Cameroonian Nationals Only-Programme Specialist (Cash Transfer and Social Protection), NOC, Temporary Appointment (6 months), Yaounde, Cameroon

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a chance in life!

UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 in order to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financials and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas in an effort to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and effects of climate changes lead to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and out of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, communities. Everyone is invited to take part in the struggle to meet the challenges that lie ahead. It is together that we will act for Cameroon, a country which summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.

How can you make a difference?

  • Supporting development, review process, updates and adjustments of systems-based cash transfers operations manuals and modalities (e.g.: payment mechanisms, Grievance Redress mechanism) and all associated forms for effective programme roll out and implementation. This includes products to develop cash transfer programme knowledge management in-country
  • Supporting the development of an M&E plan and its various components (baseline, post-distribution monitoring, robust Management Information Systems and third-party monitoring) as required. This includes both with UNICEF funded existing cash transfer programmes and internal to UNICEF ability to better roll out and operationalized cash transfer programmes in Cameroon
  • Provide oversight in ongoing detailed work planning and costing support to implementing partners to ensure coordinated, timely and credible programme planning, budgeting and implementation aligned with UNICEF's efficiency, effectiveness and accountability procedures of HACT.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with sub-regional localities and central government partners together with civil society to advocate and support social protection priorities are realized to establish a stronger foundation in social protection system building (i.e. Unified Social Registry). This includes investing towards building the foundation on risk programming and shock responsive social protection
  • Participate in social protection and other relevant sectors coordination for including the inter-agency Cash Working Group to promote sharing of information, good practices and lessons learned, as well as identify opportunities for joint approaches and joint programming.
  • Technical assistance in ongoing coordination and capacity support to implementing partners both government and civil society organization and relevant departments in participation in relevant working groups and forums to develop products to relevant to strengthening cash transfer programme impacting children across sectors in both humanitarian and development programming.
  • Promote opportunities to expand effective working partnerships collaboration with World Bank, UN agencies, donors and the government for technical cooperation, programme management/coordination, information sharing and networking.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have


An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Development Studies, Business Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.


A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required in particular direct operational experiences of program design, implementation and M&E of systems-based social protection (cash transfer) programmes in a developing country context.


Fluency in both French and English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (II)
  • Following instructions & procedures (II)
  • Learning and Researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)

View our competency framework at:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to Apply.

Advertised: 13 Jan 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 26 Jan 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time

How to apply

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