International Consultant for Investment Proposal and Investment Memorandum (Resident in Cambodia)

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :11-Aug-19 (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 :40 (forty) working days from August to December 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 (forty) working days from August to December 2019


The Royal Government of Cambodia’s vision is to transform and modernize Cambodia’s industrial structure from a labor-intensive industry to a skill-driven industry by 2025, through connecting to regional and global value chain; integrating into regional production networks and developing interconnected production clusters along with efforts to strengthen competitiveness and enhance productivity of domestic industries; and moving toward developing a technology-driven and knowledge-based modern industry.

The Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015-2025 provides the framework for developing a competitive industrial sector in Cambodia with a focus in strengthening SME competiveness and ability to reach global markets and integrate value chains. At the core of the Policy, Special Economic Zone (SEZ), industrial park and industrial clusters are recognized as key model for attracting investment, creating job and diversifying source of growth. By grouping businesses in a dedicated co-location, they can offer important efficiency and collaborative opportunities. These zones provide tailored infrastructure and business services, and they have become a successful model for large-scale job creation, transfer of skills and technology, export diversification, and industrial development led by foreign direct investment. However, they have also presented challenges including negative environmental and social impacts including: climate change, pollution, resource depletion, health and labor issues, and attendant community disruption.

The private sector in Cambodia mainly consists of micro, small and medium enterprises that generate a large share of employment and income opportunities. Often, however, their development potential remains untapped, as firms operate in isolation, are locked into uncompetitive production patterns and unable to approach dynamic business partners that could bring in new expertise and know how.

The UNDP and WorldBridge have joined hands to boost the development of a competitive private sector and contribute to poverty reduction by building sustainable linkages between small-size enterprises, their larger scale business partners and support institutions.

Linkages enhance enterprise competitiveness through the realization of economies of scale and scope and are a source of sustainability, as they increase the capacity of the economic actors to collectively react to crisis and turning points. Linkages also pave the way for broad-based and inclusive development, where poor entrepreneurs and workers participate in economic activities on fair terms.

One of the most significant drivers for transiting towards a sustainable SME industrial park management and services remains grounded in business competitiveness. Industries operating in the park would be in a better position to take advantage of resource efficiency, value-adding and risk-mitigating measures and services available at the park level. The benefits are not just commercial but also strategic, leading to reduced exposure to risk, increased competitiveness, business development, production continuity and a better reputation with key stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of the consultant is to formulate the Investment Proposal and Investment Memorandum (Teaser) for the innovative SME Cluster Park, with the view to present to potential public and private financing sources.

The investment proposal should include the following content: 

  1. The Vision and statement: Define the purpose of the innovative SME Cluster Park and set the social, economic and environmental goals/objectives
  2. The need assessment: The social, environmental and economic problems targeted: Identify, describe and quantify the problem(s) the SME Cluster Park social is attempting to address and solve.
  3. The Business and Revenue Generation model: Highlight the benefits and value proposition that the Park will provide to its customers, explain how the Park will deliver these benefits (partners, activities, resources) and detail how does the Park will generate revenue (revenue model or revenue structure).
  4. The Impact Strategy: Propose a Theory of Change explaining how the Park activities are understood to contribute to a series of results that produce the final intended positive impacts.
  5. The Financials: Forecasted performance for the next 3 to 5 years : Present a forecast of future revenues and expenses and PreformaBreak-evenAnalysis
  6. Initial Investment Need and Uses of funds:  Determine amount of finance needed by the Park to start and carry out its operations smoothly and clarify the sources of fund and type of financial instruments

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:

  • Innovation Outreach and Partnerships: Ability to establish and cultivate institutional alliances around new ways of working and new approaches to development.

  • Networking Skills: Builds internal and external partnerships and alliances for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and services for mutual benefit.

  • Communicates with Impact:Highly effective written and oral communication skills. Communicates complex topics simply but without losing important nuance and meaning.

  • Strategic analysis and creative problem solving: Advanced analytical, problem solving skills are essential for this role.

  • Knowledge and expertise: Knowledgeable of business, economic, digital economy principles, and technology trends influencing the intersection of private, public, finance and development sectors. 

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


  • Master’s degree, in industrial economy, economics, trade and development or related field.


  • Minimum 15 years of practical experience in business and private sector development

  • Experience in advising and building public and private partnership projects

  • Experience in formulating investment proposal to social and environmental;

  • Experience in conducting and facilitating public private dialogue in Cambodia in areas that matters to SME and industry development;

  • Expertise and proven track record in SME technical assistance project formulation, management and monitoring;

  • In-depth understanding of Cambodia private sector and investment ecosystem

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.


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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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