Project Manager – UNHCR Urban refugees
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Company: Plan International
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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.
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PROFIL DE POSTE
Title: Project Manager – UNHCR Urban refugees
Protection, Assistance et Autonomisation des Réfugiés et Demandeurs d’Asile en Milieux Urbains au Cameroun
Functional Area: Country Office
Reports to: Program Implementation Manager (PIM)
Effective Date: July 2022
Type of contract: Fixed Term employment
Contract duration: 31 December 2022 with possibility of extension
Travel may be required: Yes
Deadline of submission:
PURPUSE OF THE ROLE:
Plan International is strongly committed to Cameroon where the organisation has been running emergency and development programmes since 1996 for the benefit of disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or disaster-affected populations and communities, with a particular focus on the promotion of girls’ rights and child protection.
With support from UNHCR, Plan International will carry out a social project for urban refugees and asylum seekers (Douala, Yaoundé) with the aim of protection, assistance and autonomization of the targeted beneficiaries. This position is responsible for overall coordination of activity implementation in accordance with the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) signed between Plan International and UNHCR. The Programme Manager will provide planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities. S/he will work closely with the Head of Programme, the Livelihood specialist, the Biteng PU coordinator, the project team, the sectorial ministries including Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER), Ministry of Youth and Civic Education (MINJEC), Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family (MINPROFF), Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS), the National Employment Fund (FNE), GICAM, schools; Microfinance institutions including Credit du Sahel to ensure implementation of project activities as planned. S/He will actively organise the coordination meetings for the teams in Douala and Yaoundé, advocate and gain support from local community leaders, stakeholders.
The Program Manager will be located in Yaoundé within the office of the Plan International/UNHCR urban refugee project.
The Project Manager is responsible for providing an overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project, internally with the project staff and externally with UNHCR partners and other stakeholders. She/he will report to the Program Implementation Manager and be responsible for overall project planning, implementation and management which includes amongst others: effectively steering project staff and team; efficient management of financial resources; review and approval of project budgets and monitoring expenditures; supervision of field operations; supervision of monitoring & evaluation; and ensuring quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the project reporting process to the donor. S/he will also steer management and performance of local partners and technical back stoppers.
This role is important to:
• Support the long-lasting integration/inclusion of urban refugee and asylum seekers into existing programmes/services and in the local economic circuit through decent employment or self-entrepreneurship;
• Support activities of the teams in Douala and Yaoundé;
• Engage Development partners to support the economic inclusion of urban refugees of Yaoundé and Douala.
• Engage in advocacy for the respect of the rights of refugees.
Under the supervision of the PIM, the Project Manager will have to perform the below main activities:
• Ensure the implementation of all social project activities within the deadlines and standards required by Plan International Cameroon and UNHCR procedures (protection of children, GBV, education and strengthening of the economic power of victims of GBV and case management) ;
• Ensure that the logical framework of the project is well understood by the project team;
• Ensure that the project’s M&E is well conducted in order to help decision-making for the smooth running of the project;
• Supervise the work of the project teams in Yaoundé and Douala;
• Make frequent trips to the project areas to monitor project activities, identify opportunities and constraints and make any necessary adjustments, including capacity building;
• Regularly update the progress, priorities and constraints of project implementation;
• Ensure that an effective and adequate response is given to all cases of child protection and gender-based violence identified by the project team;
• Prepare new project proposals to ensure the continuity of the assistance to urban refugees as well as IDPs;
• Follow the regular update of the workbook in the system;
• Ensure the regular update of the project in SAP;
• Ensure the timely submission of periodic project reports;
• Represent Plan in coordination meetings for refugees;
• Identify potential partners who can help fill the gaps in refugee care;
• Ensure that Plan’s child protection and youth safeguarding policy is respected and all cases of abuse are reported
• Support need assessment as well as evaluation of interventions;
• Support fund raising in line with the implementation of the country strategy of Plan International;
• Conduct consultations with various stakeholders including financial and Business Development Service Providers, Private Sector (companies, chambers of commerce, employment agencies, and business associations), Training Institutes (public and private).
• Guide the project implementation, including developing work plans, budgets and competency table with responsibilities and mandates;
• Build, strengthen and manage partnerships with sectoral administrations, local implementation partners, councils, private sector partners, institutions and other stakeholders…;
• Contribute to manage donor relations and the donor contract;
• Overall management of all human, physical and financial resources related to the project;
• Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the annual work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans;
• Account and report to Plan International and the donor on project performance;
• Guide knowledge development, documentation, communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor;
• Identify and follow-up funding and partnership possibilities in collaboration with country management and business development team.
• Execute overall project management;
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Qualifications and Experience:
• University degree (Master) in social sciences, economics, socioeconomics, education sciences or all other relevant field linked to education sector or economic inclusion promotion.
• At least 5 years’ experience in emergency and/or with a development organization or iNGO.
• Have a good knowledge and field experience in urban refugee policy, guidelines
• Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
• Relevant work experience in managing and implementing humanitarian and/or development projects in the field of livelihoods, education, youth empowerment, urban development, safety nets, participatory development and/or economic recovery;
• Experience in the management of a multisector project will be an asset
• Previous relevant experience with an International NGO, especially with Plan International or with a national NGO will be an asset.
• Knowledges in gender and participatory approach will be an asset
• Previous experience with projects funded by the French Development Agency will be an asset
Skills and Knowledge:
• Strong strategic decision-making and communication skills including reporting and presentation;
• Good team management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and English
• Demonstrated ability of coaching, capacity building, teamwork, management, coordination and planning.
• Fluency in French and and working knowledge of English,
• Knowledge of usual office software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and regular communication channels (Internet, email, Skype).
• Expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research, reporting and presentations;
• Proven ability to work effectively with multiple counterparts in the private, public, and NGO sectors;
• Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to work under pressure well;
• Committed to Plan International’s strategy and values;
• Promotes innovation and learning;
• Communicates clearly and effectively;
• Strong team building and motivational skills;
• Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children and women without discrimination;
• Involves others in setting and achieving goals;
• Demonstrates honesty and transparency in holding self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and Plan’s standards of behavior;
• Promotes a strong learning culture in the organization.
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND DEMANDS:
The position holder will work in a typical office environment with some of his/her colleagues in the same office environment and others in the field.
LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN:
High level contact- the job responsibilities of this position does will require the post holder to frequently have any one-to-one contact with children.
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
• We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
• We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
Closing Date: 22-07-22
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We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.
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