Position: Finance Manager

Position: Finance Manager

Location: Bamenda

Job Type: Full-time position

Duration: 1 year renewable

Years of experience: At least 5 years in a similar position

Introduction

COMINSUD is a development organization that works to empower communities toward achieving their development objectives with a vision of a responsive society where the principle and standards of good governance are respected and upheld. COMINSUD seeks to reflect in its activities the ethical values of transparency, accessibility, and selfless service for the improvement of the livelihood of all people. COMINSUD observe neutrality, impartiality and the right to humanitarian assistance with claims on full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Implementing circuits and workflows (management of cash boxes, transfers, advances, purchase procedures, payment validations, follow up of regular payments, bank reconciliations) in order to anticipate expenses at project level and to optimize cash needs and its security.
  • Implementing and supervising transactional procedures and systems in order to ensure transparent accounting practices and full traceability (invoices, receipts, bank statements, etc.), according to COMINSUD guidelines and rules, and using the respective software in place.
  • Ensuring the timely execution and control of the monthly and yearly accountancy closure, with due quality.
  • In close collaboration with the Coordinator and the Head of programs, defining, analyzing and following-up project budgets, in order to ensure that funds are used according to funding contracts and proposing corrective action if needed.
  • Ensuring financial reporting of Projects and of the organization as a whole, monthly closure, Internal control, Audit, etc.)
  • In close collaboration with the Administrator, ensure that all service contracts in projects and the organization (premise and vehicle rental contracts, deposits, rent payments, etc.) are prepared and paid according to policies and procedures. Ensuring that COMINSUD staff who have financial responsibilities are aware of and comply with local finance procedures, including those related to security.

Requirements:

  • University degree in Business Administration, Accounting, financial Management or related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience preferably in an NGO environment.
  • English, Pidgin are required languages but a knowledge of French will be an additional advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and office management software

Interested candidates should provide the following:

  • Hand written application
  • Curriculum Vitea highlighting details track record related to the above position, highest qualifications and 3 key references with one coming from your most recent employer. 
  • Applications should be sent by email to info@cominsud.org 
  • Or deposited in a sealed envelope at COMINSUD Office located at Ni John Fru Ndi Junction Natrinkon-Bamenda.

Applications open until 19th February 2022 at 16H 00

Only short listed candidate will be contacted: 

Management

The Need for Intergenerational Dialogue

Neban Celesting, Resource Person

COMINSUD through Mr Neba Célestine impacted youths and the elderly ( fons, queens, pastors and imams representative and another clergy) With knowledge on the need for intergenerational Dialogue. During the workshop there was the need to identify the perception, interest and need of young and old people; the results of this exercise clear proved that there is an existing conflict between the youths and the old, what divided them is more than what unites them. Youths see the old to be old fashioned, obsessed with power, vulnerable and weak. While the elderly view the youths as suspicious, manipulative, violent and disrespectful.

However there were some positive perceptions the youths and the elderly have; while the youths see the olds as an Archive of knowledge, the old on the other hand see the youth as the future of tomorrow.

Strategies on how to enhance one to one advocacy ( proximity advocacy) were presented by the facilitator as well as strategies to prevent tension by the old and young

Written by: Tarzenyuy Cynthia

COMINSUD and UNICEF Partner against child malnutrition

This is within the Emergency nutrition response project in Bali, Batibo and Mbengwi Health Districts in the North West Region.

To this effect, a training of 30 Community Health Workers on screening, referral and Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency in COVID 19 context was organized at the COMINSUD head office in Bamenda on Saturday 9 October 2021

The purpose of the workshop was to empower them on screening, referral and sensitization so that they can implement the knowledge gained in their respective communities.


The project is sponsored by UNICEF and implemented by COMINSUD. The Project duration is 6 months.

Engaging men and boys, community and religious leaders in the fight against Gender-Based Violence in some communities of the North West Region

Abstract

Violence against women and girls continue to be on the rise with the onset of the socio-political crisis in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon. Negative masculinity is one of the attitudes that generate traditions of terror and encourage the use of violence against women and girls as enshrined in patriarchy. Brutal expressions of masculinity remain widespread. Though men and boys remain the main perpetrators of GBV, they can also play a fundamental role in fostering gender parity. That is why COMINSUD as the implementing partner for the UNFPA funded project through CERF titled “Achieving transformative results on social norms and practices that perpetuate gender-based violence and gender inequalities through the provision of quality multi-sectoral GBV response services and empowerment of Women-Led Organization in the Far North, North West and South West Regions” carried out capacity building workshops and dialogue sessions during the month of June in five subdivisions (Bamenda II, Belo, Njinikom, Batibo and Widikum) of the Northwest regions aimed at building the capacity of men and boys to enable them fully get involved in the fight against GBV.

