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Country Program, Impact Lead


  • Organization: Mastercard Foundation
  • Location: Lagos
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Managerial positions
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Closing Date: Closed


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 are currently in an exciting period at the Mastercard Foundation as we intensify the implementation of the Young Africa Works strategy, aiming to empower 30 million young people throughout Africa to access dignified and fulfilling employment.

To ensure the Foundation's accessibility to our partners and program participants, we have established offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Uganda. These offices provide strong in-country support for the implementation of Young Africa Works. We collaborate with governments, the private sector, educators, and other funders to enhance the quality of education and vocational training, equip young individuals with the necessary skills for the workforce, expand access to financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and facilitate connections between job seekers and meaningful employment opportunities.

Our values serve as our guiding principles, transcending and surpassing all other considerations. We wholeheartedly encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work.

If you are an experienced Social Impact professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Impact Head, West Africa, Anglophone, the Country Program, Impact Lead will oversee the Country Program's impact workflow. This includes providing technical guidance, implementing the Impact Strategy, and managing impact processes such as studies, monitoring, reporting, and reviews. You will also act as a liaison between the Program Team and Research & Learning Services, engaging them as needed for studies and supporting the Program Team in utilizing evaluative and research outputs.


  • Contributing to the development of guidance & standards for monitoring and evaluating progress towards impact
  • Facilitating and supporting design towards impact (including: Roadmap/Strategy Reviews & updates; KPI development for shared outcomes)
  • Informing strategy and design development (Country Roadmaps; Thematic Strategies; Pipeline prioritization etc.)
  • Contribute to the production of outcome & impact monitoring reports.
  • Reviewing program proposals, with a particular focus on ensuring that theories of change & change pathways are robust, coherent and evidence informed, and MEL plan alignment with the Foundation’s Shared Measures Framework and approaches.
  • Providing support to the PPM Focal and Program team in ensuring that Partners are conversant with the Foundation’s approach to Impact, Shared Measures Framework, and approaches.
  • Supporting the PPM Focal and Program team in co-design processes, guiding design towards Impact
  • Coordinating and supporting impact studies, including baselines, impact monitoring and strategic reviews/evaluations
  • Supporting the use of impact studies in decision making and adaptive management
  • Supporting Policy and Thought Leadership processes.
  • Guiding the design and delivery of partner-led evaluations.
  • Engaging Research & Learning on embedded research studies
  • Supporting the Impact Innovation & Impact Labs in the design and delivery of Youth Impact Associates Program
  • Supporting the design and delivery of Impact Grants & Partnership Programs as required
  • Actively participating in and contributing to Impact, Research & Learning Coordination meetings and events
  • Working closely with and providing oversight to the Impact Partnership Organization in-country work
  • Proactively reaching out to and supporting Impact Workstreams as requested
  • Contributing to ensuring productive working relationships with Program Teams, Program Operations and Planning and other Functional Units engaging in Country Program and Impact-related initiatives


  • Master’s level or bachelor’s degree in international development, measurement & evaluation or thematic areas or special areas of interest to the Foundation from a recognized university.
  • Relevant professional qualification(s) and membership in professional bodies and national networks/authorities.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience in a similar organization with three (3) years at supervisory level.
  • Experience working with the private and non-profit sectors, particularly in a role relating to National and Regional institutions in the relevant region and state and non-state actors in the field of Evaluation, Reviews, and Impact.
  • Experience in public policy, especially working with national institutions mandated to undertake planning, policy formulation and implementation.
  • Experience in research, evaluation, and learning, with demonstrated technical expertise in qualitative research methods, tool design, validation, and data analysis.
  • Experience navigating research protocols, review processes and management of big data with government and academic institutions.
  • Experience and familiarity leading the development of M&E policies nationally and supporting the implementation of same in national contexts, including experience in building the capacity of both state and non-state actors to function efficiently in the evaluation sector.
  • Experience applying various tech-enabled tools for data collection, analysis, reporting, and communication.
  • Experience in participatory approaches and demonstrated commitment to gender inclusion and youth engagement.
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and policy influencing. This includes experience working in community-based organizations, governance and related councils/commissions, regional and national government and the private sector.
  • Excellent familiarity with national and regional mandated institutions responsible for collecting, collating and analyzing data to measure and report on outcomes and impacts.
  • Excellent knowledge of local research and evaluation methods.
  • Excellent language, culture, and identity/affiliation with national people
  • Skills and competency to develop Measurable Outcomes and Impacts, as well as methods and tools for measuring the same within nationally mandated institutions.
  • Familiarity with systems thinking and a strong ability to develop and test theories of change and associated practice tools as they may be relevant and appropriate for Indigenous communities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.

Deadline for Applications is June 20, 2024.

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