Kiva Fellows – International Opprtunity
- Deadline for Applications
- Where to Apply
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website. Kiva\’s field partners, in 80+ countries around the world, post thousands of loans to Kiva.org every month so that individual lenders can help fund entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital.
Kiva Fellows have a unique opportunity to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand by working directly with Kiva’s international field partners for a minimum of 16 weeks. The Kiva Fellowship is designed to increase Kiva\’s global impact, offer participants a unique insider experience into the microfinance industry, and provide a career opportunity of a lifetime. The position is volunteer-based, and all fellows receive a week of in-depth training at Kiva’s headquarters, plus ongoing access to Kiva’s network of staff and former fellows.
Kiva Fellows are integral to the organization, serving as our eyes and ears on the ground and helping to extend limited resources to maximize impact. Fellows fulfill a core set of deliverables laid out in a personalized work plan that is defined by Kiva along with the host field.
Although no two fellowships are the same, core responsibilities may include the following:
• Train field partner staff on Kiva processes, policies and best practices
• Observe, learn and document the field partner’s operations and its use of the Kiva
platform, making recommendations as appropriate
• Help identify new field partners or loan products that align with Kiva’s mission and help
to further strategic goals
• Interview Kiva borrowers to assess loan impact, verify data, and gather information for journal updates
• Provide updates and feedback through field reports
• Contribute regularly to the Kiva Fellows Blog
• Create content to help tell the story of Kiva’s impact in the field and engage Kiva lenders
• Capture images and video footage to be used by Kiva’s marketing team
Successful Kiva Fellows tend to share certain skills and characteristics:
• Overseas experience, preferably in developing countries
• High degree of flexibility, self-motivation and problem solving abilities
• Ability to adapt to new cultures and be flexible in new, challenging environments
• Background in finance, consulting, international development, business/social
enterprise, social science, media production, marketing/communications, economic
development, urban studies
• Familiarity and comfort with various web applications and technology
• Dedication to working in the field
• High degree of self-motivation and ability to work independently
• Minimum 4-month commitment
• Ability and commitment to fund the experience
• Enthusiasm for Kiva!
Fluency or advanced communication ability in Arabic, French, Khmer, Mandarin, Mongolian, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Cebuano, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese are highly preferred or required for many positions. English-only speakers are encouraged to apply to our diverse Anglophone portfolio.
Where Fellows Serve
Kiva currently has active partnerships with over 300 field partners in over 80 countries, but availability is dependent upon partner need and the ability of a fellow to successfully complete assigned tasks. As such, individuals that express a high degree of geographic flexibility are more likely to be selected for a placement.
All individuals who successfully complete their fellowships are highly valued members of the Kiva family and will join the dynamic network of 700+ Kiva Fellow Alumni. The Kiva Fellows Program is extremely selective, and alumni of the program are becoming industry leaders around the world.
How to Apply
The deadline for the 31st Class of Kiva Fellows is May 22nd, 2016. Fellows must attend a one- week training in San Francisco from August 29 – September 2, 2016, and deploy into the field within two weeks of training.
We accept applications on our website. To apply, visit www.kiva.org/fellows/application. For more information on the application process, and to see information on upcoming application deadlines and training schedules visit our website, www.kiva.org/fellows.