Job posts for universities in African countries

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  • Keith Taylor
    28 November, 2012 at 14:16
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    There have been a number of job adverts recently offering teaching posts at various universities in Africa. For example:

    – ESL/TEFL Teacher at Rhodes University, South Africa
    – Teaching positions at Cape Town University, South Africa
    – TESOL/TEFL/ESL Lecturers at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

    Be careful with these job adverts – we believe that many of them are scams, probably posted by the same or similar people who have posted numerous scam adverts for various universities in Cameroon (see viewtopic/t-1350)

    One teacher, on applying for the position advertised at Cape Town University, was told that in fact the position had been filled, but there were some vacancies at another university in Cameroon! This should be enough of a warning sign, but here are some others:

    1. Email addresses from free accounts such as and Anyone advertising a post for a university would probably have a university email address.

    2. Incomplete or just blatantly wrong addresses for the universities, such as

    University of Nairobi
    Nairobi, Kenya

    Why repeat Nairobi, Kenya twice? No street address?

    We advise you to always check the genuine university websites, not only to validate the correct address, but also to see if there are really any job vacancies. If in doubt, contact the university directly through their website to enquire.

    We’re not suggesting that all job adverts for universities in Africa are scams – universities do, after all, have genuine recruitment needs – but there has been a recent trend towards using African university names in scams.

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