Consultant –Groundwater management in Cambodia

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :13-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
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 :37 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :September to October 2019


Cambodia is facing mounting development challenges due to climate change.  The observed longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons have become a common observation in Cambodia. In addition, climate change exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural hazards (such as floods and droughts), as well as impacts the agricultural production which is dependent on seasonal rainfall.  Recovery from such events puts strain on the least developed country’s limited resources and forces shifts in development priorities - hindering Cambodia’s ability to progress and to achieve its development goals.

The Early Warning System (EWS) is one of the priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC). The purpose of an EWS is to monitor climate and environmental data on a real-time basis, detect adverse trends and conduct reliable predictions of possible impacts in the form of early warning information.  An early warning therefore refers not only to advisories in emergency situations, but also to information related to the changing climatic trends revealed after tracking and analysing climate and weather data over time.  An effective EWS would thus enable timely response to natural hazards and extreme weather events, to support the implementation of the risk-informed development.

The project “Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Cambodia to support climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change” (henceforth “the EWS project”) is being implemented to assist the Government in achieving the early warning system gaps and challenges in the country. The project seeks to address the current barriers through three complementary outcomes:

  1. Increased institutional capacity to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological, climate and environmental information.

  2. Climate and weather information available and utilized for national, sectoral and sub-national planning as well as for transboundary communication in the region.

  3. Strengthened institutional capacity to operate and maintain EWS and climate information infrastructure, both software and hardware, to monitor weather and climate change.

In relation to the Outcome 1, the project is assisting Department of Water Supply and Sanitation of Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (DWSS/ MOWRAM) in developing nation-wide groundwater management strategy and long-term capacity building program for DWSS / MOWRAM on ground water management in Cambodia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The output of this assignment is a document with a proposed groundwater management strategy in Cambodia, detailing the aspects specified below:

  1. Commissioning a detailed desk study on groundwater situational analysis in Cambodia.

  2. Commissioning a capacity and institutional assessment on groundwater management in Cambodia, linking the roles and responsibilities of various government institutions stipulated in the disaster management law, water-related law/s and existing policies / national strategies in Cambodia.

  3. Developing proposed groundwater management strategy in Cambodia.

  4. Providing recommendations for capacity development plan for groundwater management in Cambodia, for various government entities.

  5. Conducting basic training on groundwater management in Cambodia.

  6. Incorporating the comments from the relevant / identified stakeholders of the deliverables and updating the draft based on the comments

  7. Presentation of findings to the stakeholders (to be organized by UNDP Cambodia)


  • Time management (in managing deliverables);

  • Team management;

  • Professionalism, courtesy, patience;

  • Outstanding inter-cultural communication, networking and coordination skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advanced University Degree in Environmental / Earth Science. Advanced University Degree Masters / PhD on water management and/or groundwater management in Cambodia context is highly desirable.


  • Substantial relevant experiences on applied research on water management and/or groundwater management, preferably in Cambodia context.

  • A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience working on water management and/or groundwater management.

  • Working experiences in Cambodia on water management and/or groundwater management.

  • Experience in working with reputable research organization (internationally and nationally), government agencies, NGO’s or United Nations in carrying out the similar assignment would be an added value.


Language Requirement:

  • Excellent written and oral English.

  • Proficiency in 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 incompleted.


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

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

  • CV or UNDP Personal History Form (P11), which is available on UNDP website

  • Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment and Final all-inclusive price proposal with breakdown of costs as per UNDP template

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 on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail 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.

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.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme