National legal expert to support the establishment of a Cambodian Environmental Legal Network (Re-advertisement)

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :12-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :80 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :80 working days

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.


Cambodia is rapidly transiting towards a lower middle-income country. The Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is USD 1,020 (World Bank 2014) with an annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 7.4 percent (World Bank 2013). However, Cambodia is ranked 145 out of 178 countries for the Environmental Performance Index with the overall score of 35.44 out of 100 points (Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, 2014). The World Bank’s Country Policy Institutional Assessment (CPIA) (2014) gives the country a score of 3 out of 6 in terms of its policy and institutional capacities in attaining environmental sustainability. Like other rapidly developing countries, Cambodia thus faces challenges in terms of attaining sustainable development. In September in 2015, Cambodia endorsed the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet these challenges. Currently, Cambodia is in a process of specifying the SDG goals in the context of the challenges pertaining to Cambodian sustainable development.

At present, Cambodia has several governmental bodies and laws to govern its natural resources and the environment. The Ministry of Environment (MoE) is one of the governmental bodies with a central mandate to ensure conservation and management of natural resources and environment. In recent years, however, the MoE has faced significant constraints in addressing the emerging environmental issues and challenges due partly to its formerly outdated organizational structure, strategic priorities and implementation plans, and partly to insufficient human and technical resources.

Moreover, there was no effective inter-ministerial governmental body or legal principles that provide overarching guidance and direction for sustainable development. Additionally, the mandates and regulations of existing ministries do not adequately correspond to current and emerging challenges. Finally, overlapping jurisdictions and mandates among line ministries over the governance of natural resources and environment have created ambiguity and confusion concerning which ministry should be responsible and for what purposes. This has resulted in uneven and inadequate enforcement and application of environmental and natural resource requirements and standards, thus constraining and undermining efforts to protect the environment and facilitate sustainable development.

In response to these challenges, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) embarked upon environmental governance reforms in November in 2013. These focus on three pillars of activities: 1) MoE modernization, 2) Establishment of the National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD), and 3) Development of an Environmental Code.

This assignment aims to further strengthen EGRs Projects work on the environmental code.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be required to do the following:

  • Identify options and establish an environmental legal network in Cambodia
  • Assist the development of Environmental Legal Network Website
  • Legislative Priorities and Learning by Doing Approach
  • MoE Legal Focal Points and Training Curriculums
  • Deliver Basic Legal Training

Interested Offerors must visit this link  to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


  • Good communicator
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Good attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills

Required Skills and Experience

Education: At minimum, Bachelor’s degree in law


  • 7 years’ experience in a legal profession

  • Experience (or demonstrated ability) in the establishment of a professional network such as an association, or similar types of professional groups for the purpose of knowledge or expertise sharing/support purpose

  • Demonstrated track record in delivering legal training

  • Demonstrated track record in writing legislative documents

  • Experience working in Asia, particularly Cambodia

Language: Good command of written and spoken English and Khmer

Interested Offerors must visit this link to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

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