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Livelihood Field Animator  


Plan Cameroon





Job Advert: Livelihood Field Animator (17621)

Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization 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 is 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International Cameroon is currently advertising for the following position of Livelihood Field Animator.

The project:

Thanks to the financial support of UNHCR, the NGO will implement in 2017 a project in the sectors of environment protection, child protection, livelihood and education.  Under this project, this position is responsible for the management of data base management and all activities of planning, monitoring, evaluation, research and dissemination in the project.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Livelihood Coordinator, the Livelihood Field Animator will among other tasks perform the following tasks:

Responsibilities and Tasks


  • Provide leadership and expertise in the update baseline and assessment of status of UNHCR project
  • In collaboration with Livelihood Officer and M&E Officer, support to conduct issue specific (agriculture, gardening, livestock, etc...). or general needs on livelihood assessments as necessary, and contribute to assessments in other sectors in the camp and in host communities;

2.Program Design

  • Contribute in all process of data collection on the field on the sector of environment protection, livelihood and others sector of Plan intervention in the Far North,
  • Contribute in all process of data collection on the field  in the realization UNHCR project,
  • Participate in the data collect with Plan management for the writing of concept papers, proposals and budgets for livelihood and environment protection and others sector of Plan intervention in the Far North,
  • Contribute to ensure that issues of environment protection, communities’ self-resilience, livelihood, child protection, education, DRR, conflict sensitivity and Plan’s guidelines and international Child protection standards are considered in the data collect for the program design and in the Community animation.

3.Response Management and Implementation

  • Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • In collaboration with the direct supervisors, ensure that all the aims and objectives of the overall livelihood program are achieved in time;
  • Ensure that issues of protection, gender, livelihoods, DRR, operation and maintenance are factored into the project implementation
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines and Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered
  • Support the creation of news IGA groups, the training and regularly follow-up of IGA Livelihood groups as basis for livestock or farm production (agriculture, gardening, etc...),
  • Support and facilitate the various activities of capacity building of refuges and host communities (training on basic entrepreneurship and social life, recycling/training  of IGA Livelihood groups, mainly groups on the domain of livestock, agriculture, gardening)
  • Facilitate the acquisition of arable land and promote join agriculture activities by both refugees and host community members;
  • Support IGA for common initiative groups
  • Follow up activities of community volunteer, IGA and micro-finance groups on the basis on various action plan,
  • Ensure that the indicators of the project are implemented and delivered accordingly;
  • Work in close collaboration with the government entities in charge of self-resilience
  • Promote of peaceful coexistence in the implementation of livelihoods activities on the field.
  • Ensure children and youth, gender, and disability issues are fully considered throughout the project cycle with women & children being enabled to influence decision- making around nutrition and /or food security issues.
  • Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.
  • Comply with Plan’s Child Protection Policy at all times to safeguard and protect the child at all times without any reports or incidents of child abuse,
  • Comply with Plan’s Fraud Policy at all times to safeguard and protect Plan’s assets and reputation of honesty,
  • Perform any other duties to be assigned to support the attainment of organizational goals.

4. Monitoring,  Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Make field visits in the refugee camp and in host communities basis of weekly plan to ensure and monitor implementation of activities, identify and report to Livelihood Officer opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed ,
  • Tap lessons learned from the project to improve subsequent projects,
  • Collect data and reports from the Community volunteer and submitted on weekly to Livelihood Officer the reports of activities,
  • Contribute to ensure that M&E systems should reflect data on the impact of the interventions,
  • Ensure child protection policy of Plan International Cameroon is respected and all concerns reported,
  • Organize Community learning meeting on self-resilience with beneficiaries and Community leaders.

5. Information and Co-ordination

  • Provide regular updates to livelihood Officers, Project Manager and emergency team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency,
  • Engage and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s),
  • Ensure Plan International represent in the Camp and Coordination Meeting, in the Sub-sector of Livelihood in the camp and Support the implementation of Plan representation in any relevant cluster
  • Contribute in the briefing updates and reports drafting on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders,
  • Submit on weekly basis the situation report.

6. Human Resources and Administration

  • Participate in the training and briefing of PLAN staff and stakeholders on livelihood, particularly on livestock, farm production (agriculture, gardening, etc...),
  • Supervise and ensure strong coordination of community volunteer

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


  • Be a holder of GCE Advanced Level or BAC or Diploma of superior technician of Agriculture or Diploma of technician in animal industries or Veterinary nursing degree is required. A degree in agriculture, livestock or related field with good knowledge of Livelihood strategies in emergency can be an advantage;
  • Be able to speak one of the local languages mostly the Fulfulde, Haoussa, Kanuri language.
  • At least 1 year practical working experience in emergency or with a developing organization.
  • Practical and relevant experience of operating in emergency.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the farm production (agriculture, gardening, etc...) and in the livestock activities implementation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in the Far North of Cameroon is an asset.

Skills and Behaviours

  • Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
  • Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
  • People Skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train communities and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Communication Skills: Well 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.
  • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to PLAN's core values and humanitarian principles.
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
  • Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge and skills: knowledge of PLAN policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.
  • 1 year humanitarian aid experience.
  • French and English language skills desirable.

Technical Competencies required for this position are 06 month experience in the livelihood sectors applied in emergency response operations.

Physical Environment and Demands:

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

  • Work intensively in the field: The Livelihood Field Animator will spend at least 80% of his time on the field in the context of the implementation and monitoring of activities.
  • Periods of intense work at all times of day.
  • Working in multiple locations and on the move.

Next step

To apply for this job, kindly click on "Apply". Your application should include:

  • A Covering letter
  • A Comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor

Location: Maroua PU

Closing date: February 17th, 2017

Plan International Cameroon operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourages diversity.  Only applications received in French or English will be treated and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Plan international has a child protection and gender equality policies that are integral part of the recruitment process.

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