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OCHA-HAO-P4-Buea, Cameroon

Buea, Cameroon

Brief description of emergency outbreak upsurge and the consequences for OCHA:
 
Humanitarian actors in Cameroon are responding on several fronts simultaneously: the Boko Haram crisis in the Far North; the refugees from CAR in the East; and the anglophone crisis in the north-west and south-west. Additionally, food insecurity has been spreading in multiple regions of Cameroon, with 1.1 million people facing food insecurity, representing the 3rd country with the highest food insecurity level in West Africa. Insecurity and the critical lack of funding are persistent operational constraints.
The humanitarian crisis in the south-west and north-west regions has continued to escalate, requiring urgent, scaled up interventions. Approximately 440,000 people have been internally displaced within the two regions, with at least another 85,000 displaced into the neighboring two regions and beyond, and with 230,000 people who have already returned to or closer to their home villages. In addition, some 35,000
Nigerians have found refuge in neighboring Nigeria. These figures reflect the situation as of February 2019. Up to date, these figures are highest considering the constant deterioration of the situation.
There are significant concerns for the protection of civilians, shelter, food insecurity, WASH and other basic services for those affected by the crisis, both displaced and host households. For the past three consecutive years, 80% of children in the two regions had no access to education and only 8% of assessed health infrastructures are functional.
In October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator activated eight clusters in the two regions Up today, seven of the eight clusters deployed a cluster coordinator - still ori surge - and an information management officer for some of the clusters. Also, four UN agencies have active their internal L2 in order to scale up their response in the regions. In addition, the Government of Cameroon created by decree of the Prime Minister last November tmee coordination for a in the north-west and south-west regions and in Yaounde leaded by respectively the governors and the interior minister (director of civil protection).
As a result of this new crisis in the north-west and south-west, the resources of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and of OCHA, are stretched thin, particularly in the field of coordination, protection, access and information management. The humanitatian response is growing in both regions but beyond the nascent scale-up, there remain questions over the sustainability of the current humanitarian response due to the critical lack of funding. Overall, the relative funding level of the HRP dropped significantly between 2016 (69o/o) and 2017 (48%); the 2018 HRP was just over 40% funded. This worrying pattern of underfunding persists in 2019, with only $35 million,(12%) received for the humanitarian response at the end of the first third of the year.
 
5. Brief surge need justification
* Stability in a volatile changing crisis context
The crisis is classified as a protection crisis with access to civilian population in need to be navigated between increasingly hostile parties to the conflict. Frequent attacks on schools and hospitals, kidnapping of civilians - including children but also national humanitarian staff - compound a challenging operating environment with regular lockdowns and ongoing military and non-state armed groups activities.
Lack of trust and generalized suspicion undermines the relation between population on one side,
EMERGENCY RESPONSE
administration and security forces on the other side, Humanitarian assistance is not easily accepted; it needs dedicated human resources to establish/maintain a network of partners who can help to assert acceptance by displaced population in hiding from violence.
With more visibility given to the crisis, there are great expectations that OCHA will support partners in expanding access in both regions, building on progress achieved on the ground since the beginning of the crisis.
* Capitalizing on respect and trust in competency and integrity gained among humanitarian stakeholders
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Protection Mainstreaming are mandatory
elements to be implemented now in the newly established humanitarian operation in the north-west and south-west regions. OCHA Buea has set up a PSEA working group in Buea in 2018 to support the humanitarian community in integrating this component in the humanitarian response.
* Continuity in the start-up phase of humanitarian operations
In the north-west and south-west regions, international humanitarian response is being set up from scratch. The OCHA team is seen as a reference group both incoming and international specialists new to the context and for local stakeholders unfamiliar with international standards, principles and procedures of large-scale humanitarian action.
OCHA is in the process of recruiting a national staff member (NOB) who will support the Head of the sub-office in Buea in coordinating with protection and humanitarian affairs. A recruited national staff will
be trained on protection and coordination
 
