Job opportunity: Child protection in emergency officer

Job opportunity: Child protection in emergency officer         
Job opportunity: Child protection in emergency officer

Child Protection in Emergency Officer

Date: 04-Jan-2022

Location: Bamenda and Buea, Cameroon

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation 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’s 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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Post title: CPiE Officer -CBCPM

Grade Start date  January 2022

Department: Humanitarian Response - Disaster Risk Management

Contract Type: 
Staff Contract

Duty Station: Buea and Bamenda

Reports to: Project Coordinator

The CPiE Officer -CBCPM will be fully in charge of Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms planned under Plan International-GAC and UNICEF Project. The post holders will ensure the creation and functionality of these structures in target communities in the North West Region of Cameroon.

Who this position reports to:

The Project Coordinator


Working in 52 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively. With support from GAC and UNICEF, Plan International will carried out a CPiE and livelihood component of the Project funded by GAC and UNICEF for crisis affected people in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

This position is responsible for creation and follow-up of Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms in accordance with the Project Partnership Agreement signed between Plan International and GAC and UNICEF. The CPiE Officer for CBCPM will ensure creation of new CBCPMs and ensure the functionality of existing ones under Plan International/GAC project at the field levels. S/he will work closely with Community Field Monitors, Community leaders, PSS Officer and Project Coordinator to ensure functionality and sustainability of CBCPM as planned. S/he will actively participate in co-ordination meetings, advocate and gain support from local community leaders, stakeholders. The CPiE Officers will be based in Buea and Bamenda.

Major Responsibilities:

  • The main areas of accountability and responsibility of this post is to facilitate the creation of new CBCPMs, ensure the functionality of existing ones and implement the sustainability plan for these structures. Details:
  • Regular training, coaching, and supervision of Social Workers and Field Monitors on community engagement and other CPiE aspects.
  • Strengthen existing community child protection structures through trainings.
  • Monthly coaching of community-based child protection structures.
  • Organize awareness raising campaigns, led by adolescent and youth clubs, parent groups and other community-based protection groups.
  • Updating of child-led protection risk-mapping in each target community.
  • Organize consultation sessions with CBCPMs and CFS on sustainability and exit strategy.
  • Provide coaching sessions to adolescents/youths led initiatives aimed at promoting their own protection in target communities.
  • Organize TOT session with community volunteers, leaders, government partners, health actors and other NGOs on child protection, SGBV, and PSEA.
  • Develop and implement local action plans of CBCPMs and CFS to support sustainability and exit
  • Ensure community mobilization, and facilitate community-based project activities through regular interaction with adolescent boys and girls and young people and community members, including providing training, guidance and support.
  • Track list of vulnerable children identified by CBCPM
  • Facilitate community capacity building workshops and training (gender equality, skills, financial education…) for target beneficiaries and variety of stakeholders.
  • Assist supervisor in preparing project work plan.
  • Keep records of monitoring activities, and report regularly the project progress to supervisor.
  • Any other duties and tasks assigned by supervisor.
Child Safeguarding Responsibilities
  • Ensure that all beneficiaries of your project are receiving ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about Plan International’s Child and young people Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Provide regular updates on Child Protection Committees (CPC), CFS, and adolescent clubs and foster parents in his/her assigned zone to CPiE Officer highlighting priorities and constraints according to agreed schedule.
  • Submit weekly and monthly situation reports.
Professional training
  • Monitor and evaluate various capacity building
  • Weekly coaching of CPCs
  • Facilitate Increase community awareness of services provided by CBCPM
4. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Provide monthly updates to Coordinator, highlighting priorities and constraints according to agreed schedule
  • Supervise and ensure strong coordination with other implementing actors
Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring community associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships


  • Project Coordinator, CPiE Specialist and Project team- High
  • Relevant Community Field Agents
  • Other agencies and groups working in the livelihood sectors in assigned zone
  • Essential
  • Be a holder of at least a Frist Degree in Social Sciences.
  • Be able to speak English and pidgin.
  • At least 2 years practical working experience in emergency and/or with a development organization.
  • One year experience in child protection in emergency
  • Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be acquainted with Kobbo Collect software
Skills and Behaviors:
  • 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 local and international staff 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.

Plan International’s Values in Practice

  • We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
Physical Environment

Work under pressure to produce results

Closing Date: January 11th, 2022

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