Opportunities Project (Foras)
FHI 360’s Iraq Opportunities Project, (known as Foras, which means “opportunity” in Arabic), seeks to alleviate unemployment and boost the country’s fledgling private sector by connecting Iraqi businesses with qualified workers. Using findings from a needs assessment of Iraqi employers, Foras will focus its efforts on strengthening job placement agencies, training institutions and other employment intermediaries with the goal of enhancing their ability to upgrade the skills and improve the employability of a diverse group of job seekers. Foras will also create a web-based employment portal that connects job seekers with employers and utilizes a mobile phone registration and alert system to extend access and opportunities to Iraqis without internet. Through these activities, Foras hopes to establish a sustainable blueprint for employing Iraq’s rapidly maturing workforce.