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Kiva Fellowship

at Kiva in Global

About the Job

Kiva Fellowship
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, monitoring and managing relationships with Field Partners. The team also 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, 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, July 15th – July 19th, 2019. The fellow is expected to deploy to their home base in Nairobi, Kenya, Bangkok, Thailand, or mutually agreed upon location in LAC within two weeks following training and conclude their service January 31st, 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 July 2019 to January 2020 Fellowship Class

Fellowship Positions:
Candidates should apply to one of the open positions they feel best fits their background, experiences, and interests. The Fellows Program Team may consider candidates for positions other than those they applied to, based on the team’s assessment of the candidate’s qualifications.

Please read through the below job descriptions for a better understanding of what fellows are responsible for, and the various required and preferred qualifications.

Impact Investment Fellowship
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.
Available positions (3):
-Africa/Middle East (based in Nairobi, Kenya, with travel throughout the region)
-Latin America (negotiable home base, with travel throughout the region)
-Asia/Europe (based in Bangkok, Thailand, with travel throughout the region)

Social Enterprise / Kiva Labs Fellowship
Fellows are responsible for working with Kiva's Social Enterprise Field Partners to identify and implement improvements to their credit program and help position them for scale. Fellows are also responsible for supporting Kiva’s impact assessment, conducting client interviews, on-site and off-site monitoring, assessing and improving Kiva-related operations and providing assistance and support to assigned Field Partners.
Available positions (2):

-Africa/Middle East (based in Nairobi, Kenya, with travel throughout the region)
-Latin America (negotiable home base, with travel throughout the region)

Media Fellowship
Media Fellows are vital in bringing Kiva's story to life by visiting with Field Partners, borrowers, and other field-based stakeholders to collect impact stories, photos, and other content. Candidates with 2+ years experience as a journalist or content producer are strongly encouraged to apply; experience shooting and editing video is a plus.
Available positions (2):
-Africa/Middle East (based in Nairobi, Kenya, with travel throughout the region)
-Latin America (negotiable home base, with travel throughout the region)

-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 HQ, 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. We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our mission.




- 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 up to 6-month volunteer commitment

- Fluency in English and, depending on placement location, fluency in Spanish or French

- 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

- Other required/preferred qualifications may apply

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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 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.