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African expatriates in Ethiopia

As more jobs are created in Africa, how attractive it is for professionals from other Africa countries to find vacancies in the rest of Africa and make careers here? What advise do Africa recruitment agencies give expat Africans?


VENTURES AFRICA –. Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest growing non-oil economy. Once poverty ridden.  It is growing fast to become Africa’s lion economy, attracting investment and creating jobs in Africa. Modernity has brought with it interesting careers in Africa.


Two young African professionals who work in Ethiopia, Africa share their experience.


Will their positive experience inspire more young professionals to seek opportunities within borders and explore the rich work experiences that might exist within the continent?


Chat with Gamu Tagwireyi, Zimbabwean



Gamu Tagwireyi works as a  Child Protection Specialist. She support programs on Law Reform on Child Rights in Africa and has lived here for 8 months.


The country is safe, and cost of living it generally reasonable.  She likes the rich culture and heritage, the diversity of its people, the cosmopolitan features of the capital city Addis Ababa, the food, security and economic development.


Prices are high for  foreigners and expatriates. The tax rates are hindering development. The health sector needs a lot of developing to meet international and regional standards.


Addis Ababa is the political, social and economic capital of Africa. There are great opportunities to learn, expand, network here. It is definitely a place that can make you develop and make a head start to your career.


Chat with Chernor Bah, Sierra Leonean 


Chernor works for Nike Foundation as a brand manager. He has been here eleven months, for work, to start a project.


Cost of living here is higher than in his own country. There is respect for family and traditions. Addis is a modern city. He likes the organized chaos and the fact that there is an active night life.


He finds it is a closed society and the business environment is very closed. There are opportunities but there are not many entrepreneurs. Ethiopians are slow. They follow too many rules. Young Ethiopians need more exposure outside Ethiopia.


Where else does he want to make his career in Africa? He is fascinated by Botswana, Ghana and South Africa.

Africa – Future of Youths Grim without jobs

( Lack of jobs in Africa is an urgent and pressing problem.


Unless African governments and policy makers take urgent steps to improve good governance, provide quality education, health and create jobs in Africa their youth will not be able to compete with their counterparts in other regions of the world.


What prevents creation of jobs in Africa? Why can’t the locals have careers in Africa?


More than 80% of jobs in sub-Saharan Africa are in the informal sector. Renting an office in Lagos is more expensive than in Manhattan or Dubai.


Low education levels, lack of skills, youth unemployment increases with education level in Africa; job readiness is lacking so people find it difficult to find jobs in Africa. Sectors that drive GDP growth do not create the most jobs.


As the continents economy expands, companies need specific talent and skill sits. In case of talent not available locally, Africa recruitment firms look for suitable expatriates looking for careers in Africa.


There may be still no jobs in Africa for locals after a few decades though the continent will have the largest youth population and the largest work force in some years.



Are you a youth in Africa? Send us your views on the subject.


Job of the Day – Chief Operating Officer/ COO, steel and roofing solutions provider, Angola

Company Brief: Our client is a steel and roofing solutions provider in Angola.

• Designation: Chief Operating Officer/ COO

• Location: Angola

• Brief job profile: Responsibilities includes handling P&L responsibilities encompassing operations, business development, strategic decision making. Portuguese language knowledge is mandatory.

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Africa: Infrastructure needed to attract investment and potential employers

( Africa is today the world fastest growing region. There is potential to attract foreign investment, trade and create jobs in Africa. Many skilled professionals are attracted to Africa recruitment agencies to help build their careers in Africa and fill vacancies in Africa.


Among the major roadblocks to the region is the lack of infrastructure to facilitate investment, business and creation of jobs in Africa.


In a recent meeting, the ministers of Infrastructure and Energy from the East African Community (EAC) have agreed that each member state will play a role in the implementation of infrastructure projects that benefit the region.


This will simplify and speed up the implementation of the various projects. Projects being targeted are those that may be local to a certain country, but with great benefit to more countries or other partner states and beyond.


Such projects include railway, roads construction, electricity as well as ports. The meeting also aimed at gathering views from each country about the priority infrastructure projects.


Ministers who attended the meeting are optimistic that the new approach is also a step to minimising misappropriation of funds, facilitate skills sharing as well as speeding up regional development


How will S. Africa mine unrest effect jobs in Africa?

(AFP)— Thousands of miners returned to work on Thursday at Anglo American Platinum, ending the most devastating and costly labour strike in South Africa in nearly a century.


Estimates put the cost of the strikes at $1.2 billion, roughly one percent of quarterly gross domestic product (GDP). This is seriously going to hurt jobs in South Africa and dampen creation of more vacancies in Africa in the near future.


