Education For Employment (EFE)

Washington, DC   |  http://efe.org/

Mission

Our mission is to create job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa by providing world-class professional and technical training that leads directly to career-building jobs.

Ruling year info

2003

President & CEO

Mr. Jamie McAuliffe

Founder & Chair of the Board

Mr. Ron Bruder

Main address

1612 K St. NW Suite 800

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

82-0578781

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International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Job Training and Placement

EFE’s core model that provides skills training to unemployed youth leading to a full-time job.

Population(s) Served

EFE’s shorter term program is designed to help guide students on the path to finding a job by providing them with internship opportunities and employability skills.

Population(s) Served

EFE’s entrepreneurship program prepares young people for self-employment and imparts skills needed to start small new businesses, as well as links youth to financing, mentoring and other services.

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At around twenty-five percent, the youth unemployment rate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is double the global average. And with the world’s largest youth bulge, the issue is becoming an increasingly urgent priority for countries in the region.
On the other hand, while millions of youth find themselves unable to find jobs, employers in MENA complain that they are unable to find suitable candidates. Eighty-seven percent of the region’s CEOs believe that the limited supply of candidates with the right skills will present the biggest organizational challenge for their businesses over the coming years, according to a poll by McKinsey & Company.
Education For Employment (EFE) seeks to address both concurrent issues. Our local affiliates throughout MENA partner with private employers and local governments’ educational systems to build training curriculums that fill employers’ needs and provide unemployed youth with the skills needed to find jobs in their countries’ private sectors.
The principal difference between EFE and the other skills training organizations that have sprung up to address youth unemployment is that we partner with employers who commit to taking on EFE graduates at the end of their training. In other words, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – a concrete job. This obviates the common problem of training fatigue whereby youth go through one skills training after another, gaining certificates of completion but no new way of turning those into real jobs.
Our official mission is to create job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa by providing world-class professional and technical training that leads directly to career-building jobs. Our vision is to empower Middle East and North African youth with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves, their communities, and the world. In the end, we hope to help create a sustainable educational system that better prepares MENA youth for the job market of the 21st century, and ends a status quo of hopelessness and stasis among the largest youth bulge in the world.

EFE works to provide economic opportunities to unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa through targeted job training and placement, and employability and entrepreneurship programs.
With an affiliated network of locally-run NGOs in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia supported by capacity-building organizations in Europe and the United States, EFE engages youth, trainers and private sector companies to offer youth employment programs that are distinctive in the region. EFE takes a demand-driven approach and measures success by job placement rates rather than training numbers alone. EFE does this through partnerships with companies that provide commitments to hire EFE graduates through joint selection processes and training that fills the skills gap faced by employers.
EFE has developed three programs in order to most effectively reach out to unemployed youth in the region:
Job Training and Placement: EFE’s core model that provides skills training to unemployed youth leading to a full-time job.
Pathways: EFE’s shorter term program is designed to help guide students on the path to finding a job by providing them with internship opportunities and employability skills.
Entrepreneurship: EFE’s entrepreneurship program prepares young people for self-employment and imparts skills needed to start small new businesses, as well as links youth to financing, mentoring and other services.

Over 1,200 companies, educational institutions, government ministries, community centers, corporations and others have partnered with EFE to create economic opportunity for unemployed Arab youth. These include some of the most prominent philanthropic foundations including Citi Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation, and some of the largest private employers within the MENA region such as Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). Our belief is that the constant give-and-take of best practices sharing that exists within the mulitstakeholder partnerships that EFE seeks is the best way to ensure the accomplishment of our goals.
On the ground, EFE is registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., with offices in New York and affiliate foundations based in Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; Sana'a, Yemen; and Ramallah, West Bank. A sister European foundation, the Fundación Educación para el Empleo (EuropEFE), operates from Madrid, Spain, and EFE has started to have a presence in the UAE, recently appointing a representative in Dubai. The key to our structure is that all of the EFE affiliate foundations are genuinely local foundations who bring local expertise and cultural understandings. While EFE’s global locations are willing and able to help affiliates in any capacity, the local affiliates construct their own curricula, find the best local partners, and have even begun to obtain funding independently.
The branch of EFE based in Washington, D.C. brought in approximately $4.5 million in grants and other donations in the most recent calendar year, and includes a couple dozen full-time employees and a thirteen-person board of directors. Globally, we estimate that all affiliates combined, aggregated with EFE in Washington and our sister organization in Madrid brought in approximately $11 million in grants, donations, and pro bono services in the past year.

Education For Employment (EFE) was founded on the belief that when young people have satisfying jobs and the hope of building a future for themselves, they help lay the foundation for secure and peaceful societies.
We currently operate in the Middle East and North Africa - the region with the world's highest youth unemployment rate. There, we are transforming the lives of young people by giving them the opportunity to work and the tools to create productive, independent livelihoods. EFE currently has programs in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, and Yemen. Our programs are run by independent self-sustaining foundations in each country, affiliates created by EFE working with local leaders. Training includes such diverse vocational, technical, and professional fields as accounting, air conditioner repair, land surveying, construction management, sales, and teaching, and critical soft skills such as leadership, interpersonal communications, and successful business behavior.
EFE was founded by serial entrepreneur Ron Bruder as a way to increase opportunity and hope for young people in the post 9/11 world. It takes its inspiration from the example of Northern Ireland, where decades of sectarian strife have come to an end with the advent of greater economic opportunity across all Northern Irish society.
So far, EFE has impacted thousands of youth in six countries. Since inception, we’ve graduated over 14,400 students - well on our way to the 20,000 long term goal that we set long ago. Of these, 48 percent of EFE graduates have been female, and in some countries the number is even higher (in Tunisia, 66 percent of EFE graduates thus far have been female). Despite unforeseen obstacles such as the 2011 protests that swept the MENA region, we haven’t wavered in our commitment to landing graduates in concrete jobs at the end of their training, and we are doing so for around three quarters of all EFE alumni - within shot of our 85 percent goal.
EFE also believes that our impact is being felt in other ways. Through our emerging partnerships with various government ministries of education and labor as well as with some of the region’s most prominent private sector employers, we hope that one day we will be able to transform MENA education so that massive youth unemployment and its root cause the skills gap are both things of the past.

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Education For Employment (EFE)

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ron Bruder

Education For Employment

Said Aidi

Interim Government of Tunisia

Donna Shalala

University of Miami

Samer Khoury

Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)

David Arkless

ArkLight Consulting

Waleed Al-Banawi

Banawi Industrial Group

Aldo Olcese

Fincorp Mediacion

Omar Chaabi

YNNA Holding (the Chaabi Group)

Alton Frye

Council on Foreign Relations

Jeffrey Smith

Arnold & Porter, LLP

John Studzinksi

Blackstone Group

Shibley Telhami

University of Maryland, College Park