Deadline: 06 October, 2021

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Mastercard Foundation is seeking to fill the role of Country Lead, Impact.

Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper.

  • Partner with the country head in formulating strategic outcomes at country level
  • Define country measurable and evaluable outcomes and associated tools
  • Lead impact processes that inform country strategy and programme development
  • Lead the alignment of country programme impact with mandated national institutions and systems for measuring impact
  • Direct and coordinate the work of the impact team
  • Lead knowledge translation activities, working in partnership with the foundation’s communications team to map audience and develop engagement strategies that seek to promote value-addition by the foundation in the area of measurement and impact narratives
  • Provide programme planning and implementation support
  • Lead the development and implementation of a holistic, culturally relevant and spiritually rooted methodologies and instruments for assessments, measurement and research activities that enable the understanding of what impact means, and how these can be measured and narrated with youth-focused lenses
  • Oversee external impact partner organisations (IPOs) that will be engaged to support impact monitoring and verification activities that contribute to impact assessments at the programme levels
  • Ensure alignment with the foundation’s strategic objectives, cross-cutting priorities, and policies, procedures, especially gender-equity and social inclusion considerations
  • Play a leading role in the commissioning and management of quarterly impact monitoring studies/data and evidence
  • Provide support and facilitate programme teams in the formulation of outcomes that are responsive to the transformation intents of programme managers and implementers
  • Provide support in the identification of talented young women and men in various disciplines of the countries covered that have interest and potential capacity for community-based research, storytelling and the ability to assess impacts in a participatory manner
  • Design and help deliver training modules that build the capacity of young women and men to engage with foundation partners and community youth in such assessments
  • Provide leadership and people management to the in-country leadership team
  • Attract and build a talented team/network of impact measurement specialists and evaluators to deepen reflections on new and emerging thinking on impact assessment
  • Develop tools and approaches for application to the requirements of the Young Africa Works Strategies
  • Drive employee engagement for the country, develop and follow up on engagement plans, collaborating with integrated and embedded regional teams
  • Lead performance management to ensure delivery of goals
  • Establish and review effective and efficient ways of working between teams, in particular, between country programmes and impact
  • Develop and implement processes and oversee effective implementation


  • Master’s degree or related postgraduate degree and or equivalent experience and training
  • Knowledge of research methods and, in particular, research approaches and skills related to gathering data and insights among indigenous communities, youths and other vulnerable groups, using appropriate cultural lenses and perspectives
  • Ten years, minimum, of experience working with the private and non-profit sectors, particularly in a role relating to national and regional institutions in the relevant region, as well as state and non-state actors in the field of evaluation, reviews and impact
  • Strong public policy experience, especially working with national institutions mandated to undertake planning, policy formulation and implementation
  • Experience in research, evaluation and learning, with demonstrated technical expertise in qualitative research methods, tool design, validation and data analysis
  • Experience at senior leadership and management, preferably leading a country
  • Experience establishing institutions for accountability and learning
  • Experience living and/or working in a local country/community
  • Experience navigating research protocols, review processes and management of big data with government and academic institutions
  • Strong familiarity and experience leading the development of monitoring and evaluation policies, nationally; and supporting the implementation of same in national contexts, including experience in building the capacity of both state and non-state actors to function efficiently in the evaluation sector
  • Experience applying a range of tech-enabled tools for data collection, analysis, reporting, and communication
  • Experience in participatory approaches and demonstrated commitment to gender inclusion and youth engagement
  • Deep familiarity with national and regional mandated institutions responsible for collecting, collating and analysing data for the purpose of measuring and reporting on outcomes and impacts
  • Deep knowledge of local research and evaluation methods
  • Strong language, cultural and identity/affiliation with national people
  • Skills and competency to develop measurable outcomes and impacts, as well as methods and tools for measuring same within national-mandated institutions

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