Senior Legal Counsel – Pan Africa needed at MasterCard

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Job title : Senior Legal Counsel – Pan Africa

Job Location : Not specified

Deadline : September 22, 2023

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The Opportunity

  • Reporting to the Director, Pan Africa Programs, the Senior legal Counsel will advise the Pan Africa (PANA) Programs Leadership team and provide legal support to key Foundation stakeholders.
  • The role will drive business results while operating in a culturally and organisationally diverse environment.

Ways you can contribute:

  • Work with the PANA leadership and prospective partners to design programs and interventions that achieve the Foundations goals.
  • Work closely with the Programs Compliance team to ensure conformity with the Foundation’s charitable purposes.
  • Review, draft and negotiate Programmatic and investment agreements.
  • Collaborate with Legal and Compliance team in providing support to Pan Africa program teams in review of funding proposals and new program areas.
  • Negotiate and review vendor contracts and communicate feedback appropriately.
  • Monitor vendor contract compliance on project implementation and related risk management issues.
  • Provide legal support on projects, programs post contracting and other transactions related to the Foundation’s operations.
  • Proactively identify, analyze, and respond to legislative developments affecting the Foundation in the countries where the Pan Africa programs are implemented.
  • Have primary responsibility for the daily legal operations within the PANA team including labour and employment, dispute resolution and regulatory matters while working closely with other legal sub-functions.
  • Work closely with a wide variety of partners i.e., funds, banks, and other financial institutions in implementing the Foundations programs, programmatic investments, and other financial instruments to further the Foundation’s goals.
  • Manage external legal firms and the legal budget.
  • Provide support in policy discussions and negotiations with officials internally and externally, developing relationships with members of the legal profession and lawyers working in external law firms and/or partner agencies in relevant countries.
  • Support the continuous improvement of legal processes and procedures.
  • Collaborate with Legal and Compliance Team to maintain and upgrade legal documentation.
  • Champion a values-based compliance culture as our organization evolves.
  • Lead response to legislative developments affecting the Foundation compliance Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Degree in Law or equivalent (LLB or JD)
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in a reputable firm or in-house position with a demonstrated record of success. 
  • Experience in financial services and/or investment management will be an advantage.
  • Strong leadership, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Strong drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills and is open and receptive to feedback.
  • Ability to work independently while supporting the broader team delivery.
  • Flexible, adaptable, agile, and able to execute a range of job duties with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Proven excellence in verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures and to distill complex information and data into accessible conversation and written pieces.
  • 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.

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