Area Coordinator for Maroua, Far North Region of Cameroon
The closing date for applications is 24 January 2019
Contract duration: 11 months, with possibility of extension
Please note that this is an accompanied position
Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.
World Service is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), assisting people in need irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or gender. We implement programs worldwide, working with both local and international partners, helping communities achieve their full potential and advocate for their universal rights. Our partners include Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, the European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM) and UNHCR, with whom we are a key implementing partner. For additional information please see www.lutheranworld.org
Purpose of the position
LWF is one of the implementing partners of the UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, and PRM in Cameroon in addition to project work funded by ecumenical partners (ELCA, DKH, CLWR). The Area Coordinator will be based in Maroua, Far North Region of Cameroon, and shall report to the Program Coordinator of LWF World Service in Cameroon.
The Area Coordinator shall take advice on programmatic matters from the Program Coordinator and, as appropriate, the Country Representative on any regionally based program thematic.
The incumbent is also responsible for the operations of the Maroua office team and ensures good and timely implementation of projects implemented in Far North Region of Cameroon, focusing on WASH Program. The Area Coordinator shall represent the LWF Cameroon Program in forums and working groups organized in Far North Region of Cameroon.
Bachelor’s degree is required in water sciences, hydraulic, international relations, human development or other relevant fields.
Knowledge and Experience
Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in WASH programming in a combination with livelihoods, and projects management and supervision.
Significant working experience at management level in humanitarian assistance or development-oriented programs within an international environment and preferably with church-related or non-governmental organizations.
Strong leadership and people management skills.
Knowledge and understanding of the complexity related to refugee and IDP situations.
Ability to work as part of a team under minimal supervision while ensuring efficient communications with supervisor.
Cultural sensitivity and adaptability. High degree of integrity and professional responsibility.
Working experience in Africa especially in Central African countries is an asset.
Flexibility, patience and ability to work under pressure in challenging contextual circumstances and working with very tight deadlines.
Ability and willingness to work and live in a field location with basic infrastructures and services.
Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication.
Strong computer literacy.
French: advanced written and oral skills
English: advanced written and oral skills
On program unit management and staff development
Overall coordination, management and support of all LWF World Service projects in the Maroua (Far North Region) operations.
Oversee the planning and delivery of the community services focusing on WASH Program.
Provide strategic and technical leadership on improving WASH activities that aim to improve the policy and operating environment in ways that are sensitive.
To be responsible for the supervision, coordination and training of the program unit staff, and ensure that they carry out their functions in a timely, coordinated and participatory manner.
To coordinate relevant and appropriate training as part of the LWF World Service overall strategy of capacity building, community development and empowerment, staff development, training and exchange.
To develop comprehensive and clear orientation, briefing and induction course/programs for newly recruited staff and/or existing staff employed in a new capacity within the program.
To be part of the interview panel for the recruitment of project staff.
On strategic planning and program management
To contribute to program/project design, implementation, learning, and monitoring and evaluation through active collaboration with all team members.
To be responsible for the correct project implementation according to donors’ guidelines as well as LWF standards.
Contribute to and provide inputs of annual work plan, required project reports, baseline data, tools and indicators for monitoring and evaluation, collection / sharing of lessons learned.
To be responsible for the planning and establishment of any new project interventions, both emergency and development activities, and to ensure that these proposals are established within the LWF World Service (and ACT where appropriate) guidelines (and strategic plans) and the program’s strategic plan.
To be responsible for the reporting and communication between the Maroua field office and the coordination/management offices in Yaoundé and Meiganga.
To ensure that project proposals, reports and other documentation relating to program matters are developed, finalized and submitted in accordance with donor requirements/formats and within the relevant time frame, and in accordance with LWF World Service policy and guidelines, in collaboration with the Program Coordinator of LWF World Service in Cameroon.
To fulfil the highest programmatic, administrative, quality and accountability standards through adopting and implementing the LWF World Service policies and guidelines such as the Rights Based Empowerment as well as adhering to the Codes of Conduct and other quality assurance guidelines to which LWF World Service is a signatory (eg. SPHERE standards, CHS, etc).
To ensure appropriate and timely use of project funds for activities and Maroua operational office support costs.
In close cooperation with the Finance and Administrative Manager of LWF World Service Cameroon, monitor and manage Programme expenditure and budgets, ensuring resources are optimally utilized and spending is in line with LWF financial procedures and donor requirements.
Identify possible areas for extension of program and the development of possible areas of new interventions.
On program coordination and networking at field level
To plan regular staff coordination meetings and to develop the agenda in liaison with the LWF World Service Country Representative, Program Coordinator and sector managers.
To develop and maintain relationships and work closely with local WASH actors, including national and local government, private sector, community, NGOs, other donors, etc.
Help develop internal organizational WASH-related training and development of tools, guidelines, standards to improve program quality.
To participate in the relevant forums, meetings and networks (in Far North Region) with relevant active partners to discuss and take action on program matters (planning, coordination, implementation, training, M&E, liaison).
To make regular field trips to monitor, follow up and discuss important program matters, and to report back to the LWF World Service Cameroon Program Coordinator, and the Finance and Administrative Manager.
Identify project staff needs, ensuring that position descriptions are developed accordingly, properly qualified staff are recruited, inducted and trained as per the needs of the Program and the organization.
Ensures appropriate implementation and oversight of local labor and administrative legislations.
Acts as a focal point and manages security issues, incidents and threats for LWF World Service Maroua office.
Fulfil any other duties as may be assigned by the LWF World Service Cameroon Program Coordinator, the Country Representative, or their designate.