Job Opportunity : Livelihood Officer, UNHCR project

Job Opportunity : Livelihood Officer, UNHCR project

Date: 23-Feb-2021

Location: Mayo Sava, Logone et Chari, 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.

Position Livelihood Officer

Grade B
Department & Location Programs / Maroua PIIA

Date February 2021
Reports to (position): Livelihood Coordinator
Duration 10 months (March– December 2021)
Purpose: 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:

The incumbent will assist the Livelihood Coordinator in ensuring that project is delivered respecting all deadlines and targets are met

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:

Responsibilities and Tasks

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 Manager, Livelihood 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.


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

• 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.

Location: Mayo sava & Logone et Chari

Type of Role: Livelihood Officer

Reports to: Livelihood Coordinator

Grade: B

Closing Date: 26/02/2021


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