Work Force Development for Sustainable livelihoods

Institute of Rural Management with the collaboration of Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO) is implementing a project titled “Work Force Development for sustainable livelihoods” funded by USAID’S Small Grants Programme. Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO) is Sukkur based nonprofit organization .It works for the empowerment of Women and Children. MRDO empowers the Women through organizing them and imparting skills and other Capacity Building tools.

Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO) has agreed to acquire services of IRM to conduct Five Types of Training courses for MRDO. Project is directed towards providing alternative livelihood opportunities to 700 unemployed men and women belonging to Tehsil Thul ,Tehsil Ghari Khero and Tehsil Jacobabad of the District Jacobabad.

Project is launched while considering the need of the trained human resource in the district and it is directed towards building their capacities in different vocational trades like dress designing, Building Electrician, Motorcycle Mechanic, Hand Embroidery and Beautician and Mobile Repairing to provide them with sustained livelihood opportunities.

Duration: 08 Months (01 Dec, 2012 to 30 July 2013)

Objectives:

To provide alternative livelihood arrangement for 700 (350 men & 350 women) unemployed youth of the area by:

a) Provision of training in 09 vocational trades;

b) Giving of relevant tool kits;

c) Setting up of income generation/employment opportunities.

Project Beneficiaries:

Men

350

Women

350

Total

700

Project activities:

The 12-month long intervention will be implemented after setting up project office on rental basis in the target area .Project launching ceremony arranged in Jacobabad City and attended by representatives from the local government, civil society, corporate and media, will mark the formal beginning of the intervention. The said ceremony will serve as a means of bringing the important local stakeholders on board, spreading awareness about the nature, objectives and expected outputs of the intervention; and circulating information about the establishment of vocational training centers, the type of courses that will be offered, and the eligibility criteria for getting enrolled therein.

Mobilizing Community:

For ensuring smooth and timely execution of planned activities in the concerned communities, Village Committees (VC) will be formed in each of the selected villages. Comprising of well known and well respected locals, these committees will primarily be responsible for assisting MRDO in different phases of project implementation, selection of beneficiaries, ensuring 100% attendance by all participants during training and ascertaining that those trained are benefiting from the skills learned to the extent possible.

Selecting Beneficiaries:

A total of 700 beneficiaries, 350 men &350 women, will be selected from the target villages that are currently unemployed between ages 18-30 years and haven’t been the recipient of any vocational training in the past with minimum middle level education. They will be recommended by the concerned VC as economically vulnerable and socially destitute. Training Need Assessment (TNA) will be carried out to evaluate possession of basic know how, essential skill set, and required inclination and interest for developing expertise in a certain trade. In principle, only one person (either man or woman) will be selected from a household.

Considering the impoverished background of these trainees, MRDO plans on facilitating the same through provision of stipend of Rs. 4000 per course to all trainees. Given at the time of course completion, this stipend will not only serve as a motivating factor for these trainees thereby reducing the chances of drop out, but more importantly it will help to make up for the loss in families’ income, incurred due to their enrollment in the training program.

Building Capacity:

Focus Group Discussions held with the local community members at the time of project design helped identify the trades having income generating potential. These included:

Trades for Men

Trades for Women

1. Tailoring 1. Tailoring
2. Electrician 2. Hand Embroidery
3. Mechanic 3. Beautician
4. Masonry 4. Trained Birth Attendants
5.Mobile Phone Repairing

For all trainees, in addition to skill development, capacity building in business development will also form an integral part of the training course.

Activities implemented by IRM:

IRM will be implementing following major activities of the project:

Contact: adnanm@irm.edu.pk

Institute of Rural Management
#7, Sunrise Avenue, Main Park Road near COMSATS University,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 8742201-7
Fax: +92 51 8742208
Email: info@irm.edu.pk