Governance and Livelihoods Lead, Biodiverse Landscapes Fund Lower Mekong Landscape - Phnom Penh

Long-term contract
Localisation Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Posted on 03-09-2024

Fauna & Flora

Over 100 projects in more than 40 countries, we work closely with local partners, governments and communities to protect the diversity of life on Earth.

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  • Location: Phnom Penh, with regular travel across Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
  • Salary: USD 41,800 per annum
  • Contract period: Three year fixed-term contract
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Fauna & Flora is seeking an experienced manager to oversee Fauna & Flora’s livelihoods and governance component within the BLF programme, providing cross-cutting thematic technical guidance and leadership. In addition, this position will be providing technical advice on Fauna & Flora’s Cambodia programme in its ongoing efforts to work with Indigenous People and Local Community members in conserving biodiversity, strengthening food and income security for some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in the Cardamom Mountains as well as on Cambodia’s coasts and islands.

The successful candidate will have sound technical knowledge and proven experience of managing and overseeing livelihood development and programming to achieve biodiversity conservation goals. You will have a strong proven track record in project and grant management and be skilled in providing strategic advice and technical input to the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of projects. You will have experience and technical expertise in managing and advising sustainable livelihood interventions through a market systems approach, addressing threats from unsustainable use and illegal wildlife trade, and ideally in the role of gender linked to conservation initiatives.

Responsible for the design, delivery and reporting of work being delivered across three countries and by the different organisations, strong leadership and people management skills are essential to the role to ensure a professional and motivated team that delivers effectively against project aims, objectives, and timelines. The role also requires a skilled and credible communicator, who is confident in developing and managing relationships internally and externally with partner organisations and relevant stakeholders, including donors and funders.

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the statutory and regulatory frameworks within which Fauna & Flora operates, as well as a commitment to organisational, donor, and legal compliance. You will have an advanced degree or equivalent level qualification in a relevant discipline and/or substantial experience in a related role. Experience working in the South-East Asia region is desirable.

Please download the job application pack for further details of the position and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24 March 2024.



  • Strong relevant technical expertise in resource mapping and land-use planning using participatory tools, including analysis of variances in resource use, access, and value
  • Strong leadership and proven ability to collaborate effectively with partner organisations, government institutions, and communities
  • Excellent facilitation, training, and coaching skills
  • Proven ability to plan, organise, and prioritise workload to meet deadlines
  • Strong problem solving, negotiation, and conflict management skills
  • A team player also able to work on your own initiative, you will have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong, clear verbal and written communication skills, including technical report writing
  • Advanced excel users and ability to analyse social data
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written

Knowledge and experience

  • Relevant degree or equivalent qualification and at least 5 years’ experience in sustainable livelihoods development and conservation work
  • Significant professional experience in at least two of the following topics: livelihood, tenure, governance components, and programs to reduce drivers of illegal trade and unsustainable natural resource use
  • Significant experience working in community centred, and community led approach especially in biodiversity conservation.
  • Experience working in Southeast Asia with understanding of key issues impacting conservation in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos
  • Proven experience in improving management and strengthening market systems for NTFPs products
  • Knowledge or experience of delivering participatory action research, working collaboratively with governments and/or community stakeholders
  • Experience conducting social/market surveys, including in designing assessment tools, data management, and analysis. Knowledge or experience of delivering behaviour change campaigns
  • A broad understanding of policy work and how it can impact conservation initiatives

Behavioural qualities

  • Demonstrates Fauna & Flora’s values
  • Ability to work within a dynamic and often high-pressure environment, culturally sensitive, flexible, and adaptable
  • Team player, with ability to seek out views of others and build positive working relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Capable of dealing with challenges in a patient, creative, positive, and constructive manner
  • Commitment to compliance and responsible management of donor funds
  • Able to work effectively and diplomatically in a geographically dispersed and international team
  • Able to travel often for long periods of time in remote areas with basic living conditions
  • Commitment to Fauna & Flora’s mission, vision, and values • Interest in and empathy with the mission and values of Fauna & Flora


  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly and at short notice within project sites

Applications should consist of the following:

  • Covering letter explaining why you are applying, relating your experience and skills to the role
  • Full CV
  • Contact details for two referees (who will not be approached without your permission)
  • Applications should be submitted electronically to Cliquez sur candidater pour accéder aux informations. Please mark your application ‘Governance and Livelihoods Lead, Biodiverse Landscapes Fund Lower Mekong Landscape’ and indicate in your covering letter where you saw the position advertised.
  • The closing date for applications is Sunday 24 March 2024.