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Project Manager GFFO

Date: 09-Feb-2019

Location: Maroua, EN, CM

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization 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 is 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International Cameroon is currently advertising for the position of 01 Project Manager GFFO Project – Maroua.


Please note that this is a national position.


Dimensions of Role

The Project Manager for the providing essential support for adolescent girls, young women and their children in the conflict affecting Lake Chad Basin (GFFO) project Communicates widely within Plan International Cameroon across Plan International and with local implementing partners. The post holder with support from the M&E Manager 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 organizational skills along with the ability to analyze 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 monitor 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 GBV 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 Specialist.

Working with M&E Coordinator/Manager, 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 Specialist and 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 mobilization efforts of proposal writing and related engagement.

In collaboration with M&E Coordinator/Manager, Communications Coordinator, GBV Specialist and 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 Specialist and 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.

Analyze 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:

Key Internal Contacts

Emergency Response Manager, other members of the Emergency Response team, GBV Specialist, Child protection in emergency specialist, EIE Specialist and the Country Child protection team as appropriate

Project Managers  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 SGBV and child protection in emergency sector.

Reporting lines

Reports to 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 Canadian government funded project including  UN funded projects (UNICEF/UNFPA/UNOCHA) 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 SGBV 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 Organizational 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


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

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.


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 Tsanaga, Mayo Sava and Logon & Chari division


Next step

To apply for this job, kindly click on “Apply “. Your application should include:

A Covering letter

A Comprehensive CV including details of three referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor


Location: Maroua


Closing date: 15/11/2018


NB: The shortlisting and the interview will be done progressively as the applications are received.


Plan International Cameroon operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourages diversity. Only applications received in French or English will be treated and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Plan international has a safeguarding children and young Policies and gender equality policies that are integral part of the recruitment process.