Why work with men and boys, community and religious leaders (Summary)

  • Working with men, boys and community elders can help to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of our message on ending Gender-Based Violence
  •  Men can substantially impart their traditions and beliefs onto younger generations. Traditional leaders have the authority needed to decrease the acceptance of gender based violence, and their voices are particularly important when it comes to reaching out to boys and men
  •  Working with spiritual leaders has proven paramount in opening a new space for dialogue, in teaching boys’ different lessons about manhood: boys become men by seeing and supporting women as human beings.
  • Our choice to work with men and boys is informed by the fact that masculine perceptions show traditional stereotyped mindsets, which shape the identity and behavior of men and young boys, thereby perpetuating gender inequalities rather than breaking patriarchal norms.
Participants at the men and boys including community and religious leaders in workshop in Widikum.

In my view

Masculine construction which is the main driving force behind women and girls’ disempowerment and vulnerability requires manhood to be equated with the ability to exert power over others, especially through the use of force. Masculinity, as it is espoused, gives man the power to control the lives of those around him, especially women and young girls. For us at COMINSUD, the solution to the insidious gender-based violence in the North West is working with men and boys, religious and community leaders as key partners against the vice at the local levels. We developed and shared new and effective strategies for engaging men and boys as principal partners in the holistic respect of the rights of girls and women. We encouraged men and boys to break out of the portrayal of girl’s enjoyment of their rights as a women’s struggle only, where almost the only role available to men and boys is that of the perpetrator. Through the capacity building and dialogue sessions, we encouraged men and boys to embrace their role as advocates against girl’s and women’s vulnerability. Our work is anchored on transforming possible abusers into steadfast partners. At COMINSUD, we firmly believe that the way forward is to engage men and boys as well as the community as a whole to fight this social ill that is being perpetrated against women. This is because social transformation does not happen without community engagement. Community engagement is a necessary part of working to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence. Gender norms (especially gendered beliefs and practices) at the community level are among the root causes of Gender-Based Violence.

The Coordinator of COMINSUD Mr Fon Nsoh, speaking in one of the workshops held in Bamenda, working with the community and religious leaders to end Gender-Based Violence is a good initiative because Religious and community leaders are influential people in the society so people can actually listen to them and act on what they say. One way through which this can be done is by affirmative action. As for the men and boys they can adopt peer to peer method when addressing issues of GBV and women’s rights.

However, to some participants especially in Belo and Batibo, enforcing women’s rights and equality of sexes will make women be disrespectful at home which in turn can lead to homes being broken thereby causing more harm than good. This idea was dismissed on the ground that when women are treated with respect and dignity, they turn to be more respectful and lead happy lives despite the challenges of life.

To other participants especially in Widikum, concentrating on women and young girls and their rights and leaving out the men who at times also suffer from the GBV was seen to be discriminatory. It was, however, explained that emphasis is laid on women and girls because statistics show that they are the ones who suffer the most from this societal ill.

In all, participants appreciated COMINSUD for organizing such and enriching and educative workshop. Topics discussed during the workshop touched on issues that are really of great concern to the society. One participant could already imagine the positive changes in the homes of participants after the knowledge they have acquired in this workshop. Another participant in Njinikom confessed that he had been a perpetrator of GBV without knowing. He promised to go back to his community determined to fight GBV by sensitizing the community about its ills and negative consequences using the knowledge he has acquired from the workshop, encourage his peers to leave behind practices that expose women and young girls to GBV and to connect survivors to specialized services using the referral pathway distributed during these sessions.

Author: Loloh Mirabel Ngum

COMINSUD WORKING IN A HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT TO REDUCE INCIDENTS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE (GBV) AND IMPROVE SEXUALLY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (SGV) INTERVENTIONS

Since November 2016, the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon are facing crises which have left hundreds of thousands of persons more vulnerable especially women, girls and children. The unrest has caused significant destabilization of economic and social livelihood and security situation as well as the safety nets and protection system of families. It has caused multiple waves of population displacements, various forms of violence and abuses on the populations especially gender based violence on children, women, girls and persons living with disabilities. It has limited access to social services and increased the challenges in addressing sexually and reproductive health needs. According to UNFPA -GBVIMS reports from January-September 2020, the majority of cases reported (40%) were cases of sexual assaults and rape and 88% of survivors were female (including 5% persons living with disability), 28% were children including those who were unaccompanied or separated children. More than a half (53%) of the GBV incidents was reported in North West Region.

