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April 15, 2014
Times of India
Apeksha Kaushik

The non-profit sector reported 8 per cent increase in hiring in March 2014, according to the TimesJobs.com RecruiteX. The sector has been performing well since past few months indicating that it has attractive career opportunities to offer…

Who are they hiring?

Demand is buoyant for administration (20%) profiles and HR (16%) staff, according to the TimesJobs.com data. Sales and business development professionals are also in demand.

Freshers take the biggest pie, with candidates having less than 2 years of experience accounting for nearly 45 per cent of the total demand in the non-profit sector during March ‘14.
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The non-profit sector also struggles to find effective leaders. Hence, demand is huge for top management professionals also. “One of the most in-demand roles in the sector is that of the director of operations or CEO. The sector struggles to find good leaders who can sustain the vision of the organisation while constantly promoting innovation to take it to the next level,” said Shailja Mehta, executive director, Aangan. She added that field workers are also high in demand in the sector and preference is given to local candidates for this profile.

What are they looking for?

Soft skills such as dedication, team work and positive attitude are more valued by the non-profit sector. “At Aangan, we seek to hire qualified and dedicated psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists who are willing to work closely with the communities we engage with. For this, they need to be able to move out of their comfort zone and be responsive enough to identify and engage with those who need help within the community,” stated Mehta.

Build a profitable career in the Non-profit sector Dhaval Udani, CEO, GiveIndia said that employees who are meticulous and excel at creating processes and systems for the organisation using their analytical abilities are valued across organisations. He added that GiveIndia also hire talent that possess hard skills such as accounting, designing, proficiency with software and technology. Photoshop, corporate sales and MIS are other desired hard skills in the non-profit sector, according to JobBuzz.com.

Where is the talent?
According to TimesJobs.com data Delhi NCR tops the list with maximum (28%) jobs in the non-profit sector, followed by Mumbai (11%) and Bangalore (9%). These three metros accounted for close to 50 per cent of the total jobs in non-profit sector during March ’14. Among tier II and III cities Ahmedabad and Jaipur had maximum jobs in this sector.

Mehta added that the overall hiring scenario for non-profit sector in metro cities is good. “However, we struggle with finding qualified personnel in the more vulnerable districts in the country including regions within MP, UP and Bihar. It is very difficult for us to even find trained psychologists and social workers to work with within these communities,” she added.

What does the future hold?

With the growth and expansion of the non-profit sector employment opportunities are increasing. Mehta feels that there will soon be even greater opportunities in the sector with the increasing options in relevant specialisations. “Given the changing structure and functioning of the sector, support roles are now being recognised as essential in the non-profit organisations. There is renewed focus in hiring specialised personnel for HR, communication and impact assessment,” she said.

According to Udani, “With the new CSR mandate in place role of a coordinator who can liaise between the corporates and the non-profit sector has become very critical.” He added that with more clarity on the bill, there will be a huge demand for personnel who can provide valuable counsel and implement CSR strategies smoothly.