UNFPA Jordan partners with government, other United Nations agencies, communities, Non Governmental Organizations, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources to achieve UNFPA's mission. UNFPA is fully committed to a more effective, coherent and better coordinated United Nations system that delivers as one.

The overall framework for UNFPA's support in Jordan builds on mutual agreement and the commitment of the Jordanian Government for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the implementation of the recommendations of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the United Nations Conventions and Summits.

UNFPA Jordan is currently supporting the Eighth Country Programme of Cooperation (2013 - 2017) which was developed within the overall framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Common Country Assessment (CCA). The process of developing the CCA and the UNDAF was jointly conducted by the Government of Jordan and the United Nations system in Jordan.

UNFPA Jordan and the government are committed to focus on three main areas in the current country programme, which are:

  1. Population Dynamics
  2. Maternal And New born Health
  3. Gender Equality and Reproductive Health

 

1. First component: Population Dynamics and Development

 

In this component, UNFPA Jordan seeks to achieve the following:

-   Strengthen coordination among stakeholders on issues related to population and reproductive health.

-   Strengthen the capacity of national partners to conduct evidence-based research on population issues

-   Support the development and implementation of an advocacy and communication strategy on youth employment and entrepreneurship.

-   Support development of national strategy for elderly 2013-2017,

-   Production of Jordan Population report bi annually.

-   Continuing to build national capacity in results-based management, monitoring the Millennium Development Goals, and integrating population and gender issues into national development plans.

-   Strengthen the national capacity for using routine administrative records and other related data resources in order to support more effective policies.

-   Address data gaps (including data on persons with disabilities, the elderly and other marginalized populations).

-   Support monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals.

-   Support national preparations for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014, by facilitating public debates on Jordan's position in the conference, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation, the Higher Population Council and other relevant stakeholders.

 

The Higher Population Council (HPC)

UNFPA will work with the Higher Population Council (HPC) on the formulation and implementation of national population policies and strategies.

What are the project main activities?

  • Strengthen advocacy initiatives to insure integration of population issues in national plans and strategies.
  • Support coordination role of the Higher Population Council (HPC) to follow up on implementation of demographic Dividend policies, population projection, migration, youth and media using clear criteria to ensure coordination effectiveness.
  • Develop policy briefs and position papers in collaboration with Ministry of Planning and International Development as required.
  • Conduct national forums related to Demographic Dividend and the International Conference for Population & Development) ICPD (.
  • Conduct and follow up on all national preparations related to International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 20 which includes the development of the national report, conduct consultation meetings with stakeholders to discuss achievements, gaps and challenges for the implementation of ICPD Programme of Action, and official representation of Jordan in the regional and international arena.
  • Raise awareness on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 20 Program of Action.
  • Prepare Jordan population reports.
  • Develop analytical and in-depth research and studies on population and reproductive health issues.
  • Build the capacity of the Higher Population Council (HPC) and national stakeholders to advocate for population issues by supporting their participation in conferences and training workshops.

 

What is significant about this partnership?

UNFPA partnership with the Higher Population Council (HPC) is essential as they represent the mirror image for UNFPA mandate at the national level. In addition to HPC's role in supporting the development of population policies and strategies; including strategies for reproductive health, migration and demographic Dividend.

 Department of Statistics (DOS)

UNFPA supports the production of population and reproductive health related data such as the Demographic and Household Surveys and Censuses.

UNFPA will work with the Department of Statistics (DOS) in developing a technical assistance plan for the successful completion of the 2014 census and will be providing technical support in selected areas in this plan. UNFPA will provide support to the dissemination of census findings nationally and regionally and will be supporting the development of analytical researches and in-depth analysis of produced census.

 

The project also aims to raise awareness at the central, north and south levels on the main outcomes of the DHS reports. Special presentations based on regions prepared and presented to the public in national forums. Special attention usually takes place to Badia area where we produce a detailed report for this region.

What are the main activities of this project?

  • Provide technical and financial assistance for the Demographic and Household Surveys (DHS), in cooperation with both UNICEF and USAID.
  • Raise awareness and dissemination of DHS results at the central, north, and south levels.
  • Production of a special report for Badia region as part of DHS reporting process in addition to special presentations for the regions to be presented to the public in sub-national forums.
  • Support the development of a technical assistance plan for a successful completion of the 2014 census and providing technical support in selected areas in this plan.
  • Support the dissemination of census findings nationally and regionally.
  • Development of analytical researches and in-depth analysis of census.
  • Support the National Youth Survey in partnership with UNICEF and other donors.
  • Support the migration national survey.

 

What makes this partnership significant?

