«From the Crisis towards Decent and Safe Jobs», Phase II

The development objective of the project is to improve employment opportunities, working conditions and social protection of women and men, by contributing to the implementation of DWCPs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Brief description

Phase II builds on the achievements of the previous Phase I (2010-2013), which covered the countries of Central Asia and Southern Caucasus. Phase II focuses on a deepened intervention scope to ensure sustainability, strengthened national ownership of results and long-term capacity-building of local institutions and experts. There are 6 project objectives:

(1) Improving labour market information and analysis system and modernisation of its institutions
Focus is on actors that use labour market information, mainly Ministry of Labour (MoL), Public Employment Services (PES) and Agency of Statistics. Training will centre on compiling and analysing information. There may also be support to review existing labour statistics concepts, definitions and data collection tools, according to international standards. A pilot labour force survey, according to ILO standards, is planned in at least one country.

(2) Targeting labour market policies and programmes, applied by constituents, to facilitate transition to decent work for young people
PES and MoL staff will be trained to develop and implement effective LM policies that facilitate young people’s transition to decent jobs. MoL/PES will be supported to participate in the Regional Cooperation Network of YE, and also to design, monitor and evaluate youth-targeted LM programmes. A pilot on LM YE programme is also planned.

(3) Strengthening National Social Protection Floors (SPF) to guarantee minimum standards of living, through reforming of social security system
There will be support to set up a working-group of line ministries, state agencies, social partners, UN and other international financial agencies, to implement the ILO Recommendation on SPF. Training will be conducted for social partners on SPF concept, and a report will be produced. Round-tables are planned to discuss findings of the assessment, identify areas for government interventions, and reach consensus on the implementation of social protection programmes.

(4) Enhancing capacity of the constituents to provide support and promote occupational safety and health (OSH)
Support is planned to constituents to set up/support an OSH tripartite body and implement a national OSH programme. Also to up-date the national OSH profile, increase knowledge on ILO Conventions, strengthen the role of social dialogue on OSH development issues, and enhance constituents’ capacity to contribute to OSH-related policies. There will be training of labour inspection, including inspection management, investigation and reporting of occupational accidents, etc.

(5) Enhancing constituents’ capacity to promote transitioning from informal to the formal economy
Awareness-raising seminars for social partners will promote transitioning from informal to formal economy, including social dialogue techniques and macro-economics for social negotiators. Trade unions will be supported on protecting and integrating informal workers into society, etc. Employers’ organisations will be supported in developing new member services and a strategic policy framework, as well as improving national enabling environment for sustainable enterprises.

(6) Enhancing constituents’ capacity to address labour market inclusion regulatory aspects
Awareness-raising seminars are planned on ILO Conventions, relevant to the promotion of LM inclusion of women, as well as support to social partners to identify and remove or lower direct and indirect barriers to LM inclusion of women. There will be sensitisation activities to pursue disability issues, basic tools & concepts, based on a rights’ equality-based model, enshrined in international standards. This includes a situational analysis of persons with disabilities and the set-up of a working group of inter-ministerial staff & social partners to discuss development of a disability inclusion strategy.

Project Brief "From the Crisis towards Decent and Safe Jobs, Phase II" (PDF, 153 kB)