International Consultant on National Land Transport Policy Formulation Assistance

Location : Homebased and Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :05-Nov-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 :60 (Sixty) working days from 21 November 2019 to 30 April 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 (Sixty) working days from 21 November 2019 to 30 April 2020


Transport drives development, links people, connects local communities to the world, builds markets and facilitates trade. In turn, sustainable transport drives sustainable development, fundamental to meeting the needs of people in their personal and economic lives, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Transport is not an end in itself, but rather a means allowing people to access what they need: jobs, markets, social interaction, education, and a full range of other services and amenities contributing to healthy and fulfilled lives. The report moves away from a focus on providing mobility based on individual motorized transport and improved traffic speed, to the idea of access through transport, prioritizing people and their quality of life, with strong attention to safety and social equity. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development charts this kind of course. Through sustainable transport, we can make significant progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, improving the lives of billions of people around the world.

In some cases, other means of access are available— telecommuting, remote education and health consultations, e-commerce, and perhaps in the near future, 3-D printing, can all make some transport less necessary or at least change the tempo and nature of the demand. In addition, compact, well-planned cities and towns can offer people the ability to access what they need without long trips.

Nonetheless, moving people and freight over short and long distances remains vital to Cambodia development. Transport connects the hinterland to urban centers. Road, rail and inland waterway transit corridors crossing national borders, maritime shipping, and air freight routes all enable trade, which, in turn, fosters development.

The key is meeting the needs of people in their personal and economic lives while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs: the essence of sustainable development.

Economic diversification is necessary for establishing more economic pillars to underpin growth aimed at expanding export or increasing value-added to the existing economic activities to maintain high growth in the medium and long terms. Cambodia Economic diversification focuses on four inter-related and complementary priorities: 1) Improving the logistics system and enhancing transport, energy, and digital connectivity; 2) Developing key and new sources of growth; 3) Readiness for the digital economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and 4) Promoting the development of the financial and banking sector.

The Royal Government has striven to improve the infrastructure through enhanced transport connectivity and internal integration, and the expansion of the coverage of energy and digital connectivity. The main goal of this connectivity is to build a vibrant logistics system for linking key economic poles and contribute to enhancing competitiveness and diversification of economic growth base.

Based on this, the priorities of the Royal Government in the sixth legislature include those critical reforms:

1. Approving and implementing the Master Plan for Multi-modal Transport and Logistics to accelerate integration, connect the main economic poles and develop key economic corridors to be more competitive in the region and the world.

2. Increasing investment budget and mobilizing financing to rehabilitate, build and develop physical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, railways, waterway and airway as well as expressways, to respond in terms of quantity, quality, safety and resiliency aspects to the demand of national development along with the improvement in inter-institutional coordination mechanisms.

Through the SUMAI project, UNDP aims to support Cambodia to reinforce the conditions for increased investment in sustainable transport and governance.  Sustainable transport is defined as the provision of services and infrastructure for the mobility of people and goods in a manner that is safe, affordable, accessible, efficient, and resilient, while minimizing carbon and other emissions and environmental impacts.

Within this framework, UNDP is providing support to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) in formulating a National Land Transport Policy (2020-2025). The policy would provide a unique platform for promoting and adopting sustainable transport principles and solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities of the International Consultant

  • The Lead international consultant will spearhead the National Land Transport Policy design process, maintaining overall responsibility for the technical quality, efficient coordination, and timely completion of the draft policy.

  • The lead international consultant will conduct a structured, comprehensive desk research aimed at mapping the land and urban transport ecosystem, leading to preliminary diagnostics and understanding of the challenge and opportunities for a sustainable land and urban transport policy that is human centered.

  • This will be captured via a concept note, developed by the consultant and to be validated by the MPWT and UNDP, and will also highlight the technical approach and outline of the policy.

  • The Consultant will also take charge of coordinating and managing a national consultant engaged to support the assignment.

  • The lead international consultant will plan, coordinate and facilitate consultations/workshops (Phnom Penh based), in tandem with the Land Transport Department of MPWT and the national consultant, involving a broad range of national stakeholders covering the land and urban transport ecosystem.

  • The consultant will also hold bilateral discussions to ensure the inclusive participation across the stakeholder base.

  • The lead international consultant will undertake brief site-visits outside Phnom Penh, to regional locations to interview regional stakeholders and conduct data collection/analysis in order to supplement the inputs received through the Phnom Penh based consultations.

  • The Lead International Consultant will be responsible for the overall coordination, preparation, editing, and validation of the executive Summary, draft narrative, action matrix leading to the final draft policy document based on inputs from all relevant stakeholders.

  • The Lead International Consultant will be expected to prepare and conduct the presentations for the Inter-Ministerial Working Group and the Sub-Steering Committee on Logistics and Transport.

  • The lead international consultant will provide periodic inputs (per request of MPWT and UNDP) that will be used for press releases related to the consultations, strategy updates, and other communication purposes.

  • The Lead international consultant will also be responsible for sharing and/or transferring his/her knowledge and expertise to the national team, technical advisers as required during the course of the policy formulation process.

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:

  • Professionalism:
    • Professional expertise and knowledge of issues related to transport. Solid understanding of key or new/emerging policy, planning and institutional, regulatory and technical issues related to transport;

    • Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others;

    • Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;

  • Creativity:
    • Actively seeks to improve sustainable transport; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet stakeholders’ needs;

    • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

  • Judgement/Decision-making:
    • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;
    • Gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;
    • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
    • Checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision;
    • Makes tough decisions when necessary.

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


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in transport, economics, management, law or related area is required. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in policy analysis and research, as well as formulation of policy recommendation on sustainable development in transport or transport related field is required.

  • Experience in formulating and supporting ASEAN countries in promoting sustainable transport.

  • Experience in intergovernmental processes/meetings is highly desirable.

  • Experience in designing and supervising multi-disciplinary cross-sectoral research or technical assistance projects is desirable.

  • Experience in managing people in a multi-cultural environment is an asset.

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.


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;

  • CV or UNDP P11 Form

  • Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability


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