According to bank documents, the project objective is to increase private sector employment post COVID-19 with emphasis on youth and women.
Component 1: Support to the National Employment Program.
Sub-component 1.1: On-the-job training. This subcomponent will finance on-the-job training (OTJT), wage subsidies, social security contributions, and transportation allowances for 6 months for workers hired by awarded companies under the Project. Workers must be registered in the Social Security Corporation (SSC) by the companies and the total wage paid by firms must be at least equal to the minimum wage. Although financial support is only provided for 6 months, companies must issue contracts to workers for at least 12 months, i.e., firms must commit ex-ante to keeping workers for at least 6 months after the support period ends.
Sub-component 1.2: Classroom training. This component will finance up to 3 months of classroom training (with a minimum of 1 month) and stipends for trainees, followed by 3 months of OTJT and 3 months of wage subsides, for a total of 6 months support. Awarded firms must also issue contracts with workers from the time they join as trainees for 12 months.
Component 2: Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation. This component will support MOL with the management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of project activities. It will finance a fully staffed and equipped Project Management Unit (PMU) under the Ministry of Labor. The PMU will be responsible for fiduciary oversight of the project, the daily management of project activities, monitoring and evaluation of project interventions against results indicators, as well as internal coordination within the GOJ. This component will finance the costs of: (a) staffing; (b) other project operating costs; (c) data collection and analysis for the purpose of periodic reporting on the project’s implementation progress and well as the evaluation of the project; (d) audit costs, including independent verification of payments to awarded companies as well as monitoring and compliance with the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) instruments; (e) communication and outreach; (f) required upgrades to and maintenance of Sajjil; and (g) Grievance and Redress Mechanisms.
Dina N. Abu-Ghaida
Ali H. Abukumail
Senior Private Sector Specialist
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation
Head of World Bank Division
Ministry of Labor
Head of National Employment Program Technical Committee
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