International Human Resource Expert

Location : Home based/Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :11-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :50 working days from 16 October 2017 to 16 March 2018
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 working days from 16 October 2017 to 16 March 2018

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


During the last decades, Cambodia has undergone rapid economic development at the pace, with more than 7 percent of annual GDP growth. Last year, Cambodia officially transited from a low to lower-middle income country.  While this economic development has brought various important economic benefits for the people, the country is also beginning to observe environmental issues such as degradation of natural resources. This has had significant consequences not only for the habitats of animals and plants, but also for many of the Cambodian who depend on natural resources.  Therefore, pursuing sustainable development and green growth in a manner that strikes the right balance between development and environmental quality and conservation has become a key policy goal for Cambodia. Since 2015, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has embarked upon environmental governance reforms to achieve sustainable development.

One of the reform initiatives is the modernization of the Ministry of Environment. In May 2015, the RGC approved a sub-decree on the new structure of MoE to address emerging environmental issues and challenges and to enhance technical capacity to implement a service-delivery culture. The new structure consists of the following departments at the central level:

  1. General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information;
  2. General Department of Environmental Protection;
  3. General Department of Nature Protection and Conservation;
  4. General Department of Administration and Finance;
  5. General Department of Community Development;
  6. General Inspectorate;
  7. Department of Internal Audit; and
  8. Cabinet of the Minister.

In accordance with the sub-decree, the MoE has preliminarily identified seven priority areas:

  1.  State of the environment information
  2. Environmental impact assessment
  3. Sustainable cities
  4. Climate change resilience
  5. Environmental impacts of hazardous and toxic chemical use in agriculture
  6. Protected areas management
  7. Strengthening the Ministry team

Another reform initiative is the establishment of National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD).  In May 2015, the RGC issued a Royal Decree on the creation of the NCSD to facilitate inter-ministerial political dialogues and decisions to achieve sustainable development[1]. The NCSD is an inter-ministerial institutional body, composed of high-level decision makers from all ministries in Cambodia. Its main task is to ensure sustainability in development across all the economic, social and development sectors. The NCSD plays a pivotal role in formulating, directing and evaluating policies, strategic plans, action plans, legal instruments, programs and projects on behalf of the RGC, and in promoting sustainable development in these policies, plans, instruments, programs and projects in collaboration with relevant agencies.

 The operation of the NCSD is supported by a General Secretariat under direct oversight of the Council’s Executive Committee which consists of 12 members, derived from key Ministries members of the Council. The Executive Committee is chaired by the Minister of Environment. Under the Secretariat, there are five departments: 1) Administration, Planning and Finance; 2) Climate Change; 3) Green Economy; 4) Science and Technology; and 5) Biodiversity.

While the RGC has made significant progress in facilitating the reforms, success also depends on the MoE and NCSD having sound Human Resources strategies and plans in place, on attracting knowledgeable and capable staff, and on the provision of a short- and long-term capacity building support for junior and senior members of both institutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

The detail scope of work for this assignment are:

  1. Develop a Human Resources (HR) plan for both the MoE and the NCSD: these plans should each contain a comprehensive long-term HR Strategy and multi-year implementation actions, including staffing actions to address capacity and skill needs and gaps.To prepare this plan, the international consultant is to undertake the following activities informed by consultative individual and group meetings/interviews:
  • A situational analysis of human resources capacity relative to the MoE and NCSD strategic and organizational frameworks and statements of mandate and responsibilities
  • An assessment of MoE’s and NCSD’s current technical and operational capacities across all functions (including administrative functions of HR, procurement, finance and admin) against specified departmental roles and responsibilities
  • An assessment of present and future capacity needs, current and forecasted strengths and weaknesses across functions and departments; and
  • An analysis of barriers to and opportunities concerning retention, compensation, a hierarchical culture, and other matters, within both the MoE and NCSD, that impinge on the successful implementation of a HR Plan over time.

 2. Development of HR capacity building programmes for each Department within MoE and NCSD. This task requires close collaboration with staff from MoE and NCSD to encourage learning and skill transfer from the consultant to staff. The consultant shall, as a complement to the HR plan:

  • Develop a capacity building and field learning program for both MOE and NCSD, addressing priority needs identified in collaboration with organisations  and other project consultants
  • collaborate with MoE and NCSD staff to develop and facilitate hands-on learning exercises for capacity development addressing the above-mentioned priorities; and
  • conduct interim evaluations of the results of these hands-on exercises.

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  • Demonstrated skills with HR policies, procedures and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively develop HR strategies, action plans, programmes, services, policies and/or procedures to suit clients’ needs.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in HR, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing HR advisory services and/or managing staff and operational systems;
  • Experience in working with Government counterparts in development countries is a plus
  • Prior working experiences in staff capacity assessments and formulation of HR strategies for a governmental organization or related organization

Language:Fluency in English Language; knowledge of Khmer is an asset.

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