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EE Business Leader, Public Policy - Africa (MasterCard Southern Africa)

Sandton, Gauteng (South Africa)
Market Related CTC Incl Benefits

Permanent senior level position at MasterCard Southern Africa in the Information Technology industry.
Benefits: Pension, car allowance, Med Aid.

Posted by Mastercard Southern Africa on 26/06/2012 Ref #BOLPP CJ Ref# 1354373

Strategic advisor to the Management teams in the African offices focusing on developing how MasterCard’s interests in Africa could be advanced through engagement with the government of Africa and other influencers in the markets.

This role will also drive the development of a strategic engagement plan with government stakeholders and play a critical role in the execution of such plans for the priority markets.


  • Based out of the Southern Africa Area Office in South Africa, the primary responsibility of this role will be to engage constructively with relevant policymakers and other stakeholders in the priority markets of Africa for the purpose of influencing public policy that affects payments generally and MasterCard’s interests specifically. Strategic approach to influencing policy is critical, including alliance development when advisable. Build and manage relationships in all areas of relevant policymaking in the priority markets of Africa starting directly with key officials in the governments and other relevant stakeholders, such as quasi-governmental bodies, others within the payments industry, in related industries, with industry bodies, and with external advisors to MasterCard. Key government stakeholders will, for example in South Africa, include the South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB) and the Ministry of Finance, industry organizations such as the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) and the customer banks.
  • Identify key policy-relevant stakeholders in Africa with whom MasterCard should establish or enhance relationships, and recommend strategic engagement plan for the Area Heads responsible for the priority markets and varying levels of MasterCard management, including visiting executives from regional and global headquarters. Organize meetings, prepare briefing materials and talking points, brief executives, and manage any follow-up stemming from the visits.
  • Provide public policy perspective on new business initiatives including product development.
  •  Participate in multi-dimensional projects across business units across geographies, successfully navigating throughout the organization to partner effectively with colleagues from other departments and deliver results.
  •  Collaborate with Regional Legal Counsel for Middle East & Africa (MEA) to ensure that any regulatory reporting activities being coordinated by them consider strategic public policy objectives for Africa.
  • Draft white papers, position statements, various internal reports
  •  Actively manage external advisors to ensure MasterCard is utilizing them effectively, including with respect to advice on government engagement strategies, tracking and reporting of such government engagement, updates on relevant policy developments in-market, etc.
  • Work closely with MasterCard Public Policy team members regionally and globally.

 Inherent Requirements: 

  • Min 8 years experience in a s Public Policy / Government Relations role and have strong experience in dealing with African governments in terms of frequency and quality of relationships; experience in dealing with governments in the priority markets would be looked upon favorably.
  • Knowledge of  policy environment in Africa
  • Knowledge and experience of the financial services and payments sector ideal.
  • Must possess strong analytical approach to problem solving, ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems, able to deal with short deadlines and work productively in high pressure situations in dynamic commercial and policy environments.
  • Willing to travel both within Africa, and the greater MEA region.

    Academic Requirements:
  • Undergraduate Degree/s in either Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration and Economics
  • Post graduate qualifications in these and other areas including business, law, finance would also be looked upon favorably

 You will only be contacted should your cv meet the minimum job requirements.

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