The Department of Statistics is the official body for both issuing and approving national information and data. To advocate for Informed Decisions and Evidence Based Policies, UNFPA through its partnership with the Department of Statistics support the production and utilization of population related data.

 

Shobak Sehetna.. The Higher Council for Youth (HCY)

For the sixth consecutive year, UNFPA and the Higher Council for Youth (HCY) are implementing the project "Shobak Sehetna", one of the seventh country program projects. This project aims at creating a supportive safe environment for youth that enables them to adopt healthy life styles and to enhance their knowledge in the reproductive health concepts.

What are the project's main activities?

The Healthy Life Style Camps are considered as the main activity for this project. The objective of those camps, which are conducted for six days, is to provide a comprehensive healthy environment for Jordanian youth to practice healthy behaviors and to learn more about their mental, physical and reproductive health issues. The idea of these healthy camps came with a comprehensive and creative approach that depends mainly on the self-life learning for young people by living the experience themselves in order to obtain knowledge's, skills and practices that will help them in their future decisions and choices concerning their physical, intellectual and social health.

In these camps, the young people are trained on the Healthy Life Styles Training Package which was produced by UNFPA in collaboration with the HCY. The package presents interactive, participatory and creative activities that are related to youth's health and it encourages the young people to live and adopt a healthy style in their daily life. To ensure effective implementation and sustainability for the Healthy Camps, a special capacity building program is conducted targeting the Youth Centers Supervisors who are the main trainers in the healthy camps.

Also, UNFPA and HCY produced an interesting and innovative game targeting young people. The game, which is called "The Knowledge Game Box", can be played individually or by groups in youth centers or other setting, and aims at providing scientific and simple answers to young people's aged (15-24 years) questions regarding their reproductive health, healthy lifestyles and puberty.

What's significant in this project?

For the first time in this project, a "healthy day camps" will be implemented in the youth centers at the directorate level. This activity will be implemented during the centers working hours to meet the different needs of young people. This activity is developed to increase the number of young people benefitting from the project, especially the young people in youth centers who are unable to participate in the healthy lifestyle camps that include overnight stay.

 

 

SHABABNA (Youth for Health).. The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS)

SHABABNA (Youth for Health) project started in June 2013 and being implemented through the partnerships between UNFPA and the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS). The overall objective of this project is to improve the quality of youth's life, including youth at risk, by helping them to gain knowledge, motivation and opportunities they need to make right decisions about their health with an emphasis on Reproductive Health (RH) issues and rights.  

What are the project's specific objectives?

  • Raise awareness amongst university students on reproductive health issues.
  • Incorporate Reproductive Health (RH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) topics within the already RHAS developed university community materials and courses.
  • Institutionalize the project components within both the university and its clinic activities and programs to ensure access to correct health information.

What are the project's main activities?

The project implementation involves a series of interactive activities targeting university students, representatives from nursing faculties and the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) technical staff including educational attractive material will be designed by both UNFPA and RHAS targeting ten topics on both general and reproductive health issues.

The selected team of trainers from the faculty of nursing will start training the students using participatory creative approaches to deliver health related messages, and they will encourage those students to design and implement innovative simple health initiatives to raise the awareness of their peers on different health & reproductive health issues.

All these initiatives and information will also be linked with the university clinic that should be a source to provide scientific simple information for the students on reproductive health and health issues.

What is significant about this project?

That this project targets both the faculty representatives and students, at the same time. Also, the integration of the reproductive health and gender based violence issues in these courses in the different Jordanian universities is the significant marker of Shababna project.

 

All Jordan Youth Commission (AJYC)

Early in the year 2014, UNFPA Jordan signed a joint agreement with the All Jordan Youth Commission (AJYC)/ the youth arm of King Abdullah II Fund for Development.

The agreement aims at building the capacity of AJYC coordinators and the youth committee members on reproductive health and healthy life styles and on using creative tools to design and implement edutainment and informative materials that enable them to institutionalize a new health program for young people, including groups at most risk, focusing on reproductive health issues and to improve access to reproductive health services and information and to promote healthy lifestyle programs.

 

What are the project's specific objectives?

  • Build the capacity of the commission coordinators and young volunteers on reproductive health and healthy life styles, in three governorates, on film making, graphic design, theater and social media techniques.
  • Production of different educational and media materials reflecting young people vision on RH issues.
  • Institutionalization of the project component to become one of the main programs provided by the commission to its members and volunteers all over the Kingdom.

What are the project's main activities?

UNFPA will work with All Jordan Youth Commission to conduct a training for the commission's coordinators on reproductive health issues and rights in three selected governorates which namely Irbid, Tafileh and Zarqa. The trained youth will be divided into specialized groups to participate in a series of training workshops on film making, graphic design, theater techniques and social media channels. As a result of these workshops, the young volunteers will be able to produce different informative & educational materials reflecting their views to promote healthy life styles and reproductive health good practices.

