Activities and Accomplishments to Date

  • Successfully placed 2314 Jordanians in new jobs in the food production, clean energy and garment sector.
  • Signed twenty private-public partnerships to create job placement and improve employee retention.
  • Awarded US$1.3 million in grants to six organizations from the private sector, community-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations to implement projects in East Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Ma’an, and Tafileh. It is expected that 760 women and men will be placed in jobs.
  • Identified priority sectors, sub-sectors, and occupations in each governorate through six intensive stakeholder engagement workshops.
  • Provided technical assistance to the committee at the Ministry of Labor tasked by the cabinet to study the application of flexible work arrangement for Jordanian staff. The project held a national consultation meeting under the patronage of the Minister of Labor to present the first draft of the by-law and collect feedback from all stakeholders including the Social Security Corporation. Based on the outcome of this national consultation meeting, WFD submitted to the MOL a policy paper introducing a legal framework that supports part-time jobs, working from home and flexible working arrangements. The Ministry submitted this policy paper to the Cabinet in January 2017 for final endorsement.  
  • Submitted the Foreign Exemptions policy brief to the Ministry of Labor. The brief is meant to promote incentives for employers that prioritize the hiring of Jordanians in labor-intensive occupations, which continue to have a disproportionate number of foreign workers.

  • Completed twelve Vocational Training Institutions (VTI) assessments as a basis for setting comprehensive development plans.
  • Adapted the “Work Ready Now” soft skills training package to the Jordanian context to support job seekers with essential skills needed to succeed in the workplace and delivered a training-of-trainers program to 28 trainers.
  • Developed curriculum frameworks based on the national occupational standards for occupational safety and health supervisors, photovoltaic installation, electro-mechanic hybrid, solar thermal energy installation and furniture painting.
  • Developed national occupational standards for career-guidance counselors in collaboration with the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance, the Ministry of Labor, the VTC, universities and USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program.
  • Established Employment Promotion Units (EPUs) in Zarqa and Irbid Chambers of Industry and Eastern Amman Investors Industrial Association. EPU staff worked to match more than 5800 registered job seekers with more than 3000 registered job vacancies.
  • Established career guidance offices in six  VTIs, provided training to forty career guidance counselors and produced three video films highlighting skills and career paths for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, die cutting, and electrical maintenance technicians. 
  • Submitted draft regulation for alternative workplace arrangements to the Minister of Labor after consultation with key government stakeholders, employer organizations and NGOs.
  • Conducted awareness days to promote available vocational jobs in garment factories to local communities in Ad-Dulayl Industrial Park and Real Estate Company. A total of 330 women, youth and their families attended these awareness days.
  • Conducted three platforms in the Northern regions to promote available vocational jobs in Irbid and Ajloun. The platforms were attended by 821 attendees.
  • Set national occupational standards for OSH supervisor, solar thermal energy, furniture painting and hybrid car technicians.
  • Developed and accredited OSH Supervisor curriculum to fulfill a high demand in the private sector. Also, updated OSH marketing materials in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor in support of Jordan’s “National Occupational Safety and Health Week”.
  • Supported upgrades of Specialized Training Institute for Hospitality and Tourism in Marka to allow the VTI to accept more students.
  • Supported the VTC in making essential improvements in Hakama’s VTI and provided equipment to the MSCoE VTI in Ma’an that will allow for hands-on practice required by the VTI’s photovoltaic installation curriculum.
  • Conducted soft skills, work-readiness, and on-the-job training for 263 beneficiaries at the Dulayl Industrial Park and Real Estate Company. Following the completion of the three-month training period, more than 200 trainees were placed in full-time jobs.
  • Worked with sixty newly-hired young workers in East Amman industrial factories through the Loyalty Reward Program to reduce high turnover rate in the industrial sector.
  • Launched a national video competition for youth in collaboration with the Royal Film Commission to emphasize the value of vocational jobs.
  • Partnered with the National Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (NAJMAH) to employ 1,470 beneficiaries from rural areas and areas of extreme poverty by the end of Year 3.
  • Delivered the #PledgeForParity and “Blue Week” campaigns via project social media platforms. To date, WFD has 22K likes on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USAIDJWFD).