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Protection Officer(CPiE & GBV) GFFO

Date: 11-Jan-2021

Location: Mora, Kousseri, 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                        
Position     Protection (CPIE & GBV) Officer
Grade                  B
Department & Location    Disaster Risk Management    
Reports to (position):    Project Manager

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. 
We recognize that the abuse and exploitation of children and young people occurs throughout the world and in all societies and includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect. Furthermore, children and young people may be vulnerable and at risk due to, for example, reasons of gender, sexual orientation, disability and age, or illness.   All children and young people have equal rights to protection.

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

Plan International Cameroon will implement in the region, a project in the sector Protection, based on the approach of mobile unit. Under this project, this position is responsible for the design/revision and effective implementation of the GBViE and CPiE activities at the level of Field. He/she will ensure quality of the project activities though effective implementation.

Dimensions of Role: 

This position is responsible for Protection, including Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) activities effective implementation in the field, in accordance with Plan International’s emergency response plan in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The Protection (CPIE & GBViE) Officer will provide effective capacities and technical guidance in management including the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Gender Based Violence and CPiE related activities at the field levels. She/he will ensure, closely with the Project Manager or other Emergency Response Team members, all Gender Based Violence and CPIE activities in the IDPs sites, and in host communities at the field level (in the Mayo Sava or Logon & Chari divisions). 
The Protection Officer will work directly with Project Animators, Animators of Women Cohesion Spaces and Child Friendly Space, the team of Mobile Units, the GBV committee and all Community workers to ensure the good implementation of GBV and CPIE activities planned. S/He will participate in the technical co-ordination of Mobile Units Project, support and advocacy with the local specific protection group and sub-workings group child protection and gender based violence and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector to ensure effective, proportioned and quality response of Plan.
The Protection (CPIE & GBV) Officer will be based at the area of Maroua Programme Unit specifically at Mora or Kousseri.  

Key End Results and Typical Responsibilities: 

1.    Assessment
-    Contribute to the review, assessment and update of the child protection and Gender Based Violence situation in the Far North. 
-    In collaboration with the GFFO Project Manager, support to conduct issue specific or general needs assessments as necessary, and contribute to assessments in other sectors.
-    Organize and support community partners involved in the recovery process of beneficiaries. 
-    Support potential partnerships identification to implement Gender Based Violence and CPIE recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps. 
2.    Program Design
-    Contribute in the process of mapping of institutional response capacities to Gender Based Violence and Humanitarian Child protection in the Far North 
-    Participate in the data collect with Plan International management for the writing of concept papers, proposals and budgets for Gender Based Violence and Child protection activities.
-    Contribute to ensure that issues of gender, education, DRR, conflict sensitivity and Plan’s guidelines and international Child protection standards are considered in the data collection for the program design.
-    Participate to Protection cluster and CPiE/GBV sub    -clusters meetings

3.    Response Management and Implementation
-    Ensure effective presence and supervision of all field animators in the office and the field;
-    Prepare with Project Animators, technical sheets to conduct activities for counselling (CPIE,   GBV), CFS,  strengthening of  CBCPM
-    Hold brief preparation meeting with Project Animators and community volunteers   before starting activities and after activities to do the debriefing.
-    Acting  chief  of  the Mobile  Unit  when   the  Psychologist is absent and provide all technical and material support to field animators
-    Based  on  field   visits  adapted  tools:  demonstrate to Project  Animator   and   community  volunteers  how  to use  tools.
-    Take partially the role of  Project Animator  in  counselling   activity with  parents  if  need be  (when Project Animators is dealing case management) 
-    Weekly consolidation of report submitted by Project Animators of his/her area of intervention
-    Support mapping of resources and risks in communities and community mobilization.
-    Support Project Animators in implementation of agree planning activities of sub location. 
-    Update inventory of CFS and WSS materials and report on need for additional items;
-    Conduct educational sessions with groups of men and women in the IDPs sites and Host Communities;
-    Ensure with project animators the implementation of life skills activities with youth groups (girls and boys) in the IDPs sites, refugee sites and host Communities;
-    Support organization of raising awareness activities by CFS Community Relays for IDPs and children from Host Communities;
-    Organize the implementation of Gender Based Violence and CPIE sensitization campaigns with children and Women in the IDPs site;
-    Animate listening spaces for girls and women;
-    Ensure vulnerable and abuse cases are properly referred to the competent humanitarian actors; 
-    Ensure the follow up of activities of Gender Based Violence Committees, CPC and Youth Committees, Girls clubs and of Community Relays on the basis of various action plans.
-    Organize the field work at the Divisional Office as required by the donors. 

