CRS Junior Professional Programme for West African Women

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Deadline: 30/03/2021
Qualification: Diploma
Work Experience: Experiened
Industry: NGO

The Junior Professionals Program is an opportunity for qualified, professional women in West Africa to transform their passion for international relief and development work into a career with Catholic Relief Services.

Over a 12-month period, each Junior Professional will build core skills while working alongside experienced staff and supporting critical programs. Junior Professionals will benefit from strong mentoring and regional networking as they prepare for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.


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.


Working together, CRS and the Junior Professionals will make great strides to end poverty and promote peace and self-reliance in West Africa. Junior Professionals will contribute to strategic and sustainable development projects in sectors like health, agriculture, education, emergency response, and peacebuilding.

Junior Professionals will help strengthen local governments’ and organizations’ ability to address the challenges in their communities and countries while advancing their learning objectives. This includes:

Participating in project design
Supporting real-time project assessments and data collection
Developing and implementing monitoring and accountability frameworks
Writing reports and proposals
Organizing learning events
Supporting operations (Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain)
Learn more about our holistic approach and programming areas.

We seek diverse and aligned candidates and welcome people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Required Qualifications:

Graduate degree in related field (e.g. Economic Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain)
Graduated within 18 months of October 2021
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 10-15% of the time)
Preferred Qualifications:

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


The application will be open from January 4- March 31, 2021. Prior to applying, please review the eligibility requirements and FAQs for important guidance on the cover letter and online application.


Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2021. Strong candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in June. CRS will extend offers to the finalists in July 2021, after conducting background and reference checks.

The 2021 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.


CRS prides itself on growing and supporting female professionals. The Junior Professionals Program, with its emphasis on training, mentorship and hands-on experience, is an extension of that commitment. Participants who successfully complete the program will be equipped to apply for onward positions in program management, program quality, business development, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, or operations. Hover over the pictures below to hear from some of the talented women who advance CRS’ mission each day.

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