How to find a job in Mali? A quick guide for everyone

To get a job in Mali, you can start from Mali Baara and Mali Pages. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Mali. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Mali. Everyone who wants to get a job in Mali needs first to look for a job in Mali.

Mali is part of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone are all ECOWAS Zone A member states. Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo are all ECOWAS Zone B member states.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Mali. Malian citizens, and residents, and most ECOWAS nationals, don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme so you can come to Mali without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Mali and on how to get a work permit for Mali.

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How to find a job in Mali?

You can find a job in Mali by searching online for job opportunities in Mali. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Job websites in Mali

Many job websites can help you find work in Mali. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, ‘Construction worker in Sikasso’ or ‘Babysitter in Bamako’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Kalabancoro” or “Mall in Koutiala” for example.

Facebook groups can also be an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Mali or about jobs.

Y’a Bara-Mali Emploi is a popular job website in Mali. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

Mali Baara is another popular job website in Mali.

Mali Pages is a job website in Mali.

Mena jobs is another job website in Mali.

Emploi Mali is another job website in Mali.

Q4Jobs Mali is another job website in Mali.

Baara Sugu is another job website in Mali.

Emploi et Moi is another job website in Mali.

Option Carriere is another job website in Mali.

More useful websites to get a job in Mali

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Jumia Mali is a popular website for classifieds in Mali.

Coin Afrique Mali is classifieds in Mali.

Bazaar Afrique Mali is also classifieds in Mali.

Anpe Mali is the National Agency of Employment in Mali.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Mali

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Mali. I found these groups about jobs in Mali. You can look for more.

is a Facebook group about jobs in Mali. it’s a public group with thousands of members.

is a Facebook group about jobs in Mali.

is another Facebook group about jobs in Mali.

is another group about jobs in Mali.

is another group about jobs in Mali.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups talking about jobs or Mali.

LinkedIn Mali is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Mali.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Mali. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Mali.

How to get a job in Mali?

The first step in getting a job in Mali is to look for a job in Mali. Find out where to look for work in Mali in the sections below.

Malian citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. You will also not need any permit if you are a national of an ECOWAS country. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Mali.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Mali already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get a work permit or a work visa for you.

You can also find a work visa scheme so you can come to Mali without a job offer first.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

Recruitment agencies in Mali

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘job agency near Sikasso’ on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Mali, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Mali.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Mali

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.

These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.

These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.

If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Bamako’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Mali, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Mali.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Mali

Form connections, ask around and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Mali. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

To find a job in Mali look at local newspapers, local bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are a good source of information about jobs in Mali.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Mali

You can search for companies and local businesses in Mali. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Koutiala’.

Walk around anywhere in Mali for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in Mali, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for ‘market near Kalabancoro’. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Malian residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for ‘Mali employment scheme’ or ‘Mali employment program’.


The above image shows a vendor at the Dogon Festival in Bamako, Mali. Photo by Mark Fisher