An International Expert on Human-Centered Design

Phnom Penh


With GDP growing at an annual average of 7%, Cambodia has managed to raise average incomes, reduce poverty, enhance human development, and reduce income inequality, over the past decade. In July 2016, the country crossed the Lower Middle Income Country (MIC) threshold, and now aims to achieve Upper MIC status by 2030. Based on World Development Indicators, Cambodia’s poverty levels declined from 34% to 17.7%, over the period 2007 to 2012.

 Despite this progress, poverty and vulnerability remain a concern. It is estimated that 40 percent of Cambodia’s 14.7 million people live just above the poverty line, with the majority from marginalized groups in rural areas. Going beyond incomes, Cambodia’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) indicate that some 33% of Cambodians remain multi-dimensionally poor, while an additional 21.6% of the population remain vulnerable to slipping back into multidimensional poverty. Yet, more can be known about dynamics of poverty and vulnerability in Cambodia in the context of rapid economic growth. To these ends, there is a need to understand:

(1) The consequences of economic growth on different households

(2) How the pathways in and out of poverty might vary by population and geography

(3) The impact of climate change and the degradation of ecosystems on the ability of rural households to move out of poverty and vulnerability.

To these ends, UNDP Cambodia is undertaking a collaborative research with other UN agencies to understand these dynamics. The results of the research will inform the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Country Programmes and projects of UN agencies and UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP Cambodia is recruiting an Expert in Human-Centered Design (HCD). The HCD Expert is expected to coordinate and lead the programing design process on Solid Waste Management (SWM), Youth Employment, and Affordable Housing as listed below:

  1. Designing the human-centered design session
  2. Coordinating and engaging with other experts for input to the design processes
  3. Rolling out human-centered design sessions
  4. Rolling out Prototypes

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.



  • Strong facilitation and leadership skills in concept designing;
  • Strong analytical skills and exceptional ability in communicating, networking, and negotiating;
  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders, culturally and gender sensitive.

Required Skills and Experience


Advance degree in development or related field.


  • At least 7 years of experience in design thinking. Knowledge in designing of policy and programme is an advantage;
  • Experience in the approach of human-centered design;
  • Experience working in developing countries particularly working in Cambodia context;
  • Familiar with Design-Thinking Ecosystem in Cambodia.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English required.

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 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 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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-13

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