Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) are generally described as non-profit groups that function independently (although sometimes, some rely on the government for funding) of any government towards development and bringing positive change in society. NGOs are established locally, nationally, and internationally, and may operate through different systems, activities, and schemes, but all NGOs are committed to achieving their set purpose and executing tasks to fulfill their respective goals.
What Do NGOs Do?
Many NGOs participate in the all-around development of society through direct engagement with people, and social matters and therefore are considered the third pillar of development in society.
The World Bank classified NGOs into two major types;
- Operational NGOs and
- Advocacy NGOs.
Operational NGOs: Operational NGOs focus on implementing development projects while Advocacy NGOs focus on facilitating certain causes. However, some areas NGOs focus on include emergency relief, international health education, economic development, environmentalism, consumer protection, disaster preparation, human rights, and many more.
Generally, working in development is an attractive option for most people and indeed, the sector has evolved significantly over the years as organizations have become bigger and greatly professionalized.
Although working at a nonprofit can be fulfilling and frustrating all at the same time, it provides an opportunity to make a difference, help others, and bring positive change in communities all over the world. Working with an NGO also offers you the opportunity to travel both locally and internationally depending on the NGO and its aims and missions.
In this article, we’ll take you through the 10 Best NGOs in Nigeria and how to get a job with them:
WaterAid is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that provides clean water and promotes hygiene and sanitation across the globe.
WaterAid partners with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources to integrate clean water resources and healthy lifestyles into communities to minimize the risk of contracting diseases.
Careers with WaterAid Nigeria;
If you are interested in building a career with WaterAid and have the right skills and attributes, visit the career section of their website at https://water.org/careers/ for more inquiries.
Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF)
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship in Africa. It was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. The foundation is mainly focused on entrepreneurship, leadership development projects, and business leadership training.
TEF is always on the search for unique individuals with outstanding skill sets who are committed to making positive impacts and being part of New Africa. Since its commencement, the foundation has empowered many African youth and women in business.
Careers with TEF;
The TEF recruits from time to time from individuals who have shown interest in working with them. Go through their website for available vacancies. If they do not have an opportunity that suits you at the moment, go ahead and submit your CV for future consideration.
Check the career part of their website at https://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/careers for more information.
TY Danjuma Foundation
TY Danjuma Foundation is a non-governmental organization established in 2009 by former military general Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma. The organization is committed to building a nation where citizens will have access to quality and affordable education, and health care as well as opportunities to discover their skills.
They work mainly through non-governmental organizations and community-established groups in Nigeria. However, its strategy of working through cooperation is aimed at building institutional groups, funding innovation, and ensuring the provided funds satisfy the marked beneficiaries.
Careers with TY Danjuma Foundation;
Visit the website www.Tydanjumafoundation.org for information about available job openings.
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), founded in 2004, was established to encourage strong frontline policy to improve the health outcome of women, infants, and children, Alongside working towards improving the capacity of health workers to provide outstanding services by using sustainable procedures assigned to the needs of every community.
Careers With Wbfa:
If you are interested in getting a job opportunity from WBFA, check your eligibility and forward your CV to [email protected] using the position as a subject of your email, or check wbfafrica.org for more information.
Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN)
The Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria(BRECAN) was founded in 1997, BRECAN was created to eradicate breast cancer, provide strong advocacy about the disease, give patient support, and work together on areas of research.
Careers with BRECAN:
If you are interested in a career with BRECAN, you can visit their official website www.brecan.org and check the press section for announcements related to jobs or subscribe to their newsletters for daily updates. You can also apply first to become a volunteer to have an edge. You can also check their social media handles by searching for their name on your favorite media channel.
CLEEN Foundation is a non-profit organization created to promote public safety and access to justice for those who cannot afford to pay for legal support through lawful advocacy and promote human rights.
The organization works through collaboration with the government, civil society, and the private sector.
Careers with CLEEN Foundation;
If you are interested in a career with CLEEN Foundation, visit the career part of their website at https://cleen.org/vacancies/ for more information.
Global Peace Development (GDP)
Global Peace Development (GDP) was established in 2002. GDP focuses on promoting peace for development in Nigeria. The organization is committed to building peace, democracy, and good governance at local, state, and national levels to activate sustainable development.
Their programs focus on areas such as Conflict prevention and peacebuilding, gender equality, environment, and community health, and good governance.
Global Peace Development operates in 8 states in Nigeria: Cross River, Nasarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Rivers, Kaduna, Delta, and Edo.
Careers with GDP;
Visit their website https://globalpeacedev.org/career/ for information on career opportunities.
Jim Ovia Foundation
Jim Ovia Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to foster social and educational inclusion through the empowerment of underserved young people through the support of academic scholarships and ICT empowerment programs in Nigeria.
The foundation conducts scholarship programs and essay competitions every year and has offered scholarships to over 2 million students across Nigeria.
Careers with Jim Ovia Foundation;
Contact: [email protected] for more inquiries.
RedAid Nigeria is a young Nigeria non-governmental organization that is committed to providing healthcare services to people affected by neglected tropical diseases NTDs and other poverty-related diseases such as disabilities.
The organization aims at approaching health conditions holistically and encouraging citizens with disabilities to regain control over their lives.
Careers with RedAids Nigeria:
If you wish to pursue a career with RedAids Nigeria, their website is the first place to start followed by their social media handles. Check https://nigeria.red-aid.org/ for more details.
Food for All International (FFAI)
Food For All International (FFAI)is a non-governmental organization set up to support farmers, improve agricultural production, help promote food security and alleviate poverty in Nigeria.
Today, The organization has worked with agriculturists in almost all the parts of Niger Delta dealing with important components in the agricultural sector.
Careers at FFAI:
Visit www.ffai-ngo.org or send an email to [email protected] for information on job opportunities.
Conclusion on 10 Best NGOs In Nigeria and How to Get a Job with Them
Finally, finding a career with an NGO is similar to finding a job in any regular organization. Job hunting will certainly set in after deciding on the role and the organization you want to work with. Nevertheless, one of the best places to check out opportunities is on the NGO’s website as mentioned above, or other consistent job websites. However, it is important to go for opportunities that will benefit you the most and are closely related to your career part.
Remember, being a volunteer for an NGO will give you an insider view plus first-hand information regarding their recruitment process and empower you with the needed experience to pursue a career in any related organization.