Postgraduate’s Guide
     to the Job Search:
NGOs & Regional Organizations

                   perspectives from
         ...
Introduction

 What skills do you think NGOs are
 looking for?
 Why would you want to work in an
 NGO?
Working in the NGO Sector

 Easy entry at junior levels
 Intellectual and technical rigour
 Experience & exposure to diffe...
What does Khanya-aicdd do?

 Local African-owned NGO run by a Board of
 Directors
 Our mission is to promote sustainable l...
What about a humanities background?

 Strong foundation in social issues
 Organizing & processing information
 Expression ...
What type of skills?

 Interpersonal skills
 Basic research skills (content & technical
 knowledge)
 Computer literacy
 Or...
Packaging your self

 Know thyself!!!
 Know thy skillsets!!!
 Research, research & more research
 Manage your resume to re...
Useful Resources

SANGONET; PRODDER
http://www.aidworkers.net
http://www.devnetjobs.org/
“What Colour Is Your Parachute? (...
http://www.khanya-aicdd.org
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  1. 1. Postgraduate’s Guide to the Job Search: NGOs & Regional Organizations perspectives from Rahel S. Otieno 23 June 2007
  2. 2. Introduction What skills do you think NGOs are looking for? Why would you want to work in an NGO?
  3. 3. Working in the NGO Sector Easy entry at junior levels Intellectual and technical rigour Experience & exposure to different environments Not glamorous Encourages liberal thinking Salaries????
  4. 4. What does Khanya-aicdd do? Local African-owned NGO run by a Board of Directors Our mission is to promote sustainable livelihoods and community-driven development to address poverty in Africa. To do this we facilitate learning processes linking government, communities, civil society and business, drawing from global development thinking. Go to http://www.khanya-aicdd.org
  5. 5. What about a humanities background? Strong foundation in social issues Organizing & processing information Expression & liberal thinking
  6. 6. What type of skills? Interpersonal skills Basic research skills (content & technical knowledge) Computer literacy Organizational, writing and communication skills Project management Strategic & analytic skills
  7. 7. Packaging your self Know thyself!!! Know thy skillsets!!! Research, research & more research Manage your resume to reflect your skillsets Unsolicited engagement is good, but please be specific First impressions count!!!
  8. 8. Useful Resources SANGONET; PRODDER http://www.aidworkers.net http://www.devnetjobs.org/ “What Colour Is Your Parachute? (A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changes)” Richard Bolles http://www.ciao.co.uk/What_Colour_Is_Your_Parachut e_A_Practical_Manual_for_Job_Hunters_and_Caree r_Changes_Richard_Bolles__Review_5484650
  9. 9. http://www.khanya-aicdd.org

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