Finance Lead, Regional Programs at Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance.


The Finance team is a key partner to colleagues in Programs and Impact, implementing programs and managing our strategic partnerships across Africa. Together with Legal & Compliance, Finance works collaboratively to execute and manage partner contracts, develop partner relationships, and meet regulatory requirements, through financial analysis, due diligence, and audit/compliance reviews.


Reporting to the Head of Finance and Accounting, Africa the Finance Lead will oversee all financial aspects of our program partnerships in country, including due diligence, budgeting, controls, reporting and contracting. This is an opportunity to provide leadership and financial stewardship to regional programs to ensure that the necessary financial infrastructure and systems are in place to deliver the foundation’s strategy. As such, the individual must be highly motivated, innovative, and results-oriented, with strong listening skills and the ability to build effective working relationships.

As the scope and scale of our work across Africa grows, the Finance team structure and processes will also change. The ability to be flexible and adaptable, and a willingness to support wherever needed, are critical to our joint success.


  • Partner with the Programs team in the development and delivery of the programs through the full end to end cycle of programming, i.e. Expression of Interest (EOI), proposal, contract approval, conduct due diligence, budget reviews, program execution and monitoring, and program completion;
  • Provide financial information to Regional Directors to support decisions aligned to the Foundations regional strategy;
  • Provide analysis on the overall financial health of programs to the Regional Director and collaborate across regional teams and with country programs on corrective actions and support plans;
  • Guide and train external program partners on all financial aspects of contract execution, including budgeting and reporting, due diligence, and Canadian regulatory requirements;
  • Provide financial expertise, insights and advice to the Foundation’s Programs team on the development and implementation of comprehensive programming strategies;
  • Prepare ad-hoc data and support for learning and evaluation activities, including analysis of program outputs and value-for-money;
  • Maintain accurate and timely financial documentation and data, and report on contract commitments, disbursements, and cash flow projections;
  • Monitor program spend against budget and provide analysis and recommendations on proposed changes;
  • Ensure there are adequate business internal controls with the programs for safeguarding of the Foundation’s assets;
  • Responsible for compliance with local and international financial regulations and requirements, e.g. Canada Revenue Agency standards, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws, etc.;
  • Travel within Kenya, across Africa and to Canada approximately 15-20% annually;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.


  • A relevant university degree and accounting qualification.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive financial roles within large and/or global organizations.
  • Strong analytical skills, commercial acumen with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Experience in risk identification, mitigation and management.
  • Excellent communicator, (excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills) with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures,
  • Results driven and self-disciplined, with a strong sense of team and common purpose to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Flexible, proactive, adaptable, intellectually curious, and open, you are comfortable with ambiguity, receptive to new ideas and willing to learn and change.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relations with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Able to formulate and develop a new or creative approach to a problem.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, particularly Excel.
  • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

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