“It’s been six futile years of job search,” said Lawrence. Just another lament from a guy tired of job hunting. And I believe you too are conversant with that statement. However, does that mean there are no jobs? We bring you good tidings on another money yielding job that doesn’t have to be a white-collar job: NGO Jobs.
As much as there are a lot of Federal Government Recruitment Jobs out there, not everyone gets to secure it. This piece will enlighten you on all you need to know about NGO Jobs. Also, we have reiterated the benefits as well as NGO’s current recruitment.
What are NGO Jobs?
Popularly known as NGO, NGO is an abbreviation for Non-Governmental Organizations. These organizations are not set up, neither are they run by the government. Also, they are independent organizations devoid of government influence even though they many receive funds from them.
They set NGOs up not for profit but more of influence and impact. It is task oriented and driven by people with a common interest. They offer a variety of humanitarian services and functions. Interestingly, it could be a part-time job for undergraduates. Also, graduate recruiters look out for NGO jobs in your résumé.
What are the Benefits of NGO Jobs?
Aside from the fact that NGO jobs yield money, it comes with many packages that a federal government job will never give you. Also, most NGO workers say that NGO jobs give more than a dual satisfaction. What this means is that you get to enjoy other benefits as well as giving back to the community. Here are some reasons you should apply for NGO jobs;
- NGO jobs give you an opportunity to contribute to the society.
- It helps increase your employability skills such as punctuality, teamwork, cooperation and leadership qualities.
- Also, the skills you gain form a significant part of your CV or résumé. (That can make a good first impression on your recruiter)
- You will develop professional skills to meet the demands of the role and of the organization.
- Also, NGO jobs afford you a better networking opportunity locally and internationally.
- It helps broaden your horizon or perspectives about diverse matters.
- As a part of a team, you will learn leadership as well as a chance to employ them.
- NGO jobs give you an opportunity to work with different cultures. This increases your cultural understanding as well as adaptability.
- Also, you get paid for doing your job with the NGO. So yeah, some NGO jobs yield finance while some don’t.
Easy Steps on How To Secure NGO Jobs
Just like other jobs, you need to qualify for you to be employed. Here’s how to secure an NGO job.
- Identify which field you want to work, e.g. health, humanitarian services, etc.
- Apply to join as a volunteer
- Have value or a skill to offer to the organization.
- Watch out for NGO job advertisement or visit the company’s website.
- Seek opportunities from peers in other NGOs
- Update your CV to showcase your skills. (Read about top skills to include in your résumé).
- Prepare for the job interview (Tips on how to pass your interview)
What are the Core Skills Needed to Work in An NGO?
Although most times a volunteering job, there are skills that make you qualified to join the team. Here is a list of the 4 major skills, NGO jobs recruiters look out for;.
Teamwork and people skills
Working in an NGO requires teamwork and relating with people steadily. Therefore, it is important for you to develop your teamwork and people skills.
Ability to Speak another language
This is another vital skill which NGO recruiters look out for. It always comes in handy depending on your role and choice of organization. This skill sets you up for international connection.
NGOs require a lot of funding. Therefore, they are interested in employing people who can handle functions like planning, marketing, and negotiation, record keeping, accounting, budgeting and finance for the organization.
Excellent Communication Skills
This includes both physical oratory and communication on the media levels. NGOs look out for people who have skill in conscientization/sensitising as well as advocacy.
Current NGO Job Opening In Nigeria 2021,
- Technical Officer, Laboratory Services at FHI 360
- Procurement Manager at Save the Children Nigeria
- IT Assistant at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)–Yobe
- Logistics Coordinator (M / F) at Medecins du Monde (MdM)
- Roving NTS / EORE Specialist at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
- Case Management Assistant at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- Base Logistics Manager (National) at Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI)
- Livelihood Officer at the Learning Through Skills Acquisition Initiative–LETSAI
- Project Manager–Food Security / Livelihood at COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale
- Facilitator For Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Training at Medecins du Monde (MdM)
Kindly note that all the above are full-time jobs and application ends 26/May/2021.
Frequently Asked Questions About NGO Jobs
How Much Does NGOs Pay their Staffs?
Although most NGO Jobs are volunteering jobs, some NGOs offer attractive salaries and benefits to their staff. There is no specificity on how much you will earn. But there is a surety of satisfaction if you follow your passion.
Are NGO Jobs Challenging?
Well, yes. Without mincing words, NGO Jobs can be a challenging activity. The demands, pressure and expectations are usually higher than federal government jobs. However, it is also the most satisfying job in terms of goals.
Are NGO Jobs Full-time?
There is no specificity as to how long you can work with an NGO. However, we know you can work in an NGO, either part-time or full-time. Also, the choice depends upon the number of hours you want to work and how much you earn from it.
Working for an NGO is better than sitting at home dreaming about an ideal society. The skills gained in this stead aids you in increasing your work performance. We hope you found this piece enlightening. Do share with friends and family!!!