Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based across four hubs in Kigali, Rwanda, Nairobi, Kenya, Accra, Ghana and Toronto, Canada. 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. We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Program Partner, Agriculture
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Understanding Agriculture Program Area at the Foundation:
- Agri-food and rural SMEs are often a critical link in the economic transformation of a country as they allow farmers to commercialize their activities and lift themselves out of subsistence farming.
- The majority of the population across Africa depend on the agricultural sector for livelihoods and employment and agri-food and rural SMEs can help to provide a route out of poverty for smallholder farmers and rural communities while spurring economic diversification, sustainable development, creation of jobs and trade.
- Agriculture subject matter experts are required to ensure that the Foundation leverages the great opportunity for youth employment that the agricultural sector offers and support the development of country strategies. They work to help colleagues build a shared understanding of key issues and opportunities related to inclusive agricultural economies in Africa and contributes to the Foundation’s learning agenda.
- Africa remains a continent where most people, and a large majority of disadvantaged people, live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. Under the Rural and Agricultural Finance (RAF) initiative, the Foundation has committed over $175 million in funding to programs that provide financial services to smallholder farmers, provides access to essential inputs, and strengthens their capability to apply tested farming practices to improve the productivity of their farms.
- The initiative supports MFIs, banks, agribusinesses, MNOs, investment funds, and technology companies to provide these services to farmers. As a learning institution, the Foundation continues to generate and disseminate evaluation analysis to guide its future programming under its new Young Africa Works strategy and to benefit the wider financial inclusion industry.
- Reporting to the Lead, the Program Partner, Agriculture will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff including Program country team members who are developing country strategies and Impact colleagues.
- The Partner, Agriculture may also be responsible for a portfolio of existing Agricultural Finance programs and partnerships to successfully achieve objectives and to draw out lessons learned.
- This individual will be expected to interact effectively with senior levels of partner organizations to advance the current work of the Foundation, while concurrently contributing to the Foundation’s country strategy development and new programs.
- The Program Partner, Agriculture will be expected to provide expertise to identify constraints that prevent agricultural systems from functioning effectively at the country level.
- This work includes identifying constraints that prevent young people from developing skills relevant for work in the sector and that prevent agribusinesses from accessing the finance, capacity and markets needed to grow; the development and design of programs in the agricultural sector and incorporating the agricultural sector’s needs into country strategies.
Ways You Can Contribute:
- Identify challenges and opportunities in the agricultural sector that can be unlocked through education, labour and financial systems, to drive job growth.
- Provide agricultural sector expertise to support Foundation country teams in the design and management of agricultural and agri-finance programs to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labour systems in Africa.
- Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the agricultural and agri-finance sector.
- Manage current programs, distilling and communicating learnings for Foundation staff and Country teams. Includes oversight of day-to-day activities of programs or processes, conducting field visits, and reviewing project budgets.
- Support Country Teams in the development or implementation of new programs, including co-creation of programs and due diligence of potential partners and projects.
- Work closely with the program and country teams to leverage synergies across programs and across geographies.
- Build relationships with partner organizations, communities of practice, and global stakeholders.
- Represent the Foundation and collaborate with key internal and external audiences.
- Identify and help overcome challenges and other barriers to team effectiveness.
- Contribute insights to the Foundation’s thought leadership on youth employment in Africa.
Who You Are
- Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Agricultural Economics and/or Financial Inclusion.
- Minimum 5 -7 years of relevant experience in managing agricultural financial inclusion programs. This experience could include project management and/or field experience working in developing countries.
- Experience with commercial agricultural companies operational in Africa.
- Experience living and working in Africa.
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of the role of financial inclusion in economic growth and development, particularly in Africa, and as it relates to smallholder farmers.
- Understands market and systemic challenges to financial inclusion for rural and agricultural economics in Africa and best practices for addressing them, including M4P (Markets for the Poor) and facilitating market systems.
- Experience with global grant making, especially in designing market systems development programs. This experience may come from working in another funding organization, corporation or an NGO.
- Understanding of the role agri-food and rural SMEs can play in economic transformation and job creation.
- Demonstrates strong analytical skills, the ability to think strategically and contribute as a thought partner in the Foundation’s strategy development.
- Experience and understanding in a variety of value chains (cash and food crops), the small businesses and SMEs along the value chain, and supply chain / logistics in agriculture.
- Possess understanding and knowledge of current trends and innovations in agri-finance for value chains, agri SMEs and smallholder farmers.
- Demonstrates the ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
- Fluency in English is required. Ability to speak any local language is highly preferred.
- Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects.
- Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
- Is willing to travel ~20% of the time when required.
- 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.
- You have a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Application Deadline: 30th April, 2021.