How to get a job in Somalia? A quick guide for everyone

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

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Somalia. Nationality0 citizens, and 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. Or you can find a work visa scheme so you can come to Somalia without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Somalia and on how to get a work permit for Somalia.

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

How to get a job in Somalia?

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

Nationality0 citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. 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 Somalia.

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 Somalia 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. Expatriates looking for work in Somalia must get a work permit. Expats must have a steady sponsor for the duration of their stay in the nation to do so. It is simpler to do if the job you’re looking for is long-term. As sponsorship may get acquired from the firm you’re working for. Contact your local embassy for more information about Somalia work visas.

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

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

How to find a job in Somalia?

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

Job websites in Somalia

Many job websites can help you find work in Somalia. 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 Hargeysa’ or ‘Babysitter in Mogadishu’. 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 Berbera” or “Mall in Kismayo” 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 Somalia or about jobs.

Qaran Jobs is another popular job website in Somalia. It talks about scholarships and careers as well.

Somali Jobs is a job website in Somalia.

Q4Jobs Somalia is another job website in Somalia.

Joblink Somalia is another job website in Somalia.

Impact Pool is another job website in Somalia. It has job listings at the United Nations, European Union, and international organizations.

UN job net is another job website in Somalia. It has job listings at the United Nations, European Union, and international organizations.

More useful websites to get a job in Somalia

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

Afribaba is a website for classifieds in Somalia.

Loozap Somalia is classifieds in Somalia. It has job listings in many cities.

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

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

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

is another Facebook group about jobs in Somalia.

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

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

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

Recruitment agencies in Somalia

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 Hargeysa’ 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 Somalia, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Somalia.

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

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 Mogadishu’ 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 Somalia, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Somalia.

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 Somalia

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

To find a job in Somalia 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 Somalia.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Somalia

You can search for companies and local businesses in Somalia. 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 Kismayo’.

Walk around anywhere in Somalia for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in Somalia, 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 Berbera’. 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 Nationality0 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 ‘Somalia employment scheme’ or ‘Somalia employment program’.

What are the most popular occupations in Somalia?

Agriculture is the most significant industry. It employs around 70% of the workforce. And, livestock accounts for roughly 40% of the country’s GDP. Telecommunications and manufacturing are other major sectors.

How much does the typical Somali earn?

1000 Somali Shillings is about 1.7 US Dollars or 1.7 Euros. That is also about 140 Indian Rupees and 12 Chinese Yuan.

A Somalian worker generally makes approximately 259,000 Somali Shillings each month. Salaries vary from 65,600 Somali Shillings (the lowest average) to 1,160,000 Somali Shillings (the highest average).


The above image shows somewhere in Cadaado, Somalia. Photo by Ismail Salad Osman Hajji dirir on Unsplash