Support to E-TVET Sector in Jordan (2013 – 2014)
Based on TVET reform strategy, the Government of Jordan (GoJ) started with the design and partial implementation of a new structure for the coordination of the E-TVET sector, with the E-TVET Council at its heart.
Stagnation in the reform process, political changes as well as budgetary constraints affected the degree of priority set for the reform implementation. Whilst employment stands very high among the national priorities, the strategy was mainly focused on TVET issues with only very general references to employment issues. A broader Employment strategy (encompassing, and with clear link to the TVET strategic orientations) has been approved in 2011 and its action plan developed in the past months.
A consortium of European companies and Dajani Consulting was awarded a two-year project with a budget of 3 Million EUROS to support the upgrading and development of E-TVET sector in Jordan.
The overall objective of the project is to support Jordan’s Employment and TVET reform efforts and related interventions in order to improve the long-term relevance, efficiency, equity, as well as institutional and financial sustainability of the Jordanian Employment and TVET system.
The purposes of this project include:
a) to enhance capacities at the ETVET Secretariat, TVET stakeholders and MOL (especially to Directorate of Employment and Training) regarding Employment and TVET strategic planning, policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring.
b) to enhance capacities in costing and financial planning at the Ministry of Labour in general (especially at the Directorate of Employment and Training, DET), the E-TVET Council and Secretariat, and other Employment and TVET stakeholder regarding TVET and Employment related policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring;
c) to enhance capacities at the MOL (especially at DET and MOL UPSP), ETVET secretariat as well as DOS in the field of data production and analysis regarding (a) the Electronic Labor Exchange (ELE), (b) the Labor Market Information System (LMIS), and (c) the Human Resources Development Information System (HRDIS).
d) to enhance capacities, systems and instruments at the CAQA as well as the Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC) regarding the accreditation of community colleges and main stakeholders (VTC, Vocational Education Directorate at Ministry of Education and Community Colleges) in the field of accreditation and quality assurance.
e) to provide technical support and specific outputs for Employment and TVET related issues as requested by the ETVET council and program steering committee.
Private Sector Enterprises Survey for Labor Inspection Reform 2013
Dajani Consulting was contracted by the DFC Spain to conduct the private enterprises survey in Jordan in order to benchmark the indicators concerning the labor inspection procedures and practices modernized by the labor inspection reform project during the period 2010 - 2012. The survey will cover more than 700 enterprises representing all industrial sectors and categories in Amman and Zarqa. At the end of the field survey, the data will be analyzed to produce a final report containing the main indicators of the satisfaction with the labor inspection process, attitude of the inspector and the cost of inspection on industrial firms compared to the baseline survey of 2010. The Project is financed by IFC, which is supposed to improve the mechanism of inspection, and have a positive impact on the economy.
Jordan Business Enabling Environment Survey – WORLD BANK ,IFC , EBRD and EIB
One of the support activities of the World Bank is the improvement of private business enabling environment . Within this context, World Bank have contracted Dajani Consulting to survey Jordan business enabling environments for 600 Jordanian establishments in the survey . The survey focused on infrastructure, sales and suppliers, degree of competition and innovation, applicable laws and regulation for investments, business- government relationship, availability of financing, labor, export support services, investments constrains, productivity , competitiveness , and operational expenses. The results of the survey will used by the World Bank and its partners to prepare an future intervention for SMEs .
Interventions in Literacy and Numeracy Skills for the Early Grade education in schools
As Dajani Consulting have completed the National Literacy and Numeracy survey in Jordan to assess the reading and math skills at early grade education, Dajani Consulting was contracted by RTI to facilitate and manage the interventions phase resulting from the survey recommendations, to improve the reading and math skills among early grade students at public schools of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The project involved TOT for teacher on the modern teaching techniques of reading and math, as well as curriculum development and other activities. Dajani Consulting coordinated with RTI for the deployment of several education experts, and arranged the workshops and meetings with MoE.
In depth Study of Gender Pay Equity in the Private Education sector in Jordan
The International Labor Organization (ILO) contracted Dajani Consulting to implement a study with the objective of provide substantive evidence the gender pay gap in the private education sector (KG, primary and secondary schools, and universities) to inform the corrective actions needed (e.g. legislative measures, collective bargaining, and application of gender-neutral job evaluation methods) and recommend improvements in measures towards achieving robust systems of pay equity. The study was supervised by National Steering Committee on Pay Equity (NSCPE) in Jordan hosted by Ministry of Labor.
The study included desk research and mapping of the private education sector in Jordan, in addition to development of field research methodology and tools. The experts of Dajani Consulting used the job evaluation guide developed by ILO to design the study and questionnaires, and then data collection and analysis to identify the gaps in pay between genders. The study covered more than 250 staff working at 25 private educational institutions in Jordan. A final report was produced in Arabic and English, and shared regionally with other countries adopting the pay equity concept.
Regional Capacity Building for Arab Municipalities (2013)
Dajani Consulting in collaboration with Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) in Riyadh – Saudi Arabia is carrying out a regional capacity building program dedicated for the Arab municipalities. This program consists of a series of training workshops organized by Dajani Consulting and AUDI, and held in Amman on monthly basis. These training workshops cover essential topics such as project cycle management, superior customer service, public-private partnerships, monitoring and evaluation as well as other topics. Participants come from various Arab towns and cities upon invitations from AUDI.