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5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree

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UN jobs in Cameroon – Programme Specialist
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  • Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bertoua
  • Grade: Mid level – NO-C, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-30


Information about the organization that has offered the UN jobs in Cameroon – Programme Specialist job:

UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations that donate humanitarian and developmental support to children over the world. It was originally initiated in 1946 to give emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries devastated by World War II. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to defend the rights of every child, especially those who are vulnerable. Its activities include giving immunizations, disease prevention, and treatment for children and mothers with HIV, as well as strengthening childhood and maternal health. UNICEF relies wholly on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors.

Tasks of UN jobs in Cameroon – Programme Specialist:

Aid to programme development and planning

  • Lead efforts to increase and improve access to reliable and affordable social services; policy adherence at the local level; promotion of community participation in local governance decision-making and support participatory and accountable local governance.
  • To provide leadership and specialised expertise in local governance areas and work closely with the relevant regional and municipality authorities in local level planning and monitoring for results within the Commune Development Plans (CDPs).
  • Provides practical support to overall management of the local governance and decentralization programme focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation.
  • Urge government institutions on the development of decentralization implementation policies, work plans, and systems.
  • Develop system and platform for inter-sectorial coordination at municipality level to improve capacity for integrated delivery of fundamental interventions.
  • Manage and monitor community cohesion related work across and provide technical advice to ensure the achievement of quality results.
  • Back efforts towards government decentralization in social service sectors, while offering an opportunity to strengthen district level systems and promote local accountability.
  • Working across interior sectors and with municipality authorities, support the process for multi-sectoral approach to service delivery.
  • Regional Planning and Budgeting and Fiscal Decentralization (Public Finance for Children)
  • Engage with districts on child-sensitive public finance tracking and influencing fiscal decentralization to leverage resources at district.
  • Simplify the strengthening of local governance structures to encourage joint and inclusive approaches for results for women and children at the local level.
  • Recognize capacity needs of district partners and support the design and implementation of Commune Development Plan (CDP).

Programme administration, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Guide on the design and formulation of support to decentralized structures, cutting across all sectors, and working with local government authorities and other development partners in the design and coordination approach.

Networking, partnership building and coordination

  • Build and maintain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain output results.

Innovation, knowledge administration and capacity building

  • Fosters partnership and collaboration with various stakeholders, including local governments, civil society, UN in order to get their adherence to collect and disseminate child-related data and knowledge on good practices and lessons learned and exchanges information on programme implementation, with focus on excluded and marginalized children


Qualifications of UN jobs in Cameroon – Programme Specialist:


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) degree in one of the following fields is required political science, economics, public policy, governance, public administration management or a connected field.


  • A minimum of five years of professional background providing policy advice and programme support in the general area of Local Governance, Local Development and Decentralization in different development contexts.
  • Illustrated knowledge of the legal and regulatory frameworks for local governance.
  • Knowledge of local governance structure, government policies, guidelines, legislation, and strategies
  • Knowledge of Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.
  • Knowledge of UN mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness.
  • Strong background in providing technical assistance to local governments, including through participatory approaches


  • Fluency in both English and French is desired.


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