Forum Coordinator Cameroon, Coordonnateur du Forum Cameroun, Yaoundé, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle
The International Humanitarian NGO Forum in Cameroon, codenamed The Coordination of Humanitarian International Non-Governmental Organizations (CHINGO) has been active since 2019. It was formalized to enable a collaborative platform for effective and principled iNGO interaction, engagement, advocacy and coordination of humanitarian plus early recovery interventions in Cameroon. Presently, CHINGO has a core membership of 20 members (and 3 observers) and is a critical platform for ensuring effective information sharing and analysis; leadership on advocacy and policy engagement; and liaison with government/donor/UN engagement and engagement ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-making processes. CHINGO is governed by an elected Steering Committee of 5 Country Directors and is administratively hosted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
The INGO Forum (CHINGO) Coordinator will provide support to the member organizations supporting humanitarian efforts in Cameroon through high quality information exchange, coordination, multi-stakeholder engagement, facilitating effective iNGO representation in decision-making mechanisms, and advocacy efforts.
Duties and responsibilities
Coordination and Representation
With the support of the Chair of the Steering Committee, enable INGOs to coordinate at strategic and operational level by facilitating high quality, regular meetings of Country Directors, Area Managers, thematic working groups (Advocacy, Programme, Administration/support issues). Ensure drafting of relevant agenda, timely minutes of meetings and follow up on action points.
Provide a regular and reliable conduit for the UN, Government, donor representatives and other stakeholders to communicate and coordinate with NGOs
Increase and enhance INGO engagement with national NGOs and civil society organizations to identify potential joint actions
Actively represent INGO Forum members in senior humanitarian and development platforms e.g. HCT, ISWG, Access Working Group, COVID-19 Taskforce, HDP Nexus Taskforce, and ensure the dissemination of high quality written feedback.
Regularly network and represent the INGO community at high-level fora and bilateral meetings including with UN, Donors, Member States, government, stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations.
Represent INGO Forum members at national, regional, global meetings and raise members’ advocacy messages and key priorities by participating in high level panel discussions, round tables etc.
Convene, draft agenda and meetings of Advocacy Working Group Meetings
Lead in drafting humanitarian updates, policy briefs, and talking points on the humanitarian situation, and seeking inputs from CHINGO members, in line with collective views of INGO Forum members on topics of concern
Collect, analyze and share information from members to develop evidence-based advocacy
Stay informed and engaged on opportunities to further advocacy objectives
Liaise with other INGO forum to share information and develop joint positions on common critical issues
Information Sharing, Analysis and capacity building
Acting as focal point for information/experience sharing with and among NGOs on relevant issues including forum membership, contact lists and mailing lists
Identify strategies to support iNGOs to work collaboratively and in a principled manner that places the needs and interests of affected populations at the center
Stay informed about political, humanitarian and security contexts, while providing structured updates to CHINGO Members
Ensure timely response to requests for help and information from member organizations, non-member organizations and other stakeholders, such as donors, governments and UN agencies.
Support analysis and research work into prevailing humanitarian and development issues in Cameroon
Organize and deliver trainings for INGOs staff and their partners on relevant identified topics (IHL, humanitarian access, humanitarian principles etc.)
Project Management and Human Resources
Ensure high quality INGO Forum donor reporting and proposal development, as well as donor liaison on key areas of progress in collaboration with the Chair and Host Agency.
Report back to Steering Committee on project activity progress, expenditure and plans.
Build and maintain a productive relationship with the Host Agency (CD, programme and support departments).
Manage CHINGO programme officer including regular performance appraisals
Conduct annual satisfaction surveys about the activities of the forum secretariat
Organize annual forum retreat and update forum strategy accordingly
Ensure smooth running of the governance model of the INGO Forum and where required make recommendations for changes.
Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, journalism, social sciences, international development or related technical field or undergraduate degree with significant field experience in complex humanitarian contexts
Demonstrated experience of 5-7 years in managing humanitarian emergency responses in conflict contexts;
Demonstrated experience of coordination in complex emergencies and/or active engagement in high level humanitarian coordination structures (eg. as member on HCT);
Knowledge and understanding of key thematic priority areas including access, protection, humanitarian aid architecture in conflict settings, and responses to acute and protracted crises;
Proven relationship building skills and ability to facilitate common space between disparate views and agendas;
Experience in developing advocacy strategies and stakeholder maps;
Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills and ability to formulate well-targeted strategic documents;
Written and spoken fluency in both French and English;
Prior experience in managing INGO Consortia/fora desirable.
Managing resources to optimize results
Managing performance and development
Empowering and building trust
What We Offer
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility. At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.
Contract: 12 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard. Grade: 8 in NRC’s grade structure.
Duty station: Yaoundé with 30% travel to all areas of humanitarian response in Cameroon.
Designation of duty station: Family duty station (no accompanied benefits)
Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start.
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DEADLINE TO APPLY: 26/10/2022
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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
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