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Head of Protection Project at International Medical Corps

   (Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun)

Posted : 25 November, 2018
Category : Project Management   Location : Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun
Job type : Part Time


The population of Cameroon has been suffering for years from the protracted crisis of the Lake Chad basin linked to the operations of Boko Haram. The effects of the crisis are added to a chronic vulnerability already high especially as regards food security and malnutrition. Since 2015, the continuous flow of parts of the displaced population within the country and of refugees has generated a sharp increase in humanitarian needs both for the displaced communities and for the host communities that already showed high levels of vulnerability before the crisis. The actors operating in the area estimate 2.6 million people (half of whom are women and 60% less) in urgent need of assistance with respect to the most basic needs. Cameroon the second country, after Nigeria, to be affected by the conflict and violence of the clashes linked to Boko Haram both for the number of displaced individuals and for registered accidents. The attacks, the attacks and the military clashes have very serious repercussions on the population, forcing them to abandon their homes in a massive way and exposing them to serious violations of human rights. Clearly, the part of the already most vulnerable population pays the highest price of the crisis in which the country pays particular attention to women and children who find themselves exposed to various risks, including: family separation, forced recruitment in the armed forces or in groups armed, arbitrary detention and sexual and economic exploitation.

The Far North Region does not have sufficient functioning social services, which complicates the task of the authorities, responding quickly to emergencies and coping with a new challenge generated by the conflict. The lack of basic infrastructure does not facilitate a worthy and safe return of the internally displaced people in the area. Some individuals make commuting movements in the return areas but the conditions of life and safety do not allow them to return permanently. Officials such as teachers, doctors and nurses have left the area and some have never returned.

Furthermore, the services available to women and children are mainly concentrated in urban areas and do not sufficiently reach the decentralized level due to the limited number of social workers; this is accompanied by a lack of materials and tools to provide services and monitor and refer to other sectors. The psychological stress caused on the one hand by instability, lack of security and displacement, by the destruction of houses and by the strong military presence in the area that makes the cohabitation between the military and civilian population very difficult due to abuses of authorities and exploitation of civilians by the army. On the other hand, this state of psychological stress also due to the almost total deterioration of the population's livelihoods,

In such a context, the condition of children and women got worse; in particular:

  • The recurrence of the problems of VBG exacerbated by the crisis, the influence of the Muslim religion through gerontocracy, sociocultural constraints and poverty. Negative survival mechanisms are being created, including child marriage, which at the same time is a beneficial economic exchange for the family and a means of protecting the girl herself against the kidnapping or indoctrination of Boko Haram.
  • Family separation due to displacement but also looking for means of support for the family leads to an increase in the number of separated children and unaccompanied minors (ES and ENA), who are thus exposed to greater risks of violating their rights, among other things, the kidnapping or recruitment by BH and sexual violence.
  • Lack of infrastructure does not facilitate the delivery of health services at the peripheral level, which explains the fact that reproductive health services for fertile women and girls are not known to the majority of beneficiaries.
  • Psychological and social stress for children and families due to displacements caused by armed conflicts. Witnesses of killings, children and women used as suicide bombers by BH, abduction of children and women, destruction of homes and loss of life seriously compromise the psychosocial well-being and mental health of internally displaced persons. Furthermore, difficulties in accessing food, water, education, livelihood, recreational activities and other services on a daily basis further aggravate their level of discomfort.

INTERSOS will strengthen the response to the protection problems mentioned above through a set of activities to prevent the risks of protection and to identify and manage cases of child protection and gender-based violence. Among other things, activities such as the Friends of Children Spaces and safe places for women will also be implemented.

Objective of the position

Managerial and technical skills for the implementation of the project, including management of purchases and contracts to third parties, selection and training of personnel, financial monitoring of expenses in relation to expected results and project activities. He / she will be responsible for supervising all the activities of the project on the ground, and will be responsible for the periodic reporting due to the donor. Participate in sectoral technical meetings and relevant clusters.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Project Manager (CP) responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring and supervision of the project financed by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICS), in the Far North of Cameroon.

The CP manages, coordinates and supervises the national project staff for the implementation of the activities, ensuring the quality in accordance with the timing of the project, as well as compliance with the standard operating procedures, in line with international law principles, guidelines and guidelines relevant to the project and donor issues, as well as the INTERSOS Charter and the Code of Ethics.

Main points:

  • Plan, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project, guaranteeing qualitative results and on schedule in the field of protection.
  • Supervise and monitor the financial management of the project, including the level of expenditure.
  • Draw up and send periodic reports, including reports to the donor and the project evaluation tool (PAT), as well as ensuring the collection of data and the presentation of reports according to the deadlines set by the specification.
  • Maintain and / or strengthen relations with local authorities, non-state actors, UN agencies, NGOs and donors relevant to the project at ground level.
  • Coordinate in time with the finance and logistics departments for procurement activities (purchases, services, etc.) necessary for the implementation of the activities and ensure adequate supplies in the sectors relevant to the project.
  • Monitor the activities planned in the project and in the intervention area and share the information with the Sector Coordinator, the Head of Base, the Head of Mission and the Regional Directorate.
  • Monitor the security situation in the deployment area and share information in real time with the mission's security focal point.
  • Actively participate in sectoral meetings and clusters in areas relevant to project activities.


Degree of study:

Laura in Cooperation and Development, political science or in the technical areas of the project (psychology, social sciences).

Professional experience

  • At least 3 years experience of working internationally in similar positions, or in the humanitarian sector, possibly in an emergency context
  • Ability to guarantee high quality work standards Management of funds, logistics and other human resources
  • Work experience with NGOs in project management positions Work experience in the field of protection
  • Work experience with displaced persons (IDPs) and / or refugees in and / or out of a field Previous experience in managing projects funded by AICS (desirable) Knowledge of the clusters system

Professional requirements

  • Good knowledge of Excel and World Previous experience in the development and implementation of M & E activities (desirable)
  • Excellent knowledge of IT tools (Office, Internet, e-mail, etc.)
  • Previous work experience in French-speaking Africa (desirable)


Excellent Italian and French spoken and written good english (an advantage)

Personal requirements

  • Great organizational skills and problem solving with an analytical approach
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and animate team work with both beneficiaries and other actors
  • Propensity to proactivity and able to work independently
  • Reliable in achieving results effectively, taking into account both the quality of work and compliance with the expected times
  • Ability to integrate and work well in a multi-ethnic and multicultural team
  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships
  • Ability to work in a hostile environment from the point of view of security and austere compared to comfort
  • Possibility to share accommodation when requested

If there are problems in applying through the INTERSOS platform, applicants are requested to send an email to: recruitment@intersos.org, attaching the CV and the motivational letter and providing the contacts of at least two references . As the subject of the message, enter: SR-48-701 Project Leader Protection - Cameroon. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Follow us on Twitter Saved Jobs By creating a 100% free account or connecting with your linkedin account , you can save your searches, save jobs and create email alerts.

Closing date: 2018-11-29

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