Conservation Planning Expert for the Integrated Ecosystem Mapping Initiative

Phnom Penh, , KH


Cambodia is rapidly transiting from a low to a middle-income country. The Gross National Income per capita is USD 950 with an annual GDP growth of 7.4 percent (World Bank 2013). Economic developments have been accompanied by a rapid expansion of Economic Land Concessions (ELCs), Social Land Concessions (SLCs), hydropower dams, mining and road building in rural areas. While they have brought some important economic benefits, they raise concerns over the growing pressure on ecosystems and rural livelihoods. For example, forest coverage declined from 73% in 1965 to only 57% in 2011 (FA 2011).

Aside from putting biodiversity and species at risk, the degradation of ecosystems have other effects. Not least, it constitutes a significant threat to the livelihoods of rural people, especially the poor who are highly dependent on the continued viability of ecosystems for their livelihoods. 80% of the Cambodian population is estimated to reside in rural areas. They collect fuelwood for daily cooking, timber for house construction, fish, and Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for subsistence and income. It is also notable that most rural people are subsistence farmers exercising rain-fed agriculture. They are subject to growing threats from climate change effects with increasing incidents of droughts, floods, and windstorms, and rising sea levels. At the time of droughts or floods, ecosystems provide a crucial safety net by offering supplemental or alternative sources of income. By regulating water flows and reducing agricultural and residential damage from flooding and droughts, watersheds offer another kind of safety. Hence, the loss and deterioration of ecosystems will increase the risk that rural people lose their livelihood bases and subsequently fall back into poverty. Moreover, a growing volume of empirical evidence suggest that environmentally harmful developmental activities are less effective in lifting people out of poverty than initially expected.

Duties and Responsibilities

Building on the results from the data collection, main scopes of this assignment are to:

  • Create integrated maps and
  • Develop DSSs with DSAs to assist the government to meet their objectives of land use planning.

Creation of integrated maps:  this activity includes

  • Review and organize data consolidated by international and national GIS consultants.
  • Prepare key data sets to be used for DSAs /DSS (see annex 1 for key data sets and potential data sources). This includes harmonizing existing methodologies and techniques used for maps collected by different sources (e.g. using  the government’s definitions of forests (10 % of crown cover))

 Development of DSSs with DSAs include the following activities: this activity includes

  • Conduct consultations with the GIS unit of the General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information (GDEKI), the Department of Terrestrial Protected area Conservation, and the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment of the MoE and the Biodiversity Department (under NCSD)  to discuss the following proposed DSS objectives to meet the interests of these departments.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake analyses for GIS, remote sensing, conservation based spatial planning (assessed by a sample of spatial analyses in the field of conservation).

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and Experience


  • At minimum, a master degree in GIS and spatial planning or other related fields.


  • At least 7 years of experience with conservation-based spatial planning, remote sensing and GIS analyses;
  • Work experience conducting Decision Support Analyses for spatial planning to identify and to map priority areas for conservation, development, and livelihoods;
  • Working experience in the South East Asia region preferably in Cambodia in the field of biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, community based natural resources management.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English Language; knowledge of Khmer is asset.

Other requirement:

  • Sample of spatial analyses in the field of conservation

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

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