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Mastercard Foundation seeks for Lead, RCITL

The Regional Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT (RCITL) under MasterCard Foundation initiative seeks to spark innovation and promote promising practices in the use of ICT for teaching and learning. This is also to catalyze significant improvements in secondary education across Africa.

Mastercard Foundation’s RCITL has three key outcomes:

  • Demand-driven EdTech innovations that close the gap in access and quality, relevant learning for the most disadvantaged secondary education students.
  • Better evidence of what works in ICT for school and system leaders in Africa
  • An active network of ICT leaders in secondary education and beyond, advancing the integration of technology in education policies and practices across Africa.


Working at the intersection of EdTech entrepreneurs and Governments, the Regional Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT will support entrepreneurs with growth-stage EdTech models to scale up technology innovations to improve teaching and learning in secondary education at scale. The Centre will:

  • Identify and help resolve key challenges in secondary education through EdTech solutions. The Centre will engage Government leaders to identify key challenges or constraints in secondary education teaching and learning that EdTech solutions can help resolve.
  • Issue a competitive call for proposals for EdTech solutions with potential to scale. This Centre under Mastercard Foundation will issue a series of competitive calls for EdTech entrepreneurs to address key problems/challenges identified by country governments.
  • Support EdTech entrepreneurs to design, test and validate their innovations.
  • Test and validate approaches with Government, teachers and students. The Centre will develop a network of test schools across the Continent in which to test and refine EdTech innovations and to engage with Government leaders to validate innovations and provide feedback on potential for scale.
  • The Centre will synthesize available evidence of “what works” in each of the problem or challenging areas identified by policymakers and will contribute to the evidence based in these areas through advance research and shared best practices.
  • Support the scaling up of EdTech solutions. The Centre will serve as a neutral broker and explore the potential to scale key stakeholders.

Mastercard Foundation expects the following qualifications from prospect applicants

  • Have a Graduate Degree (Masters/PhD), preferably in education, technology or relevant field.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in education and/or managing corporate/government affairs public/private partnerships.
  • Proven experience effectively engaging and collaborating with high-level government officials, development partners, business leaders and other network influencers.
  • Experience with public speaking at conferences and other forums including media interaction. Formal media training would be an asset.
  • Ability to think strategically and contribute as a thought partner in the Foundation and program strategy development.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large volume of information.
  • Sound understanding of innovation ecosystem in Africa.
  • You are detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to produce quality work consistently and effectively.
  • You are highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Fluency in English and French is required.
  • Willing to travel up to 25% of the time when required in the future.
  • 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.
  • 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 February 8, 2021.
Industry: Non-profit Organization Management

Location: Greater Accra.

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