CRS International Development Fellows Program

Deadline: 12 December 2012

International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) gives people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain exposure to our programs.

 



Catholic Relief Services' International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) gives people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain exposure to our programs. Each year, CRS places approximately 25 Fellows with our country programs overseas. Assignments are for one year, starting in late summer. Specific job responsibilities vary greatly from one country to another depending on the country program's focus (Agriculture, Health, Peacebuilding, Education, Microfinance, or a combination of these). The goal of the IDFP is to place Fellows in positions where they can draw on their previous education and work experience, while broadening their skills. Many of our fellowships lead to regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.

 

Important Dates in the 2013-2014 IDFP Application Cycle:

October 1, 2012

Application becomes available online

December 12, 2012

Deadline for application

Late October- Mid January

Phone interviews and phone language testing is conducted

March

Qualifying candidates are brought to Baltimore for a full day of interviews

Late April to Early May

Offers are made to selected candidates

For more information about the International Development Fellows Program, please write to idfp@crs.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to international development.
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. French preferred.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • At least 6 months overseas work or volunteer experience in a developing country OR significant domestic community development experience in addition to time spent overseas.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills with the ability to adapt to the local culture.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a stressful, fast changing environment where security could change unexpectedly.
  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Interest in a career in development or emergency relief with Catholic Relief Services
  • Commitment to CRS Principles
  • Desire to work for a faith-based organization.


Benefits

CRS provides the IDFP participants with the following benefits:

  • Stipend
  • Cost of living adjustment
  • Housing
  • Transportation to and from the country of assignment
  • Medical Evacuation Coverage
  • Vacation
  • Medical, Life, Travel, Accident, and Personal/Household Effects Insurance.



How to Apply

All interested candidates must apply online. CRS will conduct phone interviews with qualified candidates. Please note we will also test language ability based on your stated level in your application in a phone language assessment.

We held a live web chat to discuss the International Development Fellows Program in November 2011. A transcript of the chat can be accessed at: http://crs.org/about/careers/fellowships/chat/.

We discussed application tips as well as answered questions regarding the application process, the fellowship year, and starting your career with CRS.

2012 Schedule of University Visits

For a schedule of universities we will visit this year, please see schedule of university visits.

 

 

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