Dakar - 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?

There seem to be a lot of opportunities in the U.S. Embassy and the local market. A friend’s cousin came and stayed during her break from university in France, and managed to find a paid local internship. - Jul 2020

The Embassy is committed to hiring spouses and a lot of EFM jobs are available. There are many DETO telework spouses currently. For jobs on the economy, you definitely need French. Local salaries are lower than in the US or Europe. - Dec 2019

Teachers, nurses, contractors. EFM jobs at embassy. - Dec 2018

You can work at the embassy or home business. - Dec 2018

There are a number of good jobs, but without fluent professional-level French, you won't get your foot in the door. one of the biggest EFM frustrations, actually. - Apr 2016

I hear some EFMs have trouble finding positions in the Embassy. USAID has a huge presence and they don't have EFM jobs. Yet spouses of USAID employees do compete for EFM jobs. I'd guess there are disproportionately fewer EFM spots in Dakar compared to a similar sized embassy elsewhere. Spouse might get hired by NGOs if the person speaks French. That's about it. - Aug 2015

There were some spouses that tele-commuted for various NGOs and US based companies. I think you have to have approval from the Embassy to work on the local market though. - Aug 2014

Again, some. It depends on your skills and what you're willing to accept as salary. If you want a U.S. or European type of salary, you either have to work for a large hotel or commercial business, or an aid agency/NGO. - Apr 2014

Yes, if you are fluent in French and have experience in foreign aid. Otherwise you will be limited to EFM opportunities at the embassy -- which are actually pretty plentiful. - Jun 2013

They seem to come and go in waves. It's much easier if you speak French. If you don't, you'll mostly be looking at jobs at the U.S. Embassy --- and those can be hit or miss. - Mar 2013

Not on the local economy. Maybe with the U.S. Embassy. If you are a U.S. EFM, you should have an easy time getting an Embassy job. - Oct 2012

Possibly, if you speak French. Lots of NGO's. - Mar 2012

If you are a teacher, then you will have options available to you. - Aug 2011

no. - Jan 2011

None. Jobs exists for expats but few and very poorly paid. - Jan 2010

No. - May 2009

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