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Organization that developed the Tool: Souktel
Website for the Tool:
Main Contact: Jacob Korenblum
Main Contact Email :
Problem or Need:

In many developing countries, labor markets are in chaos--not because there’s a lack of job opportunities, but because there are no good information networks to help job-seekers and employers find each other: Web access is low, public/private resources are few, and infrastructure is poor. As a result, many skilled workers get trapped in cycles of joblessness and hardship. However, a huge number of people in developing countries have basic cell phone access, even in rural areas. Recognizing this reality, Souktel has created a simple, phone-based JobMatch service--a software application that reduces unemployment and poverty by helping ordinary job-seekers get key job information on their phones.

Brief Description:

Our solution is simple: from any phone, job-seekers create SMS "mini-CVs" that include basic data on their skills, location, etc. These are then sent by mobile to our central database--which hundreds of employers search daily, via web or phone. From their side, employers create similar “mini job ads” and post them on the same database—so that job-seekers can search these jobs from their own phones. The database also matches job-seekers/employers who have similar profiles, sending them SMS alerts with each other’s data.

Tool Category: App resides and runs on a server
Key Features :
  • SMS-based querying of information databases
  • SMS-based user profile creation
  • SMS-based matching of similar user profiles


Main Services: Bulk SMS, Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling, Mobile Social Network/Peer-to-peer, Information Resources/Information Databases
Tool Maturity: Currently deployed
Current Version: 2
Platforms: Linux/UNIX, Windows Mobile, All phones -- SMS
Program/Code Language: .NET Compact Framework, PHP, Other
Organizations Using the Tool:

Employers - Middle East:

  • Ernst and Young
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent
  • CARE International
  • Deloitte
  • YMCA of East Jerusalem
  • Education Development Center, Inc.

Institutional/Funding Partners - Middle East

  • US Agency for International Development
  • World Bank - Quality Improvement Fund for Higher Education
  • King Abdullah Fund for Development
  • Birzeit University (Palestine)
  • Najah University (Palestine)
  • Arab-American University of Jenin (Palestine)
  • Al-Quds Abu Dis University (Palestine)
Number of Current End Users: 1,000-10,000
Number of current beneficiaries: 10,000-100,000
Handsets/devices supported: Any handset.
Languages supported: Arabic, Kurdish, English, French, Somali, Spanish
Is the Tool's Code Available?: No
Is an API available to interface with your tool?: Yes
Cost Per User: $ 1
Global Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Countries: Iraq, Jordan, Palestine

Associated Users

  • souktel : Developer

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