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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?

This is a great place for spouse employment. For Americans, there is a bilateral work agreement, so we're free to work on the local economy. Many mission members have great jobs at local ngos or health care organizations. There are also about 20 jobs for spouses in the Embassy. Most people seem quite happy with their work here (except for the hiring freeze that has been going on in 2017). I cannot comment on local salaries, but I think you can find a reasonably paying job here. - Jul 21, 2017
There is a mix of opportunities for spouses/partners. Many choose to work locally either within the USG system or there are several NGOs here. There are some partners who telecommute but find it challenging with the slower internet speeds. - Oct 16, 2016
Yes - Aug 2, 2015
For those who seek it out there are opportunities with all the NGOs and implementing partners of the massive amount of foreign assistance that goes on. - Sep 17, 2013
No, not unless you can get work with a development partner. Some jobs through the schools, but not many and the pay is fairly low. - Sep 26, 2012
Very limited. - Sep 17, 2009
If you have good skills that fit into the development machinery, there are often consultant opportunities. Some expat spouses offer special services--music lessons, nursery school, car mechanics, etc. - Jul 27, 2009