Enterprise Risk Managent Risk

Full Time Africa, Greater Accra Mastercard Foundation
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State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 13/03/2021
Qualification: Masters Degree
Work Experience: 6 Years
Career Level: Mid-level
Industry: NGO

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 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.

If you are a driven and passionate Internal Audit professional ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!


Reporting to Head of Enterprise Risk Management, the role will be responsible for performing enterprise risk reviews and investigations which helps the Foundation achieve its objectives by evaluating the effectiveness of its governance, risk management, operational effectiveness, financial management and internal controls and fostering an environment of continuous improvement.

This role is open to candidates in any of our country offices in Africa (Kigali, Accra, Nairobi, Lagos, Kampala, Dakar or Addis Ababa).


Enterprise Risk Management

Provide input into the ERM policy, risk profile, risk appetite and risk management activities from a country perspective
Promote cultural awareness of risk management that will assist in responsible risk taking within the country
Deployment of strategic risk management frameworks, programs and processes needed to build a robust, strong and sustainable control environment in the country
Identify significant risks or exposures related to internal controls, compliance and governance then collaborate on solutions.
Conduct enterprise risk assessments at country level to update the Foundation’s risk profile including risk management activities and end to end business process reviews to address key risks.
Monitor and report on the risk profile and the implementation of risk management activities to the country leadership
Drive mitigation and embedment of remedial actions for identified issues
Incorporate best practices including leveraging technology, third party relationships and data analytics to identify trends and potential risk areas
Drive comprehensive incident management i.e. identification, analysis and remediation of actual or potential incidents impacting the foundation to learn from incidents and prevent reoccurrence
Participate in country senior management meetings including various forums in an advisory capacity on risk and audit matters or on design of key controls
Other duties and responsibilities as required
Stakeholder Management

Maintain positive relationships with stakeholders and steer collaborations across the country including relevant enterprise functions, program partners, external auditors, colleagues and communities
External professional engagement with Internal Audit and Risk practitioners
Team management

Team building and participation
Staff engagement
Train foundation teams in different aspects including risk management, internal controls, governance aspects

Professional accounting designation with a university degree in accounting or a related field.
Accreditation as a member with a recognized institute of internal auditors or professional accounting body
Minimum 10 years in audit or risk roles within large and/or global organizations, with at least 4 years in a senior internal audit or risk management role.
Previous work in the development sector is a definite asset.
French language skills would be a strong asset.
Experience in planning and performing all stages in the enterprise risk management process, business reviews and investigations
Experience in preparing and presenting reports to senior leadership team
Impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
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 and sensitivity with different cultures
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience collaborating with cross-functional teams and engaging with a range of stakeholders
Deadline for Applications is March 16, 2021

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, background checks, and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please contact the People and Culture Department at humanresources@mastercardfdn.org. We will work with you to provide a positive recruitment experience in a confidential manner.

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