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The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population (MLSPP), State Employment Service of Azerbaijan (SES) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would like to announce the start of the

Self-Employment Programme for Persons with Disabilities

The Self-Employment Programme is part of the Creating Inclusive and Decent Jobs for Socially Vulnerable Groups Project implemented by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, State Employment Service of Azerbaijan and supported by the UNDP

What is the goal of the programme?

The aim is to support 500 unemployed persons with disabilities who have the desire and vision to start their own business. To help the unemployed bring their business ideas to life, the programme provides free training in entrepreneurship, advice and financial support in the form of equipment and/or materials.

Who can participate?

In 2019-2020, the programme will be piloted in the following regions of Azerbaijan: Ganja, Mingachevir, Sumgayit, Shamkir, Zaqatala, Goychay, Barda, Shamakhi, Fizuli, Absheron, Sabunchu and Binagadi regions. All unemployed persons with disabilities registered with the State Employment Centers in these regions are eligible to participate.

What does the process involve?

The Programme starts with selection and assessment of the candidates’ knowledge about entrepreneurship. 700 candidates will be selected in the above mentioned regions/cities and have the opportunity to attend free training courses to learn about entrepreneurship and preparation of economically viable and sustainable business plans. 600 candidates who have successfully completed a training and economically viable business idea will be assisted in the preparation of a detailed business plan and identifying the technical specifications of equipment and raw materials required to start a business. 500 candidates who develop successful business plans will be supported in the registration of the new business and provided with in-kind grants.

The MLSPP will be the responsible executing entity. UNDP will be acting as Responsible Party to provide technical assistance, capacity development and operational support in the programme implementation related to procurement, recruitment, contracting and execution of direct payments to suppliers.

The general selection criteria for participating in the project 

  1. Persons with disabilities
  2. Residence: Ganja, Mingachevir, Sumgayit, Shamkir, Zaqatala, Goychay, Barda, Shamakhi, Fizuli, Absheron, Sabunchu and Binagadi
  3. Citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  4. Minimum required education: primary education
  5. To have high motivation to learn and work
  6. Basic computer skills (desirable)
  7. Registration at the State Employment Center/unemployed status reference

List of required documents

  1. Completed application form
  2. Electronic reference on disability from "Providing Information on Examination by Medical-Social Expert Commissions" electronic service of the MLSPP (

How to apply

Interested persons can i) download the application form from the MLSPP's website here:; ii) or can refer to the Regional Employment Centers for accessing application via computers of the Center iii)) or can obtain printed version of the applications from Regional Employment Center and send those applications via their system. Completed application must be submitted no later than 10 July 2019 at the following email addresses:


Please note "Creating inclusive and decent jobs for socially vulnerable groups Technical assistance project" in the subject section of the letter.

Selection criteria

The accepted applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee comprised of the representatives from MLSPP, UNDP and other stakeholders. Candidates identified by the Selection Committee will be invited to the trainings. Training participants who develop successful business plans will then be able to receive support in the form of equipment and/or input materials.

Training directions

  1. Soft skills (negotiations and communications skills, confidence building, stress management, etc.)
  2. Entrepreneurship and Development of Business Skills

Training sessions will take 8 days in a period of 15 days in 2019.

Note: i) The program may only be addressed to persons registered at the Employment Centers, who have a real place of residence in the mentioned cities and regions; ii) family members can support the applicants in the process of the application and training period; iii) The MLSPP and UNDP may request additional documents to verify the validity of the information provided by candidates related residence, disability, education, work or other criteria.


For more information please contact a representative of the project at UNDP:

Faig Sadigov

Project Manager

Telephone: + 994 12 596 50 33 


For media inquiries, please contact Arzu Jafarli, Communications and External Relations Analyst for UNDP in Azerbaijan –

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