Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Junior Professionals Program 2024

 Deadline: 30th of June, 2024.

The Junior Professionals Program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is now accepting applications.Qualified, professional women in West Africa have the chance to turn their love of working on international development and relief projects into a career with Catholic Relief Services through the Junior Professionals Program. Throughout the course of a year, every junior professional will develop fundamental skills, collaborate with seasoned professionals, and support vital initiatives. Strong mentorship and local networking will be helpful for junior professionals as they get ready for more senior roles at CRS.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related field (e.g. Economic Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain)
  • Received Master’s degree within 24 months of program start date (Oct. 2024)
  • At least six months of relevant work experience (e.g. internship, practicum, volunteer or paid work)
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in the official business language of the country (French or English)
  • Citizen of a participating country (see above)
  • Excels in collaborative multicultural environment
  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of the time)
  • Willingness to be based in field offices outside of the capital city during JPP program year and after program completion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and research skills
  • Agile, proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills

Learning & Professional Development:

  • Practical training: Through hands-on experience and extensive training, Junior Professionals will grow and develop their skills in project design; program management; monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning; partnership building; and operations.
  • Mentorship: Each Junior Professional will be paired with a mentor who will be actively involved in providing guidance, feedback and career coaching.
  • Customized professional experience: In addition to the core training, Junior Professionals will build their skills in a specific area related to their professional development goals, and strategically position themselves for onward positions with CRS.
  • Regional networking: All Junior Professionals will be part of the regional community of practice that will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their work.


  • Most Junior Professionals will be based in the capital city where CRS has its primary office in the country, with regular travel to sub-offices and field locations. However, some Junior Professionals may be based in field offices full-time depending on the distribution of learning opportunities within the country program.

Paid Opportunity:

  • This is an entry-level salaried position with benefits. This position is competitively compensated in respect to the local labor market.


  • Prepare a motivation letter (please refer to FAQ for writing prompt)
  • Prepare CV
  • Complete the online application

CRS candidates to apply for the Junior Professionals Program through June 30, 2024.

Top candidates will be invited to complete a video interview in April – July (in some countries) and an in-person interview in August (in all countries). We will extend offers to the finalists in September, after conducting background and reference checks. The 2024 Junior Professionals Program will begin in October.

Due to the high volume of applications and rolling basis of the review, candidates will only be contacted if and when they advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Click here to apply 

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