Rapid Assessment on Employment for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Addis Ababa.

This rapid assessment report is produced by an independent consultancy firm called Game Changers Consulting PLC in collaboration with First Consult as part of the BRIDGES Program intervention.  BRIDGES is a five-year programme (2019-2024) that aims to create employment opportunities for young women and men by unlocking the job creation potential of industrial parks, large enterprises as well micro, small and medium enterprises.  With Ethiopia’s labour force expanding by two million each year, BRIDGES seeks to contribute toward the country’s efforts to create productive and decent jobs for the youth by direct job creation within factories, as well as promoting employment opportunities in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The result of these efforts will be the creation of jobs for more than 500,000 young people. 

First Consult -BRIDGES program and Game Changers Consulting PLC has signed contract agreement to implement a project on PWD employability and mindset training and facilitation of jobs. The purpose of this intervention is to deliver mind-set and soft skills training for 4,000 PWDs and facilitates employment linkage for at least 1,500 job seekers who are PWDs in different sectors and industries of the economy in Addis Ababa, Amhara and Oromia regions. As a part of this intervention, rapid assessment on employment for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Addis Ababa has been conducted. 

The purpose of this rapid assessment is to assess and identify the supply and demand ecosystem of the labour market in relation to PWDs employment context with the aim to ensure the employment opportunity of PWD jobseekers in different sectors and industries of the economy. It is understood that the rapid assessment is critical to ensure the programme interventions are strategic and provide the most optimal way to address unemployment challenges facing persons with disabilities. Furthermore, the assessment findings will also inform efforts of the project implementing partner in facilitating jobs for persons with disability jobseekers.

The overall objective of this rapid assessment is to assess and identify the supply and demand ecosystem of the labour market in relation to PWDs employment context.

The rapid assessment has the following specific objectives:

Geographically this rapid assessment was conducted in Addis Ababa city administration. A detailed analysis of PWD jobseekers socio economic context and their training needs, employment opportunities for PWD in the current labour market, major barriers and constraints of PWD that blocks to get employment opportunity and the most viable and growing value chains/sectors that could help the PWD jobseekers can access to formal wage and self-employment opportunity in the city administration were assessed and analyzed.