Lead, Regional Programs Research

Mastercard Foundation

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Strategic and Programs Research, the Lead Regional Programs Research will lead knowledge development and research in the regional programs to further Young Africa Works and other Foundation’s program objectives.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

ABOUT 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.


THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION

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 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

If you are an experienced regional programs research professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Head of Strategic and Programs Research, the  Lead Regional Programs Research will lead knowledge development and research in the regional programs to further Young Africa Works and other Foundation’s program objectives. They will contribute to and lead the delivery of the five-year research and knowledge development agenda as it applies to regional programs and initiatives. They will also respond to immediate research questions, providing quality assurance for diagnostic, R&D and other research to enable programming across regions and programs.

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


WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Lead the design of research systems/processes/protocols for regional initiatives and programs to ensure high-quality research design, implementation, and analysis.
  • Collaborate with regional programs teams to identify and address research questions to enhance effectiveness of regional programs and partnerships and alignment to the YAW strategy.
  • Working with the team they will contribute to building a culture that encourages evidence-informed decision making.
  • Contribute to conducting, collating, commissioning and synthesizing research on regional and sub-regional contexts to support knowledge building and program co-design & review processes.
  • Working with the team, they will collaborate with Impact & S & L teams to co-develop research partnerships aligned with regional programming needs and knowledge development strategy; and
  • Working with the team they will develop and ensure quality control of internal & externally commissioned regional research outputs and content generated.
  • Contribute to developing the Research Strategy & build regional research agenda and knowledge expertise to address long-term strategic questions on global development and youth empowerment
  • Lead the engagement with local stakeholders and Regional and Functional teams to determine priority research needs
  • Provide access to best-in-class external research and knowledge for regional and sub-regional initiatives.
  • Working with the team will commission research projects and other knowledge products for Foundation’s thought leadership and to enhance the international development field.
  • Write and publish learnings on the Foundations programs to influence best practice internally and externally.
  • Disseminate relevant learnings and insights to internal and external audiences
  • Working with the team will develop strong global and in-region relationships with external research partners.
  • Lead research partnerships with the regional programs team on proposal development and review to provide technical input into proposals.
  • Working with the team, build and strengthen the capacity of others to deliver high quality research, analysis, publications and documentation.
  • Under the guidance of the Research Heads, act with team members as subject matter experts for Foundation regional research work.

 WHO YOU ARE

  • A Ph.D./Master’s/MBA in global development, the social sciences, education, public policy or another related field is an asset.
  • Leadership experience in education, the social sciences and humanities, development and/or public policy within non-profit organizations, international NGO’s and/or learning institutions.
  • Expertise in researching development, political, economic, cultural and social issues across Africa.
  • Understanding of research methodologies and approaches, especially in economic transformation/growth and development policy.
  • Expertise in the Agriculture and Digital Sectors will be an advantage.
  • Experience in effectively engaging with technical experts and institutions to build communities of practice.
  • Ability to plan for and prioritize multiple enterprise-wide initiatives with varying timelines.
  • Some success in building and managing high performing teams with proven success.
  • Strong research skills with the ability to translate findings to technical and non-technical teams.
  • Fluency in other languages relevant to the work; French would be desirable.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Curious and enthusiastic about pursuing new avenues of research. Open to the ideas of others and shares knowledge and insight from a place of humility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to a broad range of internal stakeholders including Foundation leadership.
  • Service mindset, and commitment to the value of co-creation, employing deep listening and authentically inclusive approach.
  • Energetic, independent and self-motivated individual with a solution-based approach while demonstrating innovation, integrity, quality, creativity, flexibility and resilience.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial individual.

Deadline for Applications is October 6, 2021.

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