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Project Manager, DC – P4


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7 Year
Male, Female, Both
High School Diploma


According to Article 4.2 (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacant posts in technical cooperation projects is not governed under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is done by direct choice of the Director General .


In order to ensure that the direct selection to fill the vacant position is based on the best possible decision-making process, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their applications online by the date indicated above.


Appointments with technical cooperation contracts do not confer the right to a career in the ILO or to automatic renewal of contract or conversion to a commitment of another nature within the Organization. . Furthermore, extensions of technical cooperation contracts are conditioned in particular on the following elements: the availability of funds, the continuity of the need for the functions carried out and satisfactory services and conduct.


Can submit their application:


  • Internal candidates, in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Appendix I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


The ILO attaches great importance to diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified women. We also encourage those of people with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please email ilojobs@ilo.org .



The International Labor Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency whose mission is to improve access for men and women to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity and security. and dignity. Its mandate is to promote rights at work, encourage the creation of decent jobs, develop social protection and strengthen dialogue in the search for solutions to problems in the world of work.


Since 2004/2005, Cameroon has experienced a massive influx of refugees fleeing the civil war and persecution in the Central African Republic (CAR). These refugees are concentrated in the Adamawa, East and North Regions. According to a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in August 2020 Cameroon had a total of 189,005 (including 98,238 women) Central African refugees living in the Eastern Region and nearly 64,636 ( including 33,611 women) in the Adamaoua Region. A survey carried out by UNHCR among Central African refugees in 2018 revealed that nearly 74% of them intend to stay in Cameroon until the political and security situation in their country stabilizes.


Women in refugee and host communities in these two Regions face several types of discrimination and violence. Through the 2015 national gender policy carried out by the Ministry in charge of the advancement of women, the Cameroonian Government effectively sees the economic empowerment of women as an effective means of combating these practices and contributing to local economic development.


To this day, there is peaceful cohabitation between refugees and host populations. However, there is an urgent need to promote inclusive development pathways for these refugees and host populations to improve livelihoods for all, thereby reducing the potential for conflict. The 2017 joint ILO-UNHCR market system assessment using the Inclusive Market Systems Approach (IMSA) for refugees and host communities in Adamawa and the East concluded that agropastoral activities are a source of disputes in conflicts linked to cross-border migration, and that supporting women in agropastoral value chains with high growth potential contributes to economic resilience and social cohesion in these communities.


Roles and responsibilities

In order to contribute to the revitalization of economies and social cohesion between refugees and host communities in the Adamawa and Eastern Regions, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has decided to finance the project “Empowering women for resilient economies and peaceful communities in the refugee-affected regions of the East and Adamawa in Cameroon”. Using a market systems development approach, the Project develops women’s and cooperative entrepreneurship among beneficiaries while facilitating their access to social protection programs likely to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS and mitigate their effects. The project has been implemented since December 2020 and will come to an end in June 2025, i.e. 18 months of execution remaining. To date, the Project has satisfactory technical and financial execution rates and must accelerate its performance to achieve the set targets.


The project is implemented by the International Labor Office (ILO), in partnership with various stakeholders (Cameroon Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, local authorities, NGOs working with refugees, financial support service providers and non-financial).


The ILO is seeking to recruit a Project Manager (PM) to continue the effective and efficient implementation of the project over the remaining period. The CP will have under his supervision a team of eight (8) people composed of an expert in women’s entrepreneurship and business development, an expert in cooperative development, an expert in social protection, a communications and monitoring and monitoring officer. Evaluation, two administrative and financial assistants, and two drivers.


The position is based in Bertoua, Eastern regional capital, Cameroon, under the supervision of the ILO Technical Support Team for Decent Work for Central Africa and Country Office for Cameroon, the Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe (ETD/BP-Yaoundé), and in close coordination with the technical units at ILO Headquarters.



The post holder will work under the general responsibility and direct supervision of the Director of ETD-BP/Yaoundé to whom he/she will report. He/she will work closely with the Business Specialist of ETD-BP/Yaoundé, the HIV/AIDS focal point at ETD-BP/Yaoundé, the Social Protection Specialist as well as other technical experts from headquarters ( Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (WED/SME), the Cooperatives Unit (COOP), the Solidarity Finance Program (PSF), the Social Protection Department (SOCPRO), as well as ILO-AIDS.


The post holder will be responsible for the implementation of all project activities in Cameroon.


The incumbent will be responsible for achieving the expected project outcomes in accordance with the project document. He/she will be directly responsible for the management of the human, financial and material resources of the project, in accordance with ILO rules, procedures and guidelines. The incumbent will also ensure the proper application of ILO policies and technical approaches in the areas of individual, cooperative and women’s entrepreneurship, local development, as well as social protection, social dialogue and decent work for peace. .

