BDC Publication


Labour Market Forecast The Gap between Educational Outputs and Labour Market Demand in Jordan. BDC has designed & developed this research study in order to better understand the main causes of youth unemployment in the Kingdom of Jordan, relating to the lack of career guidance for students and unemployed youth, lack of opportunities available for youth to find satisfying work following graduation, the difficulty facing jobseekers to find jobs that are compatible with their qualifications, as well as the gap between the skills of young graduates and the needs of employers in an international and economic context. This research study addresses The Gap between Educational Outputs and Labour Market Demand in Jordan, which represents a Labour Market Forecast in three growing sectors, ICT, Health and Green Energy.




Psychometric Assessment Tomooh Project for mapping skills of young people. This program is designed and developed in partnership with the World Bank and is able to measure capabilities, potentials, skills and human behaviours.


Training of Trainers in Employability and Vocational and Technical Innovation by implementing a training of trainers program for vocational schools and community colleges teachers on entrepreneurship, facilitation skills, interactive training and gender equality Training Engineering with Vocational Training Corporation for improving the Skills Training for Employment Program (STEPS) A program aimed at reducing unemployment among community college graduates by providing employability skills needed for the job market, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.


Skills Gap and Training Needs Analysis BDC was selected by the Ministry of Planning to conduct a thorough Skill Gap and Training Needs Analysis to identify opportunities and interventions to stimulate economic and social development in the Jordan Valley with an emphasis on agriculture, tourism, transport, and construction sectors.


Beyond Effectiveness where the BDC conducts Training Needs Assessments for companies prior to conducting effectiveness training for employees in specific life and soft skills and business management skills.


CBOs Training Needs Assessments across Jordan on a bi-annual basis in collaboration with CBOs to identify top vocational and technical needs, the priority sectors that can best thrive in specific locations and poverty pockets, (in terms of available natural resources, infrastructure, location, existing services/banks/finance/market etc.). Needs assessments include interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, data collection and analysis and reporting (each assessment targets 10-30 CBOs or 50-100 youth and women). Programmes are developed based on the results of the TNAs, using BDC skills mapping methodology, assessment and analysis tools.


Labour Market Assessment Work Opportunities for Jordanian and Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan. BDC conducts annual labour market assessments. This report is capturing findings and recommendations based on the demand for boosting work opportunities for women in Jordan, of both Jordanian and Syrian nationality. The research and findings fall under the BDC mandate for evidence-based projects development. Conclusions and responding interventions also contributes to the Jordan National HRD Strategy, Jordan Economic Growth Plan, and Jordan Compact. In this research paper, findings from two surveys have been combined for the benefit of better understanding employment and income generating opportunities for women (Jordanian and Syrian refugees) in Deir Alaa, Azraq, Ajloun, Jerash and East Amman.


Feasibility Study - BDC trains business owners, organizations and individuals in conducting feasibility studies, one of the most important goals of corporate finance in increasing sustainable shareholders wealth while maximizing profits. Feasibility studies are essentially used to analyze the profitability of a project and considered one of the major factors affecting the decision making process. The main objective of the workshop is to introduce the participants to practical tools and solutions by which they will be able to better build comprehensive & flexible financial models, in order to investigate the feasibility of an investment opportunity. Participants are trained on how to build a financial model using Microsoft EXCEL, where significant topics will be highlighted including: capital expenditures, financing the project, cost & sales, capital budgeting, and sensitivity analysis. Modules include: Financial Benchmarking Industry & Market Analysis Media Resources External Information Market Feasibility Corporate Finance Fundamentals.


Social Stability and Resilient Livelihoods for Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Jordanian Farm Families from Hosting Communities-Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-FAO, a specialized training workshops with the National Agriculture Research Center NCARE targeting food sector (Pickles and Jam) in three targeted areas; Mafraq, Zarqa and Irbid covering packaging and how to make your product more sellable. BDC  linked the beneficiaries through an exhibition in each area with shops (Hypermarkets, Supermarkets, small shops, wholesalers, restaurants, catering and food services establishments, hotels...etc.) that have the willingness to deal with the beneficiaries. Through the exhibition BDC linked beneficiaries with the ecosystem to benefit from follow up services such as linkages with financial entities, technical experts and mentors who will identify the best 40 project per governorate to provide them with Home Base Business Manual and link them with municipalities for projects registration and legalization.


Internship Program Evaluation and Optimization, As a part of BDC overall strategy and vision for enhancing the caliber of Jordanian graduates, BDC has commissioned a research effort that aims at the evaluation and optimization of the current internship program deployed in Jordanian colleges. The evaluation project is aimed at the following objectives: Importance of the internship program, Assessment of the currently adopted internship program, Willingness of companies to participate in a paid agreements, Evaluation of the labor market for interns. Sample and methodology: the data collection was done using three different methodologies. The methodologies were picked to be the most suitable given the nature of the segment they addressed. Namely, focus groups were used to gauge students; in-depth interviews to gauge faculty members and phone survey to gauge potential employers.


Refugee Women Incubator BUSINESS PLAN with UNWOMEN, The purpose of this report is to identify for UN Women the utility of establishing an incubator as a means of providing intervention and support for Syrian refugee women residing in the Zaatari and Azraq camps. The incubator is being considered as a means to enable camp women to sustainably improve their livelihood through establishing their own businesses and/or serving host community business. This report will also evaluate the realities on the ground to determine whether the incubator should reside within a camp or within the host community. UN Women is seeking to develop a business incubator to serve Syrian refugee women. The incubator would provide Syrian refugee women with a safe and controlled environment in which they could develop business and technical skills and engage in commercial activity. The commercial activity in which Syrian refugee women engage would depend on the existence of commercial opportunities within the host communities which they can serve as well as regional and international commercial opportunities which they can exploit. Serving the host community would be through integrating with existing value chains, not employment within existing host community businesses. As such, a successful business incubator would provide UN women with a replicable model which could be used wherever there are displaced communities. Development of an effective business incubator requires a change from providing assistance to helping provide opportunity. The biggest result of successful incubation would be the development of sustainable self-reliance on behalf of refugee women. Moreover, successful incubator based businesses can become models for refugee males to follow as well as provide refugee children with self-reliant and productive models of behavior.


Business Case Study, In 2012, the Business Development Center- BDC and KVINFO- the Danish Center for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity initiated the Gender Sensitization Project for Jordan, as part of the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Danmark. In this context, the project has resulted in identifying 10 companies that were deemed as successful models in adopting gender sensitized HR policies in the Jordanian Business Ecosystem, two of which have been selected by Business Development Center (BDC) as shining stars to showcase their mature practice that has led to the improvement of womens role in the Jordanian labor market in this regard. Building on the results of the project, the two selected companies are Umniah Mobile Company and BioLab. This study has been developed through primary research based on structured interviews a representative sample of the management and employees of both UMNIAH and Biolab in a particapotary approach. The process has reflected the awareness, learning and communication about both companies performances, as well as the maturity level of gender sensitization policies. The business case highlights behaviours and attitudes of staff and management of both companies and their HR policies and gender mainstreaming. This case study serves as a reference to other companies who wish to follow the foodsteps of UMNIAH and Biolab as shining examples.