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Refugee job finder

Our solution will enrol and connect skilled refugees to potential employers through automated mapping and selection system, using SMS

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

1. Refugees from different war-torn countries, conflicts may remain in the camp for long time with limited opportunity, with most of them very hopeless about their future and trying to find a potential and meaning to life as their old life have been completely disrupted even though they might be skilled. Some of them may have a good educational or/and working background and would like to work to earn their livelihood as well as to support their family and loved ones. 2. Refugees are looked at as burden by the hosting country / community, while there is true potential and skills in each one of them, which might help invigorate the hosting community. The refugees lack the soft skills and networking opportunities with prospective employers which leads to the limited access to jobs thus fewer chances for the refugees to integrate in the local community. 3. Uganda has an excellent system where registered refugees get right of movement as well as legitimate rights to work anywhere in the country without restriction . This provides an opportunity to bring together potential employers close to refugees with the right skills through a digital platform (Refugee job Finder). It will not be a typical job/ placement portal, as it will be customised with refugees in mind and will largely be reliant on mobile technology so as to increase wider adoption of the platform as well as rightful employers even if they are looking for a varied skill set for short to long term needs in their domestic/ business set up. The use of existing structures and systems by leveraging the government and NGO-run community strategy will enhance the scalability and sustainability of the project. The system will enable self enrolment of skilled refugees as well as through third parties and map their skill set to open vacancies of prospective employers. Once the match is found, both parties are notified and establish job linkage opportunities

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Refugee camp in Uganda in Africa. Uganda has 1.7 million refugees and this number is growing each day due to unrest in neighbouring countries like Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. Uganda has an excellent system where registered refugees (with refugee ID) get right of movement as well as legitimate rights to work anywhere in the country without restriction.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The neighbourhood where the refugees would prospectively get employed, will create a healthy interaction environment between the refugees and the local community as they support each other in the growth of the local economy. This will lead to a stable and tolerant community towards displaced refugees and give them something to look forward to.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The right to earn your own livelihood, support your family and lead a decent life. We believe that our innovation will help refugees in easy integration in the new societal system in Uganda with respect to earning a livelihood and become self-reliant. Our solution will support the refugees in seeking access to potential employment opportunities in nearby towns/ districts through SMS. It will make the life of the refugees easy as they will receive employment leads from potential employers based on their skill set, educational and work experience. This will make the integration process into the community seamless for the refugees and make them self reliant, giving them the much needed joy, hope and dignity.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Prospective employers will be matched with skilled refugee candidates. This will bring in certain work experience to refugees which can help them in the development of their careers in the host country. Post successful employment, our system will seek feedback on the candidate with the employer and vice versa. This is to track performance and build rating for given refugees. This will create credible refugee's local work experience resume and testimony for future employment opportunities. It will not only make the candidates self-reliant and capable of taking care of their loved ones; it will also make them role models and inspiration for others in the refugee camps to find meaning in their lives. It will make the integration process into the community seamless for the refugees and reduce the burden from the NGO's and host country.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Millions of skilled people had a meaningful life before being a refugee; due to various conflicts and unrest in their home country they get displaced and are forced to stay in refugee camps for years while relying on the local host government. The government looks at the refugees as a big burden. In some places like Uganda, refugees have the right to seek employment in the local community but it wouldn't be easy for the them to connect to prospective employers. Some employers in the local community would be willing to give jobs to certain skilled refugees but it is tough for them to connect to the right candidate. We intend to lower the burden for the local government and establish job opportunity linkages between the local community to nurture self-reliance and dignity within the refugee community.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

In Uganda, refugees are provided with refugee ID cards and they can move across the country and even look for employment. Using our intervention, we will make it easier for them to connect with prospective employers and quickly integrate into the local society.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Identification of skilled interested job seeking refugees and connecting them to prospective employers will enable them to get jobs that will help them to be self-reliant instead of relying on the local government. These people will help uplift the refugee community and provide a joyful dignified way of living.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

We would partner up with local government and local NGOs for refugee enrolment at the refugee camp (where they are being issued refugee ID) and prospective employer enrolment in the neighbouring communities.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

Val Partners Limited.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Val Partners is a private limited company with extensive experience in designing technological, social and business solutions and in scaling them. We have worked with government ministries in different countries including Kenya in scaling innovations. Currently, our programs plug in technology to new and existing solutions to alleviate the living conditions and improve the standard of living in the society. We define, address research and implement priorities in Wellbeing, Population Dynamics & urbanisation and social protection in Africa. We have an impressive track record of successful designing and implementation of innovative evaluation and implementation programs across sub-Saharan region, including the largest micro-pension and social protection scheme for the informal sector; influencing population behaviour, generating evidence, strengthening capacity, shaping the future of the youths by improving living standards. It also has a diverse, multinational implementation team.

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Type of submitter

  • We are a Private Sector Corporation

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Nairobi, Kenya


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Great Abhishek Khamrai !
I hope it works!

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