10 Humanitarian Organizations Offering Jobs in South Africa

ActionAid South Africa

ActionAid South is a part of ActionAid International Federation, which is anti-poverty organization working with poor people in over 45 countries around the work. ActionAid is known for its work with people living in exclusion and poverty to build sustainable, people-center and just alternatives to inequalities and justice.

ActionAid South Africa supports mining affected communities and strives to empower women and youth by defending their rights to food sovereignty and land. It also promotes quality education and ending of sexual violence in schools by building youth activist networks. The organization partners up with the youth, grassroots communities, like-minded organizations and social movements to develop initiatives and campaigns to address causes of poverty, injustice and inequality in South Africa.

The South African Red Cross Society

The South African Red Cross Society was established in 1921 and admitted as a member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1929, the largest humanitarian network in the world with over 100 million members and a presence in 189 countries.

The South African Government recognized The South African Red Cross Society as an Official Auxiliary to the Government in humanitarian aid in 2007. As every other Red Cross Society in the world, the South African Red Cross works upon the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, neutrality, voluntary service, unity and universality. The organization works by responding to emergencies and disasters. It encourages and promotes the improvement of health, the prevention of disease and the mitigation of suffering.

Oxfam South Africa

Oxfam South Africa has been working for almost 60 years on multiple levels, employing various strategies and combining long-term development programming with catalytic interventions. The mission of Oxfam South Africa is to contribute to lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty.

The organization mobilizes the power of people to claim their rights and space to fully participate in shaping of policies, decisions and processes that affect their lives as well as to challenge systems that boost poverty and inequality. Oxfam works in all 9 South African provinces where it implements programs on women’s rights and gender justice, economic justice, democracy and governance, global impact, saving lives and building resilience.

Doctors Without Borders South Africa

Doctors Without Borders (Medecines Sans Frontieres) is an international medical humanitarian organization founded in 1971. It is present in more than 60 countries worldwide, where thousands of medical experts and other non-medical professionals work together to bring essential health services to people in humanitarian crises.

Doctors Without Borders are committed to achieving two goals in South Africa, which are to provide medical assistance to people who are affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion, and natural and man-made disasters, and to speak out about the plight of the populations assists. The organization helps people regardless of their race, religion, gender or political affiliation, by providing them with emergency medicine as well as by setting up feeding centers for malnourished children, and support to clinics and hospitals.

World Vision South Africa

World Vision South Africa was found in 1967 with an inspiration to see no child without protection, health, education, and future employment. It is a member of the World Vision Global Partnerships which operates in over 100 countries worldwide. The organization operates with funding from South Africa and impacts around 32.000 lives in 11 area programs in 6 provinces.

World Vision South Africa impacts the most vulnerable children by identifying poverty stricken areas. It conducts an initial assessment in these areas and together with the communities and their leaders determines the highest priorities to bring about transformational development. Finally, the organization implements programs in these communities which have a direct impact on children.

CARE South Africa

CARE started operating in South Africa in 1993. It merged with Lesotho office in 2001 since two countries share many of the same causes and manifestations of inequality and poverty, such as high rates of HIV and AIDs as well as lack of access to basic healthcare and education.

CARE works with communities and local organizations in South Africa and Lesotho where it implements programs in the areas of HIV and aids, healthcare, food security, economic empowerment and democratic governance. During 2019, CARE worked with partners on strengthening the civil society, as well as on a nutrition fortification projects and with regional advocacy groups located in South Africa, including the Southern African Development and Economic Commission.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM was established in 1951 and since then it has become a leading organization in the field of migration. It works closely with governmental and intergovernmental agencies and NGOs. It is comprised of 125 member states and has offices in over 100 countries. The organization is committed to promotion of humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

IOM promotes international cooperation on migration issues, assists governments in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and provides humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons. IOM’s regional office for Southern Africa is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It works mainly in the areas of movements and assisted returns, counter-trafficking, migration health, emergency and post-crisis migration management,

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The office of the UNHCR was established by the UN General Assembly in 1950. The goal of the organization is to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees across the world and to help them in their livelihoods. The UNHCR works to ensure that everyone can exercise their rights to seek asylum and find safe refuge in other countries.

The UNHCR started operating in South Africa in 1991, to help with the return of South Africans who were in exile in other countries during the apartheid. Presently, South Africa continues to receive the highest number of asylum applications in the region and the UNHCR
is there to provide technical support to the government on the international protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons. It works within national political, economic and social structures to bring policies, practices and laws into compliance with international standards.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF was founded in 1946 and today has a presence across 190 countries and territories. From protection to emergency support, and from education to health, UNICEF defends the rights and well-being of every child everywhere.

UNICEF has been present in South Africa since the days of apartheid and still continues towards improving the lives of South African children. Its country office is located in Pretoria and it cooperates and works with a variety of partners in the government, civil society, academia and many other sectors to create a healthier and safer environment for all children. Its primary focus is put on ending violence against children, supporting early childhood development and acquiring positive results for young adults, especially young girls.

Joint Aid Management (JAM)

JAM is an African founded international humanitarian relief and development organization. Currently, it is operating in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Sierra Leone. Since its establishment in 1984, JAM has been providing programs to children who need support and communities that need help.

JAM has been serving disadvantaged communities in South Africa since 2005, mostly through Early Childhood Development Centers. The organization operates in seven provinces in South Africa: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West. In cooperation with its partners, JAM feeds over 120.000 children every school day. The organization remains effective by measuring the impact of its programs through nutritional assessments.

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