Community Engagement and Livelihoods Manager - Phnom Penh

Short-term contract
Localisation Phnom Penh, Cambodia
No remote
1 yrs of exp.
Posted on 03-02-2024

Conservation International

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Type of Contract: Full-time employment under one-year fixed term contract (renewable)

Reporting to: PLWS Landscape Manager

Duty Station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia with travel to targeted provinces.

Position Summary:

The Community Engagement and Livelihoods Manager will work to support the capacity and agency of the communities who are participating in PLWS REDD+ Project to engage with all other active stakeholders in the Project. The position will initially lead on facilitating the development of community benefit sharing mechanisms. The structure of these mechanisms will be representative of the participating communities and can be used as a vehicle for activities, information flows, participatory decision making and external representation. This position will lead on strengthening and supporting the operational and managerial capacity of these communities and the be to engage with the REDD+ Project activities. This will primarily focus on supporting the communities to generate, receive and use carbon revenue generated from the PLWS REDD+ project.

This role will work closely with the PLWS project stakeholder communities and will utilize strong facilitation and engagement skills to build relationships and trust with a number of external stakeholders. Internally, the position will work with a variety of internal teams including the Community Engagement and livelihoods team, Law Enforcement Team, Biodiversity and Science Team, Safeguarding Team, and the Conservation and Technology Team. This position will work to ensure that the project is in compliance with safeguards, gender and other donor and CI requirements and will also help to mainstream and raise the profile of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the project level.


3.1 Facilitation of establishment of REDD+ Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism

  • Work with Landscape Manager to develop approaches and steps for the establishment REDD+ Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism.
  • Lead on the establishment of REDD+ Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism.

3.2 Facilitation the Strengthening of REDD+ Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism

  • Under guidance from CI Landscape Manager, identify areas for capacity development for the REDD+ Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism
  • Work with CI landscape Manager and the wider team to design tools and methodologies for the capacity development for participant community members.
  • Lead on strengthening the operational and managerial capacity of the Community Benefit Sharing Mechanism through conducting assessments, trainings, and coaching.

3.3 Facilitation the supporting of the participating communities to generate, receive and use funds

  • Generate: Work with CI Landscape Manager and the wider team to plan and facilitate locally led approaches to map the critical REDD+ community/forest areas.
  • Generate: Lead the Community Engagement and Livelihoods team of PLWS to plan, facilitate and implement approaches and activities to protect and conserve the PLWS.
  • Receive: Work with CI Landscape Manager and the wider team to plan and facilitate locally led approaches to establish local-level REDD+ Benefit Sharing Mechanisms which can receive funds from a variety of different sources, in addition to carbon revenue
  • Receive: Lead on supporting the establish local-level REDD+ Benefit Sharing Mechanisms to be able to receive and use funds. ‱ Use: Work with the CI Landscape Manager and the wider team to develop approaches and facilitate activities to support the communities to decide what carbon revenue should be used for at the village/commune level.
  • Use: Work with the CI Landscape Manager and the wider team to support the local communities to use the funds generated by carbon revenue.
  • Use: Lead the team in supporting the community in the use, management, and reporting (as needed) on the utilization of funds

3.4 Field coordination

  • Coordination with communities, key stakeholders and CI team members to lead, support and facilitate wider project activities and events at the village, commune level, district level and provincial level.
  • Coordinate with the field team, donors, and partners to help identify and deliver support to sustainable livelihoods development activities within the communities.

3.5 Stakeholder engagement

  • Develop and strengthen relationships between CI, the target communities, and relevant stakeholders.
  • In close collaboration with the wider CI Landscape team, support the development and maintenance of relationships with PLWS Provincial government officials, attending and coordinating meetings, and undertaking other tasks as required.

3.6 Monitoring, Evaluation

  • Work with the MEAL team, contribute to the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning activities of the programme.

3.7 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Champion the fair treatment and full participation of all peoples in the programme, particularly those groups who have historically been underrepresented or subject to discrimination.

3.8 Team support

  • Manage the PLWS community engagement and livelihoods team and projects
  • Develop program strategies, objectives, work plans and metrics.
  • Oversee and implement program activities and manage technical and program staff.
  • Monitor, measure, and provide periodic progress and metric reports.
  • Ensure compliance with CI policies, funding agreements and local requirements.
  • Identify capacity building needs and support efforts to address capacity gaps.
  • Any other work assignments, duties, and/or functions as requested by Conservation International.


  • This position will manage the community engagement and livelihoods team in PLWS
  • This position is expected to supervise, mentor and train its supervisees and other colleagues as and when necessary.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to conservation and/or development; Master’s preferred.
  • At least five years' experience in local governance preferably on resource governance, and participatory land use planning/mapping, and capacity development to local communities.
  • Up to 2 years’ experience supervising others including multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience working in community engagement, and establishment of local institutions (example saving groups, and CF/CPA).
  • Experience in participatory assessments of the need for local community committee capacity development.
  • Some experience/knowledge about REDD+ implementation, preferably an establishment of benefit sharing mechanism.
  • Experience working with local authorities and government officials.
  • Good communication skills and teamwork abilities.
  • Demonstrated some levels of spoken and written English, and complete fluency in Khmer.
  • Computer proficiency such as MS Word, MS Excel.


  • Experience or working knowledge of conservation related concepts, projects or programs.
  • Experience in working with local communities in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Experience working on Protected Area management,
  • Experience working on alternative livelihoods option related to conservation.
  • Experience working with private sector engagement related to conservation
  • Experience working with NGOs.


  • This position will be based in Phnom Penh, with frequent travel to the field (>20% of the time)
  • Extended work hours may be required, including non-traditional work hours as needed in a global organization.
  • Travel to field sites requires riding on a motorbike through difficult terrain and occasionally working and staying overnight in rural areas.
  • This position may require needing to work out of doors in adverse weather conditions.

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