Level : F-5
Job ID : 142617
Job Network : Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain
Job Family : Facilities Management
Department/Office : United Nations Observer Group in India and Pakistan
Duty Station : ISLAMABAD
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 10/26/2020
Deadline : 11/9/2020

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Program Partner, MSME – Re-advertisement, Kampala, Uganda

Program Partner, MSME – Re-advertisement, Kampala, Uganda 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 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. If you are an experienced MSME professional ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on! THE OPPORTUNITY Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) play a critical role in employment and job creation in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the Young Africa Works strategy, the Foundation has committed to improving the quality and quantity of jobs in African countries to address youth unemployment. Working with MSMEs is vital to this mission. The Foundation pursues systemic approaches to diagnose and work on interventions to address the numerous constraints on the growth of MSMEs. The Program Partner, MSME will work with Program Leads and Partners to provide technical expertise in the development of programs and interventions, help partners build a shared understanding of key issues and opportunities related to growing MSME employment in the country, and contributes to the Foundation's learning agenda. Reporting to the Program Lead, MSME, the Program Partner will work collaboratively with colleagues within the country team to support a portfolio of existing programs and partnerships that promote financial inclusion, support MSMEs and the MSME ecosystem. They will interact effectively with program directors and managers of partner organizations to design, implement, monitor and review programs that involve enterprise development and growth, business development services, fintech solutions and incorporate appropriate MSME support services into the Foundation's programs in the country. WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE Identify challenges and opportunities facing MSMEs, particularly young entrepreneurs in the Agricultural, Construction/Housing, Tourism/Hospitality, Manufacturing as well as other emerging sectors that can be unlocked through skilling, business development services and financial systems to create work opportunities. Support the Foundation partners to strengthen their ability to support MSMEs and MSME support system in an effort to identify barriers and co-design solutions. Support review of current and upcoming partnerships to distil insights and promote quality of program implementation during design, implementation and the regular periodic review of their progress. Strengthen the integration and co-implementation of interventions that involve direct or indirect support to MSME growth and development in the Eco-system. Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in MSME sector, entrepreneurship growth and the role of MSME employment in Uganda. Build relationships with like minded organizations, communities of practice, and global stakeholders to expand knowledge and contribute to the dialogue on MSME. Closely work with sector leads, synthesize opportunities and constraints of MSMEs and provide technical guidance and support to address the challenges and leverage opportunities. Contribute to the effectiveness of the team through sharing knowledge and insights and by co-managing portfolios. WHO Preferably Master's degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business and Development Economics Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in business development support, financing and non-financial support to MSMEs or new enterprises is highly preferred. This should include experience in the private sector. Demonstrated experience in project design and management with focus on enterprise development and MSME support. Good understanding of MSME segments (from early stage startups to growth-stage SMEs) in Africa and the systemic challenges constraining their growth, with a particularly understanding of the Uganda context. Experience working on MSME support programs in Uganda and knowledge of Ugandan and East African social, economic, regulatory, business and political contexts. Strong ability to capture, synthesize and communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues, partners and the wider network of practitioners. Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with excellent prioritization and time management skills. Proactive, engaged, a self-starter, flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities. Ability to travel up to 40%. Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity with a commitment to Mastercard Foundation's values and vision Deadline for Applications is August 10, 2020 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. Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation's newsletter, please visit https://ift.tt/MgKfl0 Follow the Foundation on Twitter at @MastercardFdn


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