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Facilities Project Manager at Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada with several offices in Africa. Our programs promote financial inclusion and advance education and learning in Africa, primarily for young people, and in Canada for Indigenous youth. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. From inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from Mastercard. Our policies, operations, and funding decisions are made by our President and Board of Directors.

The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. Enabling young women and men from disadvantaged communities to secure dignified and fulfilling work will ensure inclusive development and economic growth in Africa.

Values are timeless, they transcend and rise above all. They guide everything we do, as employees of the Foundation. We share a common vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. We make mistakes, we reflect, and we grow so that we can impact our world – it’s why we are here. We are ambitious and driven. 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.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Lead, Facilities and Travel, the Facilities Project Manager will be a key member of the team responsible for creating inspiring spaces and innovative services that brings the Foundation’s culture and values to life. The role will focus on new office builds in Africa. The successful individual will thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously. They will need to be highly adaptive and possess the ability to see the ‘big picture’ while focusing on high-risk issues. With an attention to detail, the successful individual will also need to be highly effective in work methodologies and possess superior communication and teamwork skills to foster strong relationships with Foundation staff and external contacts. 


  • Project manage leasehold improvements, relocations, renovations, new builds, and input on lease agreements regarding scope of work to be completed by Landlord and Tenant.
  • Facilitate strategic discussions across business areas to drive facility initiatives and construction build outs; including operations, legal, finance, People and Culture and IT.
  • Manage procurement processes for all renovation projects. This includes obtaining quotes and tenders from multiple vendors and suppliers, negotiating contracts to optimize cost effectiveness; inclusive of designers, architects, engineers, contractors, furniture & fixtures, and movers.
  • Support critical business functions (i.e. financial, procurement, vendor management, contract management, and general office services) while seeking out innovative ways to streamline and enhance service delivery.
  • Manage and report on financial budgets for all capital expenditures.
  • Liaise with the Legal & Compliance team to examine contracts related to facilities.
  • Work to drive consensus and decision-making where trade-offs are required.
  • Work to ensure efficient and productive integration of new office operations for all teams.
  • Communicate with stakeholders on facilities issues that may have an operational impact.
  • Ability to travel 20-30% of the time as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • You have a university degree in Project Management and/or a degree or diploma in engineering, architecture or quantity surveying or an equivalent combination of academic and practical experience.
  • PMP Certification. LEED Certification and/or IFMA Facilities Management certification are assets.
  • 5-7 years of experience in multi-site facilities management, corporate property services and/or construction project development and management.
  • Knowledge of construction, the various methods of construction delivery, construction planning/project estimation, understanding of construction documents, construction terminology, construction procedures and working knowledge of Mechanical and Electrical systems.
  • Detailed knowledge of building components and preventative maintenance best practices along with building lifecycle management and related financial plans.
  • Ability to deliver projects on-time, on-budget, within specifications, and in-compliant with all requirements including but not limited to regulatory, environmental, health, and safety requirements.
  • Ability to think creatively, bringing innovative solutions to the table.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all levels of the Foundation.
  • Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to consistently and effectively produce high quality work.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures and impeccable integrity.
  • Excellent technical skills in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Visio) and other information systems/platforms related to design and construction.
  • Fluent in both English and the local language. Fluency in French is highly desirable.
  • 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.
  • You possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.

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.

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