Mastercard Foundation Hiring Analyst

Analyst, Access to Finance (6 months fixed term contract)

at Mastercard Foundation (View all jobs)

Nairobi, Kenya


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 Access to Finance professional looking to increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Regional Lead, Access to Finance, the Programme Analyst will provide professional support to the Access to Finance team. The primary roles of the Program Analyst are:

  • Programme Development, Implementation and Monitoring
  • Knowledge Management.

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


  • Conducting research, analyzing data, identifying trends, and preparing reports.
  • Assisting in the determination of program requirements and making recommendations.
  • Analyzing programs, policies, procedures, and systems and making recommendations to optimize these.
  • Make recommendations the team about planning, testing, and implementing new programs or systems.
  • Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of operations and programs.
  • Preparing and presenting reports and recommendations.
  • Organize and co-facilitate share fairs, workshops, and trainings.
  • Prepare management performance reports, key analysis, and trends reporting.
  • Carry out ecosystem research applicable in both the strategic and program development processes.
  • Follow up on specific tasks and ensure that there is visibility on tasks to be done by the team.
  • Supporting knowledge sharing initiatives within the Access to Finance COP.
  • Act as knowledge management focal point for the Access to Finance team.
  • Setting up web conferencing and other online collaborative workspaces as requested.
  • Maintain and update Access to Finance site on the intranet, including relevant material and documents.
  • Provide support to All IN team and other Foundation initiatives that involve sharing of ED team strategy.


  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Economics, or Economic Development or another relevant field is required.
  • Good knowledge of the financial inclusion sector for MSMEs, women, youth, and other marginalized groups.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Strong coordination and project management skills.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; demonstrated attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Exposure to systems thinking with an ability to understand and engage with stakeholders in different ecosystems.
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills, proofreading skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Experience in the development of digital financial services is an advantage.
  • One to five years professional experience in financial services in the private sector and demonstrated ability to apply those principles to financial inclusion in a creative, energetic, and non-traditional development approach.
  • Experience working with various types of financial institutions to enhance their ability to serve the underserved segments in Africa, including MSMEs will be an advantage.
  • Experience working on donor funded financial inclusion programs across multiple financial sub-sectors will be an advantage.
  • Experience working in a complex, fast moving environment, and dealing professionally with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and structure information.
  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of the review and feedback process.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under changing circumstances.
  • Critical thinker and problem solver with an agile mindset
  • Familiarity with Foundation processes and policies yet unafraid to innovate and redefine them.
  • Strong partnership mindset and able to align stakeholders across different roles toward common goals.
  • 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 March 24, 2023.

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