Kiva is an international nonprofit working in more than 80 countries, with a mission of expanding financial access to help underserved communities thrive .
We do this by crowdfunding loans on kiva.org for borrowers such as entrepreneurs, smallholder farmers, and students, and by addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world through innovative projects and partnerships.
Our organization combines the culture and agility of an internet start-up with the compassion and heart of a nonprofit to create impact and opportunity at global scale.
With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi and Bangkok, Kiva’s team includes 100+ employees and 400+ volunteers worldwide.
Our team is growing as we pursue exciting new opportunities to create a financially inclusive world.
Kiva's Impact Investments team works primarily with Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), non-profits, and social enterprises known as Field Partners who post borrower profiles from all over the world onto the Kiva website.
The team is responsible for sourcing, conducting due diligence, and managing relationships with Field Partners. The team trains new partners, and ensures that existing partners are compliant with Kiva policies and aligned with Kiva's social mission and strategic focus.
We are looking for passionate, dedicated, skilled volunteers to support the efforts of the Impact Investments team by working with our Impact Investments team and our Field partners and their clients in order to help us expand our impact.
Reporting to regional Investment Managers, Kiva Fellows contribute to the overall goals of the team and the organization through the execution of a customized workplan over the course of 6-12 months.
Kiva Fellows come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professional experiences. They are united by their desire to gain on-
the-ground, hands-on experience in the microfinance sector while meaningfully contributing to Kiva's mission. The Kiva Fellowship is a volunteer position, but reimbursements for international travel (up to $2,500 total) and monthly living expenses ( $1,000 / month) are provided for the duration of the fellowship to help offset expenses.
All fellows must attend training week in San Francisco, CA, February 3rd - February 7th, 2020. The fellow is expected to deploy to their home base in a mutually agreed upon location in Latin America within two weeks following training and conclude their service by July 31, 2020.
Kiva Fellowships are full-time, volunteer positions and successful applicants can expect to be based in multiple countries over the duration of the program, depending on the priority of our Field Partners’ needs.
Kiva is currently hiring for our February 2020 to July 2020 Fellowship Class
Primary Responsibilities :
Fellows are responsible for on-site monitoring, assessing and improving Kiva-related operations, and providing assistance and support to assigned Field Partners.
Fellows will also be responsible for developing monitoring and evaluation systems, reporting impact, conducting client interviews and supporting Kiva’s impact assessment.
Assist in onboarding approved partners, communicating Kiva policy to new / existing partners, and updating Kiva on any new partner developments
Assess the Kiva-related operations of assigned Field Partners, identifying opportunities for increased efficiency and implementing sustainable solutions.
Provide training and technical assistance on Kiva systems, processes, and policies to key Field Partner staff members involved in the Kiva workflow
Screen investments and review applications
Additional Responsibilities :
Fellowship Location :
For the duration of the fellowship, fellows working in the region of Latin America will be based out of a mutually agreed upon location in Latin America.
The following is a list of countries where Kiva works in this region, and where the fellow assigned to this role may be asked to travel :
Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, El Salvador
Please note that these locations are subject to change based on the needs of Kiva's Field Partners and Impact Investments team.
Further information about timing and sequencing of travel will be provided during the interview and offer process.
A diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of Kiva's culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.
We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our mission!
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Please include any languages you speak and at what level of proficiency on your resume.
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We will not review any cover letter included in your application.