Social Cohesion Expert PPRD NORTH WEST - BAMENDA
The crisis that affected the North West and South West regions of Cameroon has damaged public infrastructures, broken social cohesion and slowed down economic development. With the aim to resolve the crisis, the President of the Republic called for a Major National Dialogue, that brought together more than 600 participants from all 10 regions of the country. Third quarter of participants to the Dialogue came from the NWSW regions. The Head of State instructed the Prime Minister, Head of the Government to preside over the Major National Dialogue. Among other recommendations, the Major National Dialogue recommended the reconstruction of North West and South West regions.
The Government of Cameroon and UNDP collaborated to the formulation of the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development (PPRD) of the North West and South West regions. The PPRD is a component of the National Development Plan 2020-2030 (post DSCE), aiming at reducing the effects of the socio-political and security crisis for the affected communities in the NW/SW regions. The PPRD feeds into the government efforts to resolve the current crisis. This initiative is complementary to other key reforms such as the establishment of a Special Status for the NW/SW regions.
Confronted with complex development challenges, the Government intends to emphasize on governance, economic recovery and crisis prevention in order to consolidate the peace process. Through the PPRD, the government aims at reinforcing the resilience and development of the populations in the affected regions of North West and South West. The Government envisages to restore social cohesion, provide livelihood opportunities and increase access to basic services for communities in the NW/SW regions. Finally, through the PPRD, the Government ambitions to bring about short and medium terms transformational changes.
The United Nations Development Programme is the implementing partner and fund manager of the PPRD. The program will be implemented through a dedicated accelerated execution modality over a period of 2 years. UNDP will build on its extensive experience to implement similar Recovery and Reconstruction large programs. The PPRD will consolidate peace in the NW/SW regions, by building capacity at national and local levels to address the underlying structural causes of vulnerability, marginalization and insecurity. To this end, the PPRD is articulated around 3 key pillars: social cohesion, rehabilitation of infrastructures for basic services and local economic revitalization.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the DRR and the direct supervision of the PPRDPM, the Social cohesion expert is responsible for effective delivery of finance services for the PPRD. He/she analyses and interprets the financial rules and regulations and provides solutions to a wide range of complex issues related to finance issues. He/she will be responsible for the following tasks
In order to achieve his or her results, he or she will be specifically responsible for the following tasks:
Monitoring and analysing the social climate in the NOSO and identifying potential seeds of conflict;
Identify and analyse community mechanisms and actors for conflict prevention and management;
Identify relevant social cohesion and peace-building activities and develop Terms of Reference (ToR) for PPRD interventions in this area according to the Prodoc;
Facilitate the strategic engagement of state and civil society actors in the NOSO according to Prodoc;
Identifying key project partners in each community of intervention (community leaders, religious leaders, youth representatives, women's representatives, cooperatives, etc.);
Organizing consultative meetings with community members for the identification and selection of activities to be implemented;
Participate in the elaboration of beneficiary selection criteria with communities and local administrative authorities;
Organize with the communities in the selection of the direct beneficiaries of the various social cohesion activities and supervise their presence and participation;
Participate in the development of specifications and monitor the presence of beneficiaries and workers from beneficiary communities;
Identify the number of beneficiaries through a data collection system that is regularly updated in coordination with colleagues in charge of reporting;
Organize discussion forums between administrative authorities, DSFs and community members on social cohesion;
Provide the necessary support to all UNDP National Office missions in the field in social cohesion issues;
Plan, coordinate and supervise the actions of the partners and service providers responsible for carrying out social cohesion activities and verify the quality of their services, under the supervision of the project manager;
Contribute to the drafting of reports, policy briefs, case studies, lessons learned and UNDP documents relating to conflict prevention and social cohesion;
Identify constraints and propose alternatives/solutions (approaches, modalities, inputs, etc.) that are more effective to better achieve the objectives pursued;
Participate to the Preparation of the annual work plan;
Select the most effective means and methods to be implemented to ensure the smooth implementation of social cohesion activities;
Preparing reports (annual, quarterly or other) as required on programme implementation, in accordance with the monitoring and evaluation framework and UNDP and national procedures;
Ensure effective collection, analysis and access to information on programme activities and results.
Ensure the participation of the beneficiaries during the implementation of the activities in a peaceful atmosphere;
Help UNDP colleagues in charge of revitalization of the local economy recovery, infrastructures and rehabilitation work for access to basic services to mobilize participants.
Demonstrates qualities of fairness and integrity,
Knowledge Development and Management
Required Skills and Experience
At least a Master degree in the fields of peace and development, conflict management, Law, Political science, Sociology, Human sciences, with a solid knowledge of the region of intervention and experience in the prevention and management of social conflicts.
Have at least five (05) years of proven professional experience in the planning and management of development programmes and projects involved in conflict prevention and management;
Good understanding of the dynamics in the NOSO regions;
Experience in the use of rapid and participatory methods, quantitative study design, sampling and data analysis;
Excellent capacity to engage and relate to communities (religious and customary), regional and local authorities, armed and security forces, civil society organizations and political actors;
Ability to carry out field missions even in so-called sensitive areas;
Good understanding of conflict analysis and conflict-sensitive programming tools;
Experience with the United Nations system would be an asset.
Mastery of computer software: word processing Word, Excel, GIS, Access, etc...
- Have a perfect knowledge of the English language (spoken and written) and a working knowledge of French
- Use of local languages will be an asset (Pidgin, etc…)
FEMALE CANDIDATE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED