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Scientists in short supply for pan-African climate project

The African Center of Meteorological Application for Development is struggling to recruit scientists and engineers to roll out a US$24 million project to build an Africa-wide weather monitoring and telecommunications network.

Benjamin Lamptey, deputy director of the Niger-based ACMAD, says engineers and scientists are not attracted to the salaries the organisation is offering for the project, Institutional Support to African Climate Institutions. The project pays salaries of US$1,430 per month. This is at par with government pay but is about 10 times lower than private sector salaries.

“It is not easy for us to find the staff we want because of the relatively lower salaries and conditions of services compared to similar international institutions like us,” Lamptey says.

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