Job Description: Agency UNDP
Title In charge of Institutional Relations - Stabilization Project
Duty Station Maroua, Cameroon
Education & Work Experience G-Bachelor 's Level - 5 year (s) experience
Languages Required : Desired: French English
Posting Type External
Contract Duration 6 months Initially
For several years, the UNDP with the support of various donors, Japan, Germany, Sweden, the European Union has made its priority early recovery and stabilization in the community.
More recently, UNDP has committed to implementing the regional strategy for stabilization, adopted in May 2018 by the States Parties of the LCBC and endorsed by the African Union.
This paper presents a discussion of the role of the UNDP in the facilitation program, which was officially launched at the second Governors' Forum held on 17 July in Niamey. On 7 October 2019, Cameroon held a Steering Committee on the National Stabilization Window, which is a variation of the regional stabilization project.
Three key objectives are targeted through this project:
- Maintain a minimum level of security in the areas of intervention;
- Respond to urgent needs in basic infrastructure and social services;
- Provide immediate opportunities for access to sustainable livelihoods
The achievement of these objectives obeys Three main principles:
- Provide a different delivery model
- radically changes the scale and nature of interventions in the field;
- Simultaneous coverage of a series of zones (in the 4 countries) in agreement with the civil and military authorities.
The socio-economic situation and the endemic unemployment of young people and women in the areas of intervention call for immediate interventions in order to consolidate the return trend and the setting in orbit of an irreversible stabilization. The implementation of such immediate actions requires within the National Stabilization Window team the presence of a liaison officer to the administrative authorities and the security forces who will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator in collaboration with the National Stabilization Window team. the entire team based in Maroua and Yaoundé as well as with colleagues from other projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Institutional Relations Officer for the administrative authorities will be based in Maroua and will assist the coordinator in the day-to-day management of the Stabilization Project including the supervision of the activities of the other experts and consultants involved in the program. He or she will have to ensure the following results:
Communication between the administrative authorities and more particularly the Governorate, the town halls, and the SDSs and the UNDP is strengthened in order to improve the exchanges to allow an implementation of the actions which are adapted to the needs of the local authorities and to accelerate the implementation of project activities;
State ownership of the project's stabilization project is strengthened through close collaboration based on dialogue and frequency of exchange.
The capacities of local authorities are improved through specific activities related to the support of infrastructures and equipment facilitating the redeployment of the administration and contributing to the improvement of working conditions.
In order to accomplish his results, he or she will be specifically responsible for the following tasks:
- Provide technical support to the Governorate authorities for capacity building activities (training, equipment, planning, communication) related to the stabilization project;
- Support and participation in consultative workshops with the administrative authorities on the development of action plans for the implementation of the stabilization project;
- Participate in the identification of the needs of the local administrative authorities and in the regular updating of the file of the said needs;
- Assist the authorities of the Governorate in the preparation of the coordination sessions between the stabilization actors and in the organization of the local technical committees;
- Review existing documentation on local governance strategies, redeployment of administrative authorities and decentralization in order to provide relevant information enabling the Government authorities and UNDP coordination to strengthen their planning;
- Ensure that the actions of the administrative authorities are established in a coherent manner with the various stabilization strategies including the resolution of the problems related to violent extremism;
- Facilitate interaction between the governorate, mayors, SDS and the UNDP project coordinator;
- Present the objectives of the UNDP project and the actions planned by the program at the level of the Governorate and other local actors;
- Contribute to the design and implementation of activities in the work plan established by the project coordinator, and ensure timeliness;
- Perform any other tasks assigned to it by the Project Authority or the UNDP Resident Representative in achieving the results of the stabilization project.
Integrity: The position requires adherence to the values of the United Nations which are impartiality, fairness, honesty and good faith, especially in daily activity and behavior.
Professionalism: The activities of the HCT-Cameroon concern serious humanitarian affairs in critical circumstances. A highly professional attitude is required at all times, as well as an ability to work under pressure and a willingness to travel, even in remote areas.
Planning and Organization: Organizing and planning work is preferred, as is the ability to set priorities and plan, coordinate and monitor the work plan.
Communication Skills: One of the requirements of this position is to have real speaking and communication skills to achieve results even in difficult circumstances.
Teamwork: The position requires collaboration with colleagues to achieve the goals set and to be comfortable in a multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience
- Have a university degree (at least a Bachelor's degree) in one of the following fields: Political Science; Social Sciences, Humanitarian Law, Economics or other Development Sciences;
- Have at least 5 years of experience in public administration, complex and multisectoral development policies including local development;
- Have at least 3 years professional experience in Early Recovery, Stabilization / Resilience;
- Experience in diplomacy and local governance would be an asset;
- Experience in the Far North would be an asset;
- Good knowledge of the policies and priorities of the Government and UNDP in Cameroon on stabilization;
- Mastering basic software (word and Excell) and MS Project;
- Demonstrated ability to work with different partners and development organizations;
- Have good written and oral communication skills in French;
- Have working knowledge in English
- Knowledge of local languages (Fulfulde, Arabic, etc.) would be an asset.
The position is open only to Cameroonian candidates;
Female candidates are strongly encouraged;
Only selected candidates will be contacted.