Cover letter for NGO job(4 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for an NGO job.”

Examples of cover letters for an NGO job

When applying for an NGO job, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for an NGO job”

“Your Name

P. O. BOX XXX-00100


22nd February 2018,

The Hiring Manager,

ABC Kenyan NGO,

P.O. Box XXX-00100


Dear Mr Oluoch,

RE: Application For A Programme Officer Position

Following your advert regarding the position on Career Point Kenya website on 22nd February 2018, I forward my application in response. I possess Bachelors degree in Development Studies and experience with data collection through surveys, observations, interviews, and focus groups.

I am especially interested in this position for several reasons. First, I have over 2 years of thoroughly enjoyable experience in working closely with community service organizations at the local and state levels. Second, I have conducted several practical studies of community service organizations which have resulted in strengthening their roles at the local level.

Furthermore, my research work has placed me at the center of the policy process where I have worked effectively with government officials and other community groups and helped create solutions to domestic violence at the county level.

I have practical experience in project planning, implementing of project interventions, budgeting, report writing, documentation, supervision, monitoring & evaluation, linkage negotiation, coordination, facilitating meeting, seminar, workshops and campaign etc;

My communication skills will also come in handy as I am comfortable making presentations to large groups of people while demonstrating integrity and understanding during interactions with the public.

I strongly believe that my competency of precise knowledge of management along with my experience will contribute to making a good outcome for your projects and organization as well.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours truly,


Your Name”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for an NGO job”

“Dear Recruiting Team,

I am writing to apply for the EU Policy Associate employment opportunity as advertised on the Euro Brussels website and its current vacancy bulletin. After I had read the job description I felt the range of relevant skills I possess rightly match your requirements for the post.

My ambition and career goals regard being a part of the work of the international organizations connected, especially in the field of democracy and human rights, within EU. Therefore I chose to study Political Science at the University of Sofia, which I graduated with a specialization in European Integration. In order to enhance further my knowledge on the domain I completed a Master degree program in International Relations: major in International organizations and multilateral diplomacy at the same university.

Having learned about the Political Institutions of the European Integration, EU Common Policies and European Logical Framework, which introduced me to the processes in the EU, EU’ Institutions working mechanisms and European policy making process as well as having researched for human rights matters in the field of Democratic Regimes and Governance, International Conflicts and International Terrorism I can manage confidently dossiers covering the both topics under consideration.

In addition to my academic and research experiencesmy work as an Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister in theEuropeancoordination and international co – operation Directorate at the Ministry of Youth and Sport afforded me the opportunity to gain professional practice in the organization and informative coordination of EU, UNESCO and ENGSO funded projects in the field of youth and sport through fulfilling diverse administrative and event planning tasks.

Furthermore, the position description calls for someone who has excellent communication skills and the ability to produce well-written policy materials. My communication skills have greatly developed both through my degree programs and work experience in a multinational environment. During my education I have not only conducted research, written position papers, and essays but frequently I presented and discussed them orally in student conferences, seminars, occasionally employing the use of visual aids. This taught me a lot about working in a team and practicing my presentation and oral skills in English.

The working experience within ethnically and culturally diverse groups proved to be a unique source of interdisciplinary, cultural and language knowledge. Currently, I am fluent in English, Bulgarian and Turkish and I have a working knowledge of Russian and a basic understanding of French and Spanish.

I would welcome the great opportunity to work as a part of your successful team, to benefit from your extensive experience and to put my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm into practice for the prosperity of your organization. My accomplishments and qualifications are further detailed in the enclosed curriculum vitae. If I can provide any additional materials – such as a writing sample or references – to help you evaluate my candidacy, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you and discuss the value that I can bring to your organization. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for an NGO job”

“Kendra Lee


919 Atwood Ave.

Madison, WI 53716

March 3, 2020

Jessica Mathers

Hiring Manager

Healthy Mind Organization

9600 Wayward Lane

Suite 402

San Francisco, CA 94016

Dear Ms. Mathers,

Nick Johnson suggested that I apply for the position of communications manager with Healthy Mind Organization because he is familiar with my proven record of successful social media management, as well as my deeply personal connection with your mission to increase mental health awareness and provide support to those battling mental health issues. The projects about your Mind Body Soul initiative are especially interesting to me. I would be eager to work on initiatives similar to this. This specific project was immediately exciting to me because of the opportunity to support Healthy Mind’s mission to help young girls empower themselves and build a strong foundation of self-love. I am equally impressed by your focus on investing in initiatives that promote body acceptance and nutritional counseling.

My five years of experience at Avatar Media Inc. and my academic background in communications and marketing make me well-equipped to start immediately working on a project to help expand your current outreach and connections. My nonprofit experience includes fundraising for a local women’s group promoting healthy lifestyles to young girls. I’m fully versed in all aspects of print and online marketing, and I have experience in public relations and branding. I also have strong organizational, leadership, interpersonal, and critical-thinking skills, all of which I know will assist me in the role of communications manager.

Over the past couple of years, I have been in close contact with several women who have benefited from Healthy Mind’s services. After growing up seeing the effects of mental health issues firsthand, particularly in young women, I have gained a unique and personal understanding of how important your work is for all women. The opportunity to work in the Healthy Mind Organization would be an incredible way to fulfill what I believe to be my life’s purpose.

I appreciate the chance to apply for the communications manager position and would love to talk with you more. Can we schedule a call or a meeting to discuss this opportunity further?


Kendra Lee”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for an NGO job”

“Dear hiring manager,

POSITION: field officer

Following your job advert for a Field Officer position on XYZ Daily on 29th November 2014, I forward my application in response. I possess a Diploma in Development Studies and experience with data collection through surveys, observations, interviews, and focus groups.

Having volunteered at the XYZ Company for two years, I wish to bring to play my skills in conducting stakeholder and beneficiary assessment analysis as well as a positive attitude and flexibility to your organisation. My communication skills will also come in handy as I am comfortable making presentations to large groups of people while demonstrating integrity and understanding during interactions with the public.

Furthermore, I have conducted several practical surveys of community service organizations which have helped create solutions to domestic violence at the county level. My research has also placed me at the center of the policy process where I have worked effectively with government officials and other community groups.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience to discuss how my experience might best relate to your needs.

Yours Faithfully,”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for an NGO job

Why should we hire you in an NGO?

“Over the years, I have acquired relevant skills and experience, which I shall bring to your organization. I have also worked tirelessly on my communication abilities and teamwork skills, which I will put to use in my future career, which would be in your organization if I am selected for the position.”

What should be avoided in a cover letter?

Things You Shouldn’t Include

  • Spelling or Grammar Errors. 
  • The Wrong Company Name or Adress
  • False information
  • Long paragraphs
  • Salary Requirements or Expectations.

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