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National Human Resource Management and Training Specialist (2 positions)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Environment
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan. The Programme is structured in two components: one on aquaculture (i.e. CAPFISH-Aquaculture, adopted in 2016, EUR 30 million) and one on capture fisheries (i.e. CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries, adopted in 2019, EUR 92.7 million).

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: 1. fisheries management and conservation; 2. post-harvest and trade; and 3. improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme functions through direct Budgetary Support to the Royal Government of Cambodia Fisheries Administration (FiA) and by Complementary Support provided through the FAO (fisheries management and conservation pillar), UNIDO (post-harvest and trade pillar) and NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods pillar).

This Complementary Support project (FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries) supports the fisheries conservation and management pillar within the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme. The specific outcome that the project will work to achieve within its timeframe and resources is improved capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The National Human Resource Management and Training Specialist reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (Team Leader), under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia. He/she will work in coordination with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).

Technical Focus

Under output 8 of this project (General institutional capacity enhancement), the National Human Resource Management and Training Specialist will work in close collaboration with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), its Cantonments (FiAC) and other relevant Government agencies to support the development and implementation of FiA’s human resource development plan. In general, he will provide training, technical and policy advice; and provide support in capacity development and performance management. Specifically, he will perform the tasks listed below..

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Human Resource Management and Training Specialist will:

  • Work with the project TAT team and FiA to develop and implement annual integrated workplans aligned to the FiA, FiAC annual workplans in relation to Human Resource Management (HRM) and Training;
  • Support FiA in the development and piloting of guidelines, training and mentoring materials in relation to HRM systems and aligned to policies such as the Strategic Planning Framework (SPF) for fisheries, the Provincial Agriculture Strategic Development Plan (PASDP) and the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP);
  • Advise FiA and MAFF in the development and implementation of performance management policies, procedures and support tools;
  • Support FiA and FiAC staff in performing learning needs assessments; and identify key/priority areas for capacity development under the FAO CAPFISH project;
  • Assist in planning for and conducting consultations and workshops related to HRM and Training;
  • Participate in the Technical Working groups for the fisheries sector (TWGFi) and support FiA in the facilitation of workshops and meetings as required;
  • Work closely with the project gender mainstreaming team to assist FiA and relevant stakeholders on integration of gender equality, indigenous people and youth and child labour issues into their workplans;
  • Work with the project communication and visibility expert, providing content when required, on the development of communication, visibility and advocacy materials;
  • Support FiAC and the project team, including the ‘provincial capacity building teams through training and awareness raising in relation to HRM and Training;
  • Support project and FiA monitoring and evaluation activities including the establishment of baselines, progress reporting and work planning in relation to HRM and Training; and,
  • Perform other relevant duties, including support to other international and national consultants as requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in human resources management, public or business administration, education, organizational development, psychology, development studies, or a related field;
  • At least 7 years’ experience delivering trainings and providing technical advice to national or international bodies in HRM
  • Working knowledge of English and Khmer
  • National of Cambodia or legal resident with work permit

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent of experience advising government, non-governmental organizations, private sector and development partners on capacity development and training on HRM in Cambodia
  • Ability to use standard office software such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Exchange)
  • Ability to use HRM software and other automated HRM systems and databases
  • Familiarity with FAO and EU project procedures is an asset


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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