Case Management Workers and UNFPA GBV Experts

It is within this context that COMINSUD with the support of UNFPA has been working to provide lifesaving GBV and sexual reproductive health prevention, response and interventions since mid-2018 particularly for IDPs, returnees, host and affected communities. When we talk about Gender based Violence we are refereeing to acts that fall within this six broad categories: rape; sexual exploitation and assault; denial of resources and opportunities; early and forced marriages; physical violence and; psychological and emotional violence.  Sexual reproductive health were focused on family planning, menstrual hygiene, safe delivery, STI and HIV/AIDs.

The scope of our work in this domains that been extended to over 20 councils of the North West Region and 2 towns (Bafoussam and Bagangte) in the West Regions.  Activities carried out reached out that have contributed to the transformation of tens of thousands of lives are;

  • Provision of GBV multi-sectoral support to survivors of GBV and those with SRH challenges, where in over 40,000 persons have benefited from various psycho- social packages.
  • Setting up and running 6 women and girls safe spaces that has provided case management, social cohesion and recreational activities and skill development to over 11,000 vulnerable women and girls
  • Production and dissemination of over 20,000 copies of the referral pathways to improve on access to services for survivors
  • Distribution of dignity kits to over 15,000 vulnerable women and girls of reproductive age while carrying out sensitization on GBV prevention, response and COVID-19 prevention.
  • Production and broadcast of radio programs on GBV prevention and response services and COVID-19 prevention reaching over 200,000 persons
  • Production and distribution of over 10,000 copies of various IEC materials to aid in the community awareness raising programs.
Beneficiaries of Dignity Kits in a hard to reach area in Batibo

The actions have contributed in transforming social norms and practices that perpetuate gender-based violence and gender inequalities through provision of quality multi-sectoral GBV response services and empowerment of women. The interventions have improve access to quality and timely response services with particular emphasis on Clinical Management of Rape, were in any case reported is referred for emergency medical attention  within 72 hours. Through the GBV case management approach, the project have improved holistic care for survivors with various service provides working in synergy. The provision of appropriate mental health and psychosocial support, health care including clinical management of rape (CMR) and relevant reproductive health services, cash assistance to meet urgent protection needs, legal assistance and options for safety/security are aspects and thousands of beneficiaries across the Region testify about.  The interventions allow the reinforcement of survivor-centered prevention approaches that has been at the center of the success. 

COMINSUD in 2012 will continued to offer lifesaving GBV and SRH interventions to vulnerable IPDS, returnees, persons in communities hosting IDPs as well as persons living in communities affected by the conflict.   It will as well engage in local advocacy actions religious, traditional and opinion leaders to increase actions that reduce the prevalence of GBV incidences and enhance accesses to SRH services.   Community leaders and youth especially men and boys will be specifically targeted and will benefit from refresher trainings on key GBV concepts, causes and consequences. With the support of local authorities, community dialogues will be organized on a regular basis to publicly discuss gender inequalities in society towards changing perceptions and attitudes the promote GBV especially among men and boys.

COMINSUD is pleased to be establishing a memorandum of understanding with the University of Bamenda Medical Students Association (UBaMSA) as community outreach partner that will take the ideals of the project in the university milieu as well as into communities during their health campaign.  By working together, we hope to strengthen the capacity of the Association to enable it be more sensitive to respond to GVB and SRH issues from the community perspective.     

To support the work of COMINSUD, Contact us using the contact details below or Donate through PayPal (Click on PayPal to donate)

Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) was founded in 1996 by five young graduates.  It has evolved from a local group taking direct action to improve waste management to a leading organization in Cameroon’s Civil Society space

Contact Address:  P.O. Box 356, Mankon, Bamenda   Telephone: +237 677 66 64 86 

  Email:  info@ominsud.org       Web Site: www.cominsud.org

Call for applications for the position of an Internal Control Officer

COMINSUD needs the services of trained and experience Internal Control Officer  who will be responsible for conducting evaluations of COMINSUD to assess risk and compliance with regulations.

