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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.


The institutionalisation of the HDP Nexus originates from the World Summit held in Istanbul in 2016. The key takeaway of the summit was the recommendation to create more synergies and collaborative partnerships across the Humanitarian-Peace-Development pillars. The triple nexus is also defined in the 2019 recommendations of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-DAC) as the interlinkages between humanitarian, development and peace actions. Performing in contexts of high level of vulnerabilities resulting from protracted conflicts and other shocks exacerbated by poverty and social inequalities requires a collective approach. Humanitarian relief, development assistance and peacebuilding efforts to maintain social cohesion among community members are needed at the same time.

Cameroon is among first pilot countries which volunteered to operationalise the HDP nexus. In that regard, the triple nexus was endorsed in October 2019 by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). A National Taskforce was put in place to oversee the overall implementation of the HDP nexus at the community level in selected convergence areas. The national taskforce provides support and guidance to regional taskforces. A related roadmap was developed by a dedicated working group in November 2021 with the aim to help involved stakeholders in the operationalisation of the HDP Nexus approach. To achieve this goal, a thorough facilitation of synergies between humanitarian assistance, development cooperation, and peacebuilding interventions at the community level to achieve collective results will be required from the Taskforces.

The overall coordination of the HDP Nexus is embedded within the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office. A HDP Nexus capacity has been established, and with the support of OCHA’s HDP Regional Advisor, it provides required guidance to the national and regional taskforces on the aspects pertaining to the operationalisation of this triple nexus in Cameroon. The HDP Nexus Specialist will be part of that capacity and will closely work with the HDP Nexus Coordinator on regular basis. The incumbent is expected to provide technical support to the national and regional taskforces, and this may involve occasional field visits in the Far North and the Eastern regions to support joint analysis, joint action planning and monitoring exercises. The HDP nexus specialist is also expected to contribute to the advancement of the SDG localisation agenda in Cameroon.

Under the direct supervision of the HDP Nexus Coordinator and under close guidance of the Head of United Nations Resident Coordinator Office, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Contribution to the advancement of the HDP nexus approach in Cameroun

-Provide support to the overall coordination functions of the triple nexus with a particular emphasis on enhancing inclusive synergies and participation of government institutions and the private sector. -Take part in the context analysis to timely document any risks, opportunities and good practices that could hamper or enable the operationalisation of the triple nexus. -Contribute to the integration of the Peace element and other crosscutting aspects in the overall HDP nexus programming cycles. -Support field operational teams on the activity monitoring in convergence areas. This may include assistance in the conception or update of tools to track among others, the level of community accountability and engagement across HDP nexus cycles.

Advocacy, Outreach and Resource mobilisation -Assist the HDP nexus team in the mobilisation efforts of required resources for the operationalisation of HDP nexus in Cameroon. This may include but not limited to contributing to the finalisation of a Trust Fund proposal while also keeping an eye on any potential funding opportunities. -Contribute to the acceleration of the SDG Localization Agenda in Cameroon by support the process of mainstreaming HDP nexus principles into local development plans. -Assist the HDP nexus Coordinator and the RCO team on any other functional aspects deemed necessary.


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positions dealing with development and humanitarian affairs, including implementation of development policies and strategies in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization context; -Proven knowledge and experience in strategic planning, coordination, monitoring in recovery and peacebuilding contexts, and proven track record of working with a variety of development, humanitarian, security/political actors; -Knowledge of United Nations mandates and practices particularly in crisis and post-conflict situations; -Excellent communication and analytical skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and intercultural); -Outstanding analytical, response programming and report writing skills; -Familiarity with data/information management systems and tools, -Participatory facilitation methods, monitoring and evaluation approaches in data scarce -environments; -Ability to work efficiently and independently under pressure, handle multi-tasking situations with strong delivery orientation; -Experience with working in Cameroon is an advantage.

Cameroon is family duty station. The country is with a tropical climate. There are two rainy seasons (April-May and September-October). The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. Health: UN Volunteers should be aware that they are exposed to a number of tropical diseases and should complete all medical formalities specified in the offer of assignment before travelling and bring with them sufficient and appropriate medical supplies. The following vaccinations are required and/or recommended prior to travel or upon arrival: Covid-19, yellow fever (required for travellers arriving), polio, rabies, tetanus/diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), malaria (prophylaxis is recommended for almost all of the country). UN staff has 24-hour access to a fully operational UN medical clinic, run by the UN Doctors, during office hours. There is also a selection of other health facilities available in Cameroon. Accommodation: The UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. However the UNV Field Unit will provide the list of UNDSS recommended neighborhoods and put the newly recruited UN Volunteer with other UN Volunteers to facilitate his adaptation. Power and water: in most regions, including Yaounde, both electricity and water is readily available. Most hotels have secured water and generators in the event of a power failure. Food and diet: fresh food is seasonal but varied. Most staple foods are common in the supermarkets. Yaounde has a selection of reasonably priced restaurants with good health standards. Restaurants can be found in the provinces as well, but the standard, the quality of food and the level of hygiene may be limited, while availability of certain foods may be limited or seasonal as well. The usual precautions need to be taken when eating outside the home: no salads, bottled water and all meat to be thoroughly cooked. Minor stomach upsets are almost inevitable at some stage. Bank and Communication: Upon your arrival in Cameroon, your account will be opened with a foreign bank. The currency of account is normally XAF. You can purchase SIM card in Cameroon from any of the leading telephone companies for your personal use; if required (on the basis of your working requirements), you can be issued an official SIM card by the Office (upon request of your respective section). Besides the SIM card, you would also get the PIN Code from CITS to make international/local calls, which are usually cheaper than the mobile phones (and the cost of personal calls will be deducted from your monthly entitlements). Cameroon is a unique country; however, it requires more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in hazardous and harsh conditions involving physical hardship and little comfort are essential.

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