A workshop on the sharing and exchanging of experiences for the African Operational Repertoire of Jobs and Professions (ROAME) took place on 2-6 July, 2012 in Cotonou within the framework of the MIEUX programme, a joint EU-ICMPD initiative. It gathered ROAME project managers and experts from Benin, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal, and representatives of the National Employment Agencies of Ivory Coast and Togo, as well as experts from Pôle Emploi France, AFRISTAT and representatives from GIP International and the MIEUX programme. The workshop was held following the implementation of a pilot project within the framework of the project « Partenariat pour la gestion des migrations professionnelles (PGMP) which was concluded in August 2011. The workshop enabled consultations and exchange of best practices to adapt the tools for the implementation of the ROAME project, to support the local coordination mechanisms and to extend the ROAME project to Togo and Ivory Coast.
In July 2009 the project managers responsible for professions/jobs nomenclatures within the National Employment Agencies of Benin, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal had decided to strengthen the intra-regional dimension through the creation of the ROAME.
Moreover, it constitutes the beginning of a regional nomenclature, which may integrate in the near future all Sub-Saharan African countries.
The ROAME, a Common Reference
The ROAME is the first regional reference tool for professions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on the second version of the ROAME by the French national administration, this tool groups the jobs per sector of the economy. It defines the roles, activities and tasks, as well as the related pre-requisites, qualifications and skills for each job. Once it becomes a common classification for labour market actors, the ROAME may help match supply and demand by specifying the needs of employers, job seekers and potential migrants; facilitate the development of training programmes and career counselling and to document the labour market information systems through the elaboration of statistics and indicators.
A Pilot Project
This initiative has already delivered some significant results, namely, the employment/job fiches (GEF) that have been published in the ROAME collection (326 GEF have been produced covering 9 sectors); the implementation of regional standards which can be used and adapted to the context of labour markets in the Sub-Saharan countries and are already compliant with existing international classifications; the exchange of experiences and the sharing of good practices related to the development of partnerships, formalisation of work procedures and operational methoologies.
Perspectives and Extensions
The development of an operational nomenclature targeting intermediaries in the labour market, which could either be national or international, and that is being put into practice and analysed, is in itself a long-term approach. The pilot project has been fruitful. Although the tool is already operational, it is nevertheless a common evolutionary task, which is far from being completed, but has taken the necessary and promising steps for the development of a regional and useful repertoire of professions and jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa.