Syrian refugee crisis

ILO and public works ministry in Jordan sign agreement to expand formal employment programme for refugees and host community members.

The agreement signed by the ILO and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Jordan aims to expand formal employment through employment-intensive public construction project in governorates most affected by the influx of Syrian refugees.

News | 19 December 2016
AMMAN (ILO News) — The ILO and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH) in Jordan have signed an agreement to implement a series of employment-intensive public construction projects in the governorates of Irbid and Marfaq, where the majority of Syrian refugees in Jordan reside. As part of the agreement, the ILO and the MPWH will expand rehabilitation and maintenance works in those governorates, in addition to storm water drainage and roadside protection for agricultural roads.

The agreement also covers skills and training for both Syrian refugees and Jordanian host community residents to enable them to build market-relevant skills, enter the formal employment sector as well as benefit from jobs which abide by international occupational health and standards. During implementation, the ILO-project team will work closely with the MPWH to provide the ministry training on road conditions surveying for public engineers from Irbid and Mafraq.

The agreement will be supported by funding to the tune of 2.5 million Jordanian Dinars (US$3.4 million) from the German KfW Development Bank and cover a total of 12 projects spread evenly between the governorates of Irbid and Marfaq. The agreement is part of the ILO project entitled Employment through Labour Intensive Infrastructure in Jordan, which is being implemented in collaboration with Jordan’s MWPH in Northern Jordan. The project aims to support the Government of Jordan to create immediate formal employment opportunities and improve local infrastructure through Employment Intensive Investment Programmes (EIIP) for both Syrian refugees as well as host community residents.