UNICEF’s support also enabled the Giraffe team to create a matching system to identify the best candidates for specific job opportunities. By designing an ontology of the main industries, roles and skills, the Giraffe team created a framework to match candidates to jobs based on their profiles and recommend them for specific opportunities.
This resulted in a 50% increase in candidates passing the selection process and more candidates getting jobs.
Thanks to the free courses and advanced matching system, Giraffe gained significant traction with both jobseekers and employers. This prompted discussions with a range of interested parties. Following several engagements, Giraffe was acquired by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator- South Africa’s primary player in the youth employment ecosystem. This is especially relevant because Harambee is a key player in the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative- the largest coordinated effort to combat youth unemployment in South Africa.
All the technology and content developed under the UNICEF grant is open source and free to use by anyone. Links to these can be found below:
UNICEF innovation fund’s support to Giraffe has been invaluable- providing the financial resources to create jobseeker content that might not have been created as there was no direct commercial incentive to do so.
Furthermore UNICEF’s open source policy will enable Giraffe’s course content, learning management tool and matching algorithm technology to be used by anyone in the world who wishes to do so, thereby maximising the impact on young people everywhere