Current Activities

USAID Mission Director Visits Projects in Aqaba

14 February 2012


Aqaba- Building upon USAID’s commitment to employment generation for Jordanians, the USAID Jordan Mission Director, Ms. Beth Paige confirmed the importance of involving the citizens in developing their communities during the opening ceremony of “Sea Catch”, a project implemented by the Aqaba Fishermen Association. The project is co-funded by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and USAID through its Aqaba Community and Economic Development Program.


During the ceremony, Ms. Paige met with association members who as a result of USAID assistance will manage a new wholesale distribution center to sell fish to local restaurants and hotels in Aqaba. This project is providing   job opportunities to a new generation of fishermen in Aqaba.


The Aqaba Community and Economic Development (ACED) Program is a USAID-funded program, benefitting the people and businesses of Aqaba Special Economic Zone. The program is funding several projects such as the Neighborhood Development Activity to increase citizen participation, the Community Prosperity Initiative to combat poverty, and the Capacity Building program to support NGOs in Aqaba governorate, as well as technical support to ASEZA.


Souk by the Sea Artisans trained in Financial Planning

6 February 2012

Thirty seven residents of Aqaba, all participants in Souk by the Sea, took part in the training, Financial Literacy – Budgeting for Success, this week.  The training was carried out by World Associates allowing participants to grasp the importance of family budgeting and how to utilize profits generated from their sales at Souk by the Sea to help their families and also put money back into their businesses and products.  The training was held at the Movenpick, Aqaba and given by Australian, Kate Davey.  Souk by the Sea and its trainings are carried out in partnership with Aqaba Development Corporation and the Aqaba Community and Economic Development program of USAID.  Souk by the Sea continues to promote local artists, handicrafts and entertainers allowing them to interact and sell to tourists visiting Aqaba.  

Success Spotlight: Documentation of ASEZA's Financial Policies and Procedures

24 January 2012
Workshop organized by the USAID/ACED Program to document ASEZA's financial policies and procedures

The USAID/ACED Program is supporting ASEZA with the development of a new financial manual documenting the scope, objectives responsibilities, policies and procedures for fourteen main financial processes and around 65 sub-processes within ASEZA.

The manual’s procedures and policies will be used for the implementation of a new financial system within ASEZA. The manual will also serve as a functional guide for training at ASEZA.

With the support from the USAID/ACED Program, six training sessions were conducted during this quarter to train the entire Finance Directorate's staff on the new financial procedures developed by the USAID/ACED Program.

Poverty Alleviation through Economic Development

15 January 2012
"CeraDisi" is a Community Prosperity Initiative implemented in cooperation with
the Disi Women Association.
Fourteen women from Disi village are now employed as full time artisans and
saleswomen at the ceramics workshop and at the Wadi Rum’s visitor center
shop, which was established in cooperation with the USAID/ACED Program.
Over the last year, "CeraDisi" trained 12 women on technical skills to enable
them to shape, mold and bake ceramics in addition to an extensive artistic
training in collaboration with the artist Hazem Al-Z'ubi.
Women from the Association highlight the importance of the project on their
economic situation and position in their community. Nour, 21, emphasized the
impact this project is having not only on her life but on her family as well: “I felt
equal to my brothers when I was able to buy fodder for the sheep with my first salary.”
Nujoud, 21, also believes that she has been empowered: “Now I am able to buy
my own personal necessities. I'm not dependent on my father or brothers for that
Najah, 34, a mother of four mentions the impact this project has had on her
relationship with her family: “I'm more confident now, I am an artisan and I am good
at it. For the first time in my life I am able to buy my husband a gift.”

Business Analyst/Enterprise Architect Consultant

4 January 2012

Business Analyst/Enterprise Architect Consultant

POST REF NO (AP/Com01/05)

The Aqaba Community and Economic Development (ACED) Program is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program, benefiting the people and businesses of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone. The ACED Program seeks to recruit a Jordanian short-term Business Analyst/Enterprise Architect. The assignment will be in Aqaba for a maximum of 120 work days over a period of six months. 

Main responsibilities:

·Gain detailed knowledge in ASEZA’s current business environment by researching ASEZA’s business functions, data sources, existing IT systems, corporate strategy, e-Strategy, and documented business processes.

·Conduct interview sessions with business owners to solicit business requirements. 

·Develop detailed business requirement specifications for automating business functions, identifying gaps in existing  systems, specifying e-Service requirements, and detailing integration requirements with existing systems. 

·Utilize standard modeling techniques to model business requirements including business process modeling, use case  modeling, and other artifacts to capture, communicate and document requirements.

·Analyze business requirements gathered and develop a detailed functional design for an IT solution that will achieve  and integrated IT applications environment capable of automating entire ASEZA business cycle, putting in place a  standard integration framework, and laying a foundation for an expandable e-Service platform.

·Provide recommendation on best techniques, practices, technologies, etc.


·Bachelor degree in Information Technology, Software Engineering, or other related fields as a minimum, a Masters  degree is a plus.

·Minimum 10 years’ experience in the field of business Analysis or Enterprise Architecture.

·Experienced in developing software requirements specifications for highly complicated business environments. 

·Experienced in developing functional design for sophisticated web enabled business applications and e-Service type applications.

·In depth knowledge in Service Oriented Architecture.

·Highly experienced in modeling techniques to capture and model business dynamic and static views

·Excellent communications, interviewing skills and able to solicit information from business owners. 

·Strong analytical skills to critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, decompose high level information into details, and distinguish presented user requests from the underling true requirements.

Interested applicants are to submit CVs and cover letters by email to and indicating the Post Ref in the email subject line by January 12, 2012. For further information and full scope of work please check our website at:

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