Project title: Employment promotion in Jordan
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Jordanian Ministry of Labour (MoL)
Overall term: 2016 to 2022
Jordan’s average unemployment rate is roughly 19 per cent, of that, almost 40 per cent are women and youth. As a result, many people, especially women and young job seekers, are taking jobs that do not match their qualifications, career prospects or earning potential. Jordan is currently unable to utilise the potential of its skilled workforce to support national development, especially its educated young women.
Annually, more than twice as many new job seekers enter the labour market as new jobs are created. Furthermore, the integration of around 655,000 Syrian refugees poses another significant challenge for the labour market leading to pressure on wages and increasing informal jobs.
The employment situation in Jordan is improved in selected regions and sectors. At least 60 per cent of the 5000 jobseekers who participated in the programme employment services has found a sustainable work. The working conditions of additional 450 workers have been improved.
The project focuses on building capacities and strengthening structures for employment promotion among key stakeholders at local, regional and national levels. It supports the expansion of labour market policy measures such as job matching services for both public and private providers and offers assistance for self-employment. It also provides support for selected sectors in the targeted governorates of Irbid, Balqa, Karak and Ma'an enabling them to utilise existing potential for job creation and help the unemployed into work. The project advises the Ministry of Labour on how to improve its quality assurance system, and the Government of Jordan on integrating women into the labour market. Employment initiatives in the four targeted regions will bring together local stakeholders aiming to increase the supply of jobs.
The regulatory framework and qualification opportunities will be improved in occupations with a particular potential for boosting women’s employment, such as home based daycare, health services and telecommunications. These interventions are managed by the GFA Consulting Group.
Finally, since many employers struggle to find and retain employees for technical jobs, which are traditionally considered unattractive, the project supports the development and implementation of innovative human resources measures to increase job retention.
This project is part of a special initiative designed to stabilise and promote development in North Africa and the Middle East run by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Through the projects that make up this special initiative, BMZ is helping to open up economic and social prospects for people in the region. Within this context, an additional sum of more than 300 million Euros has been earmarked for projects carried out by GIZ and other implementing organisations in the period from 2014 to 2024. The thematic focus is on youth and employment promotion, economic stabilisation, democracy and stabilising neighbouring countries in crisis situations.
As of April 2020, more than 3,000 jobseekers have participated in supported measures and over 2,000 of them have been placed in jobs. 60 per cent of those being women.
Furthermore, in cooperation with companies, the employment quality of more than 600 employees have already been sustainably improved by the supported labour market services.
The design of labour market policy based on evidence has been improved through an enhanced electronic M&E system at MoL and through conducting impact evaluations for the MoL strategic projects.
A structure for a local employment dialogue with local partners to prioritise and support initiatives leading to employment has been established
Around 400 women have been qualified for childcare and homebased business.
'Fair Incentives' as an HR instrument for the industrial sector to improve working conditions was developed and implemented.
A 'Human Resource Guiding Manual for Small Medium Enterprise’ was developed and published.