Mastercard Foundation – IT Project Management Office (PMO) Coordinator.

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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 IT PMO professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Head of Technology PMO, the IT PMO Coordinator will support the IT PMO team with the orchestration of resources, governance, information, and PMO program & portfolio requirements. This involves monitoring project plans, schedules, work hours, budgets, and expenditures, organizing and participating in stakeholder meetings, to ensure those project & program deadlines are met in a timely manner. This role will be required to enable multiple projects across the IT Portfolio supporting MCF on its Digital Transformation Journey.

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


Portfolio Coordination:

  • Maintains and monitors IT Portfolio project plans, project schedules, work hours, Organizing, attending and participating in stakeholder meetings,
  • Chairs and facilitates meetings where appropriate and distributes minutes to all project team members,
  • Documents and follows up on important actions and decisions from meetings,
  • Liaises with all IT Program Leads to ensure status reports are provided timeously,
  • Establishes project cadence and ensures adherence thereof,
  • Ensures projects adhere to frameworks and all documentation is maintained appropriately for each project,
  • Coordinates budget activities, tracks expenditure, processes invoices and payments,
  • Manages project risks and issues as they arise and collaborates with senior business roles as required to resolve them,
  • Provides administrative support to Program Leads and Head of IT PMO as required.

Document Management:

  • Managing and controlling project documents, such as form templates, meeting minutes, reports, plans and schedules,
  • Safeguarding version control to ensure project decisions are based on the most current information,
  • Administering the document management system to keep content organized and user friendly.

Communication and Reporting:

  • Distributing information to project teams and other stakeholders that are impacted by projects,
  • Prepares required presentation materials for meetings,
  • Oversees the establishment, creation and distribution of project-related reports including project status, resource availability and cost management,
  • Collects data, updates report and sends out communication to track and manage stakeholder information.

 Budget Management:  

  • Manage and execute P2P process for run and project spend for the IT PMO department,
  • IT PMO Department Budget and Cost Management Reporting.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Maintain and build relationships with Finance and Procurement to support the Financial Management and Contract Management processes, respectively.


  • Set governance standards, stage gates and artefacts to use across programs and projects based on the initiative classification,
  • Plan and execute project and program audits to ensure all governance alignment and PMO standard adherence to manage risk and responsible resource utilization,
  • Understand the different project methodologies and should be able to support and champion a preferred methodology on a project.


  • Relevant post-high school qualification is essential (preferably in IT or Project Management) and CAPM certification will be advantageous.
  • Agile related certifications will be advantageous.
  • A Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role, 8 years’ experience in the PMO space (Project administrator, project manager etc.).
  • Experience working as a Project Administrator / Coordinator or Scrum Master / Project Manager on projects with small teams.
  • Experience in project management and business analysis.
  • Experience in coordinating supporting financial management processes.
  • Experience using project management tools such as MS Project, Azure DevOps, Jira etc.
  • Appropriate project management and/or business analysis training/qualifications are preferred (PMP/PMIBOK, BCS/ISEB diploma, IIBA certification, etc.).
  • Experience using MS Office & DevOps.
  • Has good experience in Project Administration and Project Coordination.
  • Demonstrate excellent Business Writing Skill , Problem Solving and Analytical Skill.
  • Attention to Detail.
  • Has worked in and feels comfortable with international, virtual, multi-cultural, multi-disciplined, and high-performance working teams.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity.
  • Commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%.

Deadline for Applications is November 20, 2022.

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The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organization and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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