SUDAN WATCH: Job seekers in Jonglei State are accusing local government and NGOs of nepotism and corruption

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Job seekers in Jonglei State are accusing local government and NGOs of nepotism and corruption

From Sudan Radio Service (Bor) 6 February 2009:
Job Seekers Accuse Local Authorities of Discrimination
Job seekers in Jonglei state are accusing local government and non-government organizations of nepotism and corruption.

Our correspondent in Jonglei spoke with unemployed youths in Bor, who complained that only relatives of employers are being hired.

Several reported that even when they responded to a position advertised in the media or on a public display, they found that the positions were already filled.

With many employers seeking qualified staff — often asking that applicants have 5 to 10 years of working experience — young people looking for jobs say that because Sudan has emerged from war, almost no one can meet such requirements.

Our correspondent spoke with a director in the state ministry of public works about state government hiring practices.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, this official cited budget constraints and an already-bloated civil service for the lack of hiring.

The director said there would be no new recruitment in most state government offices until at least half of current employees retire or are promoted to new positions.

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