Driven by his experience as a Human Resources expert in Non-governmental organisations, Nigeria’s Osadebe Ogwudile is ready to launch a NGO jobs and training platform where experienced workers, fresh graduates and unemployed Nigerians will be updated about vacancies they are eligible to apply for in NGOs located in Nigeria and across the globe; as well as get proper training on how to fit into each job’s criteria and submit appropriate job applications.
Osadebe who earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Sunderland, Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from University of Wales, and currently running his Doctorate programme at SDA Bocconi, School of Management, Milan, Italy, created nigeriangojobs.org with the aim of providing a one stop platform for NGO job vacancies and free training for Nigerians.
This platform was born out of Osadebe’s observation during his HR duties across different countries in Africa, where he worked more with citizens of other Africans countries as they occupied a large percentage of the NGO workforce while Nigerians functioning in the sector are very few.
With further research, he discovered the reasons for this wide gap, one of which is the low awareness of job vacancies rolled out in non-governmental organisations amidst Nigerians while the second major reason is; Nigerians who get information on these vacancies hardly fit into the jobs criteria, because most Nigerian tertiary institutions don’t prepare students for such jobs unlike other continents where students are exposed to volunteering services and social works as undergraduates.
Putting his twelve years’ experience in Human Resources Management and over five years’ experience in NGOs together, the Liberian based HR expert brainstormed on how to fix this, and came up with developing a NGO-focused job portal where NGO vacancies available within Nigeria and across the globe will be shared regularly for interested Nigerians to apply.
Additional services like free training on job application process, CV and cover letter writing among others will also be provided to users on the platform.
Though most of their services are rendered freely, users need to complete online registration and get verified before they can apply for jobs and the free training made available on the platform.
To extend this further Mr. Osadebe Ogwudile explained that his platform nigeriangojob.org will partner with tertiary institutions within Nigeria, to train and prepare undergraduates ahead of them entering the labour market. This we believe is an amazing initiative as it will help reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
More On Osadebe’s Career Journey
Mr. Osadebe Ogwudile started his career in the NGO sector as an undergraduate in the United Kingdom, where he rendered a volunteering service to GetcConnected, an NGO which provides a connection service to children and young people who have absconded from home, and required support to be safe.
As an undergraduate he acted as a school governor in North West London, where his role was to support the top management of schools in decision making.
After spending eight years in the United Kingdom, Osadebe Ogwudile decided to come back to his father’s land to work and share acquired knowledge which he believed will enhance the nation’s development but he was disappointed as there were no good jobs around.
He was unemployed for about six months before he got a HR role in a privately owned oil and gas servicing firm in Lagos where he was saddled with the responsibilities of setting up their HR department, implementing HR policies, processes, and systems.
Having spent few months on the job, he left and was employed by British High Commission in Abuja to manage the learning and development function of the Human Resources team where he made lots of great impacts, one of which was the increased learning needs and budget provided to support the national staff within the mission.
After almost two years with the High Commission, he finally got back to his most loved sector as the country’s operations manager of Mercy Corps; an International NGO. With them he got involved in impactful projects; setting up in Kano, Gombe including, managed the grant Mercy Corps got from USAID and set up offices during the 2014 Ebola crisis in Liberia, developed new structure, systems, and policies in South Sudan.
Fast forward to 2017, while still working in Liberia as an HR Director in an International NGO, Last Mile Health, he decided to contribute his quota to the development of his country Nigeria, hence his reason for creating www.nigeriangojobs.org aimed at increasing the number of Nigerians working in the NGO sector and reduce the population of unemployed Nigerians significantly. This platform will be launched in few weeks.
Visit www.nigeriangojobs.org to drop your details ahead of the launch.