The CRS International Development Fellows Program is intended to give people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain broad exposure to CRS programs. Each year, CRS has approximately 20 placements with our country programs (based overseas). Assignments are for one year.
Specific job responsibilities vary greatly from one country to another depending on the country program's focus (Agriculture, Health, Peacebuilding, Education, Microfinance, social assistance or a combination of these). The goal of the IDFP is to place Fellows in positions where they can draw on their previous education and work experience, while broadening their skills. Many of our fellowships lead to regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.
How to Apply
All interested candidates must apply on-line. Unlike in previous years, CRS will not be accepting applications or conducting formal interviews during our visits to universities. We will instead do phone interviews for those individuals who qualify. Please note we will also be testing language ability based on your stated level in your application in a phone language assessment. CRS will still be visiting universities this year primarily to provide information about the Fellows program, and answer any questions you may have about the selection process. We look forward to receiving your on-line application and meeting you when we come to visit your university this fall. For a schedule of universities we will be visiting this year, please click on the link below.
- Graduate degree in a field relevant to international development or a Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of international development/management experience.
- Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. French preferred.
- Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
- At least 6 months overseas work or volunteer experience in a developing country OR significant domestic community development experience in addition to time spent overseas.
- Strong cross-cultural skills with the ability to adapt to the local culture.
- Ability to operate effectively in a stressful, fast changing environment where security could change unexpectedly.
- Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills and strong analytical skills.
- Interest in a career in development or emergency relief with Catholic Relief Services
- Commitment to CRS Principles
- Desire to work for a faith-based organization.
CRS provides the IDFP participants with the following benefits:
* Cost of living adjustment
* Transportation to and from the country of assignment
* Medical Evacuation Coverage
* Medical, Life, Travel, Accident, and Personal/Household Effects Insurance.
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