Project profile — Youth Employability: Closing the Gender Gap in Youth Employment in Nicaragua


International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Appeals via the Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS) (21018)
- 2017-06-28
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Nicaragua (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (20.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (20.00%)
• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (20.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to reduce poverty and contribute to closing the gender gap in youth employment by improving the job readiness and employability of 12,000 youth, including 7,200 young women. In Nicaragua, youth aged 15 to 29 are disproportionately affected by unemployment. Young women face additional challenges and are more likely to work informally and under vulnerable conditions. The project employs a youth-centered model that includes: (1) providing gender sensitive technical and life-skills trainings and raising youth awareness on labour-related issues; (2) providing job search trainings and creating/strengthening networks to increase youth access to job information and/or entrepreneurship opportunities; and (3) increasing youth participation in public space and networks by fostering alliances with the private and public sectors in the search for employment. As women are under-represented in the labour market and earn significantly less than men (55% of male salaries in urban areas and 24% in rural areas), the project integrates specific actions that address gender-specific barriers in gaining and retaining employment. These actions include among others: gender-sensitive training material and methods, public campaigns and awareness raising sessions for employers, and raising young women’s voices in public space and networks, while engaging men on gender issues.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved job readiness and employment potential of youth, especially women, to equally participate in inclusive and sustainable economic growth; and (2) improved delivery of gender responsive vocational training services by vocational training institutions, geared towards young men and women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) Over 10,190 youth (76% women) enrolled in technical vocational and life skills training courses in nine territories. These courses include leadership, teamwork, creativity, communication, problem-solving, and proactivity. Participants also enrolled in skills training such as resume writing, preparation fro job interviews, public speaking and negotiation to improve their employment potential. Over 6,000 have already graduated (78% women); (2) strengthened three youth networks, with 3,300 youth (58% women) participants, for employability and entrepreneurship; (3) graduates have started over 680 small and micro businesses, and 50 graduates have obtained formal employment; (4) strengthened capacity of 214 human resources personnel of private sector companies to offer employment opportunities to young people using a gender equality, inclusion and non-discrimination approach; (5) revised and validated the curricula of 66 technical-vocational courses, ensuring integration of gender equality approach; and (6) strengthened knowledge and capacity, including on gender equality, of 267 instructors (56% women) for improved educational quality in technical vocational training.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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