Lilongwe - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

Telework for companies back in the U.S. Some are able to obtain jobs with AID or State. - Jul 2020

Lots of NGO work is available here. No idea about salaries, though. - Sep 2018

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 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 2016

Yes - Aug 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 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 2012

Very limited. - Sep 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 2009

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