Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance Specialist

Phnom Penh, , KH

Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance Specialist – Cambodia, Phnom Penh

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

GeneralWinrock 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 “Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance Specialist by February 17, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Cambodian nationals currently residing in Cambodia are encouraged to apply. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. Winrock thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


Position Title: Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance Specialist

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Department: Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit

Reports to: Chief of Party

Position Summary:

Winrock International is recruiting a Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance 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 in the area. The Landscape/Natural Resource Management Governance Specialist is expected to guide technical program activities in the Prey Lang Extended Landscape by working in close partnership with relevant stakeholders involved in land use in the area, to conserve biodiversity. Cambodian nationals currently residing in Cambodia are encouraged to apply. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to program technical direction and activity implementation in areas agreed upon with the COP.
  • Compile and review weekly, quarterly and other reports as requested, and track project progress against indicators.
  • Coordinate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team.
  • Prepare and provide project updates and other forms of communication about project results and achievements to be reported to USAID.
  • Facilitate the exchange of experiences and expertise between team leaders and project partners, consultants and contractors as directed by the COP.
  • Facilitate relationship building with relevant government agencies and other local stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Support the development and implementation of legal land tenure and/or land use instruments, including management plans.
  • Increase technical abilities needed for fact-based decision making.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the COP and Winrock.

Qualifications & Background:


  • Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management or related field required.

Work Experience:

  • 5 years of relevant experience working on natural resource governance issues required. 
  • Experience working with relevant GOC Ministries and Government Officials. 


  • 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.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing.
  • Demonstrated experience on multi-disciplinary teams and in various international settings is a plus.
  • Fluency in English and Khmer strongly preferred.