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?

I think spouses have it very rough here. There is very little opportunity to have a life because of the security concerns. They can work at the Embassy but it may take 6 months to a year to get a clearance and it is only a two year tour. Ideally a spouse would telework or be okay staying at home on the compound. - Aug 2019


The only out-of-embassy employment I knew of might have been with NGOs, PVOs, or the UN. There is not a big private-sector job market for expats. - Jun 2019


Most EFMs attempt to find work at the embassy, but it takes a while, between recovering from the hiring freeze, clearances, and going on Authorized Departure, there are many wrenches thrown into EFMs employment prospects. Unless you speak French, or have a job that allows you to telecommute (as much is possible with the connectivity issues here), employment prospects are low. - Aug 2018


Most spouses work at the Embassy. There seems to be a decent number and variety of jobs available. - Apr 2017


Local salaries can be low. However some spouses have been able to find work with NGO's. - Dec 2016


You will probably need to learn French or Creole. Some spouses work for NGOs. There are opportunities at the Embassy. - Sep 2014


A number of spouses of embassy employees have been able to find jobs with NGOs and companies in Haiti, so I'd say not bad, but not the best either. If you work in development, your chances are greater at finding something. - Sep 2013


No. Not really, although there are more and more EFM jobs coming available at the US Embassy. In particular, I've known spouses of people come to post who are nurses, and despite the grave need for medical professionals, they've been unable to find places to work due to Red & Yellow zone travel restrictions. - Sep 2011


There are no job opportunities on the local economy. Unemployment in Haiti is the norm, and a "good" job by Haitian standards is one which pays $10 per day. - Jan 2011


Not unless you're involved in development work. - May 2009


No, just at the Embassy. - Feb 2009


No. - Feb 2008


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