I just saw this job listed for a Consular Assistant in Namibia. It requires a Bachelor’s Degree and One year of experience. It also requires fluency in Namibian. Ok, a little specialized, but that hardly justifies the $340,000 a year in starting pay.

Compare that to other jobs that earn an average (not starting) pay of more than $300,000: Neurosurgeon, Cardiac Surgeon, and other jobs requiring 12 or more years of school and years of experience.

No wonder our national debt is so high.

Categories: Government


dc · May 27, 2023 at 6:03 am

Fluency in Namibian also will require some other language fluency too, the big number means they know who they really want and that this person probably already holds a TS/SCI clearance.

Jerseygirl Angie · May 27, 2023 at 8:24 am

Admittedly, that salary is not nearly enough to make me move to a Shitholistan like Namibia !

Jason · May 27, 2023 at 8:45 am

This is for a UN job. Take a look and you will see that most of these types of jobs (and other UN jobs) are pure grift. And yeah, we (the US) are footing over 25 percent of the cost of that organization…

wojtek · May 27, 2023 at 9:06 am

The salary may be also determined by who is the person with a bachelor degree and fluent in Namibian ready to pick that job (or whose child is s/he). There can’t be too many of them (“In the 2000 Census, 840 Namibian Americans reported their ethnic origins.”) And then not all of them speak Namibian 🙂 So pay particular attention to US Mission staff names in Namibia. Note, e.g., that one Ms Dorothy Henckert has been in the past an active member of the Namibian Community USA, actively participating in Namibian elections.

Anonymous · May 27, 2023 at 9:18 am

I hope its Namibian Dollars….

Anonymous · May 27, 2023 at 9:20 am

I Hope its Namibian Dollars… Also… who else speaks Nambian? Anyone? Remember that person doing the fake sign language on tv a few years back? Hmmm… I wonder…

Clowny · May 27, 2023 at 11:11 am

You don’t wanna live the dream in Wakanda?
That’s wayciss. (honk!)

Skeptic · May 27, 2023 at 1:03 pm

Bigger question is, why in the fuck do we have a consulate in Namibia?

ThinkingOutLoud · May 27, 2023 at 6:03 pm

English is one of Namibia’s recognized official languages. German, Afrikaans and then a dozen tribal languages are also recognized as official languages. But English and German are big. And it’s not nearly the shithole that poor South Africa is turning into. The people we visited there were Christian, clear on their moral code and very clear on the concept of ‘you get what you work for’. They have observed and learned from the lessons of South Africa. I received a polite lecture on the failures of the American welfare system – there is no free school or welfare of any sort there, and the people I spoke with intend to keep it that way.
So the job posting is suspect, but it isn’t Nambia’s fault.

China has made huge inroads into Africa for the resources there. China doesn’t care about the general level of corruption in Africa, child labor, none of it. And most of the African governments don’t care that China’s money comes with chains attached.

Paulb · May 27, 2023 at 7:46 pm

As DC said this job ad was made with someone already in mind.
In Mind meaning ‘already chosen.’ But for legal reasons of course, there has to be some window dressing to make it not look like nepotism or a bribe.
They’re awfully generous with money that isn’t theirs. Why wouldn’t they be?

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