Regional Director – Asia/Pacific

Whole Planet Foundation

About the organization

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.

Duties

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.

1. Assist Whole Planet Foundation to expand and oversee the portfolio of microfinance projects in the Asia/Pacific region.
2. Build and maintain relationships with Foundation microfinance partners in the region, keeping the management team informed of project progress.
3. Tell the story of Microfinance Institutions (MFI), clients, and the realities of poverty through various mediums including photography, blogs and documentation of individual microcredit clients.

Qualifications

1. Min. bachelor’s degree in international development, business, economics or related studies.
2. Fully fluent in English. Spanish or French is a plus. (?)
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Experience with producing basic media content for a wide audience, including social media, high quality photo/video, etc.
6. Understanding of financial statements and basic accounting
7. Strong analytical skills to assess potential MFI partners
8. Ability to interview MFI clients in the field
9. Strong writing skills.
10. Self-learner and independent worker

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Using the link below, interested candidates can upload their resume and initiate the remote interview as the first step in the application process. Please carefully read the Summary below before clicking the link:

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