General Food Distribution / Cash-Based Transfer Programme Manager – Cameroun

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Terms of reference

Job Title: General Food Distribution / Cash-Based Transfer Programme Manager

Code: SR-48-1842

Duty station: 50% Bamenda et Buea (Sud-Ouest et Nord-Ouest)

50% Maroua et Kousseri (Extrême Nord)

Starting date: 01/03/2021

Contract duration: 9 months

Reporting to: Head of Mission

Supervision of: 3 PM (national staff)

Dependents: Non-family Duty Station /non-accompanied

General context of the project

Since Cameroon’s independence, the population of the South West and North-West regions, also referred to as Anglophone regions, has felt marginalized by the Francophone dominated government in the socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. Renewed protests started in October 2016, to which the Cameroonian government has been heavily cracking and carrying out abusive counterinsurgency operations against civilians, resulting in the creation of an armed insurgency and violent confrontations. The situation in the Anglophone region of SW Cameroon has further deteriorated since October 2018 around the Presidential elections, with more frequent attacks and deadly incidents reported across all departments across the regions since then.

The UN agencies activated the clusters in October 2018, declaring a Level 2 emergency due to the deterioration of the situation in the regions few months later. As a collateral effect of the situation, only the United Nation agencies and few international NGOs are intervening in both region, most of them via local partner to reach remote areas and overcome access issues.

The Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted by WFP in January 2019 revealed that Food security status of general population: across the North West and South West regions, 1.5 million people are food insecure, thereof 906,461 (60%) in North West and 600,952. Almost 312,154 people are severely food insecure (corresponding to 8% of the combined population of both regions), thereof 227,781 (72%) in the North West Food security status of IDPs. 50% of IDPs in the North West are food insecure (52,080 people) with 13% being severely food insecure (13,650 people). In North West, almost 40% of IDP households adopt potentially irreversible emergency coping strategies, compromising their productivity and future ability to cope with shocks Prevalence of malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months. Global acute malnutrition (GAM) prevalence among children aged 6 to 59 months is acceptable in North West (4.4%). Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) prevalence exceeds the critical threshold of 2% in the North West region (at 2.8%).

INTERSOS has a good presence in several project units in the SW & NW regions. The protection monitoring program ongoing in partner UNHCR, INTERSOS is focused on protection case identification and case management which reinforce is presence in the field and the possibility to access important information.

In the Far North, according to the Food and Nutritional Security Surveillance and Early Warning Bulletin, 16,400 households in the region are in need of emergency food assistance and nearly 31.6% of the population has seen their livelihoods impacted by the barrier measures against COVID-19. In addition, the findings of the “Cadre Harmonisé” for Food Security reveals that the entire region is under food stress with 12% of the population in crisis situations. This proportion will increase if no action is taken during the lean season and depending on the impact of COVID-19 on the projected phase[1]. About 1/5 of female-headed households are food insecure, that is 22% of households, compared to 9% of male-headed households, and 29% of overall households have poor or limited food consumption in the Far North regions[2]. In the projection phase June-October, the far North Region will have 18% of his population in food crisis. That means the need on food security will be important.

As the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) highlights, 3 million of persons are food insecure. Out of this number, close to 1 000,000[3] people are severely food insecure (June-August,2020), which means that they have limited or no access to sufficient, nutritious food that is required to live a healthy life. 4% of severely food insecure people has poor food consumption, 23.3% spends more than 75% of their monthly budget on food, and 3% used ‘emergency’ coping strategies in the last six months before the survey.

The modality of implementation applies to the following activities:

The partnership with WFP consists in the distribution of food assistance to IDPs through 2 modalities: in kind and cash-based assistance. A total of 8,390.3155 metric tons of food and a voucher value of 1,640,989,350 XAF The assistance comprises also a nutrition component (BSFP) to 1607 beneficiaries, in the SW region only.

