Media Engagement and Partnership Specialist

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :27-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :80 working days between October 2019 and March 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :80 working days between October 2019 and March 2020


Press freedom in South-East Asia has deteriorated in the past few years and online civic space has been monitored quite extensively. Across the region, the media landscape and its capacity to advance freedom of expression are being challenged by the twin crises of trust and sustainability for journalism. Disinformation has undermined the veracity of news and damaged the trust in the media as a democratic institution. At the same time, media organizations have suffered from market pressures and constraining regulatory frameworks, while they struggle to establish sustainable businesses in a competitive and crowded environment.

In a positive development, new and alternative media experiences are emerging, which are capable of surviving, even thriving, in the most challenging circumstances. Newsrooms are being transformed into creative and innovative spaces where digital content developers, engineering and product designers, data scientists and business-savvy editors collaborate with traditional figures like journalists.

These “media alternatives” can take different forms and formats – some are for-profit enterprises that adopt new business models, while others represent creative experiments led by ordinary citizens. Technology has fundamentally changed traditional business approaches, content production, distribution, and even ownership. Quite interestingly, some of these media alternatives run revamped versions of traditional business models based on limited quality readership. 

It is, however, in its citizen-enabling power that technology and social media, in particular have shown more dynamism. Celebrities, musicians, vloggers, and active citizens are using different social media to broadcast their ideas, hopes and concerns. There is, indeed, an enormous potential for new forms of digital and alternative media.

In June 2019, UNDP Cambodia launched an initiative aimed at supporting and promoting these “media alternatives” in order to increase their resilience and strengthen civic spaces. The project is financially supported by UNDP and the UK Embassy in Cambodia. The media engagement and partnership specialist will work under the supervision of the UN Peace and Development Advisor (PDA).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the PDA, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the following tasks:


  1. Provide overall technical advice to the project manager.

  2. Coordinate and expand an existing network of media professionals, experts, entrepreneurs, and potential industry partners.

  3. Support the selection of media start-ups/organizations through the organization of a business challenge.

  4. Support the design and facilitation of a series of media labs, i.e. events targeting media professionals aimed at exploring issues related to media resilience, entrepreneurship and journalism.

  5. Lead the organization of 1-2 study trips abroad for selected staff of the organizations undergoing the acceleration programme.

  6. Liaise with and advise an international media firm and a Cambodia-based business incubator to support and monitor effective delivery of mentorship and acceleration services to media prototypes.

  7. Support the development of project proposals, as needed.

  8. Manage project reporting requirements.

  9. Perform other tasks as directed by the PDA.

Important Notice:

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.


  • Capacity to work in team

  • A high degree of cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a multicultural environment;

  • Time management (in managing deliverables)


Required Skills and Experience


University degree in communication studies, media studies, journalism, social sciences, political science.


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the media sector;

  • Proven experience in media engagement in sensitive situations

  • Proven experience in partnering with media and private sector entities

  • Proven knowledge of Cambodia media environment.

  • Proven knowledge of media management or entrepreneurship will be an asset

  • Knowledge of the UN work

Language Requirement: Fluency in written and oral English. Knowledge of Khmer is an advantage

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.

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