6. OCHA's role and key challenges:
The respect of humanitarian principles and IHL is one of the key challenges in the north-west and south-west, which concerns all parties to the conflict as well as local humanitarian partners. Humanitarian activities are new to the stakeholders in those regions therefore training and sensitization are essential.
Civilian and military coordination is also fundamental considering the heavy militarization and the intensification of the conflict. In this context, the protection of civilian has become one of the main areas of concern. Civilians are targeted by both parties and human rights violations and abuses is common and widely'spread.
To cope with this new crisis, humanitarian actors are struggling to mobilize resources and to reach
beneficiaries
 
7. Main partners and stakeholders in the field:
HCT members, clusters/sectors, Regional Government, donors, local stakeholders.
 
8. What is the staffing plan after the surge (temporary) support period (where relevarxt)?
A national recruited staff will take and the head of the Sub office (under recruitment) will continue to fulfil that responsibility, The national staff will be coached and supported to be fit for purpose.
 
9. Will other surge resources be requested?
If so, through which mechanism? (SBPP, ERR, ASP, Regional Office Surge, ProCap/GenCap, Or other) No10. Travel within country/region required? If so, has field office foreseen funds to cover related costs?
Occasional travel may be required, including in Bamenda. Incurred costs will be covered by the country office.
 
11. Will ari equipped workstation and any necessary communication and MOSS equipment be made available to the surge deployee? Have funds been foreseen to cover all required operational costs?
The SBPP staff will have to bring a laptop. Mobile phone, VHF handset, workspace in the OCHA Office (w/ internet connection) and vehicle transportation will be provided.
 
12. Details on security situation/structure and staff well-being (e.g. security level, living conditions?):
The SBPP will be based in Buea, South-West region, where living conditions are satisfactory.
 
' 13. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a few bxdletpoiMs):
* Act as OCHA's primary focal point in Buea and Bamenda and adviser to senior management on all protection and access issues and contribute to the identification of core protection and access priorities in the South-West and North-West regions;
* ' Assist in monitoring and analysis of the protection needs of affected populations across conflict-affected areas, including IDPs, and identification of key protection threats and vulnerabilities;
* Ensure that the above are incorporated into overall humanitarian planning and response (e.g Humanitarian Needs Overview, Humanitarian Response Plans, and HCT discussions) and into broader advocacy efforts by the HC or the ERC);
* Establish and maintain networks with relevant protection actors to continuously contribute to OCHA's
overall understanding of protection issues;
* In close collaboration with the Head of Office and HAO P4 (Buea),establish and maintain networks with relevant duty-bearers for enhanced protection of civilians;
* Set up protection coordination mechanism to respond to the coordination needs;
* Support the good, strategic functioning of the access working group in Buea;
* Contribute to the development of key/common messages/advocacy towards duty bearers on access and protection (including conflict parties, {JN Member States/Security Council, other UN partners);
* Develop/implement strategies/recommendations on Now OCHA can assist to address identified protection/access gaps;
* 'Update and implement access action plan and protection strategy in the anglophone regions;
* Streamline protection and access activities into the humanitarian response in anglophone region and strengthen capacity of the actors involved in the humanitarian assistance delivering;
* Liaise with different actors taking part of this conflict to negotiate, monitor access related issues and improve humanitarian space;
* Performs other duties as required.
 
14. Specific required skills (languages, experience: etc)
* A minimum of five years of humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission
and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) or progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation is required.
* Experience in the '[JN Common System is desirable.
* Experience in the region is desirable.
* Language: Fluency in English is required (and French is desirable)
Notes: 1) Please ensure that all fields are complete before submission.
2) ASP contracting will always be done against standard OCHA field position ToRs for the specific job title and level.
Given the short-term nature of surge deployments it is critical that the tasks and duties to be undertaken during the deployment are clearly outlined in section 13.
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