Syrian Arab Republic

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
Pathways to empowerment. Recognizing the competences of Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
Publication Date: 11 Jun 2018
Source: International organizations
This publication maps and analyses the non-formal and informal learning and competences of Syrian refugee youth and young adults living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey (the five main hosting countries since the beginning of the Syria crisis).

This publication aims at helping policy makers in these countries setting up appropriate recognition systems that will formally recognize, validate and accredit the qualifications of refugees, so that in turn, these refugees are able to re-enter education and training or integrate the work of work and regain their dignity.

This publication is the result of close collaboration between the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in Hamburg, Germany, and the UNESCO Beirut Office and Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States.
Comparative analyses: Work-based learning programmes for young people in the Mediterranean region
Publication Date: 04 Oct 2013
Source: Bilateral organizations
The report examines programmes for youth that combine learning in classrooms with participation in work. Such programmes raise special issues for public policy, as they require cooperation between employers and educational institutions, between the public and private sectors, and between education, labour market, economic and social policies. It draws on the experiences of ten Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The paper describes some of the contextual factors that can influence the nature and extent of work-based learning programmes for young people and looks at some evidence from the research and policy literature on the potential benefits of combining work with learning.