Qualification:

Applicants should be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, accounting or business administration or related field of study. Qualified applicants should send hand written applications indicating the following:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Academic or professional qualification
  3. Proof of at least 2 years work experience
  4. At least 2 references with at least one professional
  5. Experience on the use of computer and ICT tools for communication
  6. Any other relevant information related to the position

Necessary Skills

You must be highly organised, efficient, detail-oriented and able to multitask. You should have a proactive work ethic, unbending moral code and the ability to think analytically. Strong oral and written communication skills are also crucial in conveying important information to management, employees and outside agencies. You must be able to work interdependently with a team and have the flexibility to thrive in an ever-changing and sometimes loosely structured environment. In addition, in-depth knowledge of applicable regulatory requirements, accounting procedures and Microsoft Office software is a plus.

Interested applicants should address their applications to the Board Chair Person of COMINSUD.


Applications can be sent via this number, info@cominsud.org/cominsud_ngo@yahoo.com or deposited at office located at Ni John Fru’s Junction Ntarinkon.

Note: Only short-listed applicants will be invited for interview and will be expected to present relevant documents qualification and experience.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

Dead line is Tuesday April 6, 2021

Applicants must have a good knowledge of English ( reading, writing and speaking) as well as ability to communicate well in pidgin.

Signed:

FON NSOH

Coordinator, COMINSUD

SUPPORT GIRLS GO BACK TO SCHOOL IN THE NORTH WEST REGION – CAMEROON

The North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have since 2016 face an armed conflict. The crisis has been characterized by school shut downs, wanton killings with many children caught between rape and forced marriages amongst other vices. This has necessitated humanitarian actions to protect girls who have faced significant forms of violence and are still highly at risk to see more violation of their rights if increased measures are not taken.

Statistics from UNICEF (Nov. 2019) indicate that more than 855,000 children remain out of school in the North West and South West Regions, ReliefWeb (April. 2020) reported over 14 children killed. COMINSUD field reports from April to September 2020 indicate that 38 girls have been victims of rape, 69 others suffered sexual assault, 74 succumbed to physical assault, 61girls have been forced into early marriages, 90 girls have been denied resources and services while 98 girls have gone through psychological/Emotional violence. The numbers are from 10 of 34 council areas in the North West Region.

COMINSUD on October 11th 2020 joins in the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme: “My Voice, our Equal Future,” with activities in 15 localities across Mezam, Menchum and Momo Divisions of the North West Region. We reached out to over 1,000 girls aged 9 – 17. With a series of activities and drills, we shared ideas that will enable them in voicing their rights to life, health, education and protection as well as envisioning a better future.  

Some girls expressed joy with the new window of opportunity they have to go back to school after staying home for over 4 years. They regret some of their peers who are deprived from accessing education due insecurity, lack of means, unplanned pregnancies, forced marriages and even deaths.

COMINSUD working extensively in the domains of inclusion, fight against Gender Based Violence and child protection is very concerned with the rights of the girl child to return to safe schools.  The International Day of the Girl Child as a platform  for us to amplify the voices of voiceless girls across the North West Region in their quest for the right to education and an equal future.   

These activities were realized thanks to the partnerships with UNFPA, UNICEF, Bread for the World – Germany and the Cities of Gorinchem/Dordrecht – Netherlands.

Contact: info@cominsud.org or cominsud_ngo@yahoo.com   (+237) 677666486 

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WFP shortlists COMINSUD to distribute food assistance in North West Cameroon

The World Food Programme (WFP) has identified COMINSUD as one of the organizations it could work with in the provision of emergency food assistances to the crisis hit North West Region of Cameroon. This was the essence of a visit by Hans Vlkoler, Emergency Coordinator WFP, Cameroon office, to the COMINSUD Bamenda headquarters on Friday April 12, 2019.

Hans Vlkoler said for the short term WFP activities in the Region would focus on setting up emergency response systems with potential partners. This done, targeted food assistance shall be made available to include school feeding, supplementary food and livelihood assistance. He disclosed that a central warehouse shall be set up in the North West Regional capital of Bamenda from where the items shall be dispatched.


For his part, COMINSUD’s coordinator Fon Nsoh assured that banking on its twenty two years of local community activities, the organization was ready for the challenge. COMINSUD he said was already collaborating with other UN structures such as the UNFPA in providing Mama and Dignity kids to Internally Displaced Persons of the Anglophone crisis. COMINSUD also worked with SNV to promote the Right to Food movement in Cameroon.


A partnership agreement between WFP and COMINSUD is expected to be signed in the days ahead detail the practical modalities of this partnership.


A few days earlier a delegation from Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontiers) working in the North West Region of Cameroon paid a courtesy visit COMINSUD. The team of three made up of Monica Fernadez, Deep W. B and Tataw Stephen came to seek pathways for collaboration with COMINSUD in helping people affected by the crisis in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon in general and the North West Region in particular.

