Kiva Fellowship

San Francisco, CA
Job Type
Unpaid, Fellowship
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

We are looking for passionate, dedicated, skilled volunteers to support the efforts of the Partnerships team by serving as Kiva’s eyes and ears on the ground, working directly with the employees and clients of Kiva’s Field Partners. Reporting to regional Portfolio 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 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 an unpaid volunteer position, but reimbursements for international travel (up to $1,500 total) and monthly living expenses (~$400/month) are provided for the duration of the fellowship to help offset expenses.

All fellows must attend Kiva Fellows Training Week in San Francisco, CA, January 29 – February 2, 2018. Fellows are expected to deploy to the field within two weeks following training and conclude their service in July 2018.
Fellowship Positions:
There are three different fellows positions detailed below.
Partner Monitoring & Operations Fellow
Fellows are responsible for on-site monitoring, assessing and improving Kiva-related operations and providing assistance and support to assigned Field Partners.
Available positions:
Anglophone Portfolio: West Africa (1), East Africa (2), Central Africa (1), Southern Africa (2), Central Asia (1), Southeast Asia (1)
Spanish Portfolio: Central America/South America (1), South America (1), Caribbean (1)
Francophone Portfolio: Central Africa (1)
Arabic Portfolio: Middle East (1)

Partner Impact Fellow
The Fellow is responsible for developing monitoring and evaluation systems, reporting impact, conducting client interviews and supporting the systematic impact assessment.
Available positions:
Anglophone Portfolio: East Africa (1)

Credit Program Design & Management Fellow
Fellows are responsible for supporting the development of their partner’s credit program, analyzing the partner’s existing credit program, and making improvements to the partner’s Management Information System (MIS), among other responsibilities.
Available positions:
Anglophone Portfolio: Oceania (1), Southeast Asia (1)

21 years of age by the start of Kiva Fellows Training Week
Ability to travel to San Francisco for Kiva Fellows Training Week
Available for full 6-month volunteer commitment
Fluency in English and, depending on placement location, fluency in Spanish, French or Arabic
Positive attitude and dedication to Kiva\’s mission
Flexibility and adaptability in the face of rapidly shifting priorities and circumstances
Comfortable traveling extensively when needed and living for an extended period of time in developing countries
Ability to take initiative and work independently while maintaining ongoing communication with a remote manager
Cultural sensitivity, which may include prior work or volunteer experience in a cross-cultural setting

3-5 years’ work experience
Comfortable learning new technologies
Patience and persistence when advocating for change
Process-oriented thinker with an eye for efficiency
Highly organized with strong attention to detail
Experience designing and conducting trainings
Experience collecting data or implementing surveys
Strong analytical and financial analysis skills
Strong communication skills including the ability to tailor communications to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders
Proficiency in an additional language, depending on placement location, including Russian, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Bahasa, Vietnamese, Swahili, Portuguese and French

Access to a well-connected network of 700+ former Kiva Fellows, plus the wider Kiva network of staff, interns, and partners
A week of in-depth training at Kiva headquarters in San Francisco, plus ongoing professional development workshops and trainings
On-the-ground exposure to the microfinance, crowdfunding, and social enterprise sectors
Modest reimbursements to help offset international travel and monthly living expenses, plus travel insurance coverage.

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. Join us and help us achieve our mission!

How to Apply:
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