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Wash & Shelter Project Manager Cameroon Bamenda


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3 Year
Male, Female, Both


The humanitarian situation in Cameroun is compounded by three main crises. While the country has been relatively stable for many years, ongoing attacks by armed groups such as Boko Haram in the Far North, Lake Chad region; the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis affecting the East, Adamaoua and North regions; and the Anglophone crisis in the Southwest and Northwest regions have all drastically altered the country’s stability since 2013.

It is in this challenging context that the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) started operating in the Northwest and Southwest regions since August 2018 to provide life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations affected by displacement through the implementation of integrated programming approach in the following Core Competencies: Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), WASH, Shelter, Livelihoods and Food security (LFS) and Education.

NRC is seeking a dedicated and experienced Project Manager to further develop and strengthen our WASH & Shelter programmes in Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Learn more about NRC operations in Cameroon here.

What you will do: 

In this position, you will:

  • Line management for all both WASH and Shelter project staff in the Far North regions and local staff if required.
  • Manage daily tasks related to human resources, administration, finance, logistics and security of the local office.
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and WASH – Shelter strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant WASH – Shelter projects.
  • Coordinate, manage and ensure high quality WASH – Shelter projects implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Manager and the Core Competency Specialist (CCS).
  • Ensure that projects target participants most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.
  • Develop and manage project budget (in cooperation with CCs) and coordinate across CCs.
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders.

What you will bring:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Technical WASH and Shelter expertise
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon
  • Experience in team capacity building
  • Technical knowledge and experience of the behaviour change process in a humanitarian context
  • Technical knowledge and experience of the community engagement process in a humanitarian context.
  • Experience with construction and management of borehole programme
  • Experience with construction and rehabilitation of shelter programme
  • Experience with alternative WASH and innovative shelter approaches in a humanitarian context is an asset
  • Understanding of SPHERE and INEE Minimum Standards is required
  • Candidates with an advanced degree preferred; significant experience in the field of WASH, and/or Shelter is required

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the role

What we offer:

  • Duty station: Bamenda, Cameroon
  • Contract: 12 months (possible extension, dependent on performance & funding)
  • Travel: minimum 30%
  • Salary/benefits: grade 8 on NRC’s scale with accompanying terms and conditions
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process:

  • To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email, or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English or French, ensuring to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position, and as a result, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application by 12th March 2024.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email cwa.recruitment@nrc.no with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.


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