Occupied Palestinian Territories

Call for Expression of Interest in professional training in Career Guidance
Publication Date: 06 Oct 2021
Source: Academic institutions-University of Malta

On-line, part-time Master in Lifelong Career Guidance specifically for the MENA region


Career guidance (or ‘vocational guidance’) has been adopted in several countries in the world because it:

  • helps young people and adults choose their educational and employment pathways more wisely;
  • leads to appropriate choices that ensure more motivated students and more productive and satisfied workers;
  • facilitates a better match between the demand and supply of skills.


Career guidance services are greatly needed in the MENA region. They can be part of the strategy to address the twin challenge of high youth and adult unemployment on the one hand, and skills gaps on the other. They can also foster social inclusion through giving access to a livelihood.


The University of Malta – with the expert support of the European Training Foundation (ETF), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network – has issued a Call for the Expression of Interest for those who would like to receive professional training in career guidance.


The Master course is designed in such a way as to

  • take into account the economic, labour market, educational and cultural realities of the MENA region;
  • provide participants with the interdisciplinary theoretical background and practical experience needed in order to design, deliver, and evaluate lifelong career guidance services;
  • promote regional expertise in policy development, systems-building, and practitioner competence. 


Individuals as well as public and private entities interested in the Masters can



Scholarships, in the form of partial fee waivers, are being offered by the University of Malta to deserving applicants.

Assessing Informality and Vulnerability among Disadvantaged Groups in Lebanon: A Survey of Lebanese, and Syrian and Palestinian Refugees
Publication Date: 01 Oct 2021
Source: ILO
This study assesses the extent of informal employment and vulnerability among the most deprived Lebanese citizens, and the Syrian and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, through the analysis of representative survey data on employment and labour market conditions of these three population sub-groups.

A sample of vulnerable households of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians was selected from the 251 most vulnerable cadastres in Lebanon – home to 87 percent of displaced Syrians and Palestinian refugees, and 67 percent of deprived Lebanese, as identified by the 2015 United Nations inter-agency assessment, and reported in the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017–2020. Findings show that the compound effects of economic and labour market shocks brought on by currency depreciation, concomitant high levels of inflation, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosion, have deepened levels of vulnerability and informal employment among these already distressed communities
Project documentation
SABER Workforce Development West Bank and Gaza Country Report 2014
Publication Date: 13 Sep 2021
Source: International organizations-World Bank
The Palestinian Territories, along with six countries in
the Middle East and North Africa Region (Egypt, Iraq,
Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen) have applied the
World Bank workforce development (WfD) diagnostic
tool under the System Approach for Better Education
Results (SABER) Initiative. The diagnostic tool analyzes
and assesses the systems, institutions, and policies in
place to promote the development of an appropriately
skilled workforce. The tool focuses on three important
functional dimensions of policymaking and
implementation—strategic framework, system
oversight, and service delivery. Each dimension is
scored on a four-point scale against standardized
rubrics based on available knowledge on global good

The results, summarized on the cover of this report,
rate the Palestinian Territories at the emerging level in
the functional dimensions of strategic framework and
system oversight and at the latent level in service