Mastercard Foundation – Country Lead, Program Communications.

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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, 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 public affairs and communications professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Head of Program Communications Eastern and Southern Africa, the Country Lead – Program Communications Uganda, Kenya will work as an integral part of the country team giving public affairs and communications support to the Country Head and her/his team. He or she will engage key stakeholders and work in collaboration with the partners’ communications point persons to ensure alignment in all related communications.  Media, agency, and brand management is an integral part of the role. 


  • Develop and implement local communications strategies.
  • Full understanding of country context, to be able to navigate complex situations with key multi-level stakeholders, with appreciation of the nuances at local level.
  • Capacity of managing crisis communications, issues preparedness, and act as counsel/advisor for local teams and the Country Head.
  • This role goes way beyond communications – it is public affairs too. It encompasses full context, deep understanding and 360-degree critical thinking for problem solving around the Foundation brand and reputation.
  • Sound strategic thinking, problem solving, and solid implementation is key.
  • Develop country program communications portfolio and ensure effective implementation in support of program objectives.
  • Craft messages and program communications strategies that are thoughtful and positioned to reach priority audiences including governments, private sector, other funders, and youth.
  • Work with the country program team to develop and strengthen innovative communications models and channels.
  • Contribute to reputation and brand positioning for the portfolio.
  • Develop and implement internal communication strategies, plans and materials to communicate the Mastercard Foundation’s messages, stories, strategies and issues to employees and internal stakeholders.
  • Focus on impact storytelling to communicate the work of the Foundation.
  • Develop and manage country budget for program communications portfolio.
  • Improve the quality of communications through the development of new skills and tools and enable adoption of innovative communications methods with the goal of improving execution.
  • Align with a culture of high performance, willingness to learn, perpetual curiosity, and results orientation.
  • Build capability of partner communication point persons to ensure alignment with Foundation’s communication approach and messaging.
  • Cultivate relationships with top journalists, bloggers, and other stakeholders of national influence. Work with youth ambassadors to elevate the voices and views of young people.
  • Liaise closely with Lead, Internal Communications, People & Culture, and other internal stakeholders & consultants to grow ‘Oneness’ in the Foundation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Degree in Communications and/or a related field. Post graduate diploma/degree and professional qualification and added advantage.
  • At least 10 years relevant experience in communications working in advertising, news agencies, public relations, or current affairs.
  • Demonstrated experience on brand positioning and management.
  • Demonstrated extensive and professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram among others).
  • Direct experience working with digital, print, radio, and television journalists.
  • Demonstrated experience of crisis management and crisis communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in high level stakeholder engagement/management.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to lead successful communications campaigns with a focus on development and human-interest stories using both mainstream and social media.
  • A compelling storyteller with demonstrated ability to frame compelling content for various audiences.
  • Demonstrated extensive and professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram among others).
  • Proven ability to edit materials and review/adapt them to fast changing situations, exercising, and promoting creative thinking.
  • A confident communicator with excellent interpersonal, analytical, presentation and editorial digital skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, a strong network and can work easily with media.
  • Outstanding social and intercultural skills and proven ability to multitask and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure.
  • French language and/or local language skills required.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures.
  • Have integrity and exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • Committed to the Foundation’s mission and vision.


Deadline for Applications is November 19, 2021.




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