Thirty-eight Jordanian companies adopt employment policy that prioritizes volunteering

21 Aug 2014

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Amman, Jordan:
In a first for the Arab region, thirty-eight CEOs of major private sector companies in Jordan have signed a declaration that all job descriptions for entry-level staff will give preference to applicants who have prior volunteering experience.

Beginning in August 2014, entry-level job announcements for the thirty-eight companies will state: “Priority will be given to qualified candidates with volunteering experience”. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, through the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future regional project, supported the development of the “Volunteer Declaration” in partnership with Injaz and the King Abdullah Fund for Development, and under the auspices of H.R.H. Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II.

In signing the declaration, the companies, which include Orange, Hilton and Toyota, are sending a signal about the important role that volunteerism plays in nurturing skills such as leadership, adaptability, and creativeness in jobseekers. The companies also expressed a desire to raise awareness about the value of volunteerism among the general public and young people specifically.

H.R.H Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II opened the ceremony by stating that "volunteer work doesn’t only build an effective citizen but it also builds a coherent society. Volunteerism is a basis for unity and solidarity between the citizens of different ages".

This milestone for volunteerism in Jordan comes as part of a partnership between UNV and the two organizations to establish a national volunteerism portal, which aims to connect volunteers with organizations and companies.

More broadly, the initiative aims to strength the capacity of civil society, government, and private sector entities to recruit and manage volunteers, and seeks to mainstream youth volunteerism in Jordan’s private sector and beyond.

Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future is a UNV-led regional project and is part of the UN Youth Volunteers Programme, which aims to facilitate the engagement of youth in global peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism, bringing the voice of youth into the development discourse and helping young people to realize their full social, economic and human potential. It supports the UN Secretary General’s Five Year Action Agenda, in which he highlights the importance of working with and for young people, and is part of UNV’s growing efforts to engage young volunteers. The project is currently implemented in five countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.