The project document was signed on 23 April 2012. The project is implemented by UNDP and supported by the Government of Japan in full coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Higher Council for Youth.
The Steering Committee is chaired by UNDP and is composed of members from the Embassy of Japan, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Higher Council for Youth, along with a Private Sector organization and a Civil Society organization. The Steering Committee members gathered on 7 June and on 15 August 2012 at UNDP premises.
The Focal Points of the project in the three Governorates (Mafraq, Ma’an and Madada) have been identified.
The project inception workshop took place in Amman on 2 July 2012 and gathered 43 participants representing the Embassy of Japan, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Labor, the Higher Council for Youth, UN Agencies (UNDP, UNRWA, ILO, UNICEF, UNWOMEN), International and local Youth supporting organizations (IYF, IRADA, All Jordan Youth Commission, E-TVET Fund), Public Institutions (Jordan Chamber of Industry, Ma’an Chamber of Commerce, Officials from the Governorates), Private Sector Companies (King Hussein Foundation, Nour Al Hussein Foundation, Business Development Center, JEDCO, Dajani consulting) and Civil Society Organizations (Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities)..
The workshop allowed for the introduction of the Youth Employment Generation Programme in Arab Transition Countries – Jordan component to the participants. Discussions took place about apprenticeship in Jordan with presentations from ILO, IYF and IRADA on their training programs. The workshops enabled to share experiences and lessons learnt; discussions and recommendations will be integrated in the national implementation plan.
The website of the project (www.undp-youthjo.com) is available in English and Arabic.
A Facebook page on the project has been created to facilitate discussions between the interns and UND: http://www.facebook.com/YouthEmploymentGenerationProgrammeJordan
Promotional materials on the project have been produced (leaflets, mugs, notepads, pens and flash keys).
The project includes an internship scheme for 6 months for at least 75 recent unemployed young people aged between 18 and 26 years old. At least 50% of the interns will be young females and the project will also benefit people with disabilities.
75 youth will carry out a 6 months internship from July to December 2012 (first round) and 50 Youth will carry out a 4 months internship from October 2012 to January 2013 (second round).
The first round of the internship programme was advertised in the three Governorates, in newspapers as well as on UNDP website. The application form was made available on the UNDP website in English and in Arabic. In parallel assessments of the Private Sector Companies’ needs were conducted in the three Governorates.
Within the framework of this first round, 208 applications were received; among them 60% were female applicants. These applications were screened according to eligibility criteria and interviews with the eligible candidates took place in the three Governorates from 27 May to 7 June 2012.
21 Youth in Madaba, 29 in Youth in Mafraq and 25 Youth in Ma’an started their internship at the beginning of July 2012.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between UNDP and Private Sector Companies participating in the internship programme. A Code of Conduct was signed by UNDP and the interns participating in the internship programme.
Prior to their internships, selected interns attended workshops on employability skills, IT skills and English courses in their Governorate from 17 to 28 June 2012.
The graduation ceremony took place on the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August in Amman and gathered 120 participants from the Embassy of Japan, Ministries, International and national Youth supporting organizations, Private Sector companies along with the interns participating in the internship programme in the 3 Governorates (Madaba, Ma’an and Al Mafraq). The participants shared an 'iftar' (breaking fast) all together. Afterwards the interns were delivered by the Embassy of Japan and UNDP a certificate for their participation in the employability skills workshops. The website of the Youth project was launched on this occasion. The event was also an opportunity to express appreciation for UN Volunteers' committment and work.
The second round of the internship programme will take place from October 2012 to January 2013 for 50 Youth (10 in Madaba, 20 in Ma’an and 20 in Mafraq). It was advertised in the three Governorates and round 500 applications were received. The shortlisting of the applications is currently under process and interviews will take place in the three Governorates from 2 September on.
The final screening will be complete in the first half of September and the selected interns will attend employability skills workshops in their Governorates starting 16 September 2012.
A mapping on Youth employment policies and programmes in Jordan has been initiated by the International Labour Organization (ILO). A national consultant will be hired and will be in charge of completing the mapping, identifying possible gaps and duplications in the programmes and developing indicators in addressing the latter. The study will outline a clear strategy for the development of innovative Youth employment programmes. The consultant is currently being identified.
An international consultant will be hired to identify bottlenecks facing the different sectors of the economy, with specific focus on Tourism, Trade and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in supplying jobs for Youth especially for the new graduates. The consultant will also identify skills gaps needed by these sectors and will suggest training activities to overcome these gaps. The consultant is currently being identified.
Town hall meetings on Youth employment will take place in October 2012 in Madaba and Mafraq Governorates with the participation of Governorates representatives, local and international NGOs and Universities.
A National Conference on Youth Employment will be organized by UNDP and will take place in Amman in November 2012.