Kiva Fellowship – Global Opportunity

Kiva ( is a mission driven technology company. We run a global marketplace platform for crowd-funded micro-loans to serve the financially excluded. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with a mission to alleviate poverty. We aim to drive social impact and enable opportunity while providing a borrower-to-lender connection: “Loans that change lives.”

In just 10 years, Kiva has raised $850 million in loan capital for nearly 2 million borrowers in over 85 countries. Kiva’s lenders fund over $10 million in loans every month. Kiva is poised to take its initial success to a whole new level – targeting $1 billion in loans by 2017 and continuing our expansion into new areas (e.g. student loans, water, mobile, etc.). Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Nairobi, Mexico City and Bangkok, Kiva’s team has 100+ employees and 500+ volunteers worldwide.

Kiva’s Partnerships 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 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, July 10-14, 2017. Fellows are expected to deploy to the field within two weeks following training and conclude their service in January 2018.
Fellowship Positions:

There are 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 (1), Eastern Europe/Central Asia (2), Southeast Asia (2)
Spanish Portfolio: Central America (2), South America (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: West Africa (1), Southeast Asia (1)
Spanish Portfolio: South America (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
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 Hausa, French, Swahili, Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Tajik, Tagalog, Khmer, Portuguese

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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To view the full job descriptions and fill out an application, visit HERE

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