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What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

You need to be able to speak French, in general. - Jan 28, 2017
No. - Oct 10, 2015
Extremely limited - you should not/not go to Benin without a job in-hand. - Aug 23, 2014
On the local economy, no. However, there are some jobs for family members at the embassy, and a few family members have been able to work at international schools or nonprofits. There might be opportunities if you're flexible and patient, but I wouldn't count on it. - May 21, 2013
I think there are opportunities, but the pay is not great, and fluent or semi-fluent French would likely be a requirement. - Mar 2, 2013
Mostly no, and certainly not without French. The U.S. makes an effort to find a job for all the family members who want to work. - Dec 29, 2011