Bamenda(Cameroon) suffocating under the weight of waste Population and authorities blame it on worsening socio-political stalemate.

Solid waste management in underdeveloped and developing countries represents a dangerous issue due to environmental impacts and human illnesses triggered by waste released into water bodies and by the practice of open burning which are usually underestimated by Governments. The lack of funding, public awareness, technological facilities and know how worsened the situation. In the crisis-hit North West and South West Regions of Cameroon the tense socio-political climate prevailing due to the Anglophone crisis has compounded situations the more.

A walk through the main streets of Bamenda is an eyesore of a dirt-feast the Ntarinkon market, to the Main market, Food market, Metta quarter and the famous “Fru Ndi” junction, heaps of garbage dumps compete against each other.

In most of these areas the dirt has been piling there for two months without being carried. Road and market uses are apparently helpless in spite of the discomfort they may be suffocating from: stench odor, breeding grounds for disease-transmitting organisms, air pollution…

A number of reasons have been advanced for this situation but the blame seems to reside on the degrading political climate due to a three year running crisis in this Region.  Anglophone separatists have instituted a no-work day (ghost towns) every Monday already cutting off some work hours for the dirt clearing company- HYSACAM. To make matters worse they have been threatening to send out this company from the Region. Some of their street cleaners have been attacked and their trucks burnt and roads leading to major dump sites have been blocked.

While the separatists argue that their actions are meant to put pressure on government seek a rapid solution to the crisis, a cross-section of the population thinks that hygiene and sanitation is one of those sectors that should be kept out a political struggle, because a health crisis will make no distinction between political actors.

Shu Tracy-Daisy Nchang

COMINSUD’s Volunteer

Nsem Community Commits to a Just and Peaceful Society

Over the weekend COMINSUD joined the Nsem youths in Bafut, to support them at their end of summer cultural, sporting and community engagement activities.

Staff, Teneng Suzanne, Tardzenyuy Cynthia with a cross section of the population

Promoting the values of; Positivity, Tolerance, Inclusion, Equality and Non-Violence for a Just and Peaceful Society, the staff engaged with the population through one-on-one discussion in their makeshift exhibition stands. There they also broadcasted messages, shared flyers and exhibited other information to promote the values of a Just and Peaceful Society.

Staff, Ndambi Julliene engaging with a visitor of the stand
Tardzenyuy Cynthia in a one-on-one discussion with a visitor of the stand

The Chief of Nsem, His Royal Highness Dr. Mbonifor appreciated the support of COMINSUD in his community and Bafut as a whole. He called on his youths to uphold the values of; Positivity, Tolerance, Inclusion, Equality and Non-Violence that are necessary for personal and societal transformation.

His Highness, Chief Dr. Mbonifor addressing his youths

The event was organized within the Civil Peace Service (CPS) program of Bread for the World Germany.

COMINSUD TRAINS 6 COMMUNITY MOBILIZERS TO CARRYOUT LIFESAVING SERVICE DELIVERY IN COMMUNITIES.

Within the framework of the project o“Strengthening Access to WASH Facilities and Services in Child Friendly Spaces and surrounding Communities”, COMINSUD with the support of UNICEF has trained and deployed 6 Community Mobilizers in the North West and West Region.

Training in session with facilitator Munda Terence.

The project to run for four months is expected to sensitize 4,260 persons (IDPs and host community) on good hygiene and sanitation practices, including lifesaving messages on COVID-19 and cholera prevention.  To this effect, Community Mobilizers will ensure that 1,200 children at Child Friendly Spaces and surrounding Communities have access to adequate sanitation facilities thanks to the construction of 6 latrines each with 4 cabinets, distribution of menstrual hygiene kits to 60 adolescent girls and 600 WASH kits to households, 3000 persons(IDPs and host community) are sensitized on good hygiene and sanitation practices including lifesaving messages on COVID-19 by December 2022. The Community Mobilizers will as well identify child protection needs and ensure proper intervention and referrals to appropriate service points. 

Community Mobilizers and Facilitator Munda Terence pose for a group picture after session.

This training took place at the Adolescent and Youth Friendly Space in COMINSUD head office on Tuesday 5th April 2022, under the Coordination of Munda Terence the Supervisory of UNICEF projects at COMINSUD.

MINPROFF IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COMINSUD, REACH OUT TO 300 SCHOOL GIRLS WITH KNOWLEDGE ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE, MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.

