Job Opportunity : Project Manager GFFO

Job Opportunity : Project Manager GFFO

Project Manager GFFO

Date: 22-Jan-2021

Location: Maroua, Cameroon

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION                                                                        



Project Manager (GFFO Project)



Department & Location

Disaster Risk Management Maroua PU (Based in Maroua with frequent travels in Mayo Sava and Logone & Chari division)



January  2021

Reports to

Emergency Response Manager

Purpose /Objective :

How the position is involved in Plan’ strategy and mission?: 


Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan 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 is committed to responding to children affected by emergencies in the countries of operation.


Given the current humanitarian crisis in the Far-North Region of Cameroon Plan 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), in coordination with all other humanitarian institutions.


With new funding from various donors, Plan International will continue in 2018-2021 its response in the region affected, through projects implementation in the sectors above noted. Under protection sector Plan International Cameroon will implement a project in the Sub-Sector of SGBV based on the approach of Mobile Unit. Under this project, this position is responsible for the global technical management and the efficiency implementation of the project. He/She will ensure quality and norms in the planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities implementation.


Under the supervision of the Emergency Response Manager, the Project Manager is responsible for planning, coordination and global operationalization of the activities of implementation of the Project under his/her responsibility. The position holder will play the role of coordinator of the project in accordance with the strategic, programmatic and administrative standards of the donor. He is also responsible for the supervision of the personnel under his/her authority as well as to ensure the quality of the intervention as well as at beneficiaries’ level and partners’ level.



Dimensions of Role

Communicates widely within Plan International Cameroon across Plan International and with local implementing partners. The post holder, with support from the M&E coordinator, will ensure the establishment of a systematic Monitoring and Evaluation system for the project. The post holder will interface and support project team members, support project coordination and implementation. S/He will ensure project is implemented according to time line and on budget. The role requires strong project management skills including facilitation and organisational skills along with the ability to analyse and communicate complex information to all stakeholders.

Key End Results and typical Responsibilities

Project Management
Provide guidance and support to the implementing project team, in all phases of the project cycle
Develop an activity implementation plan with the project team
Lead/organize regular monitoring visits and if required project action plans revisions and modifications
Responsible for the development of all narrative and financial report (with support from Grants and finance department and technical review by CPiE Specialist) in line with donor and Plan’s requirements
Ensure compliance with donor requirements (rules, procedures) :
Project budget monitoring and management, including for procurement and distribution of resources, time management, work-plans and records
Timely and accurate monitoring and financial and narrative reporting.
Monitor budget and ensure adequate burn rate with support from Emergency Response Manager and GBV/CPiE Specialist.
Working with M&E Coordinator, ensure adequate data capturing of project beneficiaries
Ensure Plan’s guidelines and child protection in emergency minimum standards and international standards of care for survivors of sexual violence are adhered to in the project implementation
Contribute to the development of situation reports for internal and external use.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
Support the design and development of appropriate surveillance, monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for GFFO Project implementation.
Realize regular field monitoring of the projects.
Contribute in the follow up of Plan child protection policy respect
Contribute to ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality assurance and accountability mechanisms, particularly in the GFFO Project implementation.
Support to ensure timely documentation of GBVIMS and timely submission of all weekly, Monthly, quarterly and annually report

Information and Coordination
Liaise and provide project updates and reports on a frequent basis and whenever required and agreed as per FAD to the line manager
Organize and attend regular meetings with project stakeholders (Plan Germany, Sector Coordinators, Government) as deem necessary by line manager
Represent Plan International Cameroon in coordination meetings, in governmental and non-governmental groups as needed as designated by line manager
Contribute to monitoring security situation in GFFO project areas and share with management wherever appropriate

Human Resource Development
Working with GBV/CPiE Specialist to support the orientation, on-going development/training and capacity building of project staffs partners and communities (Community Relays and Case Workers, Focal Points …) in Gender Based Violence strategies, approaches, Child Protection in emergencies to ensure a high level of expertise in line with donor and organizational requirements
Mentor and supervise project team, including performance –review of all GFFO project staff, regular team meetings and support to team members
Support the mainstreaming of GBV prevention and responses activities

Resource Mobilization
Support resource mobilisation efforts of proposal writing and related engagement.
In collaboration with M&E Coordinator/Manager, Communications Coordinator, GBV/CPiE Specialist, develop project briefs, lessons learnt and best practice documents that could feed into new projects idea.
In collaboration with M&E and project officers, lead on assessments and other project documentations, that could possible feed into project development.
With technical support from the GBV/CPiE Specialist, lead on the development of concept notes and new funding proposal for the project implementation areas.

Dealing with Problems
Ability to manage competing priorities and expectations from internal and external stakeholders and remain calm and resilient in the face of pressure.
Manage multiple and work with distant colleagues to form a virtual efficient administration team;
Use Plan procedures to settle conflicts among colleagues;
Resolve problems that are not covered by established process.
Analyse possible causes of problems and suggest solutions to get them resolved.
Refer, whenever necessary, the case to the Line Manager or to the Emergency Response Manager for consideration.
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 make strategic choices on responses with limited resources 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:

Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact

Key Internal Contacts
Emergency Response Manager, other members of the Emergency Response team, Child protection in emergency specialist, and the Country Child protection team as appropriate
Project Managers, specialists and coordinators of projects considered to be part of the Lake Chad Programme

Key External Contacts
Other agencies and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the GBV and child protection in emergency sub-sectors.

Reporting lines
Reports to CPiE/GBV Specialist or Emergency Response Manager as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


Qualifications and Experience

Advanced university degree in Development Studies, Project Management, Social Science or related field and experience in INGO with at least 3 years of work experience in humanitarian response and managing of Protection project, Master’s degree is preferred.

Skills & Knowledge
At least 3 years’ experience in Gender Based Violence and or Child Protection programming Experience dealing German government funded project including UN funded projects (UNICEF/UNFPA/UNOCHA/UNHCR) regulations
Proven experience of budget management and ability to develop project catch up plans and expenditure
Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple counterparts in private, public and NGO sectors.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English including excellent facilitation skills and demonstrated technical writing skills for publication.
Knowledge and skills: General knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian Principles and core standards eg CPIE Minimum standards, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies Guidelines, Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE and other relevant international standard for humanitarian response
General implementation experience in a managing role in humanitarian response
Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams.
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
Ability to travel to the project area for at least 70% of the time
Excellent written and spoken English with French an advantage
Demonstrated ability to network and liaise with major GBV and Child protection donors including GFFO, SIDA, Irish Aid, UNICEF, ECHO.
Excellent project design, participatory monitoring
Excellent communication skills: well argued plans for response that can be justified and delivered, persuasive of others.
Excellent negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
Humanitarian aid experience.
Fluency in English. French is an asset.
Multiple language skills desirable.


Creates strong sense of purpose and commitment within own part of the team and with stakeholders
Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour
Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity
Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and Organisational development.
Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
Leads by example to motivate high performance of others
Very strong commitment to continuous learning

Physical Environment and Demands
Travel to project locations is required as necessary to ensure that programme are effectively monitored. The project Manager will be based at Maroua, with extensive travel to Mayo Sava and Logon & Chari division

Level of Contact with Children:

High contact- the job responsibilities of this position requires the post holder to have frequent contact to low contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.


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