How to get a job in DR Congo? A quick guide for everyone, foreigner and Congolese

Everyone who wants to get a job in DR Congo needs first to find a job in DR Congo. To find a job in DR Congo look at local newspapers, local bulletin boards, radio and word of mouth. A good start online can be Emploi.cd or Mediacongo.net.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in DR Congo. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in DR Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country located in Central Africa. Also, it has many names and is sometimes referred to as DR Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, or the DRC. However, the official language of the country is French. DRC’s national languages are Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba. 

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in DR Congo. Congolese residents, 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. Read more below on how to find a job in DR Congo and on how to get a work permit for DR Congo.

In, this article you will find the various means through which you can get a job in DR Congo (DRC).

How to get a job in DR Congo?

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

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 DR Congo already.

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

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

How to find a job in DR Congo?

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

Most of the following websites or apps are in English or French. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

Job websites in DRC

Many job websites can help you find work in DR Congo. 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 Kisangani” or “Babysitter in Bukavu”. 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 Masina” or “Mall in Kinshasa” for example.

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

Emploi.cd is about employment and recruitment in the DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a recruitment site at the service of companies and candidates. It’s for your search for job offers, jobs, and CVs in DRC, Democratic Republic of Congo.

ONEM Office National de l’Emploi is an official job website by DRC Public Employment Service.

Jobnet Africa is another popular job website in Congo-Kinshasa.

Congo-travail.com is another job website in DRC.

UNjobs is a job website in DR Congo. It is about jobs with international organizations.

Biz Congo is about business and jobs in DR Congo.

Kivu10 is another job website in DRC. It focuses on jobs in Eastern DR Congo, North Kivu, and South Kivu.

More useful websites to get a job in DRC

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

Mediacongo.net is a popular Congolese news website. It has job listings in DRC as well.

Radio Okapi is another popular Congolese news website. It has job listings in DR Congo as well.

7sur7.cd is another popular Congolese news. It has job listings in DR Congo as well.

How we made in Africa is stories about business, ideas, and trends around Africa. It talks about jobs in DRC as well.

Radio Maendeleo is a radio. They sometimes announce job offers in Eastern DRC.

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

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

RECRUTEMENT EN RDC is a Facebook group about jobs in DR Congo.

OFFRE D’EMPLOI SÉRIEUX is another Facebook group about jobs in DR Congo.

LES OFFRES D’EMPLOI à Kinshasa is another Facebook group about jobs in DR Congo.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about DR Congo.

LinkedIn Congo Kinshasa is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in DR Congo.

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

Recruitment agencies in DR Congo

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 ‘recruitment agency near Kinshasa’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in DR Congo, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in DR Congo.

Africawork.com is a recruitment agency that works with DR Congo.

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

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 Lumumbashi’ 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 DR Congo, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in DR Congo.

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 DR Congo

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

Local radio and newspapers are a good source of information about jobs in DRC.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Congo-Kinshasa

You can search for companies and local businesses in DR Congo. 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 Mbuji-Mayi”.

Walk around anywhere in DR Congo for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in DR Congo, 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 Bukavu”. 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 Congolese 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 “Congo employment scheme” or “DR Congo employment program”.

What job you can do in DR Congo?

The first option, if you are an ex-pat, is an English teacher. But, in case you don’t have a formal education you can opt for mining jobs in DRC. Also, you can apply for jobs in NGOs as there are many NGOs running in DRC. But for applying for a job in Congo you must have a work permit or work visa. In case, you don’t have a visa for DRC check here. 

The above cover image shows somewhere in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Guy Basabose on Unsplash