By the end of the project, the coordinators and volunteers of AJYC will conduct three events (one per region) that promote healthy life styles and reproductive health good practices, and presents their products.

What is significant about this project?

UNFPA partnership with All Jordan Youth Commission will give the project a national aspect, as the commission is the youth main arm of the King Abdullah II Fund for development, which has access to Jordanian youth in the whole kingdom and at all levels, especially at the universities level.

 

2. Second Component:  Maternal and Newborn Health

UNFPA aims in this component to strengthen the national capacities to increase the demand for and the provision of high-quality, equitable reproductive health services for women and young people.

The Ministry of Health (MOH)

UNFPA aims through this partnership to strengthen the capacities of the ministry to increase the demand for and the provision of high-quality, equitable reproductive health services for women and young people in MOH selected centers and communities.

What are the project main activities?

UNFPA will support the Ministry of Health to enhance existing maternal death audit system and its database. UNFPA will also support the Ministry in pilot areas to strengthen the delivery system and ensure better reporting within the facilities to identify any avoidable factors which could improve maternal care in the future through providing technical expertise and training for maternal health professional.

At the facility level, UNFPA will be piloting in two hospitals to strengthen the death audit system and ensure better reporting within the facility to identify any avoidable factors which could improve maternal care in the future through providing technical expertise and training for health professionals.

UNFPA will also be working with the Ministry of Health in seventeen selected comprehensive health center, in addition to the National Women's Healthcare Center (NWHC) in Tafileh, in order to provide life cycle-based comprehensive health services to women and girls, and to provide updated guidelines and protocols, in addition to building the capacity of the Ministry of Health to provide such services.

Moreover, UNFPA will also support monitoring and evaluation activities in addition to various awareness raising activities. To maximize the impact, UNFPA will ensure linkages among the piloted hospitals for the maternal death audit and the selected 18 comprehensive women heath centers, as well as the community level activities.  UNFPA will work closely with UNICEF, WHO, USAID and other concerned partners.

What is significant about this project?

UNFPA Jordan, and through this partnership with the Ministry of health, will be able to support a monitoring system for pregnant women, and to improve the maternal care health services. Also, providing life cycle comprehensive health services for women in selected center will be scaled up among all MOH health centers.

 

 3. Third Component: Gender Equality and Reproductive Rights

UNFPA aims in this component at strengthening the capacity of national institutions to address Gender Based Violence (GBV) at the service level and within the national family protection framework. To achieve this objective; UNFPA will work closely with national stakeholders and in cooperation with UN Women and other United Nations agencies.

 

The Ministry of Health (MOH)

UNFPA will build on the work done with the Ministry of Health in the previous programme cycle (2008-2012) and will continue its coordination with UNICEF in the health facilities to enhance the institutional capacity of the ministry to provide quality services for gender base violence cases.

UNFPA will contribute to strengthen the institutional capacity and the role of Family Protection Section in the ministry of health. UNFPA will also continue supporting different types of capacity building activities for service providers with stronger focus on their attitudes towards GBV survivors and vulnerable groups including the disabled people; in addition to awareness raising activities on GBV for health service providers and for local communities.

UNFPA will also support the ministry to increase the number of its trainers on GBV and to produce data on KAP "Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices" of service providers in on domestic violence.

 

What is significant about this project?

This project will lead to instituting a detection, counseling and referral system in the Ministry of Health to combat violence against women and children within the national family protection framework.

 

Family Protection Department (FPD)

In order to support addressing gender based violence in the public health system within the overall National Family Protection Framework, UNFPA will provide support to the Family Protection Department and its sections to provide quality services for gender based violence issues and cases.

This will be done through capacity building programs for FPD personnel to enhance their skills in dealing with gender based violence cases.

UNFPA will also support the FPD to develop a special unified training curriculum, and to review the qualitative specialization of the cases that the department deals with.

 

The National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA)

UNFPA will support the National Council for Family Affairs to review and update the National Family Protection Framework.

UNFPA will also support them to update and endorse the Jordanian Strategy for Elderly, and the new Family Protection strategy (2014-2017).

UNFPA will contribute to support NCFA to develop policy document on health sector related gaps in the family protection legislation, laws and regulations.

 

The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS)

UNFPA will work with the Royal Health Awareness Society, in addition to Shababna project, on integrating gender based violence issues within its developed university community materials and courses targeting nursing students in the Jordanian universities, the project will be piloted the Jordanian University for Science & Technology.