Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program 2017 ($25,622 Stipend & Fully Funded)

Job Title:    International Development Fellow
Requisition Number:    I2539
Area of Interest:    Other
Position Type:    Full Time
Hours Per Week:    40
Full Time or Part Time:    full
Regular, Short Term OR Temporary:    reg
Department Name:    Human Resources
Post Location:    Various International
Telework – Part Time Considered:    No
Telework – Full Time Considered:    No

The Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program, or IDFP, is an opportunity for people interested in careers in international relief and development with a faith-based organization to experience our programs overseas. Each year, CRS places approximately 20–30 fellows in our country programs. Assignments, of approximately 10 months, start in late August.

Specific job responsibilities vary from country to country, but usually include work in 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. Most of our fellowships lead to permanent positions with CRS.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the supervision of a senior staff member-often the Head of Programming– fellows provide support to the CRS country program while engaging in challenging and learning-driven opportunities, with a goal to develop

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to international development
  • Professional proficiency in French, Spanish, or Arabic. French preferred.
  • At least 12 months overseas work or volunteer experience in developing countries
  • 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 Guiding Principles
  • Desire to work for a faith-based organization


  • Annual stipend of $25,622
  • Cost-of-living adjustment
  • Furnished housing
  • Transportation to and from the country of assignment
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • Medical, dental, life, travel, accident, and personal and household effects insurance
  • Basic life insurance
  • Paid vacation, sick and personal leave, and 12 paid holidays
  • Language assistance


Oct 2016: Phone screening begins
Nov 2016: Language testing begins
Feb to March 2017: Baltimore interviews
April 2017: Successful candidates are notified
Late August 2017: Orientation and deployment overseas


  1. Dear CRS team,
    I have gone through the fellowship to the job title International Development Fellow.and indeed am interested.Am From Tanzania.So please consider in that fellowship


    Philbert Kato

  2. I should be grateful if given this opportunity. I promise to abide by all rules and regulations given me. I shall also work over time with little or no supervision to meet deadlines if given this opportunity.

  3. I am Philip Tah Fon from Cameroon and trained as a Catholic teaching and I have extensive experience heading some international and local organizations in Cameroon.
    This is an opportunity I would like to apply for and I promise to respect all the rules and regulations governing the fellowship.
    Please write back to me wit further details on how I may proceed with application

  4. I will like to apply. I am a young University graduate currently on a one year National Youths Corps Service from Nigeria. I read Psychology and graduated with a Second Class (Hons) Lower Division from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan-Nigeria. I am sending this mail using my Dad’s e-mail address. Kindly guide me on how to make the application as I could not see it from this website.
    Thanks for your quick response.

  5. I am very much pleased to see this opportunity and i would like to participate in IDFP to develop my career and strengthen my skills. Kindly get in touch with me

  6. I would be most grateful if you could kindly consider me for your overseas job opportunity as advertised above.
    I am a science educationist who graduated from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
    I am interested in working with the CRS.
    Hoping to receive a favourable response.

  7. i am a corp member in Nigeria and currently working with one of the leading NGO’s in Nigeria please I would love to be given the directions on how to apply.

  8. I am Nigerian and graduated from the University of Nigeria with a B. Pharm degree certificate. I believe i am one of the most suitable person for this wonderful opportunity to work with your organisation, for Humanity, for Nigeria, for Africa, and for the world at Large.
    I had engaged myself with various Humanitarian Services and currently working with a local NGO here in my country as a volunteer pharmacist, which gives me great joy to help the less privileged.
    I seek for more opportunities to gain more experiences to impact lifes better. This is my ultimate Goal in Life.
    I am a very hard working person, and have very good ability to work as an individual and as a team. I also possess the ability to work under stress, can learn really fast and implement what has been learnt. I have good oral and written communication skills.
    I am also Learning the French Language at the moment.
    I hope to hear from you soonest especially on how to proceed on this application process.

    Best regards.

  9. Iam a Ugandan lady, a teacher of French language, a graduate from Makerere university with a Barchelors degree in Education, majoring in French. I have taught French for a number of years and both ordinary and advanced level and if given the opportunity to work with CRS, I would be very grateful. Am hardworking, enterprising and a team builder. Am very fluent in speaking, writing and understanding the French and English languages.

  10. Iam a Togolese and graduated from public health training center of Lomé since December 2015, from National school of Midwives of lome since 2004, I have spend ten years working in university center of Campus of lome as midwife. I speak English and French and i will be very grateful if i had the opportunity to work with CRS.
    I hope to hear from you on how to proceed on this application process.

  11. I am Nigerian, I studied Nutrition and Dietetics from the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, and graduated as the best student from my class. I have done some humanitarian services during my undergrad year and also as a Corper. I have also looked for more opportunities to put myself out there to make positive impact on the lives of people, mostly children. I would be grateful if I will be given this opportunity not just to build my career but also to impact on people and leave a legacy. By this I would love to be guided in the application process. Thank you

  12. I am Nigerian. I studied Animal Production and Health from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Oyo State Nigeria. I have done some humanitarian services during my undergraduate year.I am a very hard working person. I would be grateful if you could considered me for your overseas job.hope to hear from you soonest. Thanks.

  13. I’m an Industrial Chemist, a graduate at the University of Port Harcourt,where I was also made the Auditor General of the whole faculty of science.I’v been into a humanitarian service with MDGs where I was made the Vice President of the local government where I served during my NYSC.I was even given a commendation award for embarking on a personal project of building a library for Community high school,Owoope.
    I’m a practising Catholic here in Nigeria and I’m presently teaching at Dominican Group of schools where I was also made the Chief Catechist of the school,primary section.
    I would be glad if I’m favourably considered as this will serve as a medium of giving back to the society.
    In Anticipation of your quick and favourable response,please accept my profound gratitude
    Emeribe Anthony Ifeanyi

  14. This is indeed the opportunity I have been waiting for. Iam Vincent Tendai Chaeruka from Mutare Zimbabwe. 26 years old and a graduate from Midlands State University with 2.1 degree class in Bachelor of Arts Hinors in International Studies. I have extensive working experience in the NGO and givernment sector. Please consider me on this programme.

  15. […] The Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program, or IDFP, is designed for individuals dedicated to a career in international development. While completing comprehensive training on program management and operations, fellows support CRS’ work in various sectors such as agriculture/livelihoods, health, peacebuilding, emergency response, education, microfinance, or a combination of these. The fellows’ training focuses on 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. […]


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