INJAZ was founded in 1999 as a project under a USAID-funded program, Save the Children. In 2001, INJAZ became an independent, nonprofit Jordanian organization. Over the past 18 years, INJAZ has established itself as a leading solution provider linking the public, private, and civil society sectors to bridge the skills gap between the educational system and the changing needs of the labor market.
INJAZ’s portfolio of programs addresses the wide range of needs of young Jordanians and complement the education and training provided by traditional educational institutions with programs develop the vital soft and hard skills necessary to be competitive job candidates and entrepreneurs in the private sector. Over the years, INJAZ has developed its own programs in consultation with local and regional experts and collaborated with international development organizations to bring new, high-impact programs to Jordan and adapt them to local sensibilities. INJAZ has been consistently successful in achieving high rates of female participation in its programs – female students make up more than 60 percent of beneficiaries at the school and university level each year, and student teams for project-based programs are just as often led by young women as by young men.
INJAZ is strongly positioned in Jordan. It has cooperation agreements with key ministries, including the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC), the Ministry of Social Development (MOSD), the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) and the Vocational Training Center (VTC). Furthermore, INJAZ is distinguished by its robust network of private sector partners who provide critical insight into employer perspectives which guides the demand-driven design of INJAZ programs.
The expansive operational capacity of INJAZ allows it to reach over 370,000 youth a year with its career oriented capacity building programs; to date, it has benefited over 1.9 Million. Each year, INJAZ implements programs in all 12 governorates of Jordan working alongside and within around 3387 schools, 41 universities and colleges, and a range of social institutions, including vocational training centers, centers for youth with disability, youth centers and community centers. In addition to its Amman headquarters, INJAZ maintains permanent field offices in Irbid, Zarqa, Karak, Aqaba, and Ma’an, where local staff and close relationships with community stakeholders strengthen INJAZ’s knowledge of locally effective program design and implementation strategies.
INJAZ has extensive experience and institutional knowledge in the areas of program design, implementation, and management. It adheres to the best of regional and international standards in program and project management in terms of stakeholder mapping, planning, procurement, reporting, and follow-up. INJAZ holds the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification, and its monitoring and evaluation practices conform to the best of regional and international standards. INJAZ is expanding its impact regionally and is increasingly being recognized as a regional hub of expertise for youth programming and a solution finder for corporate social responsibility. For the high standard it sets for NGOs working with youth in the region, INJAZ was identified by UNICEF from among 78 organizations working with youth as a model of best practices in Youth and Adolescent Engagement in the MENA region.See more