International Development Fellow

Prior to applying, please read important application instructions on the IDFP website (

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through Programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary

The 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. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, many Fellows obtain roles with CRS.

Each Fellow is based in one of CRS’ country programs for the 12-month fellowship. Before applying, please visit the IDFP website to learn more about the Fellowship learning objectives, structure, benefits, and application requirements.

Under the supervision of an experienced staff member, the Fellow will support programming and operations in the following areas:

Project Management

Support implementation of current projects (e.g. activity planning with CRS staff and partners, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning activities).
Support timely and accurate reporting and learning (e.g. write/edit reports in collaboration with CRS staff and partners, document lessons learned).
Support effective management of cash and in-kind resources (e.g. budget analysis, cash forecasting, financial reporting, commodity management).
Serve as acting project manager, as appropriate.

Project Design and Proposal Development
Support research & analysis to inform new project design (e.g. data collection/assessments, problem identification, stakeholder analysis, gender analysis, gap analysis, development of theory of change, results framework).
Work with CRS staff and partners to develop proposals (e.g. design workshops, technical and cost applications, packaging/editing).

Partnership & Capacity Sharing
Work for CRS partners by supporting activity planning & implementation, project design, proposal development, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
Support partnership strengthening and capacity sharing (e.g. partnership reflection workshops, learning events).

Support procurement by participating in bid analysis and vendor selection, contracting, receipt and warehousing of goods.
Support staff recruitment by drafting job descriptions, reviewing applications, participating in interview panels.
Support security by reviewing security protocols and manuals.
Support supply chain management by reviewing systems for delivery, storage and distribution of goods, assisting with inventory counts, data collection, analysis & verification.
Support strong financial management by analyzing budgets/spending, reviewing supporting documentation for financial transactions, etc.
Support risk management and compliance by reviewing internal controls, systems for fraud prevention, CRS & donor guidelines, etc.
Support implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures.

Basic Qualifications
Graduate degree (Master’s level or higher) in relevant field (e.g. Sustainable Development, Global Affairs, Development Economics, Public Administration, Agriculture, Health, Business, Supply Chain)
At least six months of work or volunteer experience in a developing country
Must be able and willing to be based in locations with tropical and infectious diseases and limited access to medical facilities.

Required Languages
Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills
Professional proficiency in a second language (preference given to major languages where CRS works e.g. French, Arabic)

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel within country of assignment 10 -25% of the time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong relationship management skills, able to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds (in-person and virtually), able to influence without authority
Effective communicator; able to develop tailored and influential messaging for varied audiences, proficient in virtual work setting
Proactive; willing and able to take on additional responsibility, challenge assumptions and facilitate change
Results driven; able to set and achieve ambitious goals and instill confidence
Strategic thinker; able to formulate guiding questions, leverage resources and find creative solutions
Discerning; able to maintain focus and provide good judgment amidst complexity and uncertainty
Develops others; able to listen, coach and mentor
Agile; able to operate effectively in a stressful, fast changing environment where security could change unexpectedly
Aligned; able to support and champion the mission, vision, and values of CRS
Motivated; interest in a career in development and/or emergency relief
Flexible; willing to work in developing countries around the world
Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Competencies

Based on the mission, values, and guiding principles of the agency, CRS REDI competencies are to be exemplified by all staff in fulfillment of his or her respective roles and responsibilities.
Personal Accountability
Acts with Integrity
Builds and Maintains Trust
Collaborates with Others
Open to Learn
Strategic Mindset
Develops and Recognizes Others
Leads Change
Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships
Internal: CRS Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Program Managers, Operations staff, Talent Pipeline Team in Global People Resources
External: CRS partner organizations, local bilateral and multilateral institutions, host government, donor agencies, local/international NGO offices.


Applications must be submitted online. Prior to applying, please read important application instructions on the IDFP website (

The cover letter is a required piece of the IDFP application. In your cover letter, please respond to the prompt below:
Share an example(s) of a time when you supported or promoted greater diversity, equity and/or inclusion in a previous job, volunteer position or academic setting.