Security Architect at Mastercard Foundation

  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $Not Stated
  • Full Time
  • Greater Accra
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $Not Stated
State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 01/09/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 3 Years
Career Level: Mid Career
Industry: International Development

Security Architect Opportunity Summary

Reporting to the Head of Cybersecurity at MasterCard Foundation the Security Architect will lead and be responsible for the

design, building, testing and implementation of cybersecurity systems within our network.

Security Architect Details

A successful Security Architect must possess both a deep and wide background in information security being applied across

a wide breadth of technologies spanning both solutions built on traditional platforms and modern deployments on “open” technology stacks.

The successful Security Architect will be based in Canada or any of our listed offices in Africa (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, South

Africa, Ghana and Nigeria).


The Security Architect will define a security architecture roadmap based on business needs and threat landscape

The Security Architect will provide oversight and roadmaps for infrastructure security devices, including IPS, SIEM, malware

proxies, network and systems access controls, firewalls, authentication devices, enterprise monitoring systems, and others

Developing project timelines for system upgrades and preparing cost estimates.

Carry out risk analyses of Foundation’s IT systems and key processes

Contribute to short and long-term IT portfolio planning

Initiates proof of concepts to assist in defining security technology direction and enabling Foundation’s business strategy

Contribute to cyber governance, risk and compliance-related matters

Conduct periodic assurance on systems access on all key systems

Establishes a taxonomy of indicators of compromise (IOCs) and share this detail with other security colleagues, including the

security operations centre (SOC), information security managers and analysts, as well as counterparts within the network

operations centre (NOC)

Work closely with the technology team i.e. vendor management, end-user support and operations


2-5+ years’ experience in a similar role, with a minimum of 5 years experience in total as a cybersecurity professional

Degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or similar domain

Security certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Information Security

Manager (CISM) is preferred

Experience with public, private, and hybrid cloud services and the planning, development, migration, and integration of

applications and services from on-premises infrastructure to Cloud-based SaaS, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments

In-depth knowledge of Microsoft tech stack

Experience in EDR, SIEM, IPS, IDS, device management, email gateways, web application security

Proven experience reviewing application code for security vulnerabilities

Experience securing CI/CD pipelines

Direct, hands-on experience or strong working knowledge of vulnerability management tools

Documented experience and a strong working knowledge of the methodologies to conduct threat-modelling exercises on new

applications and services

Growth mindset who is passionate to learn and use new and emerging technologies

Strategic planning skills to interpret business, technology, and threat drivers, and develop practical security roadmaps to deal with

these drivers

Strong communication skills to translate complex security-related matters into business terms that are readily understood by

colleagues including presenting analyses in person and in written formats

Financial acumen to evaluate the financial costs of recommended technologies, quantify purchasing and licensing options, estimate

labour costs for a given service or technology, and estimate the total cost of operation (TCO), the ROI, or the payback period for

services or technologies replacing existing capabilities

Project management to draft project plans for security service and technology deployments and coordinate with stakeholders across the organization

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

The deadline for applications is August 5, 2021.

Mastercard Foundation (the “Foundation”) values and respects your privacy.

By submitting an application for this opportunity, you hereby agree to the Foundation’s collection, use and disclosure of your

personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy (available at

Please note that the Foundation may share your personal? information with third party agencies that support the Foundation’s

recruitment activities, and such?third-party?agencies may contact you directly regarding this opportunity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Foundation’s Privacy Officer at the address indicated in its Privacy Policy.

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.

For Canada Only:

If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please contact the People and Culture Department at

[email protected]

e We will work with you to provide a positive recruitment experience in a confidential manner.

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

the private sector, educators and other funders to improve the quality of education and vocational training, prepare young people for

the workforce, 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 an experienced Cybersecurity professional ready to build something new and increase your impact, read on!


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