Consultant On Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE)

Oxfam Novib

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

Date:  8 Nov 2023

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Start dateJanuary 2024 to December 2024
How to apply:Interested candidates or team are invited to submit:A cover letter and CV that demonstrate your previous work in this field and the expertise.Financial proposal of consultancy fee in net US dollars.Oxfam will be responsible to pay 15% withholding tax for resident taxpayer or 14% withholding tax for non-resident taxpayer.
Deadline21 November 2023, 23:59 (GMT+7) 
Application to be submitted to: 
Assignment location:Phnom Penh, Cambodia


To design and deliver training programs on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in various communities to enhance their economic skills, knowledge, and confidence.


The project focuses on improving the resilience, productivity, and socio-economic conditions of fishing communities as well as the ecological sustainability of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve (TSBR) through community-centered interventions that improve access to safe water and sanitation through sustainable sanitation and water solutions like Handy Pods (HPod), Water Kiosk (WK)1 and eco-waste management services, enhanced education opportunity and quality for vulnerable and poor girls and boys with increased availability and accessibility to education to successfully transition through school and facilitate the development of sustainable alternative livelihoods. In addition, the Green Economy component of the project creates sustainable livelihoods and employment opportunities in three sub-sectors – eco- tourism, solar energy, and sustainable agriculture – through interventions that create income sources while reducing environmental pressures on the TSBR.

The project is the result of collaboration among a Consortium of 13 organizations with Oxfam as lead for the Western region and consists of local and international non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, and leading businesses which bring together diverse expertise, best practices, and tested technologies developed in over 40 years of development interventions in Cambodia. The project will seek to address:

•    WASH needs (Safe Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation)

•    Support pre-primary, primary and lower secondary inclusive education

•    Foster a green economy by strengthening skills of CFi members and creating an enabling environment for community entrepreneurship and investment in Eco- tourism (CBET and Commercial), sustainable agriculture (Rice and Horticulture), NTFP and renewable energy, and supporting community led- led green businesses through inclusive business models supported by the Private Sector Partners.


The overall objective of RiceTechCambodia is to enhance the rice value chain in Cambodia. Additionally, the project partners will combine knowledge, strengths and efforts through establishment of a Public-Private Partnership with the aim to add value to the organic rice sector in Cambodia, enabling the country to better serve well-developed rice markets in Europe with a particular focus on baby food.

The proposed project is being implemented a responsible, sustainable and inclusive rice value chain where it connects demand side (economic actors) with supply side (rural communities). The smallholder farmers in Mondulkiri (north-eastern part of Cambodia) currently lack an incentive to professionalize their rice production activities in order to improve their yield and income due to the absence of a direct sales market. By introducing professional organic rice cultivation practices through extensive training & contract farming, and creating access to nearby paddy drying, milling & storage facilities, the farmers will be able to gain knowledge, increase rice quality and yield, and increase income because of premium prices for their produce. It is conservatively calculated that a farmer with 1.5 ha of land can increase its between 140-216% as a result of the project.

The project will be realized by supply of high quality foundation seeds, (mechanical) agricultural tools & tractors, transfer of know-how, implementing track & trace along the supply chain, organic certification, instalment of drying, milling & storage facilities, quality control & assurance, and introduction of a pilot project for circular rice-fish farming. The period of project is from July 2023 to June 2027.

All project activities will directly lead to significant improvement of the livelihoods of local small-scale rice farmers in Mondulkiri province and indirectly strengthen the general business climate in Cambodia, contributing to sustainable economic growth.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop women’s economic empowerment (WEE) training manual in English and Khmer which is related to Cambodia context through consultation with Oxfam in Cambodia and global team
  • Develop training of trainer guidebook for project partners in Khmer and English
  • Deliver training on WEE, including unpaid care work, financial management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and other relevant topics
  • Deliver training sessions in a professional and engaging manner, utilizing a variety of training techniques and methodologies.
  • Deliver training to project partners at Phnom Penh and specific community people in some communes at Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, and Mondulkiri province.
  • Coach project partners to provide training to community leaders, local organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure the training programs are relevant and effective.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the training programs and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Review and follow Oxfam’s conceptual framework on Women’ economic empowerment which is available in website. 


The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

NoExpected outputDeadline
1Develop conceptual framework guidebook on WEE in the context of Cambodia in Khmer and EnglishFebruary 2024
2Develop Training of Trainer (ToT) guidebook on WEE for project partners in English and KhmerMarch 2024
3Provide training to partners on WEE ToT for 1 time at Phnom PenhMarch 2024
4Provide training to the community in specific communes in Mondulkiri, Siem Reap, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey for 4 times (1 time/province)April to December 2024
5Provide training report of each training and constructive feedback After ending the training course


The individual(s) should have the following competencies:

Essential criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, business, economics, social sciences, gender or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in women’s economic empowerment, training, or related field.
  • Strong facilitation and training skills, including experience in delivering training sessions to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Knowledge of gender issues and women’s economic empowerment strategies.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in local languages spoken in the target communities is an advantage.


For any inquiries relating to this assignment, please reach out to Mr. Ear Chong. Please send up to 7 days before the submission deadline in writing. Email Address: [email protected]

Administrative compliance (list of documents to be submitted)

Responses must be submitted and prepared in English and received by the deadline.

To be shortlisted for evaluation against award criteria, the following documents must be included in the application:

1Technical proposal / approach paper to do the assignment and achieve objectives including methodology, proposed work plan and timelinesMandatory
2Financial offer (price quotation) including budget and pricingAll prices must appear in US Dollar, with and without VAT (specify the VAT rate if applicable)The total budget, which must include a detailed breakdown of costs by deliverables/day.The total budget proposed by the Consultant must include all costs that will be invoiced to Oxfam in the financial offer[1]:all technical services and activities e.g. research, report writing, analysis, instrument development costs;travel related costs (including flights, taxi, car, visas, vaccination, prophylaxis, accommodation, food);Please provide a detailed breakdown of your daily rate and the number of days and resources required per activity, as well as the associated cost.Mandatory
3Curriculum Vitae(s) (CV) of the proposed consultant(s), proving relevant experience and/or qualifications. If multiple people are involved, an outline of roles/ responsibilities also needs to be included.Mandatory
4Two relevant references (minimum) for previous comparable assignmentsMandatory

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