Are you a form four leaver looking for a well-paying job but there seems to be no hope?
Have you been discouraged by negative comments that you need a college degree/diploma to stand a chance of getting hired?
Well, I have some good news for you!
There are many NGO jobs that require no previous experience, and you only need your KCSE certificate.
Non-governmental organizations attract people from different parts of the world, which exposes you to different cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences.
And think of all the networking this opportunity would present you with!
They also give you a chance of travelling all over the world, helping people impacted by disaster, conflicts, and assisting refugees and people in need. This makes it one of the most rewarding careers.
This industry also provides you with an opportunity to develop a variety of skills since there’s always the need for support roles.
This means once you start working with them, you are given the opportunity to specialize in a career path of your choice. This makes it a suitable working environment for a form four leaver because you are given a chance to learn and grow as you work.
However, it is not always easy to get a job with an NGO in Kenya. There is the constant job competition in our country, and there will always be people with experience applying for positions suitable for you as a high school graduate.
In this post, I not only list the types of jobs you can get at an NGO, but also where to apply for these positions, and how to increase your chances of getting hired even when going against experienced people.
Types of Job Form Four Leavers Can Get in NGOs in Kenya and Their Salaries
The following are some of the most common jobs a form four leaver can get in NGOs in Kenya.
The rates are based on some of the top paying NGOs in Kenya.
The salary scale might be higher once you gain some experience in the related fields.
|Ksh 30,000 (plus commissions)
|Data entry clerk
The above mentioned position only require you to have a form four certificate. However, qualifications vary with each organization.
The following are positions that might require a college degree/diploma, but you can still apply for.
- Data collector
- Reporting officer
General Requirements for Securing a Job with NGOs in Kenya
- High school certificate
- A certificate of good conduct
- You should be Kenyan Citizens with a National ID
- English fluency, both verbal and written
- Be reliable and responsible
- Mental and physical fitness
- Ability to work under pressure and in different environments
- Team player
- If applying for a driver position, ensure you have defensive driving skills
- Computer knowledge is a must for some positions and an added advantage to others.
Where to Find NGO Jobs For Form Four Leavers
Most NGO firms advertise their open positions online, alongside the job description, skills required, and often times include the salary estimate as well.
The following are links to sites you can visit to check out any NGO job openings in Kenya.
- CareerPoint Kenya
- JobWeb kenya
- NGO Jobs in Africa
- The Star Classifieds
- NGO Jobs In Kenya
You can subscribe to some of these websites for free to get notified on new listings once they are posted.
How to Increase Your Chance of Getting Hired At an NGO:
- Consider doing some volunteer work: NGOs are mainly non-profit organizations that specialize in offering relief and voluntary work. Having some experience in these fields help you build up a strong CV, increasing your chances exponentially. In the links I shared above, there are a bunch of internship and volunteer programs that you can start with. As I mentioned at the beginning, there is always need for internal support roles. Volunteering with these firms gives you first priority consideration when a paying position opens up.
- Design a professional CV, detailing your skills, experience and interests.
- Apply for a specific role, and ensure your CV is customized for it.
- Make sure all your contact information is correct and up to date. Include an active email address.
- Before submitting your CV, verify the firm’s contact information to ensure you are sending your information to the right address. This will also help you confirm that the firm is legit.
What to Expect During the Interview
The interviewer(s) will want to know about you, your personality, how you would handle certain situations.
So, prepare extensively. Since NGOs focus on volunteer work, they will want to know if you can show empathy and compassion to those affected.
Groom decently when going in for the interview. Maintain an upright posture that shows confidence.
When asked to tell them about yourself, mention things they do not know, not those already included in your CV.
I hope this post gives you all the insight you need to apply for an NGO job.
You can also apply for other positions mentioned in this post: Jobs In Nairobi For Form Four Leavers.
We also have several posts about other jobs you can get with a form four certificate. Feel free to check them out below: