The project’s general aim is to improve the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Jordan and of Jordanians through increased employment and improved infrastructure in Jordan.
This overall programme objective has been split into two outcomes: (i) to improve rural infrastructure through the use of labour-intensive methods for men and women; and (ii) to create employment for Syrian refugees and Jordanians equally (i.e. 50% Jordanians and 50 % Syrians, of which women should account for 10% and people with disabilities 3%).
The work hinges on improving the tertiary road infrastructure as well as local agricultural infrastructure through farm improvement activities. Some schools will be rehabilitated while additional classrooms will be constructed in overcrowded schools.
Investment in public works, including tertiary roads, agriculture infrastructure and schools will create four types of employment effects:
- direct employment effects in the form of short-term job opportunities during the construction period and long-term job opportunities through operation and maintenance;
- indirect employment effects through sourcing material and equipment from local suppliers;
- induced effects resulting from additional local consumption through the wages generated on the project;
- spin-off effects by increasing access to markets for local businesses and farms.
The programme pays attention to ensuring decent work conditions, including the following: occupational safety and health (OSH); no child labour and equal pay for work of equal value; safeguards for environmental protection; graduating mechanisms that allow participating workers to graduate out of the programme into sustainable livelihoods; and creation of or increases in asset values in public, agricultural and environmental infrastructure.