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Job Announcement: 2 positions

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2017

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email (mentioning the position name in the email subject) a detailed CV and a very short cover letter describing how their qualifications and experience match the position requirements, no later October 31st, 2017 (COB), to BOTH following email addresses:;

*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.


The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) mission is to support research and teaching in the social sciences, arts and humanities as they relate to Cambodia. Since our founding in 1998, CKS has aimed to foster understanding of Cambodia and the Mekong region.

CKS brings the experience and strength of more than 15 years’ operating in Cambodia, and solid established partnerships with local and international organizations. Operating from both Siem Reap (headquarters) and Phnom Penh, CKS offers a dynamic working environment with lots of room for initiative, innovative thinking, professional empowerment, and rapid decision making.

Position number 1 (To be based in Siem Reap):
CKS Head of Programs

CKS is seeking a qualified Cambodian National to perform as its Head of Programs. Benefiting from the energy and vision of a new leadership team, CKS is implementing several strategic changes to improve the efficiency and impact of its programs and operations in Cambodia and the region.

The Head of Programs shall be responsible for the design and development of a new project pipeline, while ensuring implementation and management of CKS existing programs (which includes Fellowship programs, Thematic conferences and development projects, Public lectures, Regional mid-Career program, Khmer Culture and Language program, Key Publications, Library outreach projects etc.).

As a member of CKS senior management team, the Head of Programs is expected to ensure organizational efficiency through direct coordination/implementation of projects, participation in decision making, advising on programs and internal policy issues, communication and implementation of agreed upon decisions. S/he will work under direct supervision from the Director.

Occasional monthly travel to PPH and/or SR will occur upon needs and demand.

Key responsibilities of the Head of Programs are given below:

1/ Overall responsibilities


  • In charge of formulation, implementation and reporting of program activities
    • Ensuring all programs are well monitored and implemented in an effective and efficient manner, following a clear work plan that the incumbent will develop and/or monitor, as necessary.
  • Managing program evaluation and reporting: lead monthly, quarterly, and bi-annual reporting to CKS key donors (Global Foundations, Institutional donors, and Private Philanthropists).


  • Coordinate development of project/program proposals in accordance with CKS mission and strategic plan
    • Overseeing timely submission of program reports as agreed with donors and other stakeholder.
    • Review budget preparation and submission, in partnership with Finance manager.
    • Ensure sound transition from program concept to program draft to program finalization to resource mobilization to implement the program


  • Build strategic partnership with government, higher education institutions, universities, and with local/international development organizations and donors
    • Liaison with senior counterparts such as technical Advisors, secretary of state, senior researchers etc. to keep abreast of latest research, national/sectoral policies, strategies and regulations on sectors that are relevant to CKS, e.g. higher education, inequality reduction, environmental protection, sustainable economic development, etc.).
    • Focal point for CKS stakeholders such as Cambodian government representatives, donors, US and French Embassy focal points, CKS international and Cambodian senior fellows, donors, universities and research centers in Cambodia, the region, and at global level.


  • Provide guidance, supervise and mentor CKS program officer, administrative officer, and communication and outreach officer.
  • Oversee CKS external multimedia and event communication to ensure it is clear, up to date, and comprehensive. Ensure accuracy of CKS knowledge and information management systems.
  • Ensure transparent, accountable and efficient use of CKS financial and physical resources and assets.
  • Capacity to perform as Officer in Charge during the absence of CKS Country Director.

2/ Required qualifications


– Fluent written and spoken English

– Ability to formulate and manage development of project proposals, both narrative and budget parts.

– Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting. Full project cycle control, excellent work/project management and planning skills.

– Ability to lead implementation of new systems and business processes, and positively affect staff behavioral and attitude change.

– Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues.

– Builds strong networks and relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.

– Ability to coach people to solve conflicts and issues.

– Timely provides data and information needed for preparation of resource mobilization activities and documents ensuring needs of donors are met.


– Self-Management & Emotional Intelligence: Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure. – Fosters a positive outlook and maintains focus during period of stress and heavy workload, inspiring and guiding others towards goal achievement.

– Demonstrates clear oral and written communication and thinking skills. Ability to receive feedback and strengthen skills, capacities and competencies.

– Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage difficult situations.

– Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

– Leads projects teams effectively

– Ethics & Values: Demonstrating/Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity.

– Initiative-taking. Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action.

– Working in teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work. Works collaboratively with team members sharing information openly and displaying multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

– Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively. Uses tact and sensitivity when delivering sensitive information or resolving delicate issues.

– Informed and transparent decision-making.

– Ability to make sound decisions in CKS interest, and to provide clear advice to CKS leadership

– Ability to work independently, with autonomy, and to perform well with limited supervision.

– Capacity to manage risks, and to inform and take appropriate actions to troubleshoot issues.


