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.
Jordan Now 2.0 Follow Up and Data Collection Surveys
As a follow up on the pilot program “Jordan NOW” of the World Bank, Dajani Consulting conducted several data collection and survey assignments to assess the performance and progress of the screening and job matching initiative following the “Jordan NOW” program, in addition to status survey of the graduates who participated in the pilot program two years ago. The survey technique used was telephone survey by enumerators to contact list of target segments including participants and companies. The graduates sample size exceeded 1600 participant, while the companies sample size was about 170 companies.
Other data collection techniques included mystery shopping performed on the screening and job matching program operator to assess the mechanism and quality of services. The collected data and reports were forwarded to the technical team leader at World Bank.
Education and Training for Employment
As a part of the EU interventions to improve the vocational training programs within the MEDA countries, The EU held a conference in France which aims at exchanging the latest technology and best practices used in developing the TVET system in Europe and the MEDA. Dajani Consulting was contracted to provide services for the definition of the scope, priorities and intervention mechanisms of future regional programs in the field of vocational education and training for employment. It also presented a paper about the latest concepts in vocational training techniques used in Jordan.
Impact Assessment and Tracer Study of Training and Employment Support Program (TESP)
The Government of Jordan has received a financial loan of 5 million US$ from the World Bank to establish and implement a demand-driven vocational training and employment program, targeting the unemployed, poor and females in Jordan. A program implementation unit was formed at the Ministry of Labor. Dajani Consulting was contracted to evaluate the impact and benefits of the project after 5 years of implementation, compared to original objectives of the pilot program. The assignment included review of the database of trainees, survey of beneficiaries and employers, identification of the weak points of the program from the employer’s point of view and suggesting developments and modifications on the components of the program.
M&E Training Workshop for Ministry of Migrants and Displaced in Iraq
Two training workshops were delivered by Dajani Consulting to two groups of public servants staff of Ministry of Migrants and Displaced in Erbil - Iraq, supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Two trainers from Dajani Consulting prepared and conducted Monitoring and Evaluation training for the staff regarding relief and community development projects planned and implemented by the Ministry targeting the internal refugees and returning refugees in different governorates of Iraq. Each training workshop lasted for 4 days, including concepts and practice.
Review of the Technical Education and Vocational Training in Yemen
Due to high unemployment in Yemen, the government of Yemen requested a technical assistance from the Japanese government in developing the TVET system in order to qualify unemployed for certain occupations. Dajani Consulting was contracted to implement an overall review of TVET in Yemen. The main objective of this project was to conduct a baseline survey of the Yemen TVET system and suggest future recommendations for future interventions in the field of TVET in Yemen. It also suggested the most potential viable sectors for future workforce. In addition, Dajani Consulting offered an assessment – using qualitative and quantitative methods – of the quality of TVET system in Yemen and ability to sustain future interventions and assessment of key donors within the TVET system in Yemen.
Aqaba Community Development Strategy – Vocational Training Component
Dajani Consulting was contracted by AZEM project implemented by Nathan associates in Aqaba, and funded by USAID. The objective of the contract was to assess and develop the VT activities and strategy as a component of Aqaba’s community development strategy for the next 5 years, in order to plan for the next assistance programs for Aqaba. Dajani Consulting assessed the current situation and suggested several scenarios to improve the VT delivered and match it to the labor market in Aqaba.
Basic Survey for Technical and Vocational Education
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) provided Jordan with a loan for the Human Resources Development Sector Investment Project – Phase 2 amounting to 7,123 million Yen (approximately 60 million $US). This ten year loan was approved in 1997. The purpose of the loan is to improve the TVE sector in Jordan. The mission aimed at reviewing the TVE sector in Jordan and donors’ activities in this field, in order to recommend the most appropriate and feasible scheme of cooperation with JBIC’s ongoing loan. A report of two volumes was submitted to JBIC at the end of the mission.
Training Workshop on the principles of FDI – EU
Dajani Consulting delivered a 2 day workshop for investment promotion officers from JIB, Ma'an Development Company and Development Zones Corporation covering the basic principles of investment intelligence and promotion. This workshop was funded by the EU program "Jordan Services Modernization Program" at JEDCO. Provided senior trainer, prepared training package in Arabic, modified the material, prepared cases and delivered the workshop.
Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the Direct Support to SMEs component of EJADA–EU
This was a short-term technical assistance consultancy assignment to the Euro-Jordanian Action for the Development of Enterprise (EJADA). The assignment was executed by a two member consultant’s team consisting international expert and local expert. The assignment included two missions of the international expert to Jordan. The survey population consisted of the 54 SMEs having benefited from EJADA business upgrading direct support and which have completed this BU support (one or more projects). From this survey population a representative sample of 25 SMEs was derived through application of a set of selection criteria. Interviews with SME management based on a highly structured and comprehensive questionnaire took place on-the-spot in the companies. Questionnaires were filled-out by the survey team based on the interviews. All filled-up questionnaires were sent back to the SMEs concerned for quality control and for further completion in case of still missing information. In general, the interviewed managers of the selected sample SMEs were most cooperative, if not enthusiastic about the survey. The survey resulted in understanding of the clear instant impact of the support on SMEs, but it was too early to detect the expected long-term impact and its sustainability, since the support was recently utilized by SMEs.
The survey activities concentrated basically on the determination of the survey population and sample, on secondary base information collection and study of the EJADA files, on the development and finalisation of the survey tools including the questionnaire, and on the organisation of the survey. Most of the interviews were conducted on-the-spot in the survey sample SMEs. A special database was designed and statistical tables, listings and graphical presentations were prepared as basis for the survey report. The assignment delivered a final report including analysis, conclusions and recommendations.
