Lead, Scholars Program Communication

Full Time Greater Accra Region Accra, Ghana

Lead, Scholars Program Communication

As the Lead, Scholars Program Communications, you will be responsible for strategy and implementation of all communications activities pertaining to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a Pan African initiative providing education and leadership development to over 37,000 young people in Africa.  Implementing partners span across the continent as well as in North America, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

This role is an integral part of the Program Communications team working in close collaboration with Policy and Thought Leadership, Corporate Communications, Impact and Program teams. This position reports to the Head of Program Communications.


This is a cross-functional communications role supporting the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program through:

  • Development and implementation of strategic communications plans related to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and Alumni Chapter Networks. This includes i) effectiveness by ensuring young people and young women especially are at the centre of all activities ii) increased visibility and building of a ‘Scholar Brand’ to enhance opportunities for both Scholars and Alumni to transition into dignified and fulfilling work.
  • Build and manage relationships with Program partner organizations, supporting their communication outreach activities. Monitoring to ensure alignment with Program messages, branding guidelines for identity and reputation consistency both at the Program level and the Foundation level.
  • Ensure optimization of communications channels, measurement of campaigns, and learning/best practices are identified and shared as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement strategic dissemination plan for research reports ensuring accessibility and relevance of research findings to maximize the impact into policy and practice.
  • Support the expansion of the Scholars Program with a focus on African Universities and increased outreach to young women, youth living with disabilities, refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
  • Support the establishment of alumni networks and expansion of the Baobab platform.
  • Manage external communication agencies to ensure effective and efficient use of resources for professional and timely delivery of services.
  • Working with Head of Program Communications, develop and manage budgets for assigned programs.
  • This role will work cross-functionally and collaboratively to ensure communications content supports Policy and Thought Leadership, Impact, Corporate Communications, Program, and Country strategic priorities.
  • Results will predominantly be delivered through close collaboration with the Scholars Program and Youth Engagement teams.
  • Lead a team of direct reports (Communications Partners) and advise on development plans to ensure a high performing team.
  • Support on-boarding and mentoring of Program Communications and other staff, as required.
  • Align with a culture of high performance, willingness to learn, perpetual curiosity, and results orientation.
  • Liaise closely with Head of Program Communications to grow ‘Oneness’ in the Foundation.
  • Other duties as required by business needs.


  • You have a degree in Communications and/or a related field.
  • You have at least 10 years relevant experience in communications.
  • You can work directly with young people as an audience, ensuring engagement and inclusive decision-making.
  • Have a strong network and can work easily with media.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to lead successful communications campaigns with a focus on development and human stories using both mainstream and social media.
  • You have the ability to co-create collaborative communications campaigns with different stakeholders.
  • A compelling storyteller with demonstrated ability to frame content for various audiences.
  • You have demonstrated experience on brand positioning and management.
  • Proven ability to edit materials and review/adapt them to fast changing situations, exercising and promoting creative thinking;
  • A confident communicator with excellent interpersonal, analytical, presentation and editorial skills;
  • Outstanding social and intercultural skills and proven ability to multitask and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure.
  • Work experience in an academic institution and/or an alumni body an asset.
  • French language skills are an asset.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • 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.

Deadline for applications is September 3, 2020.

The Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Foundation and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. We appreciate your interest and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.

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