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International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)

International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)

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.

The 2013-2014 IDFP Application is now available.
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.

For frequently asked questions about the International Development Fellows Program, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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.

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