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.


  • A market-driven approach to livelihoods
    FHI 360 leads the Financial Integration, Economic Leveraging, Broad-Based Dissemination and Support (FIELD-Support) Leader with Associates (LWA) cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to implement innovative,...
  • FIELD Report No. 15: Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunities in Iraq
    September 2012 — The international development community has increased the focus and level of funding for workforce development as a means for addressing global unemployment crisis, which disparately impacts youth, women and vulnerable...
  • Iraq
Funder: USAID
Duration: 2013 - 2015