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Linking refugee communities with existing training,study and work opportunities

linking refugees withtraining,study and work opportunities through online bulletin and providing them with career guidance tools.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Sometimes there are myriad of work, study and training opportunities for refugees, but the problem is in making them known for refugee communities due to lack of communication. In Egypt for instance, there was no online portal to bring all of these opportunities under one stop shop. What I did was to create a Facebook page where I publish whatever opportunities that are open for refugees. Then the next step was to provide face to face mentoring and professional development workshops for refugees who wish to apply for certain opportunities but need support with their applications. This idea targets refugees who had some sort of higher education, but often lack access to professional opportunities that match their academic backgrounds and experience. These professional refugees often times find themselves working in non-matching jobs for which they are over-qualified.

WHO BENEFITS?

refugees and host community

PROTOTYPE

What I did was to create a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/opportunitiesAfricansSyriansEgypt where I publish whatever opportunities that are open for refugees. Then the next step was to provide face to face mentoring for refugees who wish to apply for certain opportunities but need support with their applications and conducting professional development workshop for refugees to learn all professional development skills starting from goal setting and career planning to resume writing and job search (this is targeting more of professional refugees and BA holders) in partnership with the career guidance office of St. Andrews organization. I also started communicating with existing programs and job providers and recruiting agencies to advocate opening the access of these opportunities to refugees and got a lot of positive response and willingness to recruit refugees.

FEEDBACK

I got positive feeback from organization who had lots of opportunities for refugees but didn't know where to publicize it, and also from refugees and members of the page who didn't have a one-stop shop to check all publicized opportunities. Also, the refugees I work with in the professional development workshops communicated that these workshops and online platform is highly useful for them and assists them in exploring the career market.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

More networking and coordination is needed with job providers and to reach out to more refugees to join the page, and also how to communicate these opportunities offline to those who don't have access to internet. I also need to have more mentors joiningin to assist applicants in filling out application forms.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I'm a community development practitioner in Egypt and had been working with the African and Syrian refugee community for over three years in Cairo as a project manager in Save the Children and other organizations. My areas of focus are development through arts, child protection and entrepreneurship.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, I have implementation capacity and am interested in and able to make this idea real in my community.

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Hi Mirette,

Outernet can help get these opportunities to refugees without Internet. My idea outlines how Outernet can be used for education, but a "job opportunities" section is something that could be implemented similarly using the same technology. Here's the link: https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/outernet-delivers-courseware-and-learning-resources-to-students-and-teachers. Linking those without Internet access to opportunities is what Outernet is for, so I think it would be a natural great fit! Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Rachel

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