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  • Job Position: Program Partner, Agriculture
  • Job Location: Lagos, Nigeria

The Opportunity

  • Reporting to the Lead, the Program Partner, Agriculture will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff including Program country team members who are developing country strategies and Impact colleagues.
  • The Partner, Agriculture may also be responsible for a portfolio of existing Agricultural Finance programs and partnerships to successfully achieve objectives and to draw out lessons learned.
  • This individual will be expected to interact effectively with senior levels of partner organizations to advance the current work of the Foundation, while concurrently contributing to the Foundation’s country strategy development and new programs.
  • The Program Partner, Agriculture will be expected to provide expertise to identify constraints that prevent agricultural systems from functioning effectively at the country level.
  • This work includes identifying constraints that prevent young people from developing skills relevant for work in the sector and that prevent agribusinesses from accessing the finance, capacity and markets needed to grow; the development and design of programs in the agricultural sector and incorporating the agricultural sector’s needs into country strategies.

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify challenges and opportunities in the agricultural sector that can be unlocked through education, labor and financial systems, to drive job growth.
  • Provide agricultural sector expertise to support Foundation country teams in the design and management of agricultural and agri-finance programs to scale country-level inclusive education, financial and labour systems in Africa.
  • Provide perspective and expertise on emerging issues and trends in the agricultural and agri-finance sector.
  • Manage current programs, distilling and communicating learnings for Foundation staff and Country teams. Includes oversight of day-to-day activities of programs or processes, conducting field visits, and reviewing project budgets.
  • Support Country Teams in the development or implementation of new programs, including co-creation of programs and due diligence of potential partners and projects.
  • Work closely with the program and country teams to leverage synergies across programs and across geographies.
  • Build relationships with partner organizations, communities of practice, and global stakeholders.
  • Represent the Foundation and collaborate with key internal and external audiences.
  • Identify and help overcome challenges and other barriers to team effectiveness.
  • Contribute insights to the Foundation’s thought leadership on youth employment in Africa.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Finance, Business, Agricultural Economics and/or Financial Inclusion.
  • Minimum 5 -7 years of relevant experience in managing agricultural financial inclusion programs. This experience could include project management and/or field experience working in developing countries.
  • Experience with commercial agricultural companies operational in Africa.
  • Experience living and working in Africa.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the role of financial inclusion in economic growth and development, particularly in Africa, and as it relates to smallholder farmers.
  • Understands market and systemic challenges to financial inclusion for rural and agricultural economics in Africa and best practices for addressing them, including M4P (Markets for the Poor) and facilitating market systems.
  • Experience with global grantmaking, especially in designing market systems development programs. This experience may come from working in another funding organization, corporation or an NGO.
  • Understanding of the role agri-food and rural SMEs can play in economic transformation and job creation.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills, the ability to think strategically and contribute as a thought partner in the Foundation’s strategy development.
  • Experience and understanding in a variety of value chains (cash and food crops), the small businesses and SMEs along the value chain, and supply chain/logistics in agriculture.
  • Possess understanding and knowledge of current trends and innovations in agri-finance for value chains, agri SMEs and smallholder farmers.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate progress and learnings from projects to colleagues and the wider development community.
  • Fluency in English is required. Ability to speak any local language is highly preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Is willing to travel ~20% of the time when required.
  • You are flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • You possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • You have a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.

Closing Date
April 30, 2021.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • 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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