To find a job in Guinea-Bissau, you can start from uncareer.net and we-xpats. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Guinea-Bissau. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Guinea-Bissau. Everyone who wants to get a job in Guinea-Bissau must first look for a job in Guinea-Bissau.
Guinea-Bissau 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 Guinea-Bissau. Guinea-Bissau citizens, residents, and most ECOWAS nationals don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality must 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 Guinea-Bissau without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Guinea-Bissau and how to get a work permit for Guinea-Bissau.
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.
First, find a job, and then you will worry about a work permit if you need it.
How to find a job in Guinea-Bissau
You can find a job in Guinea-Bissau by searching online for job opportunities in Guinea-Bissau. You can find a job either with a company, with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.
Guinea-Bissau citizens, and residents, do not need a work permit to find a job. In most cases, every other nationality wants to apply for a work permit to work with regular documents.
Job websites in Guinea-Bissau
Many job websites can help you find work in Guinea-Bissau. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.
Baidu, Google, Naver, Sogou, Yandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. For example, ‘Construction worker in Bissau’ or ‘Babysitter in Bafatá’. 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 Maps, Baidu Maps, Naver Maps, 2GIS, 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 Bissau” or “Mall in Bafatá” for example.
Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Guinea-Bissau
Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Guinea-Bissau. I found these groups about jobs in Guinea-Bissau. You can look for more.
GB.LinkedIn is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Guinea-Bissau.
Recruitment agencies in Guinea-Bissau
You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you. You can type “recruitment agency near Bissau” on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of relevant agencies that you can contact. You can search your area for local recruitment agencies if you are not in Guinea-Bissau. They can help you find a job in Guinea-Bissau.
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 Guinea-Bissau
Speak with any person who may have travelled or worked in Guinea-Bissau. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone. Ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts.
To find a job in Guinea-Bissau, look at local newspapers, bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are good sources of information about jobs in Guinea-Bissau.
You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Guinea-Bissau
You can search for companies and local businesses in Guinea-Bissau. An easy tool for doing this is any map app map. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Bissau’.
Walk around anywhere in Guinea-Bissau for possible jobs
If you are somewhere in Guinea-Bissau, 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 Bissau’. You can visit these places to ask for job opportunities.
Search for employment schemes
You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program to help you find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Guinea-Bissau residents, but they can also be available to foreigners. You can search for “Guinea-Bissau employment scheme” or “Guinea-Bissau employment program.” You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy.
Sources: I used Similarweb to check how popular are some of the job sites presented above.