Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their security and prosperity. For more than 35 years we have worked with financial institutions to show them the benefit of investing in women as clients, and as leaders. We equip these institutions to meet women’s needs through authoritative market research, leadership training, sustainable financial products and consumer education. With headquarters in New York, Women’s World Banking works with 39 institutions in 28 countries with a reach of 14 million women to create access to finance on a greater scale than ever before. These institutions form the Women’s World Banking network.


Women’s World Banking established a new unit called, Network Management and Business Development (NMBD) in support of its 2014-16 strategy. The unit is tasked with strengthening and expanding the vibrant Women’s World Banking network. This is accomplished by ensuring that membership adds value to the institutions that form part of the network.  One way that value addition takes place is when members learn from each other. Women’s World Banking facilitates such learning opportunities in various disciplines including learning from each other’s important leadership experiences.

Rationale or Purpose of the Assignment

The intern will write a leadership profile on one of the pioneers and innovative leaders in the network as well as in the field of microfinance. While the primary audience of the profile will be the leaders in the network, the wider microfinance field is also expected to learn and benefit from this profile in leadership. This CEO profile will highlight the principles of leadership that the CEO adheres to and practices. The profile will include actual experiences that show these principles at work. Examples of mistakes and lessons learned will also be insightful. Woven into the leadership story is the impact of the leader on the institution and the broader field of microfinance. A second profile is possible depending on how the first profile goes. The vision is that this profile will be the first of many profiles in leadership in the Women’s World Banking network.

Scope of Work and Responsibilities

The framework, outline and content of the leadership profile will be agreed upon with the NMBD, the leadership practice team, and the communications team at Women’s World Banking. Materials, research and field interviews are available that, while dated, are still very useful. The intern will have to update the research, transcribe the interviews and as necessary conduct follow-up interviews. The intern will be free to draft the profile within the agreed guidelines. The leader profiled will be asked for their permission to proceed with publishing the profile. Authorship of the article will be agreed upon. Women’s World Banking will have copyright of the material.

Succeeding profiles will involve more research and interviews.

Estimated Timetable and Terms

The position is available from May – September, 2014. This is a part-time, unpaid position.

Monitoring During the Assignment

The intern will report directly to the Manager of NMBD, Gil Lacson, but editorial supervision will be exercised by the communications team, with Maura Hart taking the lead.

Resources and Support During the Assignment 

This is not an office-based internship but regular check in via email, phone, skype or gotomeeting is required.  An occasional face to face meeting at the office will be expected. The intern will have access to all relevant information resources during the term of the assignment.  No computers will be provided. S/he will work closely with the NMBD, who will provide needed guidance and support to ensure the intern has a successful and rewarding experience.


The intern will be evaluated by the NMBD with inputs from the leadership practice and communications teams at the end of the assignment.

Candidate Profile

Strong candidates will be graduate degree candidates Business, Economics, Journalism, International Affairs, International Relations, Psychology, or other relevant field.  Skills include:

  • Strong interest in leadership, organization development (OD), social development, microfinance and gender
  • Excellent expository/technical as well as narrative writing skills
  • Ability to produce high-quality articles and stories that are well researched
  • Outstanding abilities to prioritize, analyze, synthesize and organize
  • Strong attention to details
  • Capacity to work with minimum supervision but is very open to suggestions
  • High degree of professionalism and excellent communication skills
  • Experience in leadership a plus
  • Work experience is a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish or French a plus

To Apply

Candidates may submit their resume and cover letter by April 30, 2014 tohr@womensworldbanking.org. In the subject line of your email please write: Internship: Network Member and Business Development.

Women’s World Banking is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.