Frequently Asked Questions

The “Youth Employment Generation Programme in Arab Transition Countries - Jordan Component” Project was designed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and signed in April 2012 in coordination and with the financial support of the Embassy of Japan. It aims to respond to the unemployment challenge faced by youth in Jordan, contribute to empowering Jordanian youth, promote employment and decent work, reduce socio-economic inequalities and foster gender equality.

The Project will be implemented through three main components:

  • An inception conference chaired by the UNDP which will enable the identification of priorities, capacity gaps and technical assistance requirements that are needed for the implementation of the Project and the establishment of the National Implementation Plan.
  • At least 75 young people aged between 18 and 26 years old will be placed in internships in the private or public sectors. At least 50% of the interns will be young females.
  • A mapping of existing Youth employment policies and programmes will be conducted to enable identifying gaps and needs in the legal and regulatory employment frameworks regarding youth in Jordan. This activity will be carried out in coordination with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The Project is carried out in three Governorates with high poverty and unemployment rates; Mafraq (poverty rate 31.9%, unemployment rate 13.9%), Ma’an (poverty rate is 24.2, unemployment rate is 19.0%), and Madaba (poverty rate 14.9, unemployment rate 21.0%).

The main beneficiaries are males and females from the three targeted Governorates who are aged between 18 and 26 years, with special focus on new graduates, school dropouts or those without university degrees.

The 2006-2015 Jordan National Agenda has addressed the structural employment problems in the country, calling for policies and programmes to amplify job creation with focus on Youth employment. The Jordanian Government has adopted an ongoing objective for the reduction of the overall unemployment rate in Jordan to 6.8% by 2017.

The Project is implemented by the UNDP in full coordination and cooperation with the Ministries of Labour, Planning and International Cooperation and the Higher Council for Youth.

  • July - December 2012: 75 young people are placed in a 6-months internship programme. The final screening of the applications has been completed.
  • September - December 2012: 50 young people are completing a 4-months internship programme.

An applicant has to be/ have:

  • between 18 and 26 years old
  • completed high school as a minimum, and possibly hold a Diploma / Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • resident in one of the targeted governorates ( Madaba, Ma’an and Mafraq)
  • been unemployed for two years after graduation
  • good command of English language
  • able to use the computer (ICT literate)