Roles and responsibilities


To do this, the CP is responsible in particular for:

• Direct, coordinate and supervise the implementation of the project.
• Effectively manage funds/budgets and coordinate project human resources, including recruitment, performance appraisal and staff capacity development.
• Ensure links between the different components of the project and the integration of gender in the implementation of the Project.
• Provide project work, communication and monitoring-evaluation plans and update them if necessary.
• Ensure effective and timely implementation of gender-responsive project activities where relevant and in accordance with implementation and monitoring plans, and ILO policies and technical guidelines.
• Update, if necessary, execution contracts with certain partners; identify new public and private implementation partners if necessary, in order to encourage and strengthen them to provide adequate financial and non-financial support services to target groups.
• Ensure monitoring, evaluation of the project and preparation of periodic progress reports and technical and financial execution of the project, including financial monitoring to ensure efficient use of resources. These reports will be written in English according to the formats provided by the Project donor.
• Ensure the management of the project’s human resources, including their motivation, supervision and measurement of their performance.
• Ensure good communication of the objectives and results of the project, towards the donor, the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Family, the Ministry of External Relations, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the constituents and others key players.
• Participate actively and in close collaboration with ETD/BP-Yaoundé in dialogue platforms on refugees initiated by the Government and the United Nations System (UNS) in Cameroon.
• Collaborate closely on the ground with UN Agencies supporting refugees, in particular UNHCR and the World Food Program (WFP).
• Provide technical advisory services and supervise the studies and works required to achieve the results of the project objectives.
• Supervise the development of terms of reference for consultants and implementing partners and supervise the implementation of external collaboration services according to ILO standards and in alignment with the results of the project.
• Document best practices emerging from project implementation in livelihood development for refugees and host communities and contribute to the knowledge bank of ILO development cooperation projects, including through the preparation of technical notes, brochures and other publications.
• Prepare the sessions of the Project steering committee and actively participate in the preparation of ILO support missions and Project evaluation missions.
• Take initiatives aimed at mobilizing resources; initiate the development of project proposals for this purpose; identify and contact potential partners.
• Carry out any other missions and tasks assigned by the Director.



Higher university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, administration, development, management, social sciences or other relevant fields. An undergraduate university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field, with an additional two years of relevant experience, will be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



At least seven years of experience, including at international level, at increasingly higher levels of responsibility, in the management of development cooperation projects and preferably in the promotion of SMEs and/or cooperatives, the women’s entrepreneurship, value chain development and/or market-based livelihood promotion for refugees and host communities/or vulnerable populations such as youth and women.


Experience in project management with Korean cooperation and/or with the ILO will be assets.



Perfect command of French or English (spoken and good writing skills) and ability to speak and work in the second language.
Knowledge of the Korean language would be an asset.

Progress reports will be sent to the donor in English, and to other constituents in the Project’s beneficiary regions in French.



• Demonstrated ability to initiate complex dialogue and negotiation processes, launch and implement development cooperation activities, projects and programs, including fund/budget management and coordination of project human resources , negotiating with governments and social partners and mobilizing the support of international donor organizations;
• Technical capacity in the design and implementation of development programs, preferably projects, value chains and livelihoods for refugees and host communities, promotion of SMEs and/or cooperatives, and projects targeting the economic empowerment of women, in contexts of development and fragility,
• Good knowledge of the coordination, programming and evaluation mechanisms of the United Nations system;
• Proven ability to assume all responsibilities related to the position, to act with integrity and transparency while respecting social, ethical and organizational standards and to meet all commitments within the required deadlines, costs and quality standards;
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision from superiors;
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write accurate reports for decision-makers and build networks to secure cooperation with partners;
• Solid experience in the preparation of development cooperation projects and resource mobilization;
• Proven ability to integrate gender analysis into the implementation of development projects and to work in projects targeting women’s economic empowerment.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to adopt non-discriminatory and gender-sensitive behavior.
• Ability to ensure remote collaboration, particularly through new information and communication tools included.
• Good knowledge of common office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and communications (internet and email).
• Knowledge of ILO policies and procedures, particularly development cooperation projects will be considered an advantage.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to adopt non-discriminatory and gender-sensitive behavior.


Terms of employment

  • Any engagement and/or contract extension is subject to the Staff Regulations and other internal rules in force. Any offer of employment by the ILO is subject to certification by the ILO Medical Advisor that the person concerned is medically fit to fulfill the inherent and specific requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO, the successful candidate will have to undergo a medical examination.
  • Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are conditioned in particular on the following elements: the availability of funds, the continuity of the need for the functions carried out and satisfactory services and conduct.

For more information on employment conditions, please visit the International Recruitment page  on the ILO Jobs website.


Recruitment process

Please note that all applicants must complete an online application form. To do so, please go to the ILO e-Recruitment site, ILO Jobs, at the following address: https://jobs.ilo.org/?locale=fr_FR . The system provides the necessary instructions to facilitate the online application procedure.


Applicants will be contacted directly if they are selected for a written test and/or interview.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and members of interview panels, the ILO reserves the right to use communication technologies such as Skype, video or teleconferencing, email, etc. in order to carry out the assessment of candidates during the different stages of the recruitment process, including the assessment center, technical tests or interviews.


The ILO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse and is committed to ensuring that no staff member or recipient of the Organization’s assistance is victimized, directly or indirectly. indirectly. To ensure that individuals with a proven history of sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment or other types of abusive behavior are not recruited by the Organization, the ILO may conduct a background check candidates under consideration.


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