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Job seekers blame NGOs officials of graft in recruitment

By Christine Taban

Most job seekers in Juba have accused certain NGOs of imposing unnecessary conditions for job seekers.

They say most organizations impose tough and unreasonable requirements for jobseekers thereby locking out potential local applicants.

One of the job seekers who sought anonymity, preferring only to use one name; Blessing said, despite her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration (SWSA), a Diploma in Business Administration, a Certificate in Project Planning  and Management and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations, she faces difficulties getting job.

Yesterday, Blessing said she met three human resource managers of different NGO’s and one of them told her to accept a two-month salary tip as a condition for her employment.

She says she declined the offer due to her qualifications and remembered how her parents suffered to pay her school fees.

Blessing says she also met another human resource officer in one of the international NGOs who demanded a month’s salary, which she explained would be paid through installments.

“The third one said the agreement will include one month’s salary and should be paid once of which I refused and opted to forego the job. Two of them were in international NGOs and while the other was a local NGO.

She said her experience discouraged her from further job search with NGOs as she does not wish anyone to ride on her sweat.

A human resource manager at an organization said, “It is the way to go these days and if you don’t want to agree and to offer me half of your one month salary let’s see whether you will get work.”

Another job seeker said such cases are common and most applicants opt to remain silent for fear of losing their jobs.

He however said not all NGOs follow the same recruitment procedures but accused some human resource officers of abusing their powers to fleece job applicants.

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