CFYE strives to disrupt the employment status quo for Jordanian youth. They are calling for innovative private-sector-led solutions that create, improve, or match decent work for youth in Jordan, with a focus on women in particular.
They prioritize projects in certain sectors as holding the most potential for creating decent work for youth, with a focus on young women. While all sectors will be considered, their prioritized sectors are:
- Service sectors: Jordan’s economy is dominated by a strong services sector in terms of both, contribution to GDP and employment.
- Industrial Sectors: In 2017, the industrial sector—led by mining and quarrying— contributed 24.7% of GDP. The sector is also an important employer; in the first half of 2016, it was estimated that this sector employed 221,518 workers.
- Agriculture: Food security challenges during the pandemic have emphasized the importance of this sector, and the government has declared it the sector of 2020. The agriculture sector has been growing and has doubled its share of GDP from 2 to 5% in the past 5 years, mainly driven by domestic demand. Capitalizing on new agricultural technologies such as hydroponic systems as well as digitizing the input and output of agricultural decision-making would strongly enhance the efficiency of this sector in Jordan, and impact exports and their quality as well.
Implementing Partners’ solutions could focus on:
- Creating new jobs: The below are examples of key areas of impact under “create”. Project ideas that fall outside the scope outlined below will also be considered.
- Medium-skilled jobs in growth sectors
- Export promotion (in particular, in the services sector) as an engine for growth
- Digitization across sectors
- Franchising models
- Matching jobs: Twenty-six percent of unemployed Jordanians are university (or higher qualified) graduates. At the same time, employers are hard-pressed to find suitable candidates for entry-level positions.
- Improving jobs: Solutions in this category will particularly focus on blue-collar jobs in the industrial or agricultural sector, aimed at improving the decency or quality of jobs that youth are currently employed in. This category will also include interventions designed to sustain existing jobs that are at risk of being lost due to COVID control measures or other market factors. Solutions should be focusing on several of the following aspects:
- Living income/wage
- Security in the workplace
- Social protection for families
- Prospects for personal development and social integration
- Equality of opportunity and treatment
For more information, visit https://fundforyouthemployment.nl/jordan/