Yazan Jayyousi is a gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) senior officer at IREX, where he applies a gender and inclusion lens in the USAID Preservice Teacher Education in Jordan program implemented by IREX.
He contributes to a gender and inclusion strategy through providing recommendations for work planning to ensure that the design of all program activities consider gender issues and include vulnerable groups, along with contributing to an annual gender refresher. He ensures disaggregated data collection and decision-making are inclusive. He mainstreams GESI in recruitment campaigns to attract students, in national campaigns to raise the prestige of teachers in Jordan, and in policies and incentives related to the program, with a specific focus on increasing qualified male grade 4–10 teachers in Jordan. He also provides capacity building for staff in Jordan.
Before joining IREX, Yazan worked at Humanity and Inclusion (previously known as Handicap International) as an inclusion technical officer. He was responsible for mainstreaming disability considerations by providing technical support and capacity building for humanitarian partners. He also worked on gender digital storytelling with Faces of Takamol and communications in the USAID Takamol gender program that IREX implemented in Jordan.
Yazan graduated as an honors student (second in major) with a business administration bachelor’s degree. As a graduation project, Yazan coauthored a paper, “Factors Affecting Women’s Participation in the Jordanian Workforce,” which he copresented at the ICEME 2015 conference. The paper was awarded “best paper of session” and was published in the International Journal of Social Science and Humanity in 2015.
Yazan is active on issues related to gender, sexuality, intersectionality, bullying, and personal politics within Jordanian and regional contexts through a range of writing, research, and social dialogue activities on various platforms.