CKS Seeks qualified Instructor for its new Mid-Career Program:

“Exploring conflict in the ASEAN region: Environmental Change and
Challenges in Southeast Asia”

Program Overview

This 2016 program is intended for mid-career scholars, development professionals, and civil servants from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, who seek to deepen their analytical skills and critical thinking abilities with the goals of allowing them to improve their decision-making capacities as future agents of change within a dynamic growing regional network

Under the guidance of a senior instructor, fifteen participants will analyze cross-border issues that arise from the rapid changes in three key interrelated dimensions of environmental change that capture the intersection between water, food and energy security within the Mekong Basin Region. The program will entail two required intensive one-week sessions, in August and November 2016, that will comprise coursework, seminar discussions, group exercises, applied skills training and individual research. The intervening months between the two sessions, participants will work in their home countries on a research project chosen by the participant in consultation with the senior instructor. The first week will take place in Phnom Penh, the second will be in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Instructor’s Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CKS Executive Director and the Regional Program Ad-Hoc Committee, the Regional Program Instructor will:

  1.  Develop a detailed two-week academic course syllabus for the CKS Regional Program the relationships between water, food and energy security in the Mekong River Basin and its cross-border challenges in relation to Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  2. Teach a two-week academic course totaling 96 hours. The Instructor will draw from a background in the social sciences to approach and discuss current problems and challenges associated with food, water and energy security in the six selected countries of the Mekong River Basin.
  3.  Select a limited number of guest speakers for lectures and presentations in the course of Week 1 and Week 2, where appropriate (to be approved by the Director and the Ad Hoc Committee).
  4. Help organize and schedule training in research skills and in the monitoring and evaluation of program participants.
  5. Advise the program participants on their research projects during scheduled group- and individual supervisory sessions. Schedule proposed research project presentations by the participants at the end of Week 1 and research findings in the course of Week 2.
  6. Provide continual research support to and communication with the participants in the course of the interim period through the use of the program blog.
  7. Submit a final report including feedback as to how to improve the program so that it can better achieve its objectives in the future.

Qualifications and experience

  1. A Doctoral Degree in environmental science or geography or other relevant subjects
  2.  An excellent understanding of the environmental, political, economic and social dynamics in Southeast Asia
  3.  Experience working in Southeast Asia and in a multi-cultural setting
  4.  Demonstrated teaching, supervision and research skills
  5.  Editing and publishing skills
  6.  Ability to plan, develop and implement a syllabus
  7.  Proficiency in English both in writing and speaking. Proficiency in other Southeast Asian languages (Khmer, Burmese, Chinese, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese) is a plus.
  8.  Competence in Internet skills (i.e., blogging).

Competitive salary based on a five month contract, including full-time and part-time assignments.
Interested Candidates should send a CV and cover letter outlining their interest in the program by e-mail to Dr. Krisna Uk, CKS Executive Director, at by April 30th, 2016.

This CKS program is generously funded by the Ford Foundation the Henri Luce Foundation.