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Temporary Appointment : Project Coordinator, Maroua , Cameroon , NOC

Level: NOC

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment

Duty station: Maroua

Job ID: 25240


The Position:

Under the leadership of the UNFPA country Representative, the coordination of the Deputy Representative, the technical supervision of the Adolescents and Youth Cluster Manager, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the coordination and overall management of the "Youth and Stabilization for Peace and Security in the Far North of Cameroon" project. You will ensure the achievement of results and key indicators, as well as the synergy and complementarity between the various actors and stakeholders of the project.


How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:

As part of the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to the Government of Cameroon in general and the implementation of the 7th UNFPA - Government of Cameroon cooperation program, UNFPA has just received funding from the European Union for the implementation of the Project entitled "Youth and Stabilization for Peace and Security in the Far North of Cameroon". This joint project, which will be carried out in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), aims to contribute to the stabilization for peace and security in the Far North region through actions to prevent and fight against serious violence among young people most exposed to the consequences of the socio-economic situation and insecurity.


You would be responsible for:


  1. Planning-Implementation:

On the technical side,

  • Develop the consolidated inter-agency project work plan describing the activities and results to be achieved by agency with the timelines;
  • Finalize the common results framework of the agencies involved in the project with objectives and intermediate results
  • Provide the necessary support to implementing partners in the finalization, implementation and monitoring of their work plans;
  • Provide strategic and programmatic technical guidance to ensure quality implementation of interventions;
  • Identify the capacity building needs of the Implementing Partners involved in the implementation of the project, ensure the implementation and monitoring of capacity building activities and ensure their technical support;
  • In collaboration with the Communication Team, finalize the project's communication and visibility plan and monitor its implementation;
  • Facilitate collaboration with the partner Agencies / actors involved and the synergy of interventions in the project;
  • Propose strategies to ensure optimal implementation of initiatives by facilitating the mobilization and involvement of targets / beneficiaries.


On the financial plan,

  • Ensure regular financial monitoring (monthly) of the project on the basis of the budget agreed with the lessor;
  • Perform a monthly analysis of the list of project expenses and check the imputations by budget line;
  • Produce periodic financial reports due to the lessor.


  1. Monitoring & Evaluation:
  • Conduct joint follow-up visits to the various project sites with a view to removing potential bottlenecks, encouraging stakeholders by creating ongoing commitment and monitoring interventions. These field visits will involve representatives of the beneficiaries as well as the authorities;
  • Quality assurance of partners' activity reports and finalization of periodic reports to donors
  • Identify the difficulties, lessons learned and constraints encountered in the implementation of the project and propose elements of improvement including their monitoring plan
  • In collaboration with key project actors, identify, document and disseminate good practice
  • Contribute significantly to the completion of planned studies / surveys and final evaluation


  1. Other responsibilities:
  • Develop and ensure good relations with the beneficiaries and partners of the Action, local and national authorities, representatives of civil society;
  • Promote the citizen image of the project by regularly informing beneficiaries about the services offered by the project and informing the public about the project's achievements
  • Represent the project and UNFPA in all meetings, in particular the steering committee, in meetings and Interagency Working Group and other regional platforms on the resilience / prevention of violent extremism, with national authorities, donors, and local partners
  • Identify programmatic niches related to resilience and prevention of violent extremism in the framework of the Humanitarian Development and Peace nexus and initiate the development of project proposals for the mobilization of additional resources


  1. Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership. 


Qualifications and Experience



Advanced university degree in Social sciences, Project Management or other related fields.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in project management,
  • At least two (2) years of experience in managing youth resilience / violence prevention projects;
  • Experience of interventions in a humanitarian context and a good knowledge and understanding of the security crisis around the Lake Chad basin;
  • Good knowledge of the geographical, social and cultural context of the Far North region; Experience in the management of projects funded by the European Union would be an asset;
  • Be ready to undertake regular field missions.



Fluency in French is required; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably English is desirable.

Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

  • Delivering results based programmes;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • External and internal communication and advocacy for resource mobilization;
  • Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes;
  • Creating visibility for the organization.

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus;
  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders;
  • Leading, developing and empowering people/creating a culture of performance;
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment



Compensation and Benefits 

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary inclusive of rent, health insurance and other benefits as applicable. 



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