Women's World Banking (WWB) is the only microfinance network with an explicit focus on women. Headquartered in New York City, WWB supports the needs of 19 million clients, 73% of whom are women, through a network partnership of 39 microfinance institutions in 28 countries. WWB works with these institutions to design financial products and services that fulfill the needs of our clients. The mission of WWB is to expand the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, knowledge and markets.
The WWB Fellowship Program enables future global leaders in microfinance and women's economic empowerment to experience the challenges and rewards of creating financial opportunities for low-income women. Fellows will immerse themselves in the work of WWB and learn critical business and organizational skills to help WWB achieve its mission.
Fellows will have the opportunity to serve in multiple 6-month rotations through different departments which may include:
Market Research: Work in the field to identify the needs of clients through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Our market research serves as the foundation for product development.
Product Development: Be instrumental in developing new financial products and services, including adult and youth savings, microinsurance, and individual lending for specific countries.
Center for Microfinance Leadership: Join the team delivering leadership training and mentoring for microfinance leaders across the globe. To date, over 330 leaders have graduated from the Center.
Development: Work with new and existing donors to ensure programs reach targets and plan special events.
Global Marketing and Communications: Position WWB as the thought leader in financial inclusion for women. Develop publications and website content.
Finance: Ensure financial sustainability and growth through financial management, reporting and investing.
Our application process is highly competitive and open to interested candidates from across the globe. Due to the high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted.
We seek candidates with minimum 3-years work experience and a relevant graduate degree in business administration, international development, finance and economics.
Fluency in written and spoken English/Spanish or English/French is required.
Ability to legally work in the United States.
A current resume.
A one-page cover letter articulating why you will succeed at WWB.
500 words (or less) telling us about an experience you've had with a culture other than your own that changed your perspective in some way. Different cultural experiences are up to you to define. it can be a different city, village or country.
Three professional references.
For network members only:
18-month fellowship beginning January 2014.
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For general public:
24-month fellowship beginning July 2013.
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Note: Due to an outage with our application processor Ovation last week, we allowed applications to go through over the weekend. We appreciate your patience.
Background: Prior to joining WWB, Ramatolie was based in Delta State, Nigeria for one year. There she worked for an NGO, Niger Delta Professionals for Development, as a Development Communications Specialist. Ramatolie also conducted independent research on the impact of microfinance in Abuja, Nigeria while completing her undergraduate degree. Ramatolie holds an M.S. in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University.
First Rotation: Market Research
Second Rotation: Center for Microfinance Leadership (current)
Name: Ines Marino
Background:Ines holds a B.A. in Business from Universidad Católica del Perú, and an M.B.A from London Business School. After several years working in finance and later managing her own small business in Spain, she decided to pursue a career in microfinance. She spent three months as a volunteer for a microfinance NGO in Peru, an experience that strengthened her belief in the impact that microfinance can have in the lives of impoverished women and their families.
First Rotation: Network Engagement
Second Rotation: Women's World Banking Asset Management (current)