Jordan’s garment industry is one of the leading exporting industries in the country. While exports dropped in 2020, this was coming on the heels of 2019, the best year for garment exports in Jordan to-date. Garment exports in 2020 were valued at USD 1.6 billion and made up 22 per cent of all exports. While Covid-19 has had an effect on the sector, the sector has fared relatively well in comparison to some other sectors of the Jordanian economy and compared to the garment sector worldwide. The US continued to be Jordan’s largest garment export due to the established Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries, followed by Canada and European countries. The exporting garment sector employs more than 65,000 workers of which 72% are women and 76% are migrant workers mainly from South Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.
The Better Work Programme is a partnership between the International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Better Work brings diverse groups together – governments, global brands, factory owners, and unions and workers – to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive. The Better Work Jordan programme (BWJ) was established at the request of the Jordanian Ministry of Labour in 2007 and began operations in mid-2008.
Over the past 10 years, BWJ has been working with the national tripartite constituents to improve working conditions and promote decent work in the garment sector in Jordan. The mandatory status of the programme for those exporting to the US market allowed the programme to create sector-wide impact. Since then, factories have made significant improvements in terms of working conditions and compliance with labour standards – while challenges remain to sustain the programme impact. Under the current strategic phase, BWJ is directing its effort towards sustaining this 10-year impact through enhancing the capacity of national stakeholders (labour inspectors, the union and employers in the garment sector among others) and empowering them to take more responsibility for ensuring a decent working environment and sustainable growth.
The General Trade Union of Workers in Textiles, Garment & Clothing (referred to as the union) is the worker representation body for Jordan’s garment sector, which is a representative body of the workers in the sector. Under Jordanian Labour Law, only one union is allowed to exist in each industry, and workers cannot freely join the union of their choosing. In addition, only Jordanians are allowed in union leadership positions per the Unified Trade Union Bylaw. Given migrant workers make up three-quarters of all workers in the sector, this created a unique challenge in ensuring the voices of all workers are heard.
The project “Better Work Jordan: Strengthening the Capacity of the Trade Union in Jordan’s Garment Sector” (JOR/18/10/CAN) funded by the Government of Canada, Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (Labour-ESDC) supported the capacity building of the union to effectively organize and represent all workers in Jordan’s garment sector, with following three main outcomes.
Outcome 1:Enhanced organizational structure of the garment trade union that is more inclusive and sustainable
Outcome 2: Enhanced capacity of the garment trade union to promote social dialogue at the enterprise and industrial zone level.
Outcome 3: Improved capacity of the GTU to promote collective bargaining and social dialogue at the sectoral level.
The project was originally planned for the period of 30 months, from March 2019 to September 2021, and was then extended until the end of December 2021.
This final internal evaluation will assess the performance and achievements of the project during the aforementioned project period. The evaluator will glean information from a diverse range of project stakeholders who participated in and were intended to benefit from the intervention. This assignment can be done remotely if the evaluator lives outside Jordan, while stakeholder interviews need to be conducted at reasonable time in Jordan’s timezone.
The purpose of the evaluation is following;
- Assess the relevance of the project considering the cultural, economic and political context in the country, as well as taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic – to which extent the project suited to the priorities of the union in organising and representing all workers in Jordan’s garment sector.
- Determine if the project has met its objectives.
- Assess the effectiveness of the project strategy and implementation, as well as the efficiency of the implementation and the use of the resource.
- Assess the likelihood of the sustainability of the impact brought by the project, particularly the collective bargaining process.
- Provide conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations
The primary users of the evaluation are; the union (main beneficiary), Jordan Ministry of Labour (the host government), ESDC (donor), Better Work Jordan (implementer); whereas the secondary users are other national stakeholders in Jordan such as employers organizations, broader ILO Amman/ Regional Office of Arab States (ROAS), Better Work Global team and other donors funding Better Work Jordan programme. The evaluation findings, conclusions and recommnedations will serve to improve future projects implemented by Better Work and inform national stakeholders to create a more conducive environment for decent work and sound industrial relations.
The scope of the evaluation includes the entire project period and activities of this project.
The evaluation consultant will be responsible for the following tasks. Indicative working days are indicated in brackets.
Task 1: Document review (ESDC-funded project as well as other relevant documents on Better Work Jordan) (2 days)
Task 2: Draft an inception report for feedback. (2 days)
Task 3: Conduct Stakeholder interviews – both internal and external key stakeholders. Logistical support will be provided by BWJ. (6 days)
Task 4: Draft evaluation report. (4 days)
Task 5: Collect feedback on the draft report through an internal meeting, a presentation session for national partners on key findings and recommendations and bilateral meetings as necessary. (3 days)
Task 6: Finalize the evaluation report taking into account the feedback received. (3 days)
- Bachelor’s degree in social science
- Proven experience in conducting evaluations for UN projects
- Good written and verbal English communication skills
- Fluency in Arabic is an advantage
- Previous experience and knowledge to work with ILO and in the garment sector are advantage.
Approximately 20 working days during the period below.
Start date: 1 October 2021
End date: 30 November 2021
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