General Tips & Advice:
economy of The Gambia, in West Africa, has expanded significantly
since 2000. There is a need to find qualified workers in some
sectors where there may be a lack of experience or expertise among
the general working population. This is particularly true for
specialist engineering positions, top hotel management jobs,
overseas school teaching jobs in Banjul. You may also just be
looking for a working holiday abroad or for a more extended period
such as a gap year, or as an intern.
• If you are a would-be US or UK expatriate looking to find jobs abroad or a
wanting to come back home to work then consider looking through the job
vacancies sections of the several online newspapers
in the Greater Banjul area. Some will provide an online application
form while other companies will want you to post your CV along with
any relevant work experience. See also the classifieds section
professional journals and magazines to keep your self informed of
the latest openings.
There are various
types of NGOs
who have work programs for foreign volunteers looking for overseas
employment opportunities without having to commit long-term,
so it maybe worthwhile contacting them directly along with scans of
your relevant documents such as your resume, certificates, diplomas,
degrees and work experience etc.
• If you are looking for work in the Civil Service then you need to
contact the Public Service Commission of The
Gambia. They handle all recruitment for working in the Government
except for ambassadors and local government personnel.
• Many jobs are not advertised so you need to take the initiative.
Even if you are not hired an employer may decide to keep your details
and contact you at a later date.
• Whenever possible, try to secure overseas
you relocate. This can prevent logistical problems and help you
obtain work permits and residency papers in advance of your arrival
• Networking locally with Banjul based professionals in your field
of interest can lead to overseas work opportunities, either
long-term or short-term or if you are lucky you might get to hear
about vacancies before they are advertised. Sometimes a firm might
create a specific post so it can use the experience and skills you offer.
• Make sure your employment application stands out. Write an
application that will set itself apart from the other interview candidates.
Look at the demand for skills you have in the particular market and
the best means to make yourself appear preferable to a potential
• If you are a professional then use the online networking site
called LinkedIn to get to know other people in your field of work from
around the world.
Various international organizations
operating in Gambia that occasionally have openings such as the IMF,
European Commission, United Nations, UNHCR The World Bank.
based in the UK, lists vacancies worldwide and provides a
JobsAbroad provides a database of employment vacancies
around the world arranged by country as well as internships.
International Jobs Online, from the London based CareerGroup,
has vacancies and careers information mainly aimed at international
students and those looking to work overseas after graduation.
British Council advertises jobs in TEFL and education generally,
as well as a choice of consultancy posts in health, finance, and the
environment. They also work on arts events in over 100 countries and
have contacts for those in the creative field wanting to work abroad. There are also a few opportunities to staff
British Council offices overseas, although these are usually for
staff with extensive work experience.
For a wide range of international jobs listings,
overseasjobs.com, based in the USA, offers a keyword
search facility and country pull down menu of international
vacancies or you can browse their listings.
CareerXchange.com, also based in the USA, maintains
an overseas employment database of career opportunities.
There is a need for well qualified
personnel to fill in various hotel management vacancies in The
Gambia. The tourism industry continues to flourish, and new
operators and hotels are being set up on a continued basis. Whether
you are an expat looking to find a job as a hotel manager, tour rep,
professional head chef, hotel receptionist,
restaurant manager etc., there
are lots of prospects of overseas jobs in the
Get your resume together along with any relevant work experience, scan all
the documents and email them directly to the hotel or other
hospitality establishment along with a brief introductory of what
kind of work you are looking for. You can also post or take your documents
to the company and address it to the personnel manager.
Look for companies which already have overseas branches
or subsidiaries in The Gambia. For example the Coral
Beach Hotel is already operating a 5 star hotel
in Brufut. Often they will want you to work for
them in your own country for a while before making
a transfer overseas. Sometimes it is more immediate.
Banking & Finance Jobs:
Since the early 2000s there has
been a rapid expansion in the number of banks
and branch networks in The
Gambia. So if you have studied finance, there are various
vacancies for branch managers, accountants
and auditors, bank tellers,
and financial consultants.
The best way to look for employment in banking is to go directly to
the financial institutions websites and look for their page on
advertised career opportunities or similarly named page. If it is
not immediately visible then see the site map, if they have any. The
other route would be to use their contact page and introduce
yourself directly along with your CV. Keep your email short and
Teaching jobs in Gambia are a socially
responsible wary to contribute to community development and help
youths to better their lives, improve their career opportunities
and have a chance of a better livelihood. There are many
education schemes in the Western Region as well as in the lower, and
upper river regions. There are also many
higher level education institutions, such as
universities, who may have vacancies
for qualified specialist teachers.
Working as a volunteer teacher in Gambia's schools can often be
achieved by contacting a charity based in the country which runs a
primary or nursery school. Colleges tend to be privately run so you
will need to contact them directly.
Real Estate Jobs:
The realty sector is a fast growing
area. Many new residential houses, hotels, holiday apartments and
office properties are
being constructed around the country with an emphasis in the Greater
Banjul area and Serrekunda Town. There is a strong demand for
construction professionals such as building surveyors, engineers,
architects and turnkey contractors.
Aside from the above
list, there are also a broad range of employment opportunities in
other fields. To find a selection of jobs in The Gambia, you can
contact companies listed on our
site which includes phone numbers,
many emails, websites and some faxes.
Now you need to find somewhere to live while you work. See various houses
and apartments for rent under accommodation.