H.E Ato Nigussu Tilahun, Commissioner of the FDRE Jobs Creation Commission, today officially launched the three-year inclusive and innovative project, TILA, that will create 42,000 direct jobs for vulnerable groups in Ethiopia in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation and five local implementing partners

42,000 Direct Jobs for Vulnerable Groups in Ethiopia will be Created by FDRE Jobs Creation

Collaboration with Commission and five local implementing partners

Amharic release

Addis Ababa, April 28, 2021 – FDRE Jobs Creation Commission, in alignment with Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, has designed and launched a three-year inclusive and innovative project, TILA, to address the needs of women in rural Ethiopia, internally displaced people, refugees, homeless youth, and people with disabilities. 

TILA project’s goal, inclusiveness, has increasingly been a focus of policymakers and grassroots organizations, to reduce inequality and to develop a comprehensive employment package for those groups who are often excluded from the productive sectors of the economy. TILA aims to address the binding constraints, in the labor market, facing vulnerable and marginalized groups such as underrepresentation in the design and implementation of active labor market policies and programs, limited access to information about employment opportunities, lack of employability and business development skills, and unfavorable social norms and practices. 

Upon inception, TILA project used a Human-centered Design approach to define the needs of program participants and designed interventions in a collaborative co-designing process with policy and implementing organizations from federal and regional governments, NGOs, community-based organizations (CSOs), and youth and women associations. 

Initially, TILA will target 19,000 women in rural Ethiopia; 5,000 internally displaced peoples and refugees; 2,000 homeless youth; and 5,000 youth with disabilities in five  regions. This will be followed by prototyping, testing, and scaling up of innovative approaches nationwide. 

The implementation of this project will be spearheaded by five CSOs, NGOs, and private sector actors that responded to the call for proposals. These organizations  have a proven track record of addressing unemployment in Ethiopia focused on marginalized groups, a balanced geographical coverage, and the ability to contribute financially towards the success of the project. 

The implementers, Kidame Mart, Beza Posterity Development Organization (BPDO), Association for Women’s Sanctuary Development (AWSAD), Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD), and Cheshire Foundation Action for Inclusion (CFAI), have committed to availing dedicated project staff to oversee an ethical and transparent process in the identification and selection of participants, while adhering to the standards JCC has set out to ensure comprehensive, consistent, and quality service delivery.

The pilot phase of the project will receive support from the Mastercard Foundation through a commitment of USD $4.6 million (193 million Birr) and USD $1.5 million (61.5Million Birr) will be matched by the five implementing organizations.

About the Jobs Creation Commission

The Jobs Creation Commission (of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia) is established under the Office of the Prime Minister to advance the government’s goal around employment and job creation. JCC is uniquely positioned to lead, govern and coordinate the jobs creation agenda at the national and subnational levels. It is committed to guide the investment of government, the private sector and development partners to high-growth sectors through policy analysis and innovation; and to align skills development with market needs.

Directly overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, JCC is mandated to Coordinate, Govern and Monitor all Government and Non-Government efforts in creating jobs. With a mission to drive job creation through innovation and action, the Commission aims to facilitate the creation of 3 million jobs by 2020, 14 million by 2025 and 20 million by 2030. The commission has facilitated and supported the creation of 2.4 million jobs to date.

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About the Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to enable young people in Africa and in Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was created by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organization with its own Board of Directors and management.>

For more information on the Foundation, please visit: www.mastercardfdn.org

Media contacts

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Mastercard Foundation
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Strategy Lead, Program Communications,
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