PIDA Job Creation Toolkit

PIDA Job Creation Toolkit



Type(s) of Tool

GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.

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Country of Origin

South Africa

Date of Development



The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit is a service provided by NEPAD to catalyse a new African jobs focus in the development and operation of Africa’s infrastructure projects, maximising the number and quality of African jobs. The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit methodology considers a broad range of labour market effects, including direct job creation, indirect job creation, and induced job creation. It aims to catalog results from African infrastructure projects’ preparation, construction, and operation. Additionally, the methodology estimates secondary job effects, which are jobs created in other sectors of the economy due to the operational infrastructure service provided. The toolkit’s job maximization module aims to help project Owners, technical partners, and government policymakers can estimate the total job impact from their projects and maximize the number of jobs created on the African continent by specific projects without a reduction in quality.

Tool Outcome

The toolkit helps to quantify the amount of jobs/job hours created by African infrastructure projects throughout the planning, construction and operation & maintenance phases.  The methodology also gives users the possibility to quantify the amount of secondary jobs (jobs created as a result of the completed project), indirect jobs (jobs created by supliers of the project) and induced jobs (jobs created by the spending of the direct and indirect workers). The Toolkit’s Maximise Jobs Module provides a “job lens” of possible interventions and actions steps that could be used to develop, finance, and operate African infrastructure projects joining the twin priority goals of: (1) delivering on African infrastructure and (2) increasing the impact of infrastructure on African job creation.

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