International Economist

Location : Home-Based and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :24-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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 :From 01 May 2019 to 28 August 2020 (up to 80 days over the contract period)
Expected Duration of Assignment :From 01 May 2019 to 28 August 2020 (up to 80 days over the contract period)


Cambodia is a country undergoing many transitions – an emergent Middle-Income Country, with a growing middle class supported by a rapidly growing economy; and deeper level changes given by societal modernization and the twin processes of industrialization and urbanization. Its transformation from a near history of conflict is dramatic.   This is a time of dynamism and opportunity, but also one of turbulence, dislocation and vulnerability - and these changes bring risks as well as opportunities.

Equally, questions have been raised about the quality of growth,  and there are two dimensions to these concerns. The first relates to the inclusiveness of the growth process.  While there have been large reductions in poverty (with the headcount ratio falling from 53.5% in 2004 to 13.5% in 2014), a persistent proportion of Cambodians still live in extreme poverty, and a larger proportion of the population are vulnerable to income shocks. There are also major disparities between areas and groups.

The second set concerns the deeper level drivers of growth such as the slow transition to higher value-added and the extent of structural change.  Overall, productivity improvement has been weak, and Cambodia’s expansion is driven by extensive as opposed to intensive growth.  Output is largely low-value added, with agriculture and forestry and light manufactures (especially garments and footwear) dominating production. Moreover, the other major contributor to growth, construction and real estate, is largely associated with asset price appreciation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working to support the work of the Socioeconomic Team within the Policy and Innovation Unit,  areas of work are likely to include:

  1. Supporting Implementation of UNDP projects:This includes delivering economic (including econometric) analyses, estimating statistics (e.g. human development metrics, poverty and inequality measures etc.), compiling and drafting analytical reports, and preparing technical and policy advice. These will be as directed by UNDP projects but filtered through the Country Economist and/ or other staff. 

  2. Providing technical assistance and policy advice to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC): As in (a) but supporting UNDP’s contacts within the RGC – notably the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Planning, Commerce and Environment (and potentially others).  Noting that within these assignments, place emphasis on policy advice and practical application of tools.  It is also important to note that here RGC contacts serve as the de factor client, albeit with their interested mediated by UNDP staff.

  3. Ad hoc inputs for UN/ UNDP management: These involve predominantly analytical assignments, with a policy dimension, associated with cross cutting issues (with multi-agency inputs) and/or UN processes (SDGs, UNDAF etc.).   And here, it is UN/ UNDP management that serve the primary  client, again mediated via the Country Economist or other staff.

Separate summary ToRs will be developed for specific assignments (within the scope of the overall LTA and the categories above).   Specific deliverables of each assignment will be based on an agreed sub-ToR and PO issuance. All property – tangible and intellectual – produced during assignments/  LTA would remain the property of UNDP. The consultant should also ensure confidentiality of all the information received during assignments.

Important Notice: Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Functional Competencies:

  • Capacity to engage with senior decision/ policy makers, and to synthesize and present complex arguments in easily understood terms.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity.

  • Superior written/ oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations.

  • Positive and results-oriented attitude, able to meet targets/deadline.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;

Required Skills and Experience


Doctorate in economics, with specialism in development, macroeconomics and/ or econometrics.  


  • Extensive knowledge of Cambodia’s social and economic development.

  • Experience of inclusion, productivity, structural change assignments etc.

  • Experience of similar assignments in similar international development contexts.

  • Analytical skills and application of techniques (e.g. econometric approaches, statistical analysis, general equilibrium modeling).

Language Requirement:

Fluency in written and spoken English

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.


Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.


Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on­line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e­mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Interested offeror/individual must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Cover letter: Explaining why the candidate the most suitable for the work;

  • UNDP P11 Form for ICs as per UNDP template (template provided as per attached file)

  • Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) (please quote your professional fee)

  • Copy or link to a samples of previous or current work related to Written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations


Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email and cc  While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice.

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.

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