How to get a job in Togo? A quick guide for foreigners and Togolese people

Everyone who wants to get a job in Togo needs first to find a job in Togo. A good start can be a job website like ….

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

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Togo. Togo citizens, and European Union nationals, don’t need a work permit. 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 Togo and on how to get a work permit for Togo.

How to get a job in Togo?

Whether you are a Togo resident or a foreigner, the first step in getting a job in Togo is to find a job in Togo. Find out where to look for work in Togo 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 Togo.

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 Togo 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 documentation if you need it.

How to find a job in Togo?

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

Job websites in Togo

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 Togo” or “Babysitter in Togo”. 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 Togo” or “Mall in Togo” for example.

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

Jobs-MaldivesThis site has been around a long time. They have tons of job opportunities, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Caterer GlobalCheck these guys out after you’ve exhausted the option above.

Career Jet: I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet. They have job search options for Togo.

Learn4GoodLearn4Good has a good portal for jobs on a number of levels.

LucreatifYou will see after going through these search engines that they tend to not be all that unique in terms of their interface. Lucreatif belongs in the not-so-unique category. It does have legit job postings though.

Career Jet: I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet. They have job search options for Togo.

Websites to get a job in Togo

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

… is a popular website of classifieds. It has listings about jobs as well.

… is one of the most used search engines in Togo.

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

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Togo.

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

LinkedIn Togo is also a popular choice when networking for jobs.

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

Recruitment agencies in Togo

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

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

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

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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 Togo

The labor market has a hidden side, particularly when it comes to small and medium businesses. In this instance, networking and social media will be your best friends.
Send out job applications. Change your CV and cover letter to appeal to the company in question.
Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Togo. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Togo

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Togo area. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “farm near Togo”.

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Walk around Togo for possible jobs

If you are in Togo, 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 Togo”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

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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 Togo 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 “Togo employment scheme” or “Togo employment program”.

 


 

If you have already a work permit, or you are in Togo, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Togo.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is to find a job. So go down to see how to find a job in Togo.

Togo is a country located in West Africa. The official language is French.

Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in Togo.

How to get a job in Togo?

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

Teaching English

Teaching English might be an option (if you are a native English speaker that is). All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for any English job opportunities in Togo. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

  • ESL EmploymentNot the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
  • Total ESLAlso an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
  • ESL CafeDave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
  • Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.

The above cover image is a teacher at a village school in rural Togo preparing for his class. Photo by Jordan Rowland on Unsplash