Forestry and Community Natural Resource Management (NRM) Specialist

Phnom Penh, , KH


Forestry and Community Natural Resource Management (NRM) Specialist – Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the Phnom Penh-based position of Forestry and Community Natural Resource Management (NRM) Specialist. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description.

General: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Salary & Benefits: The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits.

Applications: Applicants should go to to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “Forestry and Community NRM Specialist by December 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Winrock thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


Position Title: Forestry and Community NRM Specialist

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Department: Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit

Reports to: Chief of Party

Position Summary:

Winrock International is recruiting a Forestry and Community Natural Resource Management Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded project. This position will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The anticipated project will build on previous experiences and work from other USAID and donor investments with a focus on improving the overall management of the Prey Lang Extended Landscape. Activities will target the sub-national level but will also include strategic investments at the national level with various ministries and institutions. This comprehensive activity will focus on biodiversity conservation, strengthening the governance and polices related to the landscape, and increase sustainable economic growth within the area. The Forestry and Community NRM Specialist is expected to guide technical program activities in Prey Lang Extended Landscape by working in close partnership with forest-dependent communities and other relevant stakeholders involved in the management of the natural resources in the area.

Major Responsibilities

  • Contribute to program technical direction and activity implementation in areas agreed upon with the COP;
  • Build on and identify successful practices in the Prey Lang Extended Landscape in achieving improved natural resource management at the community level;
  • Facilitate relationship building with relevant government agencies and other local stakeholders;
  • Organize and track meetings with stakeholders;
  • Represent the project team at meetings and conferences as needed;
  • Communicate and coordinate with program staff on technical questions related to NRM and forestry, work planning and program implementation;
  • Provide management oversight to a range of program staff focused on NRM and forestry;
  • Work closely with local NGO partners, providing technical oversight;
  • Visit project areas regularly to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals;
  • Support annual work plan and progress report preparation, and monitor implementation;
  • Closely follow the implementation plan and monitor each deliverable;
  • Address and proactively identify problems and challenges, and adapt to evolving institutional, financial, and political realities on the ground.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the COP and Winrock.


Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:        

  • 5 years of relevant experience working on NRM and forestry. 
  • Strong understanding of Cambodia’s political practices, knowledge of Cambodia’s existing body of laws, regulations, and procedures governing land use, and appreciation for existing issues and initiatives to address these issues.
  • Experience working with relevant GOC Ministries and Government Officials.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing.
  • Fluent in English and Khmer strongly preferred.
  • Master’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or related field.