Saudi Arabia plans to create 60,000 jobs in non-profit sector by 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) have announced their plan to create 60,000 jobs in the nonprofit sector, within the next 3 years. Additionally, the plan proposes offering training opportunities to those currently working in the nonprofit sector.

The Minister of Labour and Social Development, Mufrej Al-Haqabani, announced the plan last year as a way of increasing the performance of the nonprofit sector, in line with the National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030.

Proposed was the development of charitable products and services and ensuring that the Saudi leaders in these charitable sectors were qualified and highly skilled. At the time of the announcement, it was agreed that the sector requires experts to help improve investments into non profit organizations.

Professor Chris Rowley of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, explains how the human resources plan to implement this initiative needs to be explicit. “There will be a need for HR planning: how will they train? How will training interventions be measured in terms of implementation, outcomes, results and effectiveness?”

With a large training initiative beginning, there will be a demand for HR professionals. “Integrated HR planning and HR development programs and schemes will be needed,” said Professor Rowley.

“As will the need to make HR more proactive and strategic – HR could be involved in developing this sort of plan… The training itself should address cultural and gender diversity and cross-cultural management,” he concluded.

The Ministry has also announced a plan to create 300,000 volunteer roles in the fields of humanity, charity work and care services, by 2020. This will entail establishing volunteer departments in 200 nonprofit organisations; and will therefore require 200 project managers who will be hired professionally.

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