Closing Date : 2020-01-31
Duty Station : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Organization: Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Country: Cambodia
Closing date: 31 Jan 2020

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an independent academic institution established in 1984. RWI has since 1990 carried out a wide range of research, academic education, and institutional capacity development programmes internationally in the human rights field, mainly with the support of Swedish Development Cooperation.

RWI s global thematic foci are economic globalisation, inclusive societies, people on the move and fair and efficient justice (

RWI initiated small scale cooperation in Cambodia in 2008. Since 2013, the institute has been implementing a human rights capacity development programme aimed at strengthening the environment for human rights promotion and protection in Cambodia through improved human rights education and research. The programme focuses on the next generation of decision-makers through cooperation with in particular universities and professional training academies. RWI s office in Cambodia was formally registered in March 2014 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute and the Royal Government of Cambodia. In total seven staff members work at the office.


The Institute is currently seeking to fill the position of Director to the Phnom Penh office. The position is full-time and subject to funding, with an expected starting date on 1 June 2020. The initial contract will be for 12 months, with possible extensions based on performance.

The Director of Office s primary responsibilities are to ensure the effective planning, management, coordination and follow-up, as well as the further development, of the work and activities falling under the Office s mandate. The office s mandate is currently programmes in Cambodia, but this might be geographically expanded in the coming years based on an internal overview of the Institute s management arrangements in the Asia. The Director of Office is furthermore responsible for ensuring programmes managed by the office achieve expected results and that the Office and its resources are managed efficiently. The Director of Office reports to the Deputy Director of Programmes in Lund, Sweden.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage, coordinate and develop the RWI operations, across thematic areas, in the country/region in question, ensuring a strategic and relevant role for RWI also vis- -vis global Institute priorities

Manage the affairs, staff and premises of the RWI Office in in the country/region

Maintain staff by: recruiting, selecting and orienting employees; maintaining a safe, secure, and legal work environment; and promoting personal and professional growth opportunities including through conducting annual performance and salary reviews

