Lead, Compliance – East and Southern Africa 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.


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.

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. If you are an experience Compliance professional ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to the Head of Compliance, Africa and working closely with the Legal & Compliance Team, the Lead Compliance, Eastern and Southern Africa will provide a broad range of high-impact compliance practices and strategies to the Foundation. They will be a leader, subject matter expert and critical resource to the organization. They will also be responsible for the implementation of best-in-class practical compliance programs to promote the highest levels of integrity and ethics and ensure the Foundation meets its regulatory requirements.


  • Participate in the creation of an integrated Compliance vision and framework to build organizational capacity in support of the Foundation’s reputation as a leader in integrity and ethics.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the Foundation’s Compliance framework that enables the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Co-create and lead the implementation of Compliance programs in partnership with the business leaders and external partners.
  • Co-create Compliance solutions that address emerging and future needs of the Foundation in conjunction with external partners.
  • Lead the implementation of training and e-learning as well as introduce engaging and impactful learning solutions/experiences that enhance employee compliance capabilities.
  • Lead the development of systems and processes that support efficient and effective management of all regulatory compliance for the Foundation.
  • Oversee the Foundation’s Safeguarding compliance components, in partnership with Programs stakeholders.
  • Oversee and implement testing programs to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of compliance controls; develop periodic reporting on test results.
  • Oversee and continuously improve monitoring and due diligence activities.
  • Champion a values-based compliance culture as our organization evolves.


  • University Degree and/or Graduate Degree (Masters/PhD), preferably in Law, Accounting, or a related field and/or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in Compliance, including anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, anti-bribery, and privacy and data security, within various African jurisdictions.
  • Experience in developing and delivering a broad range of learning experiences including experience with Learning Management Systems and e-Learning Platforms.
  • Proven ability to effectively influence, build relationships and leverage the formal and informal organizational structure.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate and sound judgement and discretion in dealing with legal matters.
  • Knowledge of whistle blow, compliance investigation and auditing principles and standards.
  • Experience working in a start-up or ‘build’ environment.
  • Ability to take initiative, “roll-up one’s sleeves” and bring creative new approaches and diverse solutions.
  • Results driven; motivated by a high sense of performance excellence and a sense of urgency.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Ability to challenge appropriately and voice alternative perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • Must be fluent in English.

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