Our Mission


Tunisia JOBS is a five-year, $69.5 million project to provide Tunisian companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially in underserved regions and those that are owned or employ women and youth, with the resources needed to expand their sales, exports, and growth on a sustainable basis, leading to job creation and greater economic opportunities throughout the country. The project has seven offices throughout Tunisia.

Our Team

Key Activities

The project’s multidimensional approach is forged by four independent, mutually reinforcing components or objectives:

Objective 1: Enterprise Competitiveness
  • Direct assistance to SMEs to increase sales growth through technical assistance to identify new buyers in Tunisia and internationally, secure international certifications to improve operations and reduce costs, required by buyers, and marketing and branding
  • Enhancing access to finance, including direct assistance to leading banks, microfinance institutions, and Tunisian equity funds to increase funding available to SMEs
  • Supporting foreign direct investment
  • Providing support to strategic sectors such as technology/innovation, textiles, tourism, and agribusiness
Objective 2: Workforce Development
  • Reducing the gap between the quality of skills delivered by the educational and vocational training systems (supply) and the needs and demand of the private sector (demand) to ensure that youth are prepared to meet private sector needs
  • Providing training and recruiting assistance to firms to measurably reduce unemployment and enhance companies’ growth prospects
  • Championing the private sector’s role in Tunisia’s workforce development programs at a national level through private-public sector partnerships in areas such as curricula and policy reform
  • Implementing regional pilot initiatives to test innovative approaches with quantifiable impact in reducing unemployment such as private sector-led job placement and training
Objective 3: Enhance Tunisia’s Business Enabling Environment
  • Forging private-public sector dialogue to identify policy and regulatory constraints that inhibit firm growth
  • Supporting reform champions in both the private sector and the Tunisian government to implement needed reforms, especially in areas such as starting a business, access to finance, trade, and government procurement
Objective 4: Outreach and Youth Communication
  • Convey to Tunisians nation-wide, but especially youth, U.S. contributions to the country’s development
  • Deliver a message of hope about market-led growth and Tunisia’s future
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Response to COVID-19:

Tunisia JOBS provided emergency support to six firms on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 which are producing masks, protective equipment, medical waste and other key items.  Moreover, USAID has allocated an additional US $10 million to support micro, small, and medium Tunisian enterprises throughout the country. This grant program will aim to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by providing firms with working capital, equipment, and other necessary goods.

Tunisia JOBS: Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis