National Programme Officer

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United Nations Development Programme




Under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative of ROSEAP and the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator for the Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling Programme based in Bangkok, the National Program Officer (NPO) will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of ROSEAP projects called “Ensuring Decent Work and Reducing Vulnerabilities for Women and Children in the Context of Labour Migration in Southeast Asia” which aims to improve national and regional prevention and protection mechanisms to reduce violence and rights violations against vulnerable groups, especially women and children in the context of labour migration, including trafficking in human beings and smuggling, from a rights-based, gender-sensitive and child-responsive approach in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.  The activities planned under this project fall under three main objectives:

Enhanced capacities of the institutions and organisations that are part of the criminal justice chain to prevent and prosecute trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling cases 

Improved quality of protection and assistance services for rights holders to recover psychologically, physically, legally and financially from the abuses suffered during the migrant smuggling process

Strengthened instruments and spaces for the design and implementation of regional cooperation mechanisms to effectively tackle trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the Southeast Asia region

The National Programme Officer may also receive and act on requests for assistance from other UNODC initiatives having activities in Cambodia, as approved by the Regional Coordinator.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator for Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (based in Bangkok, Thailand), the NPO will perform the following tasks:

Summary of Key Function:

  • Implementation of programme strategies and capacity building activities
  • Contribution to national partnerships and Stakeholder engagement
  • Management of the UNODC programme

Details of Key Functions:

Implementation of programme strategies and capacity building activities

  • Contribute to the planning, oversight, implementation, management and delivery of technical assistance activities under the project, “Ensuring Decent Work and Reducing Vulnerabilities for Women and Children in the Context of Labour Migration in Southeast Asia”, including through the organization and delivery of workshops, forums, and trainings as well as the preparation of substantive inputs for capacity development initiatives on various aspects of relating to human trafficking and migrant smuggling;
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments and trends regarding human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Southeast Asia, but specifically in Cambodia;
  • Produce relevant presentations, speeches, and materials (in Khmer and English), including the drafting of written outputs such as project progress reports, donor reports, background papers, letter of invitations, mission reports, briefing notes, web stories, op-eds, etc.;
  • Identify and document good practices, lessons learned, and relevant experiences that may be shared with key project stakeholders, including from across ASEAN member states.

Contribution to national partnerships and stakeholder engagement

  • Conduct regular dialogues and discussions with key national authorities to assess and monitor ongoing needs, map gaps and report back to the Regional Coordinator;
  • Establish and maintain close relationships other key stakeholders, including with ASEAN Member States, other UN agencies, donor governments, civil society organizations, universities, etc. in Cambodia and broadly across Southeast Asia region (when necessary);
  • Maintain regular communication with the Regional Coordinator in ROSEAP and the team;
  • Contribute to a visible and identifiable UNODC presence in Cambodia, including by representing UNODC at relevant events and meetings;
  • Ensure visibility of the project and its donors by using the relevant identifiers on all materials and publications as well as at workshops and events.

Management of the UNODC programme

  • Supervise national consultants to ensure timely delivery of activities in accordance to the project work plan;
  • Prepare terms of reference/requirements for sub-contractors and vendors to ensure qualitative and objective procurement of services, and support the identification of suppliers and their contracting;
  • Ensure adherence to UN rules and regulations for financial and administrative matters and ensure timely fulfilment of all obligations and delivery of expected results of the project activities;
  • Contribute to developing a filing system for the pro ject and maintain filing accordingly;
  • Undertake travel duties related to the project or broader programmatic objectives as required;
  • Support broader migrant smuggling and human trafficking Regional Programme implementation in Cambodia as required; and
  • Perform other duties to support national project implementation and regional TIPSOM programming as required.

Impact of Results

  • Smooth and timely planning, implementation and monitoring of the assigned project activities in coordination with the Bangkok-based colleagues;
  • Effective collaboration and communication with relevant national counterparts; and
  • Provision of quality inputs to project documents, reports and visibility initiatives.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent)  in political science, Law, Social Science, Public Policy, International Relations, criminology or a related field is required. OR
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the above areas, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of two (2) years (with master’s degree) or four (4) years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in project management, coordinating and organizing workshops and trainings, particularly in the area of migrant smuggling, human trafficking or irregular migration;
  • Experience and knowledge and understanding of migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Cambodia;
  • Knowledge of the political and related dynamics in the ASEAN region;
  • Experience liaising with mid- to high-level government officials;
  • Strong inter-personal, diplomatic, coordination, organization and communication skills;
  • Experience in building and maintaining working relationships with different stakeholders; 
  • Social, cultural, gender, religion, ethnic, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team; 
  • Excellent English drafting and communication skills;
  • Experience working with law enforcement and/or criminal justice practitioners in Cambodia would be considered a strong asset;
  • Experience working with the United Nations or other international organizations is desirable;
  • Knowledge of Cambodia government procedures and processes linked to technical assistance is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Khmer and English is required. 
  • Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.





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