What are the dos and don'ts of finding a job in Benin?

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Benin? Is it better to job-hunt by directly contacting the company of your interest, or should job-seekers rely on a recruitment agency, for example?

Are there any unique aspects that job-seekers should consider when preparing their CV/résumé and cover letter? Should a photo be included?

Do you have any tips on interview conduct in Benin? Are there any particulars, such as greetings or behavioural customs?

In you opinion, is knowledge of the local language or a regional language necessary to successfully apply for a job? What level of the language should job-seekers have mastered?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Don't be too disheartened but working in Benin is not easy. Most expats are employed by NGO or consulates who have their own sets of rules, qualifications.The Lebanese and Indian communities keep to themselves and rarely employ expats. Benin  rationale is to employ as many locals as possible. Different ball game if you go there to open up a business or have friends to sponsor you.

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