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Location: Mokolo/Kousseri, EN, CM
Company: Plan International
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.
Position: Project Animators
Department & Location Disaster Risk Management
Date: November 2019
Reports to (position): Protection (CPIE & GBV) Officer
Working in 50 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. Plan International is committed to responding to children affected by emergencies in the countries of our operation.
Given the current humanitarian crisis in the Far-North Region of Cameroon Plan International is engaged in providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, protection, education and psychosocial support. Its operations are implemented in key sectors of Protection (Child Protection and SGBV), Education, Food Assistance and Nutrition, Livelihood, WASH and NFIs in coordination with all other humanitarian institutions.
With new funding from various donors, Plan International will continue its response in the affected region in 2018-2020, through the implementation of projects in the above-mentioned sectors. Mainly in the protection sector, and under the supervision of the Protection (CPIE & GBV) Officer, this position is responsible for social mobilization in the project locations, support to case management, to psychosocial support in the Women Cohesion Spaces and Child Friendly Space. He will ensure quality of the project activities effective implementation under its responsibility.
This position is responsible for Gender Based Violence and Child Protection activities effective implementation in the field in accordance of Plan International’s emergency Humanitarian response in the Far North Region of Cameroon and Lake Chad Basin strategy on protection ((S) GBV and CPIE). The Project Animator will provide effective capacities and technical guidance in the direct implementation, monitoring and evaluation of (S) GBV and CPIE related activities at the field levels. S/he will ensure, closely with Protection ((S) GBV and CPIE) Officer, Protection (SGBV and CPIE) Coordinator, GFFO Project Manager or/and other Emergency Response Team members, all (S)GBV and CPIE activities in the Divisional IDPs sites, in host communities and in the local affected communities. The Project Animator will work directly with Mobile Unit, Child Friendly Space, all Community workers and communities’ leaders to ensure all mobilization activities related to (S) GBV, CPIE, Livelihood and Education planned under its area of affection. S/He will participate in the technical co-ordination of GFFO Project, support and advocacy with the local specific protection group and sub-workings group child protection and gender based violence and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector to ensure effective, organize animation on (S)GBV and CPIE in the target area, identification proportioned and quality response of Plan International. The Project Animator will be based at the area of Maroua Programme Unit specifically at Mokolo, Mora or Kousseri.
Key End Results and Typical Responsibilities:
- Contribute to the implementation of protection Community based mechanisms, to the child friendly spaces setup, also to documentation of Gender based violence and child protection issues on the field, assess and update of the Gender Based Violence and child protection situation in the target Communities.
- In collaboration with Protection Officer, support to conduct issue specific or general needs assessments as necessary, and contribute to assessments in other sectors.
- Organize and support the community partners involved in the recovery process.
- Support potential partnerships identification to implement GBV and child protection recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
2. Program Design
- Contribute in the process of mapping and data collection on the field in the targeted communities.
- Participate in the data collect with Plan International management for the writing of concept papers, proposals and budgets for child protection activities.
- Contribute to ensure that issues of gender, education, DRR, conflict sensitivity and Plan’s guidelines and international Child protection standards are considered in the data collect for the program design and in the Community animation.
- Submit on weekly basis the situation report.
- Submit on quarterly basis one article for Plan International newsletter or case study for funder’s sharing.
3. Response Management and Implementation
- Organize day to day effective presence of all animators in Women Cohesion Spaces (WCS); Mobile Unit and Child friendly spaces
- Prepare field visit at community level with volunteers: identification, and assessment negotiation of various venues or places which will host the 03 basic types of actives (CFS, counselling on SGBV, counselling on nutrition), listening point with survivors and case management.
- Responsible of community mobilization through community volunteers
- Daily contact with Child Protection Comity, youths clubs and others Community Based Organization to involved them in activities
- Define with communities topics to be discuss during counselling, community dialogues
- With the support of mobile unit team leader, negotiate with community leaders to contribute to ensure safety and security during activity (develop acceptance )
- 0fficial Chanel of communication between PO and animators and communities
- Make regularly inventory of WCS materials and report on need for additional items;
- Conduct parenting education with groups of men and women in the refugee and IDPs sites;
- Conduct life skills activities with youth groups (girls and boys) in the refugee and IDPs sites;
- Organization in the field of recreational activities by WCS animators for IDPs and Host Communities children;
- Conduct in the field various sensitization campaigns with women and girls in the refugee site;
- Animate listening spaces for girls and women;
- Ensure vulnerable and abuse cases are properly referred to the competent humanitarian actor;
- Follow up activities of CPIE Committees, CPC, and Youth Committees and of Community Relays on the basis on various action plan;
- Organize the work at the Field Office as the donors required under the requirement of the Protection Officer, Protection coordinator or the SGBV and CPIE specialists.
