Match employment

Combining data, networks and policy to get refugees into work

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees in jobs.
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nutrition

Micronutrient Cubes

A third of the 2 billion people who are micronutrient deficient are children. Many have little access to diverse foods or supplements. By working through private sector supply chains, this...

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Urban Housing

Jordan

Rapid urbanization in many parts of the world has led to a great deal of challenges ensuring the availability of adequate housing. In the Middle East, this is coupled by...

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other

Voluntary and Spontaneous Returns

Jordan

As people displaced by the Syria crisis begin returning to their homes, new approaches will be needed to deal with the unprecedented scale of returns.

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financing

Financing Refugee Crisis Response

Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use risk-based financing approaches to respond to refugee influxes.

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Information Flows

Jordan

Displaced people live in challenging circumstances where accurate information can become difficult to obtain. Strengthening information flows can aid in decision-making and make their circumstances easier to manage.

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Mental Health

Jordan

Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.

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resettlement

Placement Algorithm

United States

Airbel is piloting and scaling an innovative machine learning algorithm developed by the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab that matches refugees in areas where they are likely to thrive when...

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resettlement

Resettlement Revolving Fund

In this new model for refugee resettlement finance, a self-sustaining fund provides countries with finance for refugee resettlement, and is replenished as refugees fuel economic growth.

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employment

Trade Accelerator

Focused support for Jordanian businesses to foster rapid growth and help them tap into the European market and hire refugees to do so.

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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

nutrition

Virtual Baby

This portable game would let children earn points for raising a happy baby, teaching them about sexual health and nutrition.

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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

resettlement

Ask Laila

A hotline, SMS, and web-based service to help resettled refugees get quick answers from a trusted local source - in their own language.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

other

Medicine Bank

Jordan

People with low income in Jordan often struggle to access the medicine they need. This solution is aimed at making supply chains more efficient to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals....

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education

Pop Up Learning

Bangladesh

Pop-Up Learning is a computer-assisted learning program, aimed to mobilize quickly and efficiently on the onset of crisis.

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nutrition

Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

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This project graduated following the Prototype phase

education

Spark

Tanzania

Spark creates alternative learning spaces outside of refugee camp schools to practice play-based learning and social-emotional skills with primary school children.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

resettlement

IRC Connect

United States

In partnership with Twilio.org, Airbel is developing an SMS-based system to streamline communication between caseworkers and newly-settled refugees as they adapt to their new lives in the United States.

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education

Coach Erevu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a virtual teacher coaching program designed to empower teachers to learn and practice social-emotional learning activities that they can use in their classrooms.

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nutrition

Low-Literacy Malnutrition Tools

South Sudan

In hard-to-reach areas local community health workers are key to treating malnourished children. Commonly used tools for diagnosing and treating malnutrition have been adapted to meet the needs of workers...

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Sesame Seeds

In this historic effort, IRC and Sesame Workshop help children whose lives have been uprooted by the Syrian war to build brighter futures.

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Tunakujenga

Tanzania

Tunakujenga is a family learning program designed to empower caregivers to engage in nurturing and playful parenting to support their children’s social and emotional development.

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safety

Becoming One

Uganda

Becoming One is a counseling program designed to bring couples closer and prevent intimate partner violence. The program is delivered in partnership with local faith leaders, who guide couples through...

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employment

Match

Jordan

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees...

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safety

Modern Man

Liberia

Modern Man is a mobile messaging campaign that engages men with an aspirational and positive masculine identity to prevent intimate partner violence. It sends SMS messages to men who have...

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When mass displacement leads to mass unemployment, both refugees and vulnerable host populations are affected.  Getting refugees into work, and growing the labor market, requires both innovative policy and innovative ideas. In 2016, the Government of Jordan and the international community forged the Jordan Compact, which aims to provide 200,000 employment opportunities to Syrian refugees. One part of the Compact is a set of incentives for employers to hire refugees. To support the Compact and inform the response to future crises, Project Match in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for matching employers and job seekers.

Match consists of two core activities:

  1. A mobile network of entrepreneurial employment service officers
  2. An algorithm that enables the IRC to optimally match jobs and job seekers

These core services are supported by a set of complementary and experimental activities, including behavioral nudges (such as sharing testimonials and providing job search planning tools), and financial support aimed at mitigating the material constraints refugees face in accessing and retaining employment.

November 2019 | Randomized Control Trial concludes

March 2019 | Exploration of new employment sectors

Exploring agriculture and service sectors. In addition, development of private sector-oriented interventions begin.

February 2019 | Randomized Control Trial launches

This also includes the launch of the:

  • job matching algorithm
  • Thompson algorithm
  • comprehensive case management platform
  • new interventions

January 2019 | Consolidation of year one learning, prep for RCT

Interventions are selected for testing and the framing of the Randomized Control Trial is complete.

September 2018 | Pilot of behavioral interventions

Prototyping of behavioral interventions is complete, pilot begins.

August 2018 | Algorithm and nudges

Basic framework of matching algorithm is completed and prototypes of behavioral nudges begin

July 2018 | Cash support begins

Delivery of cash support packages begins to assist beneficiaries with the job search

May 2018 | First job placements

First job placements are completed, begin rapid iteration of service design in response to early lessons learned.

April 2018 | Focus group discussions and first intake

Focus group discussions are conducted with job seekers and firms to test program design assumptions.

Intake of job seekers and firms also begin.

March 2018 | Irbid office is established

Project Match engages a team of mobile employment service officers, and establishes offices in Irbid, Jordan.

March 2018 | Research plan is drafted

January 2018 | Launch of Project Match

Project Match is officially launched. Project start-up begins.

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December 2017 | Systems mapping

Systems mapping and planning for Project Match has been conducted.

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March 2017 | Research results published

Recommendations from initial research are published. Initial design of the employment hub is completed.

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February 2017 | Potential prototypes generated

Opportunity areas for prototyping are identified based upon research conducted so far.

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October 2016 | Two research workstreams begin

One workstream focuses on employment opportunities and business process outsourcing

July 2016 | Blue Ribbon Panel

A panel is convened with key stakeholders from various technology and innovation companies on creating “one million jobs for Syrian refugees”

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June 2016 | Kick off

Initial work around refugee employment begins with McKinsey and Company. This project includes idea generation, evidence review, and firm engagement.

We develop new solutions to better serve people suffering the effects of conflict and crisis.