Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program

Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program prepares dedicated global citizens to pursue a career in international relief & development work. CRS empowers Fellows to hone their skills and gain practical field experience while contributing to impactful work. Each Fellow works alongside experienced CRS staff to address critical issues facing developing countries today. CRS invites applicants of diverse backgrounds who are committed to our agency mission and strategy to join our global team.

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DEVELOP CRITICAL PROJECT & MANAGEMENT SKILLS

DESIGNED TO PREPARE FELLOWS FOR SUCCESS

The CRS Fellowship is a unique 12-month professional development opportunity, designed to prepare Fellows for success in a range of onward positions with CRS. By completing this training program, Fellows are competitive candidates for a wide range of positions with CRS. The Fellowship is centered upon skill building in the following four areas:

Project Management

Activity planning & implementation
Monitoring, evaluation, accountability & learning
Resource/budget management
Reporting

Project Design/Proposal Development

Research, assessments, analysis
Participatory design
Results framework & theory of change
Technical and cost applications

Systems & Operations

Supply chain and logistics
Human Resources
Finance
Risk & compliance
Safety & security

Partnership

Project planning & implementation
Capacity strengthening
Partnership reflection & assessment

Mercy Anguah screening infants for acute malnutrition during her Fellowship in Niger.

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ENGAGE IN IMPACTFUL WORK

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

CRS works with a vast network of partners to engender sustainable change and provide lifesaving help when emergencies arise. Fellows support CRS’ impactful work in a wide variety of sectors and assume varying levels of responsibility.

Common Fellowship Tasks

  • Lead new emergency response projects
  • Serve as interim project manager
  • Participate in the design of new projects
  • Oversee assessments and data collection
  • Develop accountability frameworks
  • Write reports and proposals

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

CRS works with a vast network of partners to engender sustainable change and provide lifesaving help when emergencies arise. Fellows support CRS’ impactful work in a wide variety of sectors and assume varying levels of responsibility.

Common Fellowship Tasks

  • Lead new emergency response projects
  • Serve as interim project manager
  • Participate in the design of new projects
  • Oversee assessments and data collection
  • Develop accountability frameworks
  • Write reports and proposals
Recent countries that have hosted Fellows are highlighted on the map below.

Learn more about where we work and our approach.

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

CANDIDATE PROFILE

We seek diverse and aligned candidates, and welcome people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Minimum Fellowship Requirements

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field
  • At least six months work or volunteer experience in a developing country
  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written commmunication skills
  • Professional proficiency in a second language (preference given to French, Arabic and Portuguese)
  • Willingness to work in locations with tropical and infectious diseases and limited access to medical facilities.
Current Country Representative in Uganda and former Fellow Niek de Goeij supporting a food distribution.

Please visit the FAQs to review the cover letter requirements.

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Selection Process & Timeline

Applications will be accepted through November 1st. The top candidates will be invited to complete a video interview, foreign language test and final interview (during the months of November–February). Please visit the FAQs for more information.

Due to the high volume of applications and rolling basis of the review, candidates will only be contacted if and when they advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Meagan Gunning leading an emergency response program in Uganda during her Fellowship.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We are glad you are interested in learning more about IDFP. In our FAQs, we strive to answer questions you may have around the application and selection process, overseas assignments and travel, housing and family, career and more. For additional information, follow the IDFP Facebook page or email us at idfp@crs.org.

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