To mark this year’s international Women’s Day, the Regional Delegation of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) North West Region, in partnership with COMINSUD kicked off a week long of activities to celebrate the global event, with a visit to Progressive Comprehensive college Bamenda. The visit to the school, had as focus to educate young girls from the ages 13-21 on Gender Based Violence; defining key terms like gender, sex, violence, perpetrators, and survivors. According to a UN Women report, school-related gender based violence is a major obstacle to universal schooling and the right to education for girls. Reasons why, the sensitization exercise also saw the breakdown of the forms of GBV, it’s causes and effects on individuals and the society.

Women’s Day is observed every March 8, to celebrate the progress made in achieving Gender Equality, and Women’s Empowerment but also to raise awareness on the great amount of inequalities and violence women still face.

Furthermore, the day seeks to recognize the remarkable efforts of women in the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural advancement of their countries and communities. Cameroon celebrates under the theme “Equality between women and men for a sustainable tomorrow”.

The school girls were also drilled on sexual reproductive health, menstrual health and hygiene as an important aspect of a woman’s life. They were reminded of the importance of menstruation and ways of better management, for good menstrual health can protect the dignity, build the confidence and strengthen sexual and reproductive health particularly among adolescents.

Cultural taboos and myths surrounding menstruation was demystified and boys encouraged to support girls by shunning negative practices that disfavor them during their periods.
The distribution of sanitary products crowned the end of the school exercise and the students showed appreciation for the knowledge gained.

COMINSUD remains committed to the empowerment of women, girls and the transformation of communities.

The Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Social Inclusion and Peacebuilding officer

The Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Social Inclusion and Peacebuilding officer

Location: Bamenda

Job Type: Full-time position

Duration: 1 year renewable

Years of experience: At least 3 years in a similar position

Applications open until 19th February 2022 at 16H 00

Introduction

COMINSUD is a development organization that works to empower communities toward achieving their development objectives with a vision of a responsive society where the principle and standards of good governance are respected and upheld. COMINSUD seeks to reflect in its activities the ethical values of transparency, accessibility, and selfless service for the improvement of the livelihood of all people. COMINSUD observe neutrality, impartiality and the right to humanitarian assistance with claims on full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of the peace building & reconciliation programmes and projects;
  • Collecting information on thematic issues particularly on peace building and conflict resolution;
  • Taking part in organizing dialogue meetings, workshops and forums;
  • Collecting and disseminating information on peace building and reconciliation;
  • Collecting information on causes of conflicts, actors and other related issues
  • Collecting and collating information for development of information education communication materials on peace building and reconciliation control in liaison with other stakeholders; and
  • Taking part in implementing peace building and reconciliation activities.
  • Conduct diagnostic analyses, partnership mapping and baseline assessments to identify key bottlenecks and constraints to equality and other aspects related to the project
  • Support the development and implementation of the SI guidelines for communities.
  • Support the Community Volunteers in gender and social inclusion mainstreaming, particularly with awareness raising.
  • Produce progress reports and end of project reports as per project document or request.

Requirement

  • Knowledge of conflicts and cultural practices especially in the North West/South West setting
  • In depth hands on experience of working with affected communities
  • Experience of developing  personal work plans
  • Proven experience in providing weekly and monthly reports
  • Previous conflict identification, mapping and resolution experience
  • Ability to conduct and write up clear assessments
  • Previous experience of liaising with local authorities, and community leaders
  • BSc/BA in social  related field; MSc/MA is an asset
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience preferably in an NGO environment.
  • English, Pidgin are required languages but a knowledge of French will be an additional advantage.

Interested candidates should provide the following:

  • Hand written application
  • Curriculum Vitae highlighting details track record related to the above position, highest qualifications and 3 key references with one coming from your most recent employer. 
  • Applications should be sent by email to info@cominsud.org 
  • Or deposited in a sealed envelope at COMINSUD Office located at Ni John Fru Ndi Junction Natrinkon-Bamenda.

