on building new office spaces in Africa. The successful individual will thrive in a fast-paced environment supporting multiple projects simultaneously. They will need to be highly adaptive and possess the ability to see the ‘big picture’ while supporting several project streams. With an attention to detail, the successful individual will need to be highly effective with project management and possess superior communication and teamwork skills to foster strong relationships with Foundation staff and external contacts.


    • Provide administrative project support as it relates to new builds, leasehold improvements, relocations and renovations for all offices of the Foundation;
    • Liaise and coordinate inputs and outputs related to multiple project steams with both internal (Operations, Legal, Finance, HR, IT) and external stakeholders (Architects, Designers, Engineers, Contractors);
    • Support procurement processes for projects from an administrative perspective (e.g. tracking leases, responding to inquiries related to RFP)
    • Manage documents related to the project management process (e.g. filing approvals, drawing, quotes etc.);
    • Follow up on unresolved issues and ensure responses are obtained;
    • Communicate with stakeholders on facilities issues that may have an operational impact;
    • Manage service requests (e.g. freight elevator deliveries, after-hour access etc.)
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Degree or diploma in project management or facilities management or an equivalent combination of academic and practical experience.
    • Ability to travel 20% of the time as required.
    • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
    • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
    • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
    • Three (3) years of experience supporting projects related to facilities, corporate property services and/or construction project development and management.
    • Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to consistently and effectively produce high quality work.
    • Excellent technical skills in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Visio).
    • Ability to support projects to be on-time, on-budget, within specifications.
    • Ability to think creatively, bringing innovative solutions to the table.
    • Knowledge and understanding of planning/project estimation, understanding of construction documents, construction terminology and procedures are assets.

    Partner, Programs Finance



    The Finance team is a key partner to colleagues in Programs and Strategy & Learning in implementing and managing programs with implementing partners across Africa. Together with Legal & Compliance, Finance works collaboratively to execute and manage partner contracts, develop partner relationships, and meet regulatory requirements, through financial analysis, due diligence, and audit/compliance reviews.


    Reporting to the Lead, Programs Finance, the Partner, Programs Finance will oversee all financial aspects of our program partnerships in country, including due diligence, reporting and contracting. This is an opportunity to influence and support our growth across Africa in co-ordination with our head office in Toronto. The successful candidate will also be the primary Finance contact for the Program Leads in Kenya. As such, the individual must be highly motivated, innovative, and results-oriented, with strong listening skills and the ability to build effective working relationships.

    As the scope and scale of our work across Africa grows, the Finance team structure and processes will also change. The ability to be flexible and adaptable, and a willingness to support wherever needed, are critical to our joint success.


    • Manage the full cycle of program partner contracts, i.e. Expression of Interest (EOI), proposal, contract approval, program execution and monitoring, and program completion.
    • Guide and train external program partners on all financial aspects of contract execution, including budgeting and reporting, due diligence, and Canadian regulatory requirements.
    • Provide financial expertise and advice internally to the Foundation’s Programs team on the development and implementation of comprehensive programming strategies.
    • Provide ad-hoc data and support for learning and evaluation activities, including analysis of program outputs and value-for-money.
    • Maintain accurate and timely financial documentation and data, and report on contract commitments, disbursements, and cash flow projections.
    • Monitor program spend against budget, and provide analysis and recommendations on proposed changes.
    • Accountable for compliance with local and international financial regulations and requirements, e.g. Canada Revenue Agency standards, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws, etc.
    • Travel (within Kenya, across Africa and to Canada) 15-20%.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as required.


    • A CPA(K) or equivalent (e.g. UK ACA, South Africa CA, etc.), with a university degree in accounting, audit, finance or related field.
    • Minimum 4 years of progressive financial roles within large and/or global organizations. Previous work in the development sector an asset.
    • Exceptional business, analytical and project management skills, with a high level of attention to detail.
    • Excellent communicator, able to establish and maintain strong relations with diverse stakeholder groups.
    • Results driven and self-disciplined, with a strong sense of team and common purpose to achieve ambitious goals.
    • Flexible, intellectually curious and open, you are comfortable with ambiguity, receptive to new ideas and willing to learn and change.
    • Able to formulate and develop a new or creative approach to a problem and inspire others on the team to do so as well.
    • Proficient in MS Office applications, particularly Excel.
    • Fluency in English required; bilingual (French and English) preferred.
    • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
    • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
    • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
    • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

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