International Specialist – Public Private Partnerships and Financing Climate-Resilient Road Infrastructure

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :04-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
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 :25 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :March to August 2020

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.

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Cambodia is strongly affected by climate change (CC). As documented in a recent study on Addressing Climate Change Impact on Economic Growth in Cambodia (CEGIM, 2018), economic impact will come mainly from reduced worker productivity and from loss and damage to infrastructure and other assets.  Adaptation and mitigation measures involve both economic trade-offs and complementarities.

The government has responded to these challenges by participating in a range of pioneering activities, aimed at equipping itself with the ability manage these impacts. It has been engaged in a sustained programme of strengthening institutional practices for integrating climate change into existing planning and budgeting procedures. Most of this work has been supported by the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance, with financial support from UNDP, EU and Sweden, and by the regional UNDP programme on the governance of climate finance.

Capacity development work with line ministries in recent years has included techniques of Climate Change Impact Assessment (CCIA) which considers the implications of climate change for the effectiveness of public expenditure and policy in delivering growth. This has included some work using Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) approaches and there is some wider international experience with rapid qualitative CCIA methods. This provides a valuable recent body of evidence of the way in which public expenditure and policy contributes to growth as well as to reducing loss and damage. Infrastructures projects funded by development partners have also implemented a variety of approaches and standards for vulnerability analysis and integration of adaptation measures in their design.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), through its General Department for Policy, has expressed interest to explore further the impacts of climate change on key public investments plans and potential adaptation approaches, as part of its cooperation with the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD).

The Inter-Modal Transport Master Plan (2021-2030), currently in the final stages of drafting, is one of these key public investment plans. This assignment focuses on roads included in the Land Transport component of the Master Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

For the international PPP/ Infrastructure Financing Specialist, key objectives and tasks are as follows:

  • Take the lead for the formulation of financing options for the proposed climate-resilient road infrastructure, with inputs form the Team Leader/ Vulnerability Analysis and Adaptation Options Specialist:

    • Study the original inter-modal transport master plan as well as the measures proposed by the Vulnerability Analysis and Adaptation Options Specialist; and the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) prepared by the CBA Specialist;

      Consult with Ministry of Economy and Finance (including staff in charge of PPPs) and Ministry of Public Works and Transport on experience to date with financing modalities for roads, including climate-resilient roads, and Government plans for future financing;

    • Review financing options for the proposed infrastructure, outlining strengths of weaknesses of the various options and formulate recommendations based on a transparent decision-making framework (set of criteria);

    • Formulate recommendations to improve the climate-resilience of Public-Private Partnerships for road infrastructure, and reduce government exposure to climate-related risk.

  • Provide capacity development services to MEF staff:

    • Ensure full involvement of designated MEF staff in the development of the methodology for the assignment and in the various stages of analysis, through mentoring and training as required.
  • Contribute as a member of the consulting team:

    • Provide inputs into the proposed methodology and work plan, in consultation with other members of the team and designated MEF staff;

    • Contribute to consultations/ presentations of the team’s outputs to senior government staff and other stakeholders

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  • Knowledge of the development finance and climate finance architecture;

  • Ability to interact with senior government officials;

  • Team work experience in a multicultural context with strong communication skills;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in finance, business administration, development economics, public administration or a related subject.


  • At least 10 years’ experience on public infrastructure financing solutions,including strong experience on Public Private Partnerships;

  • Proven experience in incorporating climate change adaptation in infrastructure financing;

  • Experience in Asia-Pacific region or Cambodia will be a strong advantage.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of Khmer would be an advantage

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

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

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

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

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