Position: Cambodia Policy Manager (CI)__Deadline:12Dec

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Conservation International (CI) believes that getting the right policy-based framework composed of national and local laws, rules, and regulations under a rights-based framework, is essential to achieving our mission to “empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity”. Policies to harness the immediate potential of natural climate solutions (NCS) are essential to addressing global climate change and this position will have a heavy focus on informing such policies in the region. At the same time, ambitious global policies on how we manage biodiversity, and the high seas will be developed over the next few years and the countries of the Asia Pacific Region will be an important voice in how they are formulated and implemented.

The Cambodia Policy Manager will have the opportunity to be a part of a Global Policy and Government Affairs (GPGA) team that leads CI’s engagement in international policy arenas and works directly with the Regional Senior Policy Director and the CI Cambodia country program to support the development and implementation key policies at the national level. The Policy Manager will be based in Cambodia and support the country team in providing technical assistance in drafting and developing NCS, REDD+, climate change, carbon markets and trading, biodiversity, coastal fisheries, coastal blue carbon and other ocean and coastal policies, and as well as emerging international policy priorities for the country. The Cambodia Policy Manager will also be working closely with the Cambodia Landscape Director, Governance and Conservation Director, and Community Engagement and Safeguards Manager. This position will also build advocacies and partnerships to develop enabling conditions for the adoption of these policy goals.

They will be responsible for working with the CI Cambodia (CI-C) country program and engaging the national/subnational governments to develop policy recommendations and implement strategies to influence the design of domestic policy frameworks related to NCS and REDD+. As a secondary priority, They will be responsible for supporting CI-C country program to build policy analysis and engage the government on positions for global negotiations on other emerging priorities in the international policy arena (e.g., climate, biodiversity, and the ocean). They will have the opportunity to leverage Conservation International’s strong foundation in policy engagement in Cambodia as well as in the GPGA and Asia Pacific Field Division (APFD) teams. 

This position is for a two-year term, extendable upon satisfactory performance towards the stated goals and conditional on continued funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In collaboration with GPGA and APFD policy teams, support CI-C country program to develop policy recommendations and design and implement strategies to influence the design of enabling conditions, policy frameworks, and safeguards to facilitate the development and delivery of high-quality NCS credits and REDD+ nesting for domestic and international voluntary and compliance markets in Cambodia. 
  • In consultation with CI-C and the GPGA, contribute to and develop a work plan outlining national priorities for climate, biodiversity, and the ocean (including priorities spanning multiple areas, such as blue carbon and other ocean-climate topics), aligning with APFD and GPGA priorities.
  • In collaboration with GPGA and APFD policy teams, support CI-C country program to develop analytical and written output (e.g., policy briefs, scenario analyses, and other policy analyses) aimed at influencing the national government’s positions on key elements relating to NCS, REDD+, blue carbon, carbon pricing, and participation in national and international carbon trading.
  • Develop a policy engagement plan to promote high-quality NCS credits using the community, conservation, and NCS framework at the national and global levels.
  • Support collaboration with external partners (such as the carbon developers group and the NGO coalition) to articulate a shared vision for Cambodia’s participation in international carbon markets.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with external partners to create shared policy guidance or policy positions for national governments related to CI’s climate policy priorities and, as a secondary priority, biodiversity, and ocean policy priorities.
  • Plan and track programmatic activities to comply with international donor requirements and reporting.
  • Facilitate linkages amongst relevant CI-C country program partners and networks, through coalition building, working groups, or other approaches, to advance policy work on climate, and as a secondary priority, biodiversity, and oceans (such as the Cambodia carbon developers group, REDD+ task force secretariat, other Technical Working Groups, etc.)  
  • Develop ways and means to ensure that policy recommendations on climate, biodiversity, and oceans are inclusively arrived at/or consulted with relevant stakeholders and supported by a consistent feedback mechanism
  • Regularly provide updates and analysis to CI-C country program on national and global developments in climate, biodiversity, and oceans, identifying policy opportunities and threats, and propose (with GPGA and others’ support) ways in which to respond to these.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In collaboration with GPGA and APFD policy teams, support CI-C country program to develop analysis and influence governments’ positions on key elements of the global negotiations on climate, biodiversity, and ocean policies.
  • Support fundraising initiatives, handle development opportunities, and strategic communications and inquiries as may be directed by the Country Director.
  • Other complementary duties as assigned by the supervisor such as overseeing interns or consultants, or developing proposals.
  • Present and speak publicly at events and conferences in Cambodia and the region.

PEOPLE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Does not manage staff but provides cross-cutting support to peers and may direct the work of interns, volunteers, contractors, and others.
  • Does have limited authority to allocate appropriate resources or approve appropriate budget expenditures when necessary.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • The position requires up to 10% domestic and international travel.
  • This is a fast-paced work environment that will require occasional early morning or evening work for phone calls with CI programs/teams in other time zones.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in international relations, conservation science, climate, policy, economics, or another development-related field and (at least 2 years) specialized professional experience in topics related to climate change, carbon pricing mechanisms, and national and international policy processes.
  • 4 to 6 years of related work experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity for policy analysis and understanding of policy processes and strategies for influencing them.
  • Working knowledge of climate policy.
  • Able to work independently and in a team setting, including with remote teams.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, able to form collaborative working relationships with multiple groups internal and external to the organization.
  • Experienced and confident at high-level meetings, panels, conferences, workshops, events, and presentations.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills that can be adapted to a wide variety of people of different cultures and backgrounds -- CI staff, government officials, Indigenous and local community leaders, the press, partners, donors, etc.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage time and diverse activities.
  • Comfortable working across cultures.

Preferred

  • Master’s degree in international relations, conservation science, climate, policy, economics, or another development-related field.
  • Established relationships in the climate change, biodiversity, and/or conservation policy community within Cambodia, in the Asia-Pacific region, or internationally.
  • Working knowledge of international biodiversity, climate change, and ocean (high seas) policy. Prior experience in these arenas is not necessary, but the role requires an understanding of international policy processes.
  • Experience leading and/or participating on an effective team.
  • Fluency or conversational ability in Khmer will be viewed very favorably.
  • Solid attention to detail.  
  • Ability to function well in a multicultural, diverse, and fast-paced work team environment.
  • Comfortable managing multiple duties and adapting to changing priorities.
  • Service focus. Courteous, tactful, and proven ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and take initiative to solve problems under the supervisor's direction.
  • Familiar and comfortable with Microsoft Office and Adobe software

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2022 (11:49 PM EST)

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