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Head of Programme Cameroon – July 2020

Head of Programme CameroonNRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

Cameroon is compounded by three conflict-related humanitarian crisis: in addition, COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation in-country. The Far North Region continues to be impacted by the Boko Haram related armed conflict: 1.2 million people living in the region are in urgent need of assistance. Cameroon’s eastern regions are still home to over 272,000 vulnerable refugees from the Central African Republic and the third challenge arose in November 2017 when the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West regions turned into a situation of violence – almost 680,000 Cameroonians are now internally displaced due to this crisis and an additional 58,000 persons have sought refuge in neighbouring Nigeria. The Corona Virus pandemic has exacerbated the needs in-country as all the 10 administrative regions are now affected by the outbreak. The Cameroon HRP estimates 6.2 million people that are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020.
NRC has been operational in Cameroon since April 2017, and currently has five field offices; Maroua and Kousseri in the Far North, Buea in the South-west, Bamenda in the North-west and Batouri in the East, as well as the capital office in Yaounde.

The programme portfolio includes five core competencies; ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), Livelihood and Food Security, WASH, Shelter and Education.

Duties and Responsibilities of Head of Programme Cameroon 

Line management for Core Competence Specialists
Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
Provide programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action
Development of Core Competency strategies that are aligned to regional and global priorities and strategies
Development of holistic and needs-based programmes, including cash-based interventions and market based programmes
Identify funding opportunities, develop funding strategies and forecasts
Grants management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards
Quality control, M&E and organizational learning
Capacity building of all technical staff
In-country representation
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
Responsible for the Core Competence programmatic input to risk management frameworks and contingency plans
Responsible for ensuring that Safe Programming is integrated into programme design and implementation, including being properly resourced
Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
Lead the development of a fundraising strategy and build strategic relationships with donors


Minimum 4 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context
Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Core competency expertise
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal
Knowledge of the context in Central Africa (Cameroon is an advantage)
Experience in programme strategy development
Experience in Project Cycle Management
Experience in grants management
Experience in M&E management
Demonstrated knowledge of protection mainstreaming and Accountability to Affected Populations
Demonstrated experience in representation and advocacy

Personal Qualities

Strategic thinking
Initiating action and change
Handling insecure environments

How to apply

Commencement: November 2020
Duration: 12 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard.
Grade: 11 in NRC’s grade structure.
Duty station: Yaounde, with frequent travels in the field.
Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

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