Mine operators were already buckling under low mineral prices and high production costs and as they count their losses many workers now face the prospect of job losses.

Miners are likely to hold on to their jobs for now, but some are likely to be laid off once companies work out their long term plans, having factored in the impact of the strike.


Africa recruitment agencies are employed to find the best of talent who are looking for careers in Africa to fill vacancies in Africa but Jobs in Africa for are scarce. For example, there are no jobs in South Africa for a quarter of the population.


Loss of jobs in Africa in the mining sector will be a massive setback. It is one of the largest employers in South Africa and currently employs 500,000 people directly.


Investors have been put off and this is “probably going to be on an all-time low” in terms of foreign direct investment inflows.


Job of the Day – IT Head, Nairobi (Kenya)

Company Brief: The organization is into construction, building, civil engineering and real estate contracts.

• Designation: IT Head

• Location: Nairobi (Kenya)

• Brief job profile: The IT Head will drive company’s IT practice in delivering innovative solutions to meet business needs and helping the business to enhance the competitive advantage.

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Job of the Day – Spa Manager, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Company Brief: Our client is an independent entity operating SPAs in various locations in Africa.They are looking for Dynamic professional for managing 2 Spas in a 5-Star facility in a TOURIST hub.

• Designation: Spa Manager

• Location: Zanzibar

• Brief job profile: The incumbent will be responsible for all operations and finances of the spa driving profitability and a culture of excellence

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600 m jobs in 15 years!

(The Hindu) A World Bank report says that creating 600 million jobs In 15 years in emerging markets like Africa is essential to keep up the current employment level.


Technology is changing the way workers and firms connect, through their access to much larger, even global, employment marketplaces. The number of vacancies in Africa filled by Africa recruitment agencies has grown considerably.


Since the Private sector accounts for 90 per cent of all jobs in the developing regions like Africa, the Governments need to encourage it to create jobs in Africa


One, they should focus on fundamentals such as ensuring macroeconomic stability and an enabling business environment.

Two, well-designed labor policies should be in place to create more job opportunities, and three, jobs that help most in development and remove obstacles that prevent private sector from creating more such jobs should be identified.


Farming and self-employment create many jobs in Africa. Many jobs in Africa are informal, part-time and temporary jobs. Jobs in Africa are not merely about employment, but disappointment, especially among youth, about lack of job opportunities and frustration with the allocation of jobs based on connections rather than merit.

Job of the Day – IT Head, construction sector, Nairobi (Kenya)

Company Brief: The organization is into construction, building, civil engineering and real estate contracts.

• Designation: IT Head

• Location: Nairobi (Kenya)

• Brief job profile: The IT Head will drive company’s IT practice in delivering innovative solutions to meet business needs and helping the business to enhance the competitive advantage.

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China doing enough to create jobs in Africa?

(By Peter Eigen, Special to CNN) China- Africa trade is growing and affecting both China and Africa. Chinese investments have created jobs in Africa and created vacancies in Africa which were not there earlier.


Many Africa recruitment agencies are getting assignments from Chinese run companies to find candidates looking for a career in Africa and to fill vacancies in Africa. But is this booming relationship good or bad for Africa?


China is accused of not creating enough jobs in Africa for the locals and not doing enough to transfer skills and technology. And when Africans are employed, working conditions are sometimes substandard.


Critics accuse China of being self- centred and exploiting and stealing Africa’s precious mineral resources. China’s supporters say that it is strictly neutral and business-oriented and contributing to Africa’s economic growth, both in terms of trade and with building infrastructure.


But some 90 percent of Sino-African trade is still based around natural resources – oil, ores, and minerals. First, oil and mining do not employ many people and they do not necessarily create many jobs in Africa.


The crushing competition from Chinese sellers in local African markets means job loss for the locals. So what else could Africa and China do so that Africa benefits more from its growing relationship with China?


African countries could diversify their economies as much as possible away from supplying unprocessed natural resources to China. This will make them less dependent on the vagaries of both the Chinese economy and the ups and downs of global commodity prices. African nations should also prepare for the day when they no longer have natural resources to sell.


African countries need to focus on skill development for the local workforce, encourage Chinese investment into more labour intensive sectors and make way for creation of more jobs in Africa. No jobs in Africa for the growing workforce is likely to create a large and growing population of frustrated, jobless youth.


There is hope! Rising Chinese wages in the manufacturing sector may lead Chinese manufacturers to export jobs to African countries where labour prices are lower. Chinese companies have created jobs and exports in countries like Zambia and Ethiopia.