Kiva Fellowship Summer 2016

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 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 or in support of Kiva’s new initiative in the U.S. for a minimum of 16 weeks. A limited number of shorter 12-week placements may be available during the summer class for currently enrolled graduate students. 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 workplan that is defined by Kiva along with the host field partner or Kiva U.S. team. Kiva aims to leverage the unique skill set of each fellow to accomplish key tasks that are crucial to the success of the partnership or initiative.

Core Responsibilities:
Although no two fellowships are the same, core responsibilities may include the following:
-Consulting/Capacity Building
-Scale New Initiatives
-Desired Skills/Experience

Where Fellows Serve:
Kiva currently has active partnerships with over 300 field partners in over 80 countries, along with a growing program in cities throughout the U.S. Fellowship placements may occur at any of these locations, 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.

Additional Benefits:
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 30th Class of Kiva Fellows is January 24, 2016. Fellows must attend a one-week training in San Francisco from May 23-27, 2016, and deploy into the field within two weeks of training.

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