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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Junior Professionals Program 2022 for West African Women

Applications are open for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Junior Professionals Program 2022. The Junior Professionals Program is an opportunity for qualified, professional women in West Africa to transform their passion for international relief and development work into a career with Catholic Relief Services.

Over a 12-month period, each Junior Professional will build core skills while working alongside experienced staff and supporting critical programs. Junior Professionals will benefit from strong mentoring and regional networking as they prepare for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.

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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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Aim and Benefits of CRS Junior Professional Program

  • Practical training: Through hands-on experience and extensive training, Junior Professionals will grow and develop their skills in project design; program management; monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning; partnership building; and operations.
  • Mentorship: Each Junior Professional will be paired with a mentor who will be actively involved in providing guidance, feedback and career coaching.
  • Customized professional experience: In addition to the core training, Junior Professionals will build their skills in a specific area related to their professional development goals, and strategically?position themselves for onward positions with CRS.?
  • Regional networking: All Junior Professionals will be part of the regional community of practice that will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their work.

Requirements for CRS Junior Professional Program Qualification

  • Open to West African Women;
  • Applicants must have a Master’s degree in related field (e.g. Economic Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain);
  • Received Master’s degree within 24 months of program start date (Oct. 2022);
  • Six months of relevant work experience (e.g. internship, practicum, volunteer or paid work);
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in the official business language of the country (French or English);
  • Citizen of a participating country;
  • Excels in collaborative multicultural environment;
  • Willingness to travel (up to 10-15% of the time).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and research skills
  • Agile, proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills

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Interview date, Process and Venue for CRS Junior Professional Program

Strong candidates will be contacted in August for an in-person interview. We will extend offers to the finalists in September 2022, after conducting background and reference checks. The 2022 Junior Professionals Program will begin in October.

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

June 30, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on www.crs.org to apply
  • Prepare a motivation letter
  • Prepare your resume or CV
  • Complete the online application (different forms are available for participating country)

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