Cambodia is a country undergoing many transitions – an emergent Middle-Income Country, with a growing middle class supported by a rapidly growing economy; and deeper level changes given by societal modernization and the twin processes of industrialization and urbanization. Its development transformation from a near-history of conflict and social dislocation is dramatic.  With economic growth topping 7 per cent per year and a relatively equitable income distribution, poverty has declined dramatically to just 13.5% in 2014, and is likely to be below 10% today.  This is a time of opportunity, but also one of turbulence. Two key social policy challenges are the emergence of: (1) a large group of near-poor and vulnerable households, with incomes just above the poverty line; and (2) a remaining group of hard-to-reach extreme poor, often living in remote areas.  The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has recognized these issues with the launch of the National Social Protection Policy Framework (NSPPF).

UNDP has responded by developing research on the adoption of graduation-based social protection programmes.  These innovative interventions offer assets and a support package to poor households in place of cash alone, enabling the poor to escape poverty through their own productive efforts.  During 2020, UNDP will deliver a large operational pilot under which a Cambodian graduation package would be field-tested using a rigorous Randomized Control Trial (RCT) methodology.  RCT results and operational learnings will be used to enable and inform the adoption of a similar approach by RGC at scale. 

Duties and Responsibilities

This LTA specifies the role akin to a  chief technical adviser to support  project management in the following areas of work:

  1. Technical assignments to support successful delivery of GBSP Project: This would include various tasks and ad hoc inputs to support the project manager, with the LTA holder to serving as a retained lead technical adviser to the project on setting up and operationalization of the GBSP pilots.  A list of examples ordered by each stage of the project cycle is attached as an Annex.  Offerors should also consult the GBSP project document (the Pro-Doc is available on request).

    The 4 cycles  (given on the attached and in the Pro-Doc) correspond to the project outputs:   project set-up, delivery  of the RCT (under UNDP and contractor-based management),  delivery of follow-on  round (likely to be under RGC management ), and reporting/ assessment.  The precise outputs are given in the Pro-Doc are:

  2. Output 1: Institutional and management arrangements, and analytical tools are in place to deliver a graduation-based social protection pilot (which is nationally affordable and capable, of being scaled-up)

  3. Output 2:  Delivery of a pilot graduation-based social protection programme with 2,400 extreme poor household participants (with 1,600 households receiving assets and/or cash transfers), with randomized selection, delivering clear results on livelihood and poverty impacts

  4. Output 3:  Carry-out a follow-on graduation trial, of similar size and shape (but more efficiently), to ensure future RGC deliverability

  5. Output 4: Review and analysis of experiment and follow on round completed


Technical Compentencies:

  • Strong management skills – planning/ scheduling, delivery, M&Eand reporting

  • Capacity to engage with senior decision/ policy makers, and to synthesize and present complex arguments in easily understood terms.

  • Sound contract management skills and ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders.

  • Superior written/ oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations.

  • On demand availability during the project.

  • Positive and results-oriented attitude, able to meet targets/deadline.

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 social sciences, development studies or similar
  • Further documented study of social protection and/or pilot or RCT research modalities is desirable.


  • Extensive experience (over 7 years) of graduation-based social protection interventions. This must include direct experience of providing technical advice and hand-on experience in implementing a major pilot or field programme (at executive or chief of party level).

  • Experience of social protection assignments in Cambodia and/ or very similardevelopment contexts.

  • Experience of social protection systems design and management (including M&E systems) and reporting results

  • Policy development and advocacy skills, given by extensive experience with LIC/ MIC governments, in the field of social protection.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English


Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.


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 online applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email 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.


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

1. Proposal:

(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

(ii)  A written sample to prove superior written/ communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations.

(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

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).