- Case workers (management, and monitoring) and reference for medical care, specialised intervention of psychologist, or responses to a specifics needs to appropriate services (including projects activities in collaboration of Protection officers and psychologist.
- Collect of reports of activities from community volunteers and draft weekly reports of his sub location.
4. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Make field visits in the targeted communities’ basis of weekly plan to ensure and monitor implementation of activities, identify and report to Protection Officer Opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed.
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Plan Child Protection in Emergencies and (S) GBV activities and draft recommendations for improved program design.
- Ensure evaluation, documentation, good follow up of all referred cases and report accordingly;
- Ensure child protection policy of Plan International Cameroon is respected and all sensitize about it.
- Monitoring of survivors from CPIE abuses, identification and evaluations of their needs
- Organize Community meeting with beneficiaries and Community leaders.
- Collect data and reports from the Community workers and submitted on weekly to Protection Officer the Reports of activities.
- Contribute the (S) GBV and CPIE risks assessment and Mapping of Resources and Risks.
5. Information and Co-ordination
- Contribute in the reporting of (S) GBV and CPIE activities as per donor and programme requirements, particularly in the Mobile Units Project implementation. Provide regular updates to Protection Coordinator on activities implementation.
- Under the request of Protection Officer, Protection Coordinator and (S)GBV and CPIE specialists, represent Plan International in (S)GBV and CPIE groups coordination meetings mechanisms in the targets Communities or sub divisional level.
6. Human Resources and Administration
- Supervise and ensure strong coordination of the animators of women cohesion Space, of CFS and Mobile Units and others Community workers.
- Participate in the training and briefing of animators of WCS and Community workers and other key stakeholders on Gender based violence and CPIE and/or related issues.
- Provide technical support of CFS activities, and awareness activities before during and after the departure of mobile Unit .
- Provide Technical support to Community volunteers in charge of identification of cases of abuses.
- Provide support to the Health /Nutrition community volunteers.
Dealing with Problems:
- Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.
- The job requires intense interventions on the field, in areas often at risk. This requires prudence, vigilance and compliance with security instructions on the part of the staff.
- Decisions may affect the lives of thousands of disaster affected children, millions of dollars, security of staff, and the profile of Plan across the humanitarian sector and across media.
- Excellent and creative leadership skills will be utilized to correct implementation of (S)GBV and CPIE activities, in accordance with the standards, principles and with possible resistance from colleagues as is often the case in emergency response work
- He/She should work under pressure and accept travels and stays in areas often austere.
Communications and Working Relationships:
Protection Officer, Protection Coordinator, (S)GBV and Child Protection in Emergency specialists, other members of the Emergency Response team, Plan staff.
Other agencies and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the emergency (S)GBV and CPIE sector.
Reports to the Protection (CPiE & GBV) Officer
- GCE Ordinary Level or GCE Advanced Level (BEPC, Probatoire or BAC). A degree in social sciences, law, education or related field with good knowledge of established international child protection standards and CPIE principles, can be an advantage;
- Be able to speak one of the local languages mostly the Fulfulde, Haoussa, or any local language of Far North region.
- At least 1 year practical working experience in emergency or with a developing organization.
- Practical and relevant experience of operating in emergency.
- Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards and CPIE and IASC principles is an asset.
- Demonstrable technical expertise in (S)GBV and child protection activities implementation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in the Far North of Cameroon is an asset.
- Team player
- Highly effective networking and inter-personal skills
- Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
- Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office including words, excel, power point, internet etc);
- Ability to network with grassroots structures
- Proven competence in working with survivors from (S)GBV and CPIE abuses, case management,
- Skills in participatory assessment.
- 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.
- Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards,
- Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
- 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.
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
- Preparedness to live and work in uncertain security environments.
Physical Environment and Demands:
- Work intensively in the field: The project Animator will spend at least 90% 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.
Location: Mokolo, Kousseri
Type of Role: Project Animators
Reports to: Child Protection in Emergency / Education in Emergency
Closing Date: 17/11/2019
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.