The Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP) addresses the challenges of high unemployment caused by the gap between the limited number of Afghans who possess technical and business management skills and the market demands for skilled labor, business administrators and managers. By improving the quality and access to trainings in market-driven skills, AWDP complements the workforce development goals of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and the US Government while supporting key growth opportunities in the construction, ICT, business management, and service industries.
The goal of the AWDP is to increase job placements and salaries/wages for 25,000 Afghans, 25% of whom will be women, through increased access to quality technical and business education and training, and job placement support services. To achieve this goal, the AWDP has two key objectives:
- Component 1: Strengthened Capacity of Afghan Public and Private-Sector Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Providers.
- Component 2: Strengthened Capacity of Afghan Public and Private Sector Business Training Providers.
The AWDP will be implemented through two grant mechanisms: an ‘off-budget’ grant fund under a contract mechanism with Creative Associates International and an ‘on-budget’ support. The ‘on-budget’ program will be managed by the Management Support Team (MST) formed in collaboration between USAID and the Ministry of Education (MoE). The MST, with the support of AWDP, will manage the MST grants program to Afghan, largely private sector, training providers and public-private partnerships.
The geographic focus of the project includes the following cities: Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Herat, Jalalabad and Mazar -e- Sharif.