Type of Funding
The Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) will place 20 to 30 individuals who are interested in a career in international development, in their overseas country programs for 12 months, commencing August 2019. Most of the fellowships lead to permanent positions with CRS. The list of country programs hosting fellows changes annually, with the greatest number of positions in Africa.
While completing comprehensive training on program management and operations, fellows will support CRS’ work in various sectors such as agriculture/livelihoods, health, peacebuilding, emergency response, education, microfinance, or a combination of these. Fellows will be trained in project management, project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, budget and resource management, supply chain and logistics, human resources and security protocols.
CRS provides the IDFP fellows with an annual stipend, allowances and furnished housing. For 2018, the stipend is $30,000. Fellows have to pay their portion of health insurance premiums and contribute to housing like other CRS employees. Depending on their country assignment, some fellows may receive a cost-of-living allowance.
Transportation to and from the country where the fellow is stationed will be covered. CRS provides for extensive insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, travel/accident, evacuation and personal household effects). Fellows will be entitled to paid vacation, sick and personal leave, and 12 paid holidays. They will also receive language learning assistance. CRS will cover the costs of airfare, insurance and immunizations for accompanying spouses and dependents.
Applicants must have graduate degrees in a field relevant to international development, such as Agriculture, Health, Engineering, Business, Public Administration, Finance, and Supply Chain. They have to be fluent in English with strong oral and written communication skills as well as be proficient in a second language. Those with strong language skills, especially in major languages spoken where CRS works, like French and Arabic, will have an advantage.
Applicants should have at least 6 months overseas work or volunteer experience in a developing country or at least 5 years of experience living in a developing country.
They need to be able to work respectfully and professionally in a cross-cultural environment, and possess a strong interest in a career in development or emergency relief. They have to be willing to work in various regions and developing countries around the world.
Applications for the August 2019 fellowship are to be made online by 1 November 2018. Applications received by 8 October 2018 will receive priority consideration.