About the Job
The Regional Director for Asia/Pacific will create a pipeline for potential new projects, conduct due diligence for new partnerships and oversee M&E for the existing portfolio of projects. Additionally, the successful candidate will be assisting the Global Program team with improved monitoring of advances, changes and challenges in the micro-credit and social enterprise sectors as part of the Foundation’s global learning efforts. It is imperative that this person have significant experience working in rural Global South with an understanding of the reality facing the poor – particularly in relation to rural business and economic systems. Knowledge of microfinance and an ability to independently represent the Foundation in project countries will be important. The ability to speak Spanish and/or French fluently would be a plus. The successful candidate must have a passion for supporting local development through micro-credit and other social enterprises that enable the poor to start and grow their own businesses on a large scale, creating new and increased sources of income locally to support their needs and the needs of their dependents. This requires significant experience assessing and understanding this sector, evaluating the financial viability of partners the Foundation works with and monitoring the effectiveness of the Foundation’s partners in offering pro-poor social finance and enterprise support services.
As well, extensive regional travel around 50% will be required in order to visit all active partners annually, as security and logistics permit. This will typically be independent self-led travel to conduct due diligence with local microfinance organizations the Foundation has provided loan capital to or considering partnering with.
This is not a Whole Foods Market position. This person will be hired as an independent contractor and responsible for settling in the region, obtaining all work permits, paying taxes, and any other aspect of working abroad.
- Min. bachelor’s degree in international development, business, economics or related studies.
- Fully fluent in English. Spanish or French is a plus.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in a relevant position, including minimum 2 years of experience working in a grassroots/community-based position in the field. Experience managing a regional portfolio a plus.
- Experience with business systems and rural economies in developing countries, with a proven interest in microfinance. Experience with grassroots financial services, impact investment and social enterprise development a plus.
- Experience with producing basic media content for a wide audience, including social media, high quality photo/video, etc.
- Understanding of financial statements and basic accounting
- Strong analytical skills to assess potential MFI partners
- Ability to interview MFI clients in the field
- Strong writing skills.
- Self-learner and independent worker
Whole Planet Foundation
Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) is a US 501c3 private foundation established by Whole Foods Market (WFM) in 2005. WPF was born from the WFM core value, Caring About Our Communities and Our Environment, an idea of shared fate with WFM’s global communities. The mission of WPF is to provide financial support to Microfinance Institutions (MFI) to alleviate poverty through expansion of microcredit services in communities that supply Whole Foods Market with product. Partner MFIs deliver financial services that are tailored to the realities of the people living in poverty while maintaining efficient operations in a financially sustainable manner.
- WPF was created and is funded by Whole Foods Market with the mission of supporting microcredit in the around the world where WFM sources products
- WPF first microfinance projects were launched in 2005 in partnership with Dr. Yunus and Grameen Trust
- WPF fundraises to provide exclusively no cost capital to best practice MFIs around the world, specifically those targeting entry-level clients and the very poor, helping these institutions to expand their reach.
- WPF currently supports microfinance projects in 77 countries globally and 18 countries in Latin America & the Caribbean with plans to expand further in the region.