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Project Manager - Plan International


Project Manager

Date: 12-Feb-2020

Location: Yaounde, CE, CM

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.



TitleProject Manager

Functional AreaProtection, Assistance et Autonomisation des Réfugiés et Demandeurs d'Asile en Milieux Urbains au Cameroun


Travel requiredFrequent field visits for monitoring and reporting of projects activities

Effective DateImmediate

Grade: D



Plan International implements a social project for urban refugees and asylum seekers (Douala, Yaoundé) ensuring protection, social assistance and livelihood for beneficiaries. This position is responsible for overall coordination of activities implemented in accordance with the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) signed between Plan International and UNHCR. The Project Manager will ensure quality planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities. S/he will work closely with the Head of Programme, the Livelihood specialist, the Center Regional Unit coordinator, the project team, the sectorial ministries including Ministry of Agriculture (MINADER), Ministry of Youth and Civic Education (MINJEC), Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family (MINPROFF), Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS), the National Employment Fund (FNE), GICAM, schools; Microfinance institutions including Credit du Sahel to ensure implementation of project activities as planned. S/He will actively organise the coordination meetings for the teams in Douala and Yaoundé, advocate and gain support from local community leaders, stakeholders.


Dimensions of the Role

The post holder is member of Extended Leadership Team,

S/He supervises a team of about 25 staffs based in Yaounde and Douala and has a delegated authority to approve minor expenditures.

The Project Manager will be based in Yaoundé within the office of the Plan International/UNHCR urban refugee project.

The project manager oversees both UNHCR and DAFI funded programs

Strong relationship with UNHCR partners is required



1. Project Management

  • Ensure the implementation of all social project activities within the deadlines and standards required by Plan International Cameroon and UNHCR procedures (protection of children, GBV, education and strengthening of the economic power of victims of GBV and case management) ;
  • Implement both components (UNHCR Funded and DAFI Programs) in a comprehensive way
  • Ensure that the logical framework of the project is well understood by the project team;
  • Ensure that the project's M&E is well conducted in order to help decision-making for the smooth running of the project;
  • Supervise the work of the project teams in Yaoundé and Douala;
  • Make frequent trips to the project areas to monitor project activities, identify opportunities and constraints and make any necessary adjustments, including capacity building;
  • Regularly update the progress, priorities and constraints of project implementation;
  • Ensure that an effective and adequate response is given to all cases of child protection and gender-based violence identified by the project team;
  • Prepare new project proposals to ensure the continuity of the assistance to urban refugees as well as IDPs;
  • Follow the regular update of the workbook in the system;
  • Ensure the regular update of the project in SAP;
  • Ensure the timely submission of periodic project reports;
  • Represent Plan in coordination meetings for refugees;
  • Identify potential partners who can help fill the gaps in refugee care;
  • Ensure that Plan’s child protection and youth safeguarding policy is respected and all cases of abuse are reported
  • Support need assessment as well as evaluation of interventions;
  • Support fund raising in line with the implementation of the country strategy of Plan International;
  • Conduct consultations with various stakeholders including financial and Business Development Service Providers, Private Sector (companies, chambers of commerce, employment agencies, and business associations), Training Institutes (public and private).


  1. Team Management


  • Ensure good coaching for strengthening the capacities of staffs;
  • Ensure development and follow up of coaching and mentoring plans;
  • Ensure implementation of Plan policies and values.
  • Support the long-lasting integration/inclusion of urban refugee and asylum seekers into existing programmes/services and in the local economic circuit through decent employment or self-entrepreneurship;
  • Engage Development partners to support the economic inclusion of urban refugees of Yaoundé and Douala.
  • Engage in advocacy for the respect of the rights of refugees.
  • Ensure full package of refugees-UNHCR and DAFI programs as a comprehensive package.


  1. Administration
  • Ensure good management of the project premises and assets;
  • Represents Plan International in all interactions with the public services and partners;
  • Support activities of the teams in Douala and Yaoundé.



Key relationships



  • High level relationship with the CMT members.



  • UNHCR, Credit du Sahel, MINADER - High
  • Partners – High
  • Cluster group members - Medium


Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


  • Holder of an Advanced University degree (Bachelors preferably Master) or equivalent in social sciences, or other relevant field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working with youths programming;
  • Experience is resilience/recovery and/or with a developing organization is an advantage.
  • Fluent in French and English.
  • Have a good knowledge and field experience in urban refugee policy, guidelines is an asset
  • Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
  • Good team management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Skills and Behaviours:

  • Respect of datelines
  • Commitment to ensuring gender equality and justice for girls.


People SkillsAbility to work independently and as a team leader 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 SkillsWell 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.


Plan International’s Values in Practice

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. 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.


Physical Environment

  • Work under pressure to produce results
  • Keep to strict deadlines
  • Travels
  • 80% of office work.


Level of contact with children

Mid contact: Low interaction with children and youths



Location: Yaounde

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