Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and meet the following requirements:
At least 21 years of age and a university graduate
Fluency in local languages, as needed by partner
Experience traveling and living overseas, preferably in a developing country
Excellent writing, communication and analytical skills
Interest in microfinance, economic development and/or social entrepreneurship
Ability to participate in the mandatory Ambassadors Training in Boston
Ability to cover all travel and living expenses during the course of the program, including the training in Boston
All Ambassadors must be able to communicate fluently in the language in which the partner institution conducts its business. In Latin America, all partners conduct their business in Spanish, and therefore Spanish fluency is a firm requirement. In parts of India and Africa, English is the language in which business in conducted, and for those placements, beginner/intermediate local languages are an asset, but not required. Placements in Francophone Africa require fluency in French and fluent Hindi is required for one of our partners in Northern India.
A current resume;
A cover letter that answers these questions: Why do you want to be an Accion Ambassador? What do you hope to gain from the experience? What skills can you offer to your host MFI? How do you plan to finance this program?;
A writing sample of any nature, no longer than 1,000 words; and
Exceptional candidates will be invited to have a phone interview and possible subsequent interviews with partner MFIs before final selection.