Assessment of Current Status of Conditions Precedents for the Cash Transfer/Budget Support Program – Jordan
The Cash Transfer/Budget Support component of USAID’s assistance to Jordan is a cross-cutting development support mechanism that significantly contributed to the implementation of several reform initiatives in various sectors since the program was launched in 1997.
The Cash Transfer program is on a grant basis. Disbursements of the Program funds to the Government of Jordan’s Budget Account are based on achieving a list of agreed-upon reform measures (referred to as CPs matrix) that support Jordan’s broader economic reform and restructuring process. These reform measures are known as the Condition Precedents (CPs) for the Cash Transfer/Budget Support Program.
USAID/Jordan ensures that conditions precedents are met before disbursing the cash transfer to the Government of Jordan Budget account. For this purpose, USAID/Jordan has established effective controls to ensure that the GoJ have met the conditions precedent through the provision of evidence to support the completion of each condition precedent, and provision of evidence that the GoJ have met the general terms and conditions relating to use of the cash transfer in accordance with the terms of the Cash Transfer agreement. The CPs are aligned with USAID/Jordan strategic growth and development objectives in each sector.
USAID objective of implementing this assessment is to assist USAID/Jordan with analysis of the status of the Conditions Precedent that triggered annual disbursements under the Cash Transfer/Budget Support Program for the period 1997 - 2009.
More than 100 CPs were assessed in economic growth sector; water and environment; health; and democracy governance sectors. The results of assessment as well as strategic recommendations were reported to USAID.
Monitoring & Evaluation Training – The Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA)
The DPA is the governmental body which overlooks the refugee camps in Jordan. The department is in charge of the physical infrastructure including the land provision, the infrastructure services and the follow-up on the needed projects in the camps. DPA is supported by several donors, such as JICA. It implements capacity building projects for the improvement of livelihood of Palestinian refugees at the camps. In order to qualify DPA staff to carry out their programs and projects, it is essential to equip them with knowledge and skills of Monitoring & Evaluation mechanism.
Service Level Measurement of European Information and Communication Center (EICC) with Regards to Euro-Jordanian Association Agreement – European Union (EU)
The EICC in main objective is to link Jordanian producers to European suppliers in Jordan. The EICC has been operating for several years in Jordan. The Project objective is to review of the impact of activities and services done by EICC relevant to the promotion and communication of the Jordanian European Association Agreement within the business community of Jordan in order to measure the level of interest and awareness of exporting to the European Union and the obstacles facing Jordanian companies.
Project Cycle Management and M&E training
International Organization for Migration has many assistance and relief programs in Iraq, supervised by its local staff in Iraq (monitors). Field monitors of IOM needed to learn the international best practices in managing, monitoring and evaluating programs. The six days training workshop consisted of practical training to equip the participants with needed tools for M&E. The workshop was held at IOM premises in Amman.
SDNP Project Final Evaluation
UNDP and The sustainable development networking program (SDNP) supported the government of Jordan decided to create a network to connect several ministries together within one network. Evaluating the outcomes of such project was very essential for continuation of the project.
The project objectives were:
1- Assess and evaluate the network in terms of (Efficiency, Effectiveness, Impact, and Sustainability).
2- Assessment of extent of achieving the targets agreed upon in the project document, evaluation of key indicators, utilization of funds in conducting project activities & purchasing equipment, and finally preparation of a business plan for the next phase of the SDNP project.
3- Review of original document of the project, preparation of list of questions, assessment of utilization of fund donated for implementing agency (NIC) through interviews, the timeliness of the activities compared to the original planning, study of the performance of the network and flow of information, recording technical remarks, determination actual requirements needed by participating institutions by meeting key personnel, making conclusions and recommendation for future implementation & planning, preparation & submission of final report.
Evaluation of Donor Funded Program for governmental organizations in Jordan
In conjunction with C.E.P.T II Dajani Consulting evaluated an EU grant to Natural Resources Authority (NRA) to implement the geological survey project to assess sustainability and impact, by carryout post evaluation project for evaluating EU funded project to build the capacity of the Natural Resources Authority in Jordan managing geological survey. Project is implemented with CEPT II.
Brief Report on the Jordan's Economic and Budget Challenges
The Jordanian government has faced major challenges in high budget deficit. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) wanted to analyze the reasons for these high deficits to design assistance programs to help the Jordanian government to manage the deficit.
The project major objective was prepare a report about Jordan's economic and budget challenges in order to provide CIDA with the essential information about the economy of Jordan. The report summarized statistical data regarding the most important economic indicators such as unemployment rate, inflation and GDP per capita. The report also included a summary analysis of the Government's budget deficit and the reasons behind the 2008 and 2009 year deficit.
Jordan Poverty Alleviation Program
The Jordan Poverty Alleviation Program (JPAP) conducted by Ministry of Social Development in conjunction with USAID, represented by Nathan Associates, aims at reducing the consequences of poverty in Jordan, through realistic strategies and approaches targeting urban and rural communities. The project team formulated a poverty combating strategy that was declared to all interested parties during a series of conferences and workshops held in Jordan, in order to achieve public awareness of the magnitude of the poverty problem, and ways to fight its destructive impacts. Currently, the actions suggested by the strategy are being implemented. This program was scheduled for two years (2001 – 2003), but it was further extended to the end of 2004.
The role of Dajani Consulting included provision of assistance in the establishment of the program management unit at the ministry, local support, staff selection, logistics and conference arrangements.