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Livelihood Officer at Plan International

Akwajobs   (Maroua, Cameroun)

Posted : 5 March, 2019
Category : Project Management   Location : Maroua, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time

Plan International Cameroon is a Child Centered Community Development Organization with no religious, political or governmental affiliation working in Cameroon since 1996. Plan International is a children’s organization with primary concerns on children’s rights, safety and well-being and has in its interest to create safe environments for children with more attention paid to child protection. All employees are therefore expected to comply with our Child Protection Policy. Plan International also promotes equal opportunity employment and pays special consideration to female candidates. 

Plan’s Internationals’ Global Strategic Goal (2011-2015) is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits. Plan aims to achieve this goal by working in partnership with others and through high performing teams whose behaviours reflect the corporate values.

  • Position :      Livelihood Officer      
  • Grade :      B 
  • Department & Location :      Programs / Maroua PU      
  • Reports to (position):       Project Coordinator 
  • Duration :      10 months (March– December 2019) 


(How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission?  In 1-2 sentences, why this job exists at Plan?)  

Plan Cameroon is responding to the influx of refugees from Nigeria and IDPs in Far North Cameroon. This position is responsible for the implementation of the livelihood of the funding. The post holder will implement the livelihood component of UNHCR project.

Dimensions of Role: 

Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports     The incumbent will assist the Project Coordinator in ensuring that project is delivered respecting all deadlines and targets are met    

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position: 
(“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success)

1. Assessment        

  • Ensure the evaluation of the qualitative and quantitative production capacity of the handicraft articles of the refugees of the Minawao camp    
  • Facilitate the identification of local products with good economic potential for value chain development   

2. Program Design        

  • Define aims and objectives of the overall livelihood program.    
  • Ensure that issues of protection, gender, livelihoods, DRR, operation and maintenance are factored into the program implementation    
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines and Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered   

3. Response Management and Implementation        

  • Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.    
  • Ensure children and youth, gender, and disability issues are fully considered throughout the project cycle with women & children being enabled to influence decision- making around nutrition and /or food security issues.    
  • Provide technical supervision of livelihood activities.    
  • Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.    
  • Support the creation and training of groups as basis for IGA    
  • Organize the training of groups on basic entrepreneurship and social life;    
  • Support IGA for common initiative groups    
  • Ensure the supervision of project activities done by field staff under its competence;    
  • Coordinate all related capacity building of beneficiaries with the project team      

4. Response Reporting & Evaluation        

  • Evaluate the implementation of livelihood activities and draft recommendations for improved program design    
  • Tap lessons learned from the project to improve subsequent projects    
  • Monitor that the indicators of the project are implemented and delivered accordingly;    
  • M&E systems should reflect data on the impact of the interventions    
  • Design and develop appropriate surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for livelihood interventions.   

5. Information and Co-ordination        

  • Provide regular updates to project Coordinator and emergency team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.    
  • Engage and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s)    
  • Support the implementation of, and represent PLAN in, early recovery coordination mechanisms and including any relevant cluster.    
  • Brief updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.   

6. Human Resources and Administration        

  • Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of PLAN staff and stakeholders on livelihood   

Key Internal Contacts 

Project Coordinator, ERM, UNHCR project team and emergency response team.   

Key External Contacts

Other agencies and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the livelihood sectors.    Reporting lines

Reports to Project Coordinator or designate

Selection Criteria 

Core Competencies        

  • 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.        
  • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to PLAN's core values and humanitarian principles.        
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.        
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.        
  • Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.        

Knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of PLAN policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct.
  • Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.        
  • At least Bachelor Degree in Agriculture, agro economy, rural development or economy        
  • At least 02 year humanitarian aid experience.        
  • French and English language skills desirable.    

Technical Competencies required for this position are:        

  • 6 month experience in the livelihood sectors applied in emergency response operations.    

Plan international operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourage diversity.

Only applications received in French or English will be treated and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Plan International has a Child Protection and a gender equality policies that are integral part of the recruitment process.

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