We often hear the names of companies like BRAC, Asha, or Proshika. These NGOs have been playing a role in the socio-economic development of the country for years. Due to the large and challenging field of work, many people want to build a career in this sector. But it is a matter of time to prepare for the NGO recruitment test. Let’s take a look at the important issues of this preparation in this article.
What is the type of job in NGOs?
In a developing country like Bangladesh, the field of work of NGOs is huge. The type of job is also different. For example, if an NGO works on human rights, they naturally have to deal with legal issues on a regular basis. For this reason, these NGOs need to have the position of a lawyer. The areas in which NGOs usually work in our country are:
Education and primary mass education
Immunization of mother and baby
Cure drug addiction
Physical and mental disability
Prevention of violence against women
Micro-credit and poverty alleviation
Safe water and sanitation
Relief and rehabilitation
Labor and employment
Protect the environment
What kind of qualifications are required for an NGO job?
Educational qualifications in the NGO sector depend on the type of job. For example, to work as a field worker, one usually has to pass HSC. But a little higher jobs require a minimum bachelor’s degree. In this case, the subject of study is not always specifically mentioned.
If you have a degree in some subjects, you can get predominance in an NGO job. Such as:
Women and Gender Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Usually, entry-level jobs do not require much experience. However, if you have the experience, you will get benefits. You can volunteer in NGOs to gain this experience. In addition, many NGOs have internship arrangements.
In most cases, the age limit for entry-level entry into NGOs in our country is 32 years. Sometimes this limit is up to 35 years.
There are some special conditions for some positions. For example, only female employees are employed in a few jobs in the family planning sector. On the other hand, if there is a lot of physical work at the field level, male workers are given priority.
What kind of skills are needed in NGO jobs?
No matter what NGO or position you want to work in, you will be asked for some general qualities and skills. Such as:
The ability to perceive human problems;
The mentality of working hard with patience;
Stress management skills;
Have a positive attitude;
The ability to adapt quickly to any situation;
Ability to communicate with different levels of people.
In addition to the general skills mentioned, you need to have some special skills. For example: If you have a reporting job, you need to know how to use Microsoft Office. Again, it is important to know English to get a job in an international NGO. Similarly, if you want to work as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, you need to have the ability to evaluate logically and objectively.
What is the type of recruitment test in an NGO?
Employees are usually recruited through oral examination after applying with CV to the lending NGOs. Socio-economic development NGOs also have written and oral examinations for recruitment.
How to prepare for the NGO recruitment test?
Find out what kind of job you have in your preferred field.
Get to know the NGO you want to work with.
Take a look at the responsibilities and qualifications for the position you are applying for.
If you do not have the necessary skills or qualifications, try to achieve it.
Improve communication skills.
If you get an opportunity to do volunteering or internship in an NGO, accept it.
Keep yourself updated about the socio-economic system of the country and abroad.
One thing to keep in mind. NGOs are a service sector. Therefore, in order to build a successful career in this sector, there must be a mentality of helping people.