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About the project

TANDANS Data Science Consulting was commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council to conduct a Labor Market Assessment for Syrian Migrants in Gaziantep and Ankara. The main objective of the labor market assessment was to identify and develop tailored livelihood interventions based on quality data to ensure NRC support is informed by the availability of opportunities in the labor market. The NRC aims to conduct geographically specific labor market surveys to identify suitable training areas and thus match them with market sectors that need workers with different skills.

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NRC intends to carry out geographically specific labor market surveys to determine appropriate areas of training, therefore mapping these against market sectors requiring employees with different skills. For this purpose, it is crucial to identify the skills of the target group, the main value chains in the targeted areas and the types of activities that are needed for livelihoods recovery of the different categories (Syrian men and women, other refugees and vulnerable host community) of people. In carrying out the assessment, gender and protection analysis is to be applied throughout the study.

The overarching goal of this project was to craft targeted livelihood interventions based on robust data, ensuring that NRC’s support aligns seamlessly with the prevailing job market dynamics. Our approach was centered on conducting geographically-specific labor market surveys to pinpoint training needs, strategically matching them with sectors demanding diverse skill sets. Essential elements of our project design encompassed identifying the skillsets of the target groups, mapping the primary value chains in the specified areas, and outlining the specific activities essential for the economic recovery of various segments, including Syrian men and women, other refugees, and the vulnerable host community. We placed a strong emphasis on incorporating gender and protection analyses throughout the study, ensuring that our efforts were inclusive, sensitive, and responsive to the unique challenges faced by different groups.

To execute this labor market assessment effectively, we employed a comprehensive methodology rooted in rigorous research and analysis. We combined quantitative and qualitative approaches to gather and evaluate pertinent data, drawing on surveys, interviews, and focus groups with key stakeholders. This mixed-methods approach allowed us to gain a holistic understanding of the complex labor market dynamics in Gaziantep and Ankara. Additionally, we employed gender and protection-sensitive methodologies to ensure that our research accurately reflected the experiences and vulnerabilities of all groups involved.

We conducted 18 in-depth interviews with Turkish and Syrian businesspeople in Ankara and Gaziantep, delving deep into their perspectives and experiences within the labor market. Additionally, we facilitated 8 focus group discussions (FGDs) with Syrian refugees in both cities, creating a forum for candid discussions and insights. To capture a broad spectrum of voices, we administered 90 surveys to Syrians under temporary protection in Ankara and Gaziantep, ensuring a statistically significant representation of the target population. Quantitative survey data were subjected to statistical analysis, allowing us to discern trends and patterns within the responses. Qualitative data from interviews and FGDs were meticulously coded and thematically analyzed, unearthing valuable narratives and contextual nuances. 

We prepared an inception report, along with the creation of the final report. Transparent and impactful reporting was a pivotal component of this project. We presented our findings and recommendations in a clear and accessible manner, catering to diverse stakeholders, including NRC, governmental bodies, and other partners. Our reports not only highlighted key insights but also provided a roadmap for NRC’s future interventions, delineating how and where training programs could best serve the target populations. 

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