Monrovia - 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?

Most spouses are either employed with some international organization or external government, or they stay at home. There's nothing available on the local market because Liberia is the fifth poorest country in the world. - Oct 2021

There are a lot of NGOs and a few schools where you can find employment but if you are looking for anything else then you had better be a self-contained business. - Aug 2019

NGOs and the local international school are the only employment opportunities that I was aware of outside of the Embassy. - Aug 2019

Some people have with NGOs. Local positions would not pay enough. The majority of our spouses work within our diplomatic mission. Currently, there are only full-time positions available. - Aug 2019

I am a civil engineer and work locally but had the job before we were posted here. Most others I know work at the embassy. There are NGO and specialist positions here though. Medical professionals, health and agricultural sector experts and engineers could possibly find well-paying positions. They may be outside of Monrovia though. - Nov 2017

Some spouses work in the Embassy or with USAID partners or other organizations. - Jun 2016

If you like development work, yes, you can find something. - Dec 2013

Not really. - Dec 2012

If you volunteer, then yes. Otherwise, not really. - Aug 2010

Unless you arrange employment with a local NGO prior to your arrival, job opportunities once on the ground are extremely limited. - Jul 2009

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