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Program Head WAEMU (UEMOA) Cluster

Publiée le 03.07.2022


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Poste proposé : Program Head WAEMU (UEMOA) Cluster


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.

Visit our Career Page at

If you are an experienced country program professional looking to increase your impact, read on!

Position open for one or more of WAEMU countries experienced candidates


Reporting to the WAEMU Cluster Director, the WAEMU Program Head will support the Cluster Director in the delivery on the Young Africa Works Roadmap locally, including the development of country programs, implementation work, reporting and stakeholder management.  The Program Head will deputize for the Cluster Director for internal and external situations


  • Scan the horizon for innovative approaches to support delivery of Young Africa Works roadmap; conceptualize translation opportunities in collaboration with Cluster program staff.
  • Manage the process for negotiating and formalizing new programs.
  • Coordinate review and follow up to letters of interest, concept notes, and proposals - provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations.
  • As a key advisor to the Cluster Director, contribute to the continued evolution of the Cluster Road map; organize annual/periodic reviews of the roadmap.
  • Lead implementation of assigned country programs portfolio, end-to-end, including: annual/periodic budget development and review, implementation work planning, execution of activities and all reporting requirements.
  • Monitor assigned Cluster programs portfolio through day-to-day coordination, analysis and review of qualitative /quantitative information, field visits and periodic and structured engagements with the implementing partner(s).
  • Lead annual/periodic review for assigned Cluster programs portfolio; capture and synthesize key learnings for cross sharing/dissemination.
  • Draft sections of key documents, reports, and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences, summarizing developments and lessons learned from country programs.
  • Support and ensure Cluster program team are providing technical and oversite support to partners on the ground.
  • Lead an effective knowledge management approach, which includes documenting the evolution of the roadmap and helping to surface and frame lessons learned for incorporation in future strategic choices.
  • Lead Team to deliver high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with stakeholders and partners. Including site visits, providing strategic thought partnership, joint planning, coordination and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Represent the Foundation to key program-related external stakeholders, in forums related to Foundation’s areas of work.
Profil recherché pour le poste : Program Head WAEMU (UEMOA) Cluster


  • Master’s/MBA in public sector work including education, public policy or another related field is required.
  • At least 15 years relevant experience in program management in varied portfolio, namely Agriculture, MSME, and related programs.
  • Minimum (7) years of experience at a senior level in a global organization with strong leadership experience.
  • Senior leadership experience, at least 7 years, building and managing high performing teams.
  • Experience and exposure to relevant country or regional program portfolios with clear understanding of the country’s development, political and social issues.
  • Experience applying design thinking approaches to programming and innovation.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including preparation and management of budget.
  • Ability to lead in at least one area of specialization relevant to the cluster strategy.
  • Ability to think and work in an integrated and holistic way, keeping the YAW strategy at the center.
  • Innovative and creative ways to approaching opportunities and challenges.
  • Ability to apply execution techniques including agile methodologies. Strong Project management skills that ensure the delivery of work.
  • Ability to effectively engage and manage relationships with senior external stakeholders, particularly implementing partners.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures. Local language skills are an asset.
  • Strategic thinker with perspective to apply analytical evaluations accurately to both simple and complex thinking to various projects.
  • Strong networking and collaborator.
  • Service orientation towards the cluster and its young people and for colleagues across the Foundation.
  • Ability to have nuanced conversations and facilitate disparate views towards shared outcomes in ambiguous situations.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • 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.

Mastercard Foundation (the “Foundation”) values and respects your privacy. By submitting an application for this opportunity, you hereby agree to the Foundation’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy (available at Please note that the Foundation may share your personal information with third-party agencies that support the Foundation’s recruitment activities, and such third-party agencies may contact you directly regarding this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Foundation’s Privacy Officer at the address indicated in its Privacy Policy.

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.

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Critères de l'annonce pour le poste : Program Head WAEMU (UEMOA) Cluster
Métier :
Management, direction générale
Secteur d´activité :
Services autres
Type de contrat :
Région :
Dakar - International
Niveau d'expérience :
Expérience > 10 ans
Niveau d'études :
Bac+5 et plus
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Nombre de poste(s) : 1

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