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Youth Participation and Empowerment Consultant

phnom penh


Cambodia is a youthful country with more than 60 per cent of its population are 30 years and younger. While the majority of youth in the workforce are employed and the unemployment rate is as low as 3.8 per cent among persons aged 15-24 , young people are systematically more likely to be unemployed than adults – up to three times more so- while working poverty and informality persist: 81 per cent of all jobs are considered vulnerable; 80 per cent of enterprises are informal and the majority of people employed in agriculture rely on subsistence farming. As a result, rural-to-urban migration in search for better paid jobs is showing no signs of weakening, as is formal and informal external migration.

Accelerating economic growth rests with how the country taps into the potential of its invaluable workforce, especially its young population. With an estimated 270,000 youth entering the labour market each year, Cambodia is facing not only challenge to create enough “decent” jobs for them but also to build a highly skilled workforce for the market. Yet, while it has made remarkable progress in education, the benefits have been unevenly distributed and educational and skill training quality needs further improvement to meet the needs/demands of the market.

UNDP has been supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to implement its 2030 agenda, especially the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. UNDP’s interventions will also respond to other goals, notably SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, SDG 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, SDG 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and SDG 9 to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. In addition to our policy advocacy work, UNDP is also working to address individual, cultural and institutional barriers for advancing human capital and for increasing the participation of youth, including young women in the workforce. With the Government and private sector, UNDP is supporting youth’s skills development, leadership, entrepreneurship and providing mentoring and career advice. Building up on the existing works, UNDP is continuously formulating/designing new innovative initiatives that contribute to SDG8 by bringing in technologies and new players especially private sector. Hence, UNDP is seeking to recruit a National Consultant to support this endeavour.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Consultant will work with UNDP team in 1) finalizing the design of UNDP youth programme, 2) supporting youth’s employment related researches (undertaken by external partner) and conducting necessary desk reviews, 3) coordinating project final evaluation, 4) contributing to the design of new initiatives that bring the linkage between youth, economic participation, governance/service delivery and innovation, and 5) forge partnership for the accountancy qualification initiative that benefit youth.

Interested Offerors must visit this link download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


  • Good communicator
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Good attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills

Required Skills and Experience

Education:  Master’s degree in development and gender studies, economics, political science, public policy or other relevant fields.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experiences in the field of youth or economic researches;
  • Experiences in designing initiative/ project;
  • Experiences in multi-stakeholder coordination;
  • Sound technical knowledge on project management, monitoring and evaluation and report writing;
  • Experience in results-based management (RBM);
  • Experience working with international development organization including the UN agencies, private and public sectors in Cambodia;
  • Solid experience and knowledge in institutional capacity development or organizational changes;
  • Ability to facilitate diverse group discussion and workshop;

Language Requirement: Fluency in English and Khmer.

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.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: phnom penh
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-02

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