The NGO sector for today spreads across various social and economic landscapes in our country. These include humanitarian, environmental and medical fields. Getting an NGO job in Nigeria is a great way to cultivate and improve your professional background. And of course this is a great chance to improve and strengthen all of your abilities for your further career development.
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If you are looking for a job for people who dream of helping others, if you are just beginning your way to selecting a future career or if it is a bit too late for you to change your career, you can go for a job at Non-Governmental Organizations. These organizations are socially oriented not-for-profit entities, independent of any government with their own budgets, staff, plans and so on.
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Some NGO’s are huge and work internationally (like UNICEF), while others are small and local, but all are created to solve different problems the society faces. Among such problems may be spread of some disease, relief of hunger, battling for human rights and defending the abused.
Among the types of jobs available at NGO’s may be jobs of teaching for example how to read, or how to work in the garden, there may be jobs of raising funds for the organization, answering the phone. International NGO’s offer jobs in various sectors – you may find one in marketing, PR, finance, IT, accounting.
Working at NGO’s may sometimes be very demanding due to hard working conditions, constant travelling, some may be very dangerous with poor living conditions. Local NGO’s may be offering part-time jobs for volunteers at first and then – offer a full-time position. When you take an office job at NGO – it will not differ much from a job in the private sector.
Note that NGOs are interested in such abilities as:
- good general skills (reading, writing, computer skills etc.);
- capability to adjust and work well in hardship areas and heavy conditions;
- ability to capture and speak various languages;
- medical arts (especially immediate treatment);
- ability to learn fast and maintain self-composure in the face of violence or extreme human sufferings;
- survival skills.
If you have most of the above-mentioned skills, your chance, to get a job in NGO, is very high. When you demonstrate your dedication and commitment to NGO-oriented missions you can get favourable recommendation letters from well-established non-governmental setups.
Top 10 NGOs in Nigeria:
- United Nations Organizations
- Nigerian Red Cross Society
- Dangote Foundation
- Women For Women International
- EHealth Systems Africa
- VSO Nigeria
- Save The Children
- Mercy Corps
- Association For Reproductive And Family Health (ARFH)
Once you decide that you want to take a job at the NGO, you should make a list of:
- Organizations you would like to work at.
- Jobs you can do.
- Jobs you cannot do.
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This list will help you realize which jobs would be great for you and tell you how you should begin your search. You may start by looking for NGO jobs at our site, or look for particular organizations and contact recruiters there. You can apply for NGO job opportunities using a CV and all necessary documents that validate your ability to work in this field without problems.
Working at NGO can be both – a short time experience or even a career, it is only for you to decide.