[1] Rapport OCHA : Extrême-Nord, Situation Report No. 01 Mai – Juin 2020

[2] Suivi de la sécurité alimentaire bulletin No 4, République du Cameroun (Octobre 2020, Données de Février 2020)

https://reliefweb.int/report/cameroon/suivi-de-la-s-curit-alimentaire-bu…

[3] Data from FAO on Cameroon Humanitarian response 2020,: http://www.fao.org/3/ca7698fr/CA7698FR.pdf

General purpose of the position

GDF-CBT Programme Manager is responsible for the coordination, implementation, technical supervision and monitoring of activities planned by the food security and CBT projects. He / she will be in charge of ensuring the coherent planning of the implementation of project activities, while respecting the operational planning defined in connection with the coordination of the mission.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Project Management:

  • Support projects Managers to develop objective and timely planning of projects activities, in in North West, South West and Far-North regions;
  • Support Project Managers to guarantee operational, financial and programmatic management in West, South West and Far-North regions.
  • Coordinate with partners and stakeholders (humanitarian actors, administrative authorities), with representatives of donors and other actors present in the field in collaboration with Project Managers.

  • Coordinate the WFP Project in collaboration with team members / Project Manager through the monitoring of joint activities;

  • Ensure compliance with the work plan and propose readjustments if necessary to the Project Managers;

  • Ensure the monitoring and evaluation of activities through the development and updating of monitoring tools in collaboration with the coordination of the Mission;
  • Support Project Managers in writing narrative and financial reports to be submitted to WFP;
  • Contribute to the monthly update of information to be shared with the relevant clusters / working groups in collaboration with Project Managers;
  • Ensure the timely submission of the monthly internal activity report to the organization including the PAT monitoring tool;
  • Ensure an adequate line of communication (internal and external) with Project Managers and with the Coordination of the Mission;
  • Quickly and accurately report any difficulty encountered in setting up the projects to the Mission Coordination and help identify solutions in collaboration with Project Managers ;
  • Participate with Project Managers in sectoral coordination meetings at the field level;
  • Contribute to the management of safety, access and security according to the approaches established and the tools in use in the mission to ensure that the distribution is done in organized manners;
  • In collaboration with Project Managers, identify needs and propose new potential programs or activities to be implemented in the field with WFP and other donors.

Food warehouses management of the project:

  • Ensure appropriate management skill of food warehouse management in coordination Project Managers and logistics team lead;
  • Ensures that Project Managers do regular monitoring and reporting of food warehouse exit and entry in coordination with Logistic team lead and reporting to donor,
  • Good knowledge of secondary transportations process, reporting and handing with transporters.

Administrative management of the project:

  • Ensures that Project Managers do appropriate management of project funds (update projects financial planning on a monthly basis;
  • Ensures that Project Managers do regular monitoring of projects expenses in collaboration with the administration,
  • Propose budgetary readjustments to the administration in collaboration with Project Managers;
  • ensure that the INTERSOS and lessor purchasing procedures are respected in the implementation of activities

Human Resource Management:

  • Contribute to the selection and recruitment of national project staff according to needs and budget;
  • Support Project Managers to do regulary effective and objective evaluation of the performance of the staff and the final evaluation;
  • Ensure continuous training of the project teams in collaboration with the Mission Coordination;
  • Knowledge capitalization and management
  • Ensure the capitalization of experiences and data obtained within the framework of the project in collaboration with Project Managers;
  • Transmit to the Mission Coordination all photo and video documentation of activities, as well as any significant information on the intervention areas and project activities to feed visibility, fundraising and communication needs.

Required profile and experience

Education

  • Degree or certification in warehouse, transport logistics (only in conjunction with extensive experience in food distribution)
  • University degree/diploma in international development, nutrition and/or agronomy or any relevant domain.

Professional Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management in the humanitarian sector and, among others, including at least 3-year work experience in food security project in a managing position, handling GFD (in-kind, CBT), BSFP, handing with secondary transportation and food warehousing management.

  • Knowledge of the WFP as a donor is mandatory.

  • Experience in proposal writing required.

Professional Requirements

  • Acceptance of the principles of independence, neutrality, impartiality and imperative of assistance

Languages

  • Fluent English & French (spoken, read, written).
  • Knowledge of Italian (desirable)

Personal Requirements

  • Spirit of adaptation to difficult living conditions, and to security constraints;
  • High skills in management and planning;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy and partnership approach;
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a difficult context, under pressure and in an often-uncomfortable environment;
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team and in a multicultural context;
  • Ability to work in a highly volatile security environment and in basic living conditions;
  • Respect for INTERSOS values / mission and PEAS policies;
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