Wednesday, February 23, 2011

US Embassy Yaounde Jobs and Opportunities - EThe U.S. Embassy is recruiting delegates to attend two important business events in Houston, Texas, USA

U.S. Embassy leads business delegation to Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference and the ACCESS 2011 International Trade Forum

Yaounde, 2011

The U.S. Embassy is recruiting delegates to attend two important business events in Houston, Texas, USA: the ACCESS 2011 International Trade Forum, scheduled for April 26-27, and the Offshore Technology Conference, scheduled for May 2-5.

The ACCESS 2011 International Trade Forum will explore market and business opportunities between American and African businesses. United States Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service Officers and representatives of American companies will develop customized schedules of meetings in a variety of sectors to match the needs of Cameroonian businesses and offer tailored solutions. Additionally, networking with high-profile keynote speakers will help participants find opportunities to grow their businesses.

The Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost exposition of cutting edge offshore hydrocarbon technology in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at the Reliant Center in Houston. Each year, OTC attracts more than 60,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies representing more than 110 countries.

The U.S. Embassy encourages businesspeople to register and attend these important events. For additional information and how to register, contact Jean Paul Yana or Christopher Ekom in Yaounde at 22 20 15 00, extensions 4118 and 4382 respectively, or Olivier Tchamake in Douala at 33 42 34 34/53 31. Informational meetings will be organized for interested representatives of Cameroonian businesses. For visa application forms and to request an appointment with the Consular Section, please visit the following website:

US Embassy Yaounde Jobs and Opportunities -Independent External Evaluation and Audit of the Food for Progress 2005 Program in Cameroon

Terms of Reference (ToR) for an Independent External Evaluation and Audit of the Food for Progress 2005 Program in Cameroon

1. Background Information

In line with the Food for Progress (FFP) Act of 1985 and Agreement No. OGSM: FGR-631-2005/120-00 of July 15th 2005, between the Government of the United States of America (USG) and the Government of Cameroon (GoC) represented by the Cameroon Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), IITA was contracted as the main Recipient Agency (RA) for the Food for Progress 2005 (FFP05) Program. This was formalised through an Agreement between IITA and MINEPAT on September 2nd 2005 aimed at improving methodologies for growing, processing and the marketing of tree crops (cocoa and oil palm) in the South West and Center Regions. In order to ensure efficient program activity implementation, further provisions were made to sub-contract the FFP05 program into various components as amended on June 8, 2006. Through an Agreement made on June 22nd 2006 between IITA and APELD, the later was responsible for the sawdust briquetting project while an Agreement made on July 3rd 2008 between IITA and FIFFA, delegated the microcredit component to FIFFA. The main decision making and supervisory body of the program was the FFP05 Steering Committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary of MINEPAT and made up of representatives of the entire partner Ministries, the RA, and the Donors.

The implementation of this $3.8 million USDA / GoC funded program began on January 1st 2006 and extended beyond the initial completion date of December 31st 2008. An amount of 133 million F CFA generated as interest from fixed term deposit accounts was spent on the six months extension that got the FFP05 program implementation to a close on June 30th 2009. Budgets allocated to the different implementing organisations resulted in the amount of $2,600,000 to IITA for project oversight, agricultural production, rural development, capacity building, and income generation in the Centre and South West regions from January 1st 2006. Also, the implementation of the microfinance component began on August 01st 2008 with an amount of 201.350.000 F CFA to FIFFA for microcredit lending to farmer groups for agricultural production and marketing. Finally, APELD was allocated the amount of 330 million F CFA for the transformation of sawdust (obtained from logging operations) into briquettes to be sold as fuel wood in the Northern Regions as a measure to reduce deforestation from January 01st 2007.

In order to close this program, an independent external evaluation and audit has to be carried out in the Centre and South West Regions by March 15th 2011 latest.

2. Evaluation Objectives

• Assess the individual management of the FFP05 funds by IITA, FIFFA and APELD and evaluate:

  1. If the detailed objectives in the agreements were obtained.
  2. If the funds were rightly spent according to the terms of the agreements.
  3. The institutional capacity and sustainability of the program activities.
  4. The amount and location of unspent funds and procured assets.
  5. The strengths and weaknesses of the different program components.

• Assess the poverty reduction mechanisms put in place in order to empower farmers.
• Assess the program’s impact towards increased agricultural productivity through improved methodologies for growing, processing and marketing cocoa and oil palm in the South West and Center Regions.
• Assess if the methodology used was transparent and adapted to the context.

