Livelihood Assistant at Plan International

Posted : 28 January, 2020
Location : Yaoundé, Cameroun
Category : Community Development
Job type : Full Time

Livelihood Assistant

Date: 27-Jan-2020

Location: Yaounde, CE, CM

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Functional Area:   Protection, Assistance et Autonomisation des Réfugiés et Demandeurs d'Asile en Milieux Urbains au Cameroun
Reports to:            Chargé de composante sociale
Location:               Yaoundé
Travel required:     Frequent field visits for implementation, monitoring and reporting of livelihood activities
Effective Date:      Immediate
Grade:                   B

Role purpose

Working in 52 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.  With support from UNHCR, Plan International will carried out a livelihood component of the social project for urban refugees (Douala, Yaoundé).This position is responsible for livelihood activities effective implementation in the field in accordance with the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) signed between Plan International and UNHCR. The Livelihood assistant will provide effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihood related activities under Plan International/UNHCR urban refugee project at the field levels. S/he will work closely with Livelihood specialist, Project Manager, project team, urban refugee common initiative groups, sectorial ministries including Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER), Ministry of Youth and Civic Education (MINJEC), Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family (MINPROFF), The National Employment Fund (FNE), councils, Microfinance institution including Credit du Sahel to ensure implementation of Livelihood activities as planned. S/He will actively participate to the co-ordination meetings, advocate and gain support from local community leaders, stakeholders.

The Livelihood assistant will be based in Yaoundé (01) within the office of the Plan International/UNHCR urban refugee project.

Dimensions of the Role

This role is important to:

  • Support the long-lasting integration/inclusion of Yaoundé urban refugee into existing programmes/services and in the local economic circuit through decent employment or self-entrepreneurship
  • Engage Development partners to support the economic inclusion of urban refugees of Yaoundé.
  • Engage  in advocacy  for rights


1. Assessment and program design

  • Provide leadership and expertise in the baseline and subsequent assessments of livelihood activities
  • Identify emerging needs and develop/update the livelihood section of the upcoming proposal
  • Support/update  market assessment and socio- economic profile at community level
  • Support assessment of existing vocational training centres in the target communities and select trainers
  • Conduct consultations with various stakeholders including  Financial and Business Development Service Providers, Private Sector (companies, chambers of commerce, employment agencies, business associations), Training Institutes (public and private)
  • Complete/update the 5W livelihoods matrix  

2. Resource mobilization: livelihood Financing and Sustainability

  • Support the generation and use of evidence to justify resource allocation to the livelihood activities;
  • Support coordination and harmonized donor funding for livelihood project

 3. Implementation

  • Facilitating access to financial services (formal and informal)
  • Facilitate the creation of Common Initiative Groups (CIG) by the beneficiaries of the program.
  • Facilitate the interaction between beneficiaries and Credit du Sahel 

4. Professional training

  • Identify beneficiary profiles and select new growth areas (or lead chains)
  • Increase community awareness and select most promising beneficiaries (targeting)
  • Carry out specific induction briefings tailored to the function of CIG
  • Support the creation and operationalization of CIG
  • Carry out training on basic jobs (small business) that are the most promising (profitable)
  • Support  Functional literacy for beneficiaries
  • Monitor and evaluate various capacity building
  • Coach CIG and support the start-up of activities
  • Support acquisitions of livelihood kits by beneficiaries

5. Facilitating access to self-employment / entrepreneurship

  • Identify refugees per  branch of activity
  • Support Entrepreneurship and self-employment training
  • Support training in job search techniques
  • Support the development and regular update of a database on refugee jobseekers and make it available at the National  employment fund
  • Management of the interface between the National  employment fund and the social project

6. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning on livelihoods and self-reliance & economic inclusion of refugees

  • Provide regular updates to livelihood specialist and project manager highlighting priorities and constraints  according to agreed schedule
  • Submit weekly situation reports
  • Supervise and ensure strong coordination with other implementing actors 

7. Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships


  • Livelihood specialist, Chargé de composante sociale, Programme Manager-High


  • UNHCR, Credit du Sahel, MINADER - High
  • Partners – medium
  • Other agencies and groups working in the livelihood sectors

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


  • Be a holder of at least a GCE Advanced Level or BACC or equivalent.
  • Be able to speak French and English.
  • At least 1 year practical working experience in emergency and/or with a developing organization.
  • Have an in-depth experience in market assessment and value chain analysis
  • Have a good knowledge and field experience in urban refugee policy, guidelines
  • 01 year experience in the livelihood sectors applied in emergency response operations.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in Livelihood activities Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be acquainted with kobbo Collect software

Skills and Behaviours:

  • Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
  • Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
  • People Skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan. This includes effective negotiation and representation skills.

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment

  • Work under pressure to produce results
  • Keep to strict deadlines
  • Travels:
  • Work intensively in the field; the Livelihood assistant will spend at least 80% of his time on the field in the context of the implementation and monitoring of activities.
  • Periods of intense work at all times of day.
  • Working in multiple locations and on the move.

Level of contact with children

Mid contact: Frequent interaction with children and youths as many women and youths will be involved

Location: Yaounde

Closing Date: 6 February 2020


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