Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program
Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) International Development Fellows Program prepares dedicated global citizens to pursue a career in international relief & development work.
The International Development 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.
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 their agency mission and strategy to join the global team.
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 ManagementActivity planning & implementationMonitoring, evaluation, accountability & learningResource/budget managementReporting
Project Design/Proposal DevelopmentResearch, assessments, analysisParticipatory designResults framework & theory of changeTechnical and cost applications
Systems & OperationsSupply chain and logisticsHuman ResourcesFinanceRisk & complianceSafety & security
PartnershipProject planning & implementationCapacity strengtheningPartnership reflection & assessment
Common Fellowship TasksLead new emergency response projectsServe as interim project managerParticipate in the design of new projectsOversee assessments and data collectionDevelop accountability frameworksWrite reports and proposals
Benefits include an international PPO medical plan, dental and vision insurance, generous leave, a highly competitive retirement program, and family-friendly allowances for overseas staff.
CRS also prioritizes and invests in staff safety and security and provides travel and property insurance, disability coverage and Employee Assistance Programs.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Fellows enjoy an international PPO 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.
CRS seeks diverse and aligned candidates, and welcomes people of all faiths and secular traditions who share the values and the commitment to serving those in need.
Minimum Fellowship Requirements:Graduate degree in a relevant fieldAt least six months work or volunteer experience in a developing countryFluency in English with strong oral and written communication skillsProfessional 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.
Apply by 1st November.