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Partner- Program Planning and Monitoring


  • Organization: Mastercard Foundation
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
  • 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 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 Program Monitoring & Planning professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Lead, Program Monitoring & Planning, the role will be responsible for collating progress, monitoring data and insights from implementing Partners, as well as liaison for generating insights that have implications for learning and adaptive management by implementing partners and the Foundation. Works in collaboration with the Impact team at country and Enterprise levels, and with the Strategy and Planning function.


  • Contribute to the development of monitoring frameworks, indicators, and tools, including reviews of proposals, annual plans, and active participation in co-creation processes for new and existing partnerships.
  • Support, coach, and provide technical assistance to the Partner staff (where necessary) on participatory monitoring methodologies.
  • Undertake partner field learning/monitoring visits to deepen adoption and adaptation of shared measures and other practices to increase impacts at scale.
  • Supports the Partners and their stakeholder community of young women and men to adapt their M&E systems to the emerging shifts in Impact strategy and measurement at the Foundation level.
  • Collate, document, and share emerging key insights within and across partners especially from young women and men to improve or shift implementation at scale.
  • Work closely with the programs team and partner staff to learn and influence for effective delivery of the interventions and program strategy.
  • Trains and coach staff of the Foundation’s Partners and stakeholders on data collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of existing and newly generated data in evidence-based reporting.
  • Analyze Partner monitoring data to support effective progress reporting and decision-making at partner and within the foundation.
  • Support the implementing Partners to produce quality reports with significant change stories beyond KPIs.
  • Conduct planned and impromptu verification of project data for evidence-based reporting.
  • Keeping colleagues within the foundation informed of monitoring progress and emerging learnings from projects to partners within and beyond the Foundation.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in working with development and private sector initiatives, S/he must have experience leading and/or working directly in M&E functions of development projects, local and national government, with a specialty focus on monitoring.
  • In-depth knowledge of current issues in youth-focused challenges and perspectives particularly in work opportunities, the tech sector, agriculture, and medium and small-scale enterprises.
  • Excellent understanding of systems thinking with a strong ability to develop and test theories of change and associated practice tools as they may be relevant and appropriate for indigenous communities.
  • Hands-on experience in developing, updating, and delivering training on M&E systems.
  • Experience with introducing new ideas and methods to M&E systems, and in setting up computerized MIS.
  • Experience applying a range of tech-enabled tools for data collection, analysis, reporting, and communication.
  • Experience in participatory approaches and demonstrated commitment to gender inclusion and youth engagement.
  • Experience with data quality assessments of administrative, qualitative and quantitative data mixed methods.
  • Fluency in English and local languages, particularly in areas that are central to the Foundation’s operations.
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and change, and ability to adapt to changing priorities within a fast-paced work environment with a “roll up the sleeves” attitude.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Ability to interact across functional, organizational, and cultural lines and capable of working comfortably with all levels of individuals.

Deadline for Applications is December 06, 2022.

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Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

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