Emergency Coordinator

International Organization for Migration, Yaounde, Cameroon

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th August, 2020

Job Description


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission for IOM Cameroon, and in coordination with the Senior Regional Emergency and Post Crisis (EPC) Specialist in Dakar as well as the Department of Emergencies (DOE) in Headquarters, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of IOM Cameroon’s ongoing emergency operations across the country. The successful candidate will be based in IOM’s country office in Yaoundé and will be covering activities in the Far North and North-West, South-West regions of Cameroon.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate IOM Cameroon’s emergency and early recovery operations (including the ongoing COVID-19 response) in the Far-North and North-West, South-West regions of the country to ensure IOM responses are contextualized, conflict-sensitive, principled, timely, effective and efficient.
  • Manage IOM Cameroon’s emergency operations portfolio, including the ongoing Shelter/NFI, Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and Protection (MHPSS) interventions in both conflict-affected regions of the country, ensuring common contextual understanding and adapted operational approach as needed.
  • Build synergies amongst IOM projects and interventions to ensure that humanitarian action is linked to, and consistent with early-recovery and transition activities when relevant.
  • Act as the responsible for the development and integration of cross-cutting topics in on-going emergency operations, such as protection mainstreaming, accountability for affected populations, conflict-sensitive approaches etc.
  • Establish and maintain a strong and regular liaison with governmental authorities, donors, UN agencies, pertinent cluster/sector coordinators as well as inter-agency rapid response mechanisms (such as the Area Rapid Response Mechanism in the North-West, South-West), with the aim of coordinating and facilitating the implementation of ongoing and new activities.
  • Develop and consolidate emergency projects workplans, procurement plans, and distribution plans to ensure effective project implementation in line with the deliverables in a timely manner considering the specific challenges of delivering in a high-risk context.
  • Coordinate and administer the operational, administrative and financial aspects of the emergency projects, including the supervision of IOM’s emergency response teams and project staff with regular and clear articulation of objectives and responsibilities.
  • Oversee the project development and reporting requirements for all emergency-related projects by contributing to the development, review and submission of project proposals and donor reports, in coordination with donor representatives and relevant IOM units at the regional office and headquarters and in line with established policies and procedures.
  • Develop clear and consistent monitoring tools for all activities implemented throughout the country. Regularly conduct field monitoring visits and present lessons learnt in form of sharable recommendations also to cluster partners.
  • Maintain and mobilize necessary financial and human resources to match overall project implementation requirements. Monitor project expenditure trends and adjust and adapt resources to meet project requirements.
  • Analyze project implementation and advise the Chief of Mission and relevant units at the regional office and headquarters about potentially required adjustments and emerging complementary funding opportunities.
  • Undertake duty travel to project intervention areas, as required, for the monitoring of activities or any other type of project-related requirements.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  •  Master’s degree in Political or Social Science, Humanitarian affairs, Information Management, Disaster Risk Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  •  University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  •  Experience in humanitarian emergencies, familiarity with emergency thematic areas including the DTM, protection and Shelter/NFI programming;
  •  Experience in project development, administration and implementation;
  •  Experience in liaising with government authorities, inter-government institutions, other national and international institutions, donors and national and international NGOs;
  •  Experience in emergency and early recovery response in the field, preferably in a context of conflict;
  •  Experience in coordinating field activities and managing a team is required.


  •  Sound judgment, ability to extract, interpret, analyze and format data and resolve operational problems, ability to work with minimum supervision;
  •  In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization;
  •  Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.


  • IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
  • For this position, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish and of local languages is an advantage is an advantage.
  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


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