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Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) 2024 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.

The Fellowship is a unique 12-month professional development opportunity, designed to prepare Fellows for success in a range of onward positions with CRS. The Fellowship is centered upon skill building in the following four areas:

  • Project management
  • Project design
  • Systems and operation
  • Partnership

CRS International Development Fellows Program

Application DeadlineNovember 1, 2023
TypePostgraduate
SponsorCatholic Relief Services (CRS)
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of CRS International Development Fellows Program

  • MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION: Fellows enjoy an international medical plan as well as vision coverage with zero deductible for in-network providers and low coinsurance and copayments.
  • SAFE FURNISHED HOUSING: CRS provides each Fellow with basic furnished housing, which includes electricity, running water, internet and security services (if necessary). The Fellow's housing is usually an apartment or house near the CRS office.
  • PAID TIME OFF (VACATION, SICK, & PERSONAL): CRS provides Fellows 20 days of paid vacation along with 12 days of sick leave annually. In addition, we offer 4 personal days to attend to emergency or non-emergency situations occurring during a normally scheduled work day.
  • TRAVEL & MEDICAL EVACUATION:CRS covers relocation costs such as transportation to and from the country of assignment, visas, inoculations, etc. Additionally, CRS provides 100% employer-funded medical evacuation coverage for the Fellow and their dependents.
  • RETIREMENT BENEFITS (403B): CRS offers a 50% match on the first 6% of contributions as well as a contribution of 7% of pay regardless of employee contributions, after six months of service. (Note: Employees without a social security number are eligible to participate in an offshore retirement fund with the same contribution calculation.)
  • CONTINUED EDUCATION: Upon hire, Fellows have access to CRS' robust online learning platform. Additionally, CRS will reimburse up to $5,200 per year for employees pursuing degrees and professional certifications, after one year of employment.

Requirements for CRS International Development Fellows Program

At CRS, we celebrate diversity within our workforce and are committed to developing local leadership in the communities we serve. We recruit Fellows from around the world, including nationals of the countries where we work and from underrepresented groups in the U.S. and globally. We welcome applications from candidates 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 communication skills
  • Professional proficiency in a second language (preference given to French, Arabic and Portuguese)
  • Able to work in locations with tropical and infectious diseases and limited access to medical facilities

Selection Process

The top candidates will be invited to complete a video interview, language test, phone screen and final interview. Please visit the FAQs for more information.

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

Application Deadline

November 1, 2023

How to Apply

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

For more details, visit CRS website


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