Mastercard Foundation – Enterprise Architect.

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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, 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 Enterprise Architect professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to Head Technology Business Partnership, the Enterprise Architect will play a critical role as an IT resource responsible for conducting business application reviews and documenting current systems. The role will address problems of systems integration, compatibility and multiple platforms, and is responsible for the technical correctness and completeness of the integrated systems design.

The Enterprise Architect will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of an organization’s IT networks and services. As an enterprise architect, you will be responsible for overseeing, improving and upgrading enterprise services, software and hardware.

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


  • Recommend new technologies and software applications to meet the company’s needs.
  • Recommend improvements to the organization’s existing software applications.
  • Continuous engagement and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to understand their needs.
  • Act as a technical resource during other projects as required.
  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of solutions design and related documentation.
  • In collaboration with development employees, responsible for the creation and implementation of the Foundation’s applications’ standards, practices, and procedures.
  • Research, recommend, and help to implement new software applications.
  • Review and discuss all technical solution designs from external vendors to ensure the needs of the Foundation are met.
  • Responsible for documenting current systems and creating the view of the enterprises system landscape.
  • Consider risk factors such as cyber hacking, breaches and business continuity to minimize exposure to the solutions and technologies across the enterprise.
  • Applies job knowledge to make disciplined decisions in a timely fashion.
  • Focus on solutions that are aligned for efficiency and re-usability across the enterprise.
  • Ability to make recommendations and decisions even when all the information is not known.
  • Ability to recommend creative and innovative technical solutions with standard and non-standard approaches and technologies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Engineering or related field is required.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in front end UI, backend DB, and both batch and real-time integration development technologies and practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of technologies to develop recommendations for updating, integrating and simplifying application solutions across the enterprise.
  • Advanced knowledge of Cloud-based architectures.
  • Advanced skill in creating and maintaining technical documentation.
  • Strong knowledge of market, industry and business fundamentals.
  • Assessing end-to-end business processes, procedures, and business rules in conjunction with business partners, designing new and mapping existing business processes through research, interviews, and facilitation sessions.
  • Experience driving adoption of new applications, processes, and revised functionality.
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex information and communicate key issues using presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) and visual techniques into highly enjoyable and easy to consume formats.
  • Understanding of the different application architectures.
  • In-depth understanding of cloud-based technologies and applications.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills, including the ability to deal with situations where information is difficult to obtain, complex or ambiguous
  • Is known to” think outside the box” and generate original solutions that lead to creative and resourceful ways to deal with different business problems and opportunities.
  • Are results-driven and motivated by a sense of performance excellence and a sense of urgency; possess a proactive and ‘self-starter’ mentality.
  • Ability to operate autonomously and with limited supervision.
  • Contributes to the planning of the overall organizational Application strategy.
  • 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, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.


Deadline for Applications is July 15, 2022.




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