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5 NGOs in South Africa, offering entry level jobs


There are more than 76, 000 non-profit organizations, in South Africa, eager to work with candidates who are interested in the development of the continent. From organizations that provide relief in destitute areas to those who serve by providing education, those who aid the injustice on the topic of human rights, peace building, disaster relief and even cultural exchange – there is an NGO for just about any type of need.

The following NGO’s have entry level vacancies available at their South African based locations:

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (Masiphumelele, South Africa)

Based in the Faculty of Health Sciences department at the University of Cape Town, The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in South Africa.

The foundation aims to develop a diverse, enthusiastic team, set in an exciting environment, with the shared vision of promoting the health and wellness of individuals and communities who are vulnerable, destitute and in need. The organization serves those at risk of HIV and TB and individuals who have been diagnosed and now face a lack of quality of life. The DTHF is an equal opportunity employer and always strives to be fair and equitable in the recruitment and management of staff.

Foreign nationals are encouraged to apply for positions at the organizations, provided they hold a valid work permit. A valid driver’s license, with PDP, and a fluency in English and isiXhosa is beneficial.


WWFSA (Nuweland, South Africa)

The world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, WWF, is looking for individuals who are committed and passionate about making a difference in the world, to join its team. The organization’s mandate is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment, encouraging humans to live in harmony with nature, promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. It has over six million supporters, with an active global network in over 100 countries.

WWFSA believes that it leads by example, turning it’s team of volunteers into knowledgeable experts who act with wisdom. Everything is done based on fact and science with a clear focus on positive results and outcomes. The organization invests in developing the country’s future leaders for the environment. It selects passionate university graduates, turns them into high-level interns, and places them in a variety of organizations such as environmental NGOs, corporate retailers, banks and beyond.


Epicentre (Cape Town, South Africa)

Epicentre is a NGO based in South Africa that specialises in health and research projects and the evaluation of the impact of programmes (such HIV prevention) throughout the country. The organization collects data and surveillance in a bid to control diseases in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. It then assists with designing programmes and strategies, in collaboration with leading scientists that will benefit the populations more efficiently.

The organization regularly searches for and recruits high-level candidates to fill in positions such as supervisors, field workers, nurses, trainers and drivers that assist in implementing studies. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete the contact form on the website. Your information will be added to the organizations database. Should an opportunity that matches your skills arise, your CV will be marked and you will be contacted.


Ikamva Youth (Pretoria, Gauteng)

Township based volunteer programme, Ikamva Youth, gets learners out of poverty through education by reducing in equality and providing post-school opportunities to disadvantaged students. The organization serves to reduce inequality in South Africa, focusing on students in grade 12 (matric) who may not have access to post-matric resources and opportunities due to lack of funds and resources.

A career at Ikamva youth offers the right candidate a high level of satisfaction if you have a heart for community outreach. The various volunteer programmes will have you working in the field with individuals and families, touching lives and making an impact on the lives of learners from disadvantaged communities. Positions that must be filled include admin related vacancies, as an intern in the project management space, and other general worker duties.


Oxfam Novib (Burao, Somalia)

Oxfam Novib is committed to supporting local projects in developing countries by lobbying governments and companies to listen to what the marginalized have to say. This confederation is a group of 17 organizations working together to increase the impact of its long term development and humanitarian responses.

The Oxfam team believe that working at Oxfam is much more than just a job. Oxfam employees are a group of professionals that are moved by world poverty and injustice. The team works together in more than 90 countries, as a part of a global movement for change. Joining Oxfam will see you gaining satisfaction that comes with making a real difference in the world, being a team player in making a major change happen, working for a leader in a field that pursues best practice in all areas and becoming a part of a family that is united by commitment to a cause and shared values.



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