4.    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
-    Make frequent field visits in the IDPs site and in host communities in charge to ensure and monitor implementation of activities, identify and report to the GFFO Project Manager opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed; 
-    Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Plan International Gender Based Violence and Humanitarian Child protection activities and draft recommendations for improved program design;
-    Ensure good follow up of all referred cases and report accordingly; 
-    Ensure child protection policy of Plan International Cameroon is respected and all concerns reported.
-    Collect data and reports from the projects Animators and prepare and submit on weekly basis to the Project Manager the Reports of activities. 
-    Guide Project Animators and Community volunteers how  to improve  implementation CPIE Standards on field and SoP on SGBV 
-    Support Project Animator to apply tools defined for project implementation. 
-    In collaboration with the MEAL Unit and other emergency response members, support the implementation of the feedback mechanism by capturing and reporting the viewpoints of children, young people, community members and other partners about Plan International’s work in order to improve it.

5.    Information and Co-ordination
-    Contribute in the reporting of Gender Based Violence and Humanitarian Child protection activities as per donor and programme requirements, particularly in the GFFO Project implementation. Provide regular updates to the Project Manager on activities implementation.
-    Represent Plan International in Gender Based Violence and CPiE Sub-Working group coordination meeting mechanisms at Divisional level.

6.    Human Resources and Administration
-    Supervise the Project Animators of the targeted areas (in the Mayo Sava or Logon & Chari) and ensure strong coordination of team of Mobile Units.
-    Participate in the training and briefing of Projects Animator, animators and Community workers and other key stakeholders on Gender Based Violence, CPIE and/or related issues.

Dealing with Problems:

-    Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis & creative thinking required to solve them;
-    The job requires intense interventions on the field, in areas often at risk. This requires prudence, vigilance and compliance with security instructions on the part of the staff.
-    Decisions may affect the lives of thousands of disaster affected women and girls, 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 correct implementation of Gender Based Violence activities, in accordance with the standards 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
CPiE Specialist, GBV Specialist, Project Manager, other members of the Emergency Response team, Plan staff.  

Key External Contacts
Other agencies and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the emergency Gender Based Violence and Child protection sub-clusters.

Reporting lines
Reports to the GFFO Project Manager, Maroua, Far North Cameroon.

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

-    Be a holder of Bachelor of Sciences or License in social sciences and other related fields.
-    Be able to speak one of the local languages mostly the Fufulde, Haoussa, Kanuri language is an asset. 
-    Have at least 1 year practical working experience in emergency or with a developing organization.
-    Practical and relevant experience of operating in emergency.
-    Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
-    Demonstrable technical expertise in Gender Based Violence and child protection activities implementation.
-    Experience with participatory approaches to CPiE and GBViE in emergency, including: survivors centered approach and community-based approach.
-    Experience on community work in at least one of two following divisions of Far North of Cameroon (Mayo Sava and Logon & Chari) is an asset
-    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-    Team leadership and good team spirit
-    Highly effective networking and inter-personal skills
-    Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
-    Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
-    Demonstrate ability to assess best practices, document and disseminate lessons learned 
-    Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office including words, excel, power point, windows, Teams etc);
-    Ability to network with grassroots structures
-    Willingness to travel at short notice and be flexible to changing circumstances.
-    Proven competence in CP and GBV case management,
-    Skills in participatory assessment.
-    Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly, timely and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan International. 

-    Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards, 
-    Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
-    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 in 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.
-    Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to anticipate and remain responsive under pressure.
-    Preparedness to live and work in uncertain security environments. 

Physical Environment and Demands:

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

-    Work intensively in the field: The Protection officer will spend at least 80% of his time on the field in the context of the implementation and monitoring of activities. 
-    Periods of intense work at all times of day.
-    Working in multiple locations and on the move.

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

We are open and accountable
1.    Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
2.    Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
3.    Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
4.    Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
5.    Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
1.    Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
2.    Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
3.    Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
4.    Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
1.    Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
2.    Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
3.    Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
4.    Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

1.    We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
2.    We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
3.    We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. 

Location: Mora, Kousseri

Type of Role: Protection (GBV, CPiE) Officer

Reports to: Project Manager

Grade: B

Closing Date: 24/01/2021


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


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.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.