Only short listed candidate will be contacted: 

Management

The Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Planning Implementation and monitoring officer

Location: Bamenda

Job Type: Full-time position

Duration: 1 year renewable

Years of experience: At least 7 years in a similar position

Applications open until:    19th February 2022 at 16H 00

Introduction

COMINSUD is a development organization that works to empower communities toward achieving their development objectives with a vision of a responsive society where the principle and standards of good governance are respected and upheld. COMINSUD seeks to reflect in its activities the ethical values of transparency, accessibility, and selfless service for the improvement of the livelihood of all people. COMINSUD observe neutrality, impartiality and the right to humanitarian assistance with claims on full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate project management activities, resources, equipment and information
  • Break projects into doable actions and set timeframes
  • Liaise with Partners to identify and define requirements, scope and objectives
  • Assign tasks to internal teams and assist with schedule management
  • Make sure that Partners and client’s needs are met as projects evolve
  • Help prepare/streamline budgets, analyze risks and opportunities
  • Oversee project procurement management
  • Monitor project progress and handle any issues that arise
  • Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all participants
  • Work with the Project Managers to eliminate blockers
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports
  • Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests
  • Coordinating project schedules, resources, equipment and information with clients to identify and define project requirements, scope and objectives

Requirements

  • Proven work experience as a Project/ Programme  manager or similar role
  • Experience in project management, from conception to delivery
  • An ability to prepare and interpret flowcharts, schedules and step-by-step action plans
  • Solid organizational skills, including multitasking and time-management
  • Strong client-facing and teamwork skills
  • Familiarity with risk management and quality assurance control
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Planner
  • Hands-on experience with project management tools
  • BSc in social science or related field
  • University degree in social science or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience preferably in an NGO environment.
  • English, Pidgin are required languages but a knowledge of French will be an additional advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and office management software

Interested candidates should provide the following:

  • Hand written application
  • Curriculum Vitae highlighting details track record related to the above position, highest qualifications and 3 key references with one coming from your most recent employer. 
  • Applications should be sent by email to info@cominsud.org 
  • Or deposited in a sealed envelope at COMINSUD Office located at Ni John Fru Ndi Junction Natrinkon-Bamenda.

Only short listed candidate will be contacted: 

Management

The Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of GBV-Protection officer

Location: Bamenda

Job Type: Full-time position

Duration: 1 year renewable

Years of experience: At least 3 years in a similar position

Applications open until 19th February 2022 at 16H 00

Introduction

COMINSUD is a development organization that works to empower communities toward achieving their development objectives with a vision of a responsive society where the principle and standards of good governance are respected and upheld. COMINSUD seeks to reflect in its activities the ethical values of transparency, accessibility, and selfless service for the improvement of the livelihood of all people. COMINSUD observe neutrality, impartiality and the right to humanitarian assistance with claims on full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide in-person assistance and advice to vulnerable households
  • Update the service mapping on a regularly basis
  • Manage and support the community volunteers in the assigned area of work
  • Ensure that all community volunteers are following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Guideline and Tools.
  • Receive- and follow up on both internal and external referrals for protection assistance
  • Conduct internal and external referrals when needed, monitor referrals to ensure assistance has been provided.
  • Conduct awareness sessions with local leaders, and other persons
  • Conduct community protection awareness sessions
  • Ensure that urgent and challenging cases are immediately discussed with Supervisor
  • Make the link between families, local authorities, schools and non- formal education actors in the area and other partners to support children at risk, including children’s needs.
  • Any other tasks provided by Protection Team Leader and/or Protection Project Manager
  • Ensure the regular data collection and report to supervisor
  • Check each month the database for lessons learned and reporting issues
  • Prepare daily/weekly activity plans and reports and submit a monthly report to supervisor
  • Organize regular meetings with Community Volunteers to identify training needs and get regular feedback from the field.

Requirement

  • Knowledge of protection, GBV/SGBV, child protection and psycho-social principles, especially in the North West/South West setting
  • In depth hands on experience of working with affected communities
  • Implementation of psycho-social, awareness and community mobilization activities
  • Experience of developing  personal work plans
  • Proven experience in providing weekly and monthly reports
  • Previous protection monitoring experience
  • Ability to conduct and write up clear assessments
  • Previous experience of liaising with local authorities, and community leaders
  • BSc/BA in social  related field; MSc/MA is an asset
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience preferably in an NGO environment.
  • English, Pidgin are required languages but a knowledge of French will be an additional advantage.

Interested candidates should provide the following:

  • Hand written application
  • Curriculum Vitae highlighting details track record related to the above position, highest qualifications and 3 key references with one coming from your most recent employer. 
  • Applications should be sent by email to info@cominsud.org 
  • Or deposited in a sealed envelope at COMINSUD Office located at Ni John Fru Ndi Junction Natrinkon-Bamenda.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted: 

Management

The Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Head of Administration and Finance

Location: Bamenda

Job Type: Full-time position

Duration: 1 year renewable

Years of experience: At least 7 years in a similar position

Applications open until 19th February 2022 at 16H 00

Introduction

COMINSUD is a development organization that works to empower communities toward achieving their development objectives with a vision of a responsive society where the principle and standards of good governance are respected and upheld. COMINSUD seeks to reflect in its activities the ethical values of transparency, accessibility, and selfless service for the improvement of the livelihood of all people. COMINSUD observe neutrality, impartiality and the right to humanitarian assistance with claims on full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Key responsibilities include:

Finance related task

· Ensure that transactions are fully supported, approved, properly filed and that the operations conform to the requirements of the PMU and as per the project proposal document and partner MOU.

