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  • 1. UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND PRESENTS, A Graduate School / World of Work Initiative: The Postgraduate’s Job Search Guide A One-Day Workshop Masters and PhD Students at Wits Boitumelo Nteka Helena MOATSHE What skills an NGO or regional organization is looking for How to package your skills when looking for a position in these organizations Unsolicited engagement, and getting a foot in the door
  • 2. Non Government Organisation The term non-governmental organization (NGO) is used in a variety of ways all over the world and, depending on the context in which it is used, can refer to many different types of organizations. In its broadest sense, a non-governmental organization is one which is not directly part of the structure of government.
  • 3. Non Government Organisation Not all people working for non-governmental organizations are volunteers. Paid staff members typically receive lower pay than in the commercial private sector[citation needed]. Employees are highly committed to the aims and principles of the organization. The reasons people volunteer are not necessarily purely altruistic, and can provide immediate benefits for themselves as well as those they serve, including skills, experience, and contacts
  • 4. NGO’s answer to unemployment The NGO sector is an important employer in terms of numbers. For example, by the end of 1995, CONCERN worldwide, an international Northern NGO working against poverty, employed 174 expatriates and just over 5,000 national staff working in ten developing countries in Africa and Asia, and in Haiti.
  • 5. Challenges faced by NGOs Governance, people sitting in the boards does not know the role of being NGO board member as they don’t receive sufficient training on their role. There are no fundraisers, organisations no longer fundraise until their funds dry up Financial management , organisations are not able to account for the funds according to funders and loose those funds Organisation have a problem of managing volunteers , they forget that they are in transit and therefore those with capacity they want to keep should be absorbed into organisation Organisations does not keep to their core business, they have so many programmes that they want to specialise in, sometimes due to funding that is tailor-made for specific programmes
  • 6. MAKING THE KITE STRINGS PLASTIC STRAWS SCISSORS RULER MARKER TAPE
  • 7. FLYING A KITE LONGER STRING WIND STRATEGY TO TAKE OFF TECHNIQUE TO SUSPECT THE KITE SUITABLE ENVIRONMENT ONLOOKERS
  • 8. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING Group dynamics Community integration Problem identification Community investigation Facilitation Mobilization Communication Role playing Objectivity, monitoring and evaluation
  • 9. DOCUMENTATION, DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION Small group formation Clarification of values and vision Group dynamics Different kinds of media production Communication skills and visual aids Conscientization/senticizing skills (??) Advocacy Networking and linkages
  • 10. TRAINING TECHNIQUES Use of cultural forms Use of media On-the-job training - participant observation Workshop organization Group dynamics Practice-Theory/Action-reflection Exposure programme Group discussion and synthesis, brain-storming Self-learning kits and modules
  • 11. PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH Identification of research problem Identification of different research tools Data gathering Analysis of data Consultation with the community and validation of data Drawing of conclusions Making of recommendations
  • 12. BUSINESS SKILLS Planning Participatory (circular) management Accounting and bookkeeping Marketing and purchasing Negotiation Monitoring and record keeping Technical skill in micro-computers Organizing cooperatives/credit unions Handling labour problems Understanding legal aspects.
  • 13. EXPERIENCE SEEKING SET PERSONAL VISION MISSION AND OWN OBJECTIVES SWOT YOURSELF PLAN HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR STRATEGY VOLUNTEERING NGO ROUTE LEARNERSHIP PROGRAMMES CHOOSE TOPIC OF INTEREST – RESEARCH ATTEND WORKSHOPS REGISTER WITH PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS – volunteer WRITE PAPERS AND PRESENT WRITE ARTICLES TO NEWSPAPERS
  • 14. APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES RELEVENCE TO THE SECTOR OF INTEREST HOBBY YOUR SKILLS SWEET SPOT
  • 15. WHY ALL THESE SKILLS TO MAKE A KITe TO ENSURE THAT YOUR KITE IS NOT TANGLED TO KEEP THE ONLOOKERS AMUZED AND ENTERTAINED TO STAY FOCUSED – ENVIRONMENT TO FIND A SWEET SPOT
  • 16. THE ELEPHANT STORY As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chins, no cage. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not
  • 17. We are like elephants I saw the trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, maginificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well”, he said, when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough tohold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
  • 18. Conclusion I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they could not, they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?