Child Protection in Emergencies Field Animator
Job Advert: Child Protection in Emergencies Field Animator (18323)
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 Child Protection in Emergencies Field Animators – Maroua
Please note that this is a local contract.
Dimensions of Role:
This position is responsible for Child Protection activities effective implementation in the field in accordance of Plan’s emergency child protection response in the Far North Region of Cameroon and SIDA strategy on CPIE. The Child Protection in Emergency (CPIE) Field Animator will provide effective capacities and technical guidance in the direct implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CPIE related activities at the field levels. S/he will ensure, closely with CPIE in Emergency Officer, CPiE Coordinator, SIDA Project Manager or/and other Emergency Response Team members, all CPIE activities in the refugee camp, in host communities and in the local affected communities. The Field Animator will work directly with Child Friendly Space, all Community workers and communities’ leaders to ensure CPIE activities planned. S/He will participate in the technical co-ordination of SIDA Project, support and advocacy with the local specific protection group and sub-workings group child protection and gender based violence and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector to ensure effective, organize animation on CPIE in the target area, identification proportioned and quality response of Plan.
The CPiE Field Animator will be based at the area of Maroua Program Unit specifically at Mokolo Council.
Key End Results and Typical Responsibilities:
- Contribute to the implementation of child protection mechanisms, to the child spaces setup, also to documentation of child protection issues on the field, assess and update of the child protection situation in the target area.
- In collaboration with CPIE Officer, support to conduct issue specific or general needs assessments as necessary, and contribute to assessments in other sectors.
- Organize and support the community partners involved in the recovery process.
- Support potential partnerships identification to implement CPIE and child protection recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
2. Program Design
- Contribute in the process of mapping and data collection on the field
- Participate in the data collect with Plan management for the writing of concept papers, proposals and budgets for child protection activities.
- Contribute to ensure that issues of gender, 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.
- Submit on weekly basis the situation report
3. Response Management and Implementation
- Organize day to day effective presence of all animators in Women Cohesion Spaces (WCS);
- Make regularly inventory of WCS materials and report on need for additional items;
- Conduct parenting education with groups of men and women in the refugee and IDPs sites;
- Conduct life skills activities with youth groups (girls and boys) in the refugee and IDPs sites;
- Organization in the field of recreational activities by WCS animators for refugee and IDPs children;
- Conduct in the field various sensitization campaigns with women and girls in the refugee site;
- Animate listening spaces for girls and women;
- Ensure vulnerable and abuse cases are properly referred to the competent humanitarian actor.
- Follow up activities of CPIE Committees and of Community Relays on the basis on various action plan.
- Organize the work at the Mokolo Office as the donors required.
- Under the requirement of the CPiE Officer, CPIE coordinator or the CPIE specialist
4. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Make field visits in the refugee camp basis of weekly plan, and in local & host communities to ensure and monitor implementation of activities, identify and report to CPIE Officer opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Plan Child Protection in Emergencies activities and draft recommendations for improved program design.
- Ensure evaluation, documentation, good follow up of all referred cases and report accordingly;
- Ensure child protection policy of Plan International Cameroon is respected and all
- Monitoring of survivors from CPIE abuses, identification and evaluations of their needs
- Organize Community meeting with beneficiaries and Community leaders.
- concerns reported.
- Collect data and reports from the Community workers and submitted on weekly to CPIE Officer the Reports of activities.
- Contribute CPIE needs assessment and Mapping of Resources and Risks.
5. Information and Co-ordination
- Contribute in the reporting of CPIE activities as per donor and programme requirements, particularly in the SIDA Project implementation. Provide regular updates to CPiE Coordinator on activities implementation.
- Under the request of CPIE Officer, CPIE Coordinator and CPIE specialist, represent Plan in CPIE group coordination meeting mechanisms in the Minawao refugee camp or sub divisional level.
6. Human Resources and Administration
- Supervise and ensure strong coordination of Social workers, the animators of women cohesion Space and Community workers.
- Participate in the training and briefing of Social Workers, animators of WCS and Community workers and other key stakeholders on Gender based violence and/or related issues.
7. Dealing with Problems:
- Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.
- The job requires intense interventions on the field, in areas often at risk. This requires prudence, vigilance and compliance with security instructions on the part of the staff.
- Decisions may affect the lives of thousands of disaster affected children, millions of dollars, security of staff, and the profile of Plan across the humanitarian sector and across media.
- Excellent and creative leadership skills will be utilized to correct implementation of CPIE activities, in accordance with the standards, principles and with possible resistance from colleagues as is often the case in emergency response work
- He/She should work under pressure and accept travels and stays in areas often austere.
Communications and Working Relationships:
Key Internal Contacts
- CPIE Officer, Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator, Child Protection in Emergency specialist, other members of the Emergency Response team, Plan staff.
Key External Contacts: Other agencies and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the emergency CPIE sector.
Reporting lines: Reports to the Child Protection in Emergency Officer
Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
- GCE Ordinary Level or GCE Advanced Level (BEPC, Probatoire or BAC). A degree in social sciences, law, education or related field with good knowledge of established international child protection standards and CPIE principles, can be an advantage;
- Be able to speak one of the local languages mostly the Fulfulde, Haoussa, or any local language of Far North region.
- 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 and CPIE principles is an asset.
- Demonstrable technical expertise in child protection activities implementation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in the Far North of Cameroon is an asset.
- Team player
- Highly effective networking and inter-personal skills
- Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
- Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office including words, excel, power point, internet etc);
- Ability to network with grassroots structures
- Proven competence in working with survivors from CPIE abuses, case management,
- Skills in participatory assessment.
- 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.
- Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards,
- Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
- 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.
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
- Preparedness to live and work in uncertain security environments.
Physical Environment and Demands:
May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.
- Work intensively in the field: The CPIE in Emergency 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.
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: At the zone of PU (Maroua/Mokolo)
Closing date: 23/03/2017
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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