 · Assist the Coordinator and PIM in the organization and completion of external audits and implements actions necessary to correct internal control weaknesses.

 · Ensure that monthly bank reconciliations are completed on a timely basis and that the final reconciliation are reviewed and signed off by the Coordinator.

· Develop a workable method for the accounting of financial transactions on a daily basis using the financial software such as excel/spreadsheet/QuickBooks.

· Manage the finance activities and schedules to meet the financial reporting requirements and deadlines specified by the project document and the partner MOU.

· Keep abreast of developments of Cameroonian government requirements related to financial matters and ensure compliance with tax regulations and other legal requirements.

· Assist with the preparation and review of project and administrative budgets.

· Ensure that all financial and administrative documents and files are properly organized, updated and regularly backed up.

· Ensure adequate maintenance of records (staff contracts, insurance, transport etc.) for good internal governance and according to the laws of the country.

· Oversee and support the admin assistant and accountant in conducting his duties.

Human Resource related task

  • Manage the staffing process, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding
  • Ensure job descriptions are up to date and compliant with all local and state regulations
  • Develop training materials and performance management programs to help ensure employees understand their job responsibilities
  • Keep compensation strategy for all employees based on market research and pay surveys up to date
  • Investigate employee issues and conflicts and brings them to resolution
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with local, and state regulations

Requirements:

  • Minimum seven years of HR, finance and administration experience gained preferably with a non-profit organization.
  •  Experience with strengthening the financial management capacity of local partners (NGO’s/CBO’s)
  •  Flexibility, problem-solving skills, accuracy, ability to work under pressure and good communications skills.
  • High level of reliability, dynamism, objectivity and integrity.
  • Good computer skills and extensive knowledge of Excel, Word and email software and financial management and accounting software such as QuickBooks.
  •  Knowledge of electronic and paper filing systems.
  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail orientation.
  • Strong commitment to teamwork.
  • BSc/BA in business administration or relevant field; MSc/MA is a definite plus
  • English, Pidgin are required languages but a knowledge of French will be an additional advantage.
  • Solid understanding of business functions (HR, finance etc.)

 Interested candidates should provide the following:

  • Hand written application
  • Curriculum Vitea highlighting details track record related to the above position, highest qualifications and 3 key references with one coming from your most recent employer. 
  • Applications should be sent by email to info@cominsud.org  
  • Or deposited in a sealed envelope at COMINSUD Office located at Ni John Fru Ndi Junction Natrinkon-Bamenda.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted: 

Management

COMINSUD mobilise over 20 men and women who benefit from WFP ‘s cash assistance at its head office to impact them with knowledge on Gender-based violence.

We are not only engaged in the financial well-being of the community but we see the need to create awareness and change the mentality of men and women towards Gender-based violence.

COMINSUD mobilise over 20 men and women who benefit from WFP ‘s cash assistance at its head office to impact them with knowledge on Gender-based violence. This activity is Organised to close 16 days of activism that has been going on across the globe.

To stop GBV, men’s voices will have to be heard. Zama Eric in his intervention calls on men to STOP violence on Women. Mr Fon Nsoh on his part encouraged participants to go into their communities and make a change with the knowledge they have received for a better community

COMINSUD Joins the International Community to Celebrate Human Rights Day 2021

The world celebrates Human Rights Day to raise awareness about the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being. This day is also a celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations in 1948. Various programmes are organised across the world to encourage governments, social organisations to further the cause of equality and protection of the rights of all individuals – irrespective of race, colour, religion or sex.
Date

Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world on December 10 to mark the adoption of the UDHR, which is seen as a milestone document. the theme of Human Rights Day this year will be “equality”. It has taken the theme from Article 1 of the UDHR, which says: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Human rights are protected by international and national laws and treaties globally. The mission to protect human rights around the world has been tasked to a 47-member grouping known as the Human Rights Council. These UN member-states are empowered to prevent inequality, abuses and discrimination, protect the most vulnerable, and punish the perpetrators of human rights violations.