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?

Many work in the Embassy, particularly if they don't speak French. The UN is here and many NGOs. I think with effort, time, and connections it would be very possible to find satisfying work. - Aug 2019

Spousal employment is a challenge. There are theoretically many EFM jobs at the embassy, but the paperwork process makes this harder than it needs to be. On the local economy you'll be limited if you don't have French. People with experience in the NGO sector will probably be better off than most. Most embassy spouses either don't work or work at the embassy. - Apr 2019

French is a must to work on the locally economy. There is some teleworking but slow internet makes that tough. Most who are employed are EFMs. - Dec 2017

I do not know anyone who has a local job. - Dec 2017

Teleworking is a great option if you can get it. Local NGO and embassy jobs are available, but don't expect to be hired immediately. If you can, bring business cards in English and French (double-sided) with you. - Jan 2017

USAID and Embassy had several positions. Local NGOs also. A few spouses worked at the UN but they were already in that system when they arrived in Kin. - Sep 2016

Employment opportunities for USG employee family members are good - there are several jobs going begging right now because people can be picky. That said, the USG process (security clearance, approval from DC etc...) can take months and is very annoying. If you have French finding work on the local economy is not that difficult either. - Apr 2016

Yes. Many in the Embassy, also with NGOs. Teachers can find work. - Nov 2012

No. - May 2012

Perhaps through other NGOs but not locally. - Feb 2012

No. - Nov 2011

If you keep looking - Aug 2011

There are a few within the Mission, but most are usually low paying, part-time, menial work. Plus, there is often a language requirement that is difficult to master. There is little or no work on the local economy. It is difficult/impossible to get a work permit (you have to prove that you have the skills that are not available in local market). There are plenty of volunteer groups that are more than ready for you to donate your time and money to their cause. - Jan 2011

i think not. - Oct 2010

Don't know. - Jan 2009

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