3. Required Background of the Evaluator

- Team must be bilingual (English and French).
- Tracked experience in carrying out external evaluation of development programs / projects.
- Tracked experience in carrying out external audit of development programs / projects.
- Strong development, agricultural and financial management skills.
- Versed with internationally recognised ethical values.
- Has not been involved in the implementation or assessment of any of the FFP activities in Cameroon.
- Has an international reputation.
- Have two attainable references.

4. Expected Evaluation Results

The team(s) is expected to produce a report in English featuring:

 an executive summary of not more than 2 pages
 detail findings

The evaluation / audit report should assess:

- The program implementation.
- The impact of the activities on the beneficiaries in the project regions.
- The sustainability of the program activities.
- Identified issue(s) on cost / expenses and value for money if any.
The team should:

• Prepare and submit a draft report in English on the findings for comments to MINEPAT and the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé.
• Prepare a narrative report in English clearly indicating if the program objectives detailed in the agreement between the USG and the GoC were reached. This report should be submitted to the Embassy and MINEPAT in four hard copies and one soft copy.
• A financial audit report in English assessing the financial systems used, any issues identified and the amount spent and the amount unspent. This should be submitted to the Embassy and MINEPAT in four hard copies and one soft copy.
• Provide a list of all the items procured using FFP05 funds, indicating the state of the equipment / vehicles and where they are located.

Proposals are expected from interested parties that meet the requirements in point 3 above by the COB on February 24th 2011 latest. The application file submitted in English should include:

i. A letter of interest including at least two references.
ii. The methodology to be used.
iii. The detail plan indicating the required period to carry out the evaluation, audit and submit the final report.
iv. The Curriculum Vitae of the members in the evaluation team.
v. The cost of the evaluation and audit exercise.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Food for Progress Program,
Political and Economic Section,
U.S. Embassy Yaoundé,
6050 Avenue Rosa Parks,
B.P. 817 Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Email: AkomCA

Hard copies and / or electronic copies will be accepted if delivered not later than 17:00h February 24th 2011.

U.S. Embassy Jobs - The U. S. Embassy in Yaoundé is seeking a Senior Mail Clerk


Senior Mail Clerk

Open to: All Interested Candidates
Position: Senior Mail Clerk, FSN-4; FP-AA*
Opening date: February 15, 2011
Closing date: March 1 2011
Work hours: Full time; 40 hours /week


The U. S. Embassy in Yaoundé is seeking an individual for the position of Senior Mail Clerk.

Basic function of position:
Under the direct supervision of the Information Management Specialist incumbent is responsible for the unclassified mail and pouch operations of a central mailroom serving the embassy and associated agencies. Handles incoming and outgoing unclassified diplomatic pouch shipments. Works closely with embassy shipping and motor pool personnel to arrange for pickup and delivery of pouch mail at the local airport. Notifies embassy personnel of delays in receiving or shipping mail and packages. Delivers and picks up mail at the central post office. Maintains a statistical record of all out going mail packages sent through the express mail couriers, to properly assess each section's percentage of usage for budget purposes. Provides work guidance to the junior mail clerk.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office. Contact telephone No.: 2220-1500, Ext: 4006.

Qualifications Required:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1. Education: Completion of high school/secondary school or equivalent diploma is required
2. Experience: Two years of mail handling or clerical experience is required. At least one year of this experience must have been in an International Organization.
3. Language: Level III (Good Working Knowledge) Writing/Speaking/Reading English and Level II (Limited Knowledge) Speaking/Reading French are required and will be tested.
4. Knowledge: Must have a working knowledge of the Cameroonian and international postal systems to include UPS, DHL, FedEx.
5. Skills/Abilities: Must be computer literate with ability to intermediate typing skills (35 WPM). Must have intermediate skills in MS Office to include Word, Access, Excel and Outlook.
6. Interpersonal Skills: Must have good interpersonal skills.


When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

6. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a Locally Employed Staff security clearance.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:
1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174); or
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see Appendix B); or
3. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet; plus
4. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 817,
U.S. Embassy Yaoundé
Via email at: (Please, indicate the title of the position on the “Subject:” line)

Telephone: 2220-1500, Ext 4006
FAX: 2220-1500, Ext 4532


The U.S. Mission in Cameroon provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.