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Team Assistant, Human Capital Development

Africa

  • Organization: Mastercard Foundation
  • Location: Africa
  • Grade: Band B Upper - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Economics
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-16

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, 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.

UNDERSTANDING CANADA PROGRAMS AT THE FOUNDATION

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 Team Assistant looking to increase your impact, read on!

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Head, Human Capital Development (HCD), the team assistant will be responsible for administrative support to the HCD team.

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

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

  • Act as the HCD Team’s point of contact for any queries and answer internal and external calls promptly and politely.
  • Provide support in managing team calendar including prioritizing and resolving scheduling conflicts as required.
  • Coordinate logistics of project meetings and events including room bookings, catering, refreshments etc. Prepare meeting materials as appropriate.
  • Provide support in coordinating global travel arrangements including hotel bookings, ground/air transportation, travel itineraries and meeting briefs in advance of all trips.
  • Manage agenda, take, and disseminate minutes at team meetings. Create, maintain, and update the organization of files and records for teams.
  • Facilitate internal communication within the Human Development Capital Team.
  • Maintain organization of the database, shared network drives and SharePoint sites.
  • Build, liaise and sustain relationships with employees, external stakeholders, and general public on behalf of the HCD.

WHO YOU ARE

  • A College diploma is required; a degree will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 4-6 years of experience in an Administrative Assistant role in a fast-paced environment. Regional experience preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Office 365, and SharePoint).
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, exhibiting grace under pressure.
  • Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to produce high quality work consistently and effectively.
  • Excellent initiative and possess a "take charge" attitude and sense of ownership.
  • Strong communication skills in English; written and spoken, and ability to communicate in a local language required.

Deadline for Applications is August 16, 2022.

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