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Catholic Relief Services 2023 International Development Fellows Program

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is pleased to announce its International Development Fellows Program for the 2023/24 cohort. The fellowship program prepares dedicated global citizens to pursue a career in international relief and development work.

The Fellows Program is designed for individuals dedicated to a career in international development, with a focus on program management or operations. All Fellows complete a comprehensive practical training that includes project management, project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity sharing, monitoring and evaluation, budget and resource management, supply chain, logistics, human resources and security protocols. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, many Fellows obtain roles with CRS.

Each Fellow is based in one of CRS’ country programs for the 12-month fellowship. Before applying, please visit the IDFP website to learn more about the Fellowship learning objectives, structure, benefits, and application requirements.

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About Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. For over 75 years, our mission has been to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of... read more


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CRS International Development Fellows Program


Requirements for CRS International Development Fellows Program Qualification

  • Graduate degree (Master’s level or higher) in relevant field (e.g. Sustainable Development, Global Affairs, Development Economics, Public Administration, Agriculture, Health, Business, Finance, Supply Chain)
  • At least six months of work or volunteer experience in a developing country
  • Must be willing and able to be based in locations with tropical and infectious diseases and limited access to medical facilities 

Required Languages

  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills
  • Professional proficiency in a second language (preference given to major languages where CRS works e.g. French, Arabic) 

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel within country of assignment 10 -25% of the time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Strong relationship management skills, able to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds (in-person and virtually), able to influence without authority
  • Effective communicator; able to develop tailored and influential messaging for varied audiences, proficient in virtual work setting
  • Proactive; willing and able to take on additional responsibility, challenge assumptions and facilitate change
  • Results driven; able to set and achieve ambitious goals and instill confidence
  • Strategic thinker; able to formulate guiding questions, leverage resources and find creative solutions
  • Discerning; able to maintain focus and provide good judgment amidst complexity and uncertainty
  • Develops others; able to listen, coach and mentor
  • Agile; able to operate effectively in a stressful, fast changing environment where security could change unexpectedly
  • Aligned; able to support and champion the mission, vision, and values of CRS
  • Motivated; interest in a career in development and/or emergency relief
  • Flexible; willing to work in developing countries around the world

Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Competencies  

Based on the mission, values, and guiding principles of the agency, CRS REDI competencies are to be exemplified by all staff in fulfillment of his or her respective roles and responsibilities.  

  • Personal Accountability  
  • Acts with Integrity 
  • Builds and Maintains Trust 
  • Collaborates with Others 
  • Open to Learn 
  • Strategic Mindset 
  • Develops and Recognizes Others 
  • Leads Change 

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Interview date, Process and Venue for CRS International Development Fellows Program

Selection Process & Timeline

Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2022. The top candidates will be invited to complete a video interview, language test and final interview. 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.


Application Deadline

November 30, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on eipn.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com to apply
  • Prepare a cover letter: Please see FAQs for requirements.
  • Prepare your resume/CV
  • Apply online

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