5 Epic Tips To Find International NGO Jobs in Nigeria

Are you on the hunt to find international NGO jobs in Nigeria?

If so, check out these 5 epic tips to finding the perfect job with foreign NGOs in Nigeria…

International NGO Jobs in Nigeria

Tip #1 Work Out Your Priorities 

When applying for any new job, you should work out what your main priorities are: 

Here are some of the basic considerations:

  1. Do you want an office job or to be out and about?
  2. What is the minimum pay you would be willing to accept?
  3. How much responsibility do you want?
  4. What sort of work/life balance do you want?

Moving to a new sector (or new country, if you’re based outside of Nigeria) is a serious challenge.

So make sure that you know why you want to work for an NGO before you apply. 

After all, it would be a shame to move to the NGO sector or move to Nigeria without giving proper thought to whether this is at all the right move for you.

Assuming you’ve ticked off this box, lets dig into the details of working for an NGO in Nigeria.

Our next tip is very simple – get to know the NGOs recruiting in Nigeria…

Tip #2 Get To Know The NGOs Recruiting in Nigeria

So you have decided that you want to find an international NGO job in Nigeria but where do you start?

Our second tip is dead simple.

Get to know the NGOs operating in Nigeria because these are the organisations offering international NGO jobs in Nigeria.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of NGOs which are currently active in Nigeria:

  • Reboot
  • Africa Field Epidemiology Network
  • Premiere Urgence Internationale
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Management Sciences for Health
  • International Medical Corps
  • World Health Organization
  • Medecins du Monde
  • Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
  • Solidarities International
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Oxfam
  • Digital Economy Initiative
  • Save The Children
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Coffey International Development
  • World Food Programme
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Women for Women International

Read about these NGOs, their goals and activities in Nigeria.

Once you have a firm grasp of Nigeria-based NGOs, try and make a shortlist of NGOs who you would most like to work for.

Just remember though that there are many other factors to think about, as I explain in our next tip…

Tip #3 Location is Key 

Maybe you are thinking of coming to Nigeria from abroad.

Perhaps you live in Nigeria but might need to relocate for the right job.

Whatever the case, location is absolutely key. 

Some NGO jobs in Nigeria are based in Lagos or in Abuja.

If you’re like me, you will prefer to be based in one of these major cities in Nigeria. They’re fast-paced, culturally rich and (if you’re a foreign worker) full of expats from all across the world.

Other NGO jobs are set in more rural locations outside of the big cities.

Such locations are cut off from the rest of the world, with inadequate electricity supplies, slow internet and poor transport links.

Some people want to join NGO jobs in Maiduguri (the capital of Borno State)) in the north east of Nigeria.

This area is the centre of the conflict with Boko Haram so think about whether you want to risk your own personal security. As the UK’s foreign office currently states:

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Most attacks occur in the north east, particularly in Borno (including central Maiduguri and along access routes into the city).

Tip #4 Check International NGO Jobs in Nigeria with These Useful Websites 

All of the latest international NGO jobs in Nigeria are listed at websites such as MyJobMag, NGCareers and Hot Nigerian Jobs.

If you want a job with the UN, then check out UNJobs. You can also check out the website of the NGO for which you would like to work.

So our penultimate tip is be proactive in your job hunt (i.e. check out these websites regularly and sign up to their job alerts or newsletter).

Tip #5 Make Sure Nigeria is for You (If You’re Coming From Abroad)

This last tip is for international workers thinking of coming to Nigeria.

Living in Nigeria is not a walk in the park. 

Nigeria is a beautiful country with wonderful people but (and it’s a big but) there are safety and crime issues. 

So read up about the country before deciding to join an NGO in Nigeria. If you want to read more about these issues, check out our piece where we asked the question: how safe is Nigeria?

How is your job search going? Have you worked in an international NGO in Nigeria? If so, please comment below and tell us about your experiences. 

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