– MA in social sciences, economics, business administration or any related fields

– At least 5 years of extensive experience in project management, planning and implementation, in public and/or private sector, international ngo’s/cso’s and/or academias.

– Experience developing and managing donor funded development projects;

– Good analytical skills, oral and written communication and team building skills;

– Experience in teamwork, with national and international experts;

– Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages; usage of project management software will be an asset.

– Working experience with governments, donors, non-government, and international development organizations is preferable;

– Experience developing successful development projects in partnership with universities, research institutes, and international organization, in higher education sector, is a strong advantage.

– Ability to function at both policy advisory and project implementation levels.

– Track record in mobilizing financial resources is a plus.

Language Requirements: Strong command of English, both oral and written, is required.

A very competitive salary and benefit package will be provided based on experience and qualification. CKS is an organization that values professionalism, diversity and results. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Shortlisted candidates should be able to provide three references on request.

Position number 2:
CKS Communication and Outreach Officer

CKS is seeking a communication and outreach officer who will be the primary individual supporting day-to-day communications and outreach activities. Besides ensuring quality of key communication tools and materials, key responsibilities will be focusing on supporting 3 main areas: ensuring CKS (1) strong presence in Multimedia, (2) quality publications, and (3) public events visibility and outreach.

Therefore, the position requires an individual who is at ease with newest multimedia tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. S/he will also support longer-term communication and outreach initiatives (internal and external) and ways to develop and position CKS among its local partners, online, and within the international development community.

Under the direct management of the CKS head of programs, and overall guidance of the Director, the outreach and communication officer will play a key role in development and implementation of CKS major communication projects and publications.

Key responsibilities of the Communications and Outreach officer are given below:

1/ Overall responsibilities:

Multimedia presence:

-Update and revise the website, both content and structure wise.

-Develop and implement CKS social media strategy, including regularly updating CKS Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other accounts, as needed, with up to date and relevant content.

-Analyse need and relevance of a blog of CKS-produced content from CKS partners and beneficiaries that showcases CKS work and expertise.

-Develop timely material to promote CKS activities for distribution on social media, website, newsletters, and other external modes of communication.

-Create, collect, and/or edit photographic and video content.

-Track CKS online presence, including media mentions of CKS programs and activities and web and social media analytics.

Quality printed communication materials and publications:

-Support and coordinate the production of key information materials (e.g. brochures, flyers, etc.), flagship reports and publications (In Focus Magazine, “Siksacakr”, etc.)

-Work with international and local editors to establish, and monitor deadlines related to public information content for print and distribution.

-Identify a set of cost efficient and quality publication and printing companies.

Public events/outreach:

-Collect, record and compile important information from programs and events, and when required write small press briefings to cover all major project events and share with local newspapers, radio and TV channels.

-Maintain good visual records of different CKS program in order to track progress and allow inputs for making progress reports presentable and interesting, and for improving annual and donor reporting interest.

-Improve and manage updated distribution list and contact database of key stakeholders journalists, university staffs and other individuals to ensure wide and targeted distribution of information, to ensure that key material and information reach out to intended audience.

Other duties as assigned by CKS program manager to support CKS communications and outreach efforts.

2/ Required qualifications:


-Ability to develop and implement a simple communication strategy to outreach to target audience.

-Excellent communication skills in English, including the ability to prepare reports and deliver oral presentations will be essential.

-Proven ability to effectively translate technical products or content to specific, non-technical audiences would be a great asset.

-Good visual design experience using multimedia tools, including creating or contributing to print and web design products.

-Experience with graphic design and editing programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign; Software such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop and other designing software is essential.

-Web design or web development skills is a plus.

-Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work well with wide range of stakeholders.


-Ability to participate effectively in complex teams of various expertise.

-Strong service orientation, flexibility and understanding of clients’ needs essential.

-Willingness to learn new skills, acquire new experience; to be proactive and take initiative.

-Very good planning, coordinating, organizing and analyzing abilities.

-Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with staff at all levels in a multicultural environment; ability to function independently and as a member of a team.

-Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

-Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaboration and cooperating with others.

-Capacity to prioritize and deliver tasks on time.

-Open to constructive feedback

Education and experience:

-University (or equivalent) degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field.

-Minimum of two years of working experience with INGO, NGO, Development agency or media sector assuming responsibilities in communications and/or public relations, including knowledge of and experience with social media tools and strategies.
More specifically:

-Capacity to effectively contribute to improve and present public information on complex subjects for print and digital media.

-Experience in developing content that use social media, multimedia, apps and web publishing tools.

-Experience with editorial production of print and public information products, including publications in multiple language editions, is a plus.

-Experience developing written materials, and supporting conferences and /or workshops is a plus.

A very competitive salary and benefit package will be provided based on experience and qualification. CKS is an organization that values professionalism, diversity and results. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Shortlisted candidates should be able to provide three references on request.