Aid Work Job Coaching
There is a misconception that if you are a trained doctor, nurse, engineer, lawyer, agronomist, etc., any aid agency will be keen to snap you up. Being motivated to do your part for the betterment of humankind is admirable; however, the very nature of aid work in developing countries, means that the recruitment process has to be exhaustive, often intense and surprisingly competitive. It takes more than qualifications, skills and experience, to show that you have the characteristics and adeptness to make a good aid worker.
Higher Goals director, Joanna Klinge, worked as an HR partner at a leading aid agency for close to a decade. Having designed and conducted a significant number of recruitment campaigns herself, she has an insider’s knowledge of what’s required to make the cut.
For professionals and skilled workers interested in pursuing or transitioning into a career with an NGO, aid agency or community organisation, we designed this session to give you an insight into the sector and help you formulate a long-term strategy.
- Explore the aid activities of key organisations and the skills they require
- Identify your values, interests, skillset and aptitude and the type of aid work that is best suited to you
- Explore re-training and up-skilling options if necessary
- Develop a comprehensive pathway to achieving your humanitarian goals. (1.5 hours – $170)
Applying for a job with an NGO has to be approached differently than if you were applying for a domestic corporate or government employment. For a start, you are likely to be competing against an international talent pool. Making that great first impression is vital. Your application needs to demonstrate you are who they need above all others.
Application Preparation: Supply your current CV together with the advertised roster openings or positions and selection criteria for which you’d like to apply, and the Higher Goals team will work with you to create a compelling and convincing Cover Letter and Resume. (1.5 hours – $170)
Application Refinement: This service is for those who have updated their CV and accompanying documents but want to ensure that their application meets the requirement of NGOs. We will review your application against the selection criteria and our knowledge of the target organisations to give you the best chance of making the shortlist (1.5 hours – $170)
When you apply for a job with an NGO, your character, behaviour, and resilience are just as important as your technical abilities. Organisations don’t want to discover that people can’t withstand the often harsh on-the-ground conditions, after the time and money spent on recruitment and preparation. Neither do they want to put people in situations that may have a long-term impact on their physical or mental health. Psychometric testing, pressure simulations, problem-solving exercises and multiple interviews are commonly used to get a whole-of-person profile.
- Interview Preparation: Your interview is where you need to convince NGO recruiters that you’re mentally and physically up to the job. You need to demonstrate that you are capable of making sensible and risk-averse decisions and that you can negotiate your way out of danger. They will look for evidence that you are adaptable, resourceful and can maintain your focus and sense of humour in the most trying circumstances. These specialised coaching sessions will help prepare you with impressive answers that will convince an interview panel you have the hard and soft skills to make it in the field. (1.5 hours – $170)
- Mock Interviews: Some people who are attracted to humanitarian work exhibit an innate modesty. Others can come across as crusaders who are out to save the world. Neither extreme will serve you well. By simulating an authentic interview setting with the questions you are likely to be asked, you will have the opportunity to test and refine your answers with the help of someone who understands what recruiters are looking for. Mock interviews will build your confidence and make you feel comfortable in what can be an intimidating environment. (1.5 hours – $170)
- Assessment Centre Preparation: As part of the recruitment process for an NGO, you will inevitably be required to take part in Group Problem Solving, Case Studies, Scenario Testing and Simulations. You may need to convince foreign prison guards that you require access to detainees to ensure international conventions on human rights are being met or negotiate with bandits who are threatening to take a colleague hostage in exchange for a ransom. These sessions will show you how to conduct yourself and the sorts of behaviours that will impress recruiters. (1.5 hours – $170)