Join the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) ASPIRE Program (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda & Ethiopia)

The ASPIRE Program is a unique opportunity for individuals who seek to transform their passion for relief and development work into a career with Catholic Relief Services. Through this structured field-based learning program, ASPIRE participants build skills in key areas of programming and operations while working alongside experienced staff and supporting critical programs. ASPIRE participants benefit from strong supervision, mentoring and regional networking as they prepare for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.



  • Practical training: Through hands-on work and training, participants will gain experience and hone their skills in the following core areas: project management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity strengthening, communications and operations.
  • Strong supervision: Each participant will be paired with an experienced supervisor who will coordinate their work activities, provide timely feedback and regular guidance.
  • Mentorship: Each participant will meet regularly with a mentor who will engage them in meaningful discussions around professional development, provide guidance and career coaching.
  • Customized professional experience: In addition to the core training, participants 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: Participants will be part of the regional community of practice to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their work.



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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. International Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Communications, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain)
  • Graduated within 24 months of program start date (degree conferred between Sept 2022 – Sept 2024)
  • Strong speaking and writing skills in English
  • National of a participating country
  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of the time)
  • Willing to be based in field offices during and after program
  • Excels in collaborative, multicultural environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and research skills
  • Agile, proactive, results-oriented
  • Ethiopia, Somalia –female applicants only

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of local languages (see FAQ for details)
  • Persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Kenya – Master’s degree



We invite candidates to apply for the ASPIRE Program through June 30, 2024.

Strong candidates will be contacted in August for an in-person interview. We will extend offers to the finalists in September, after conducting background and reference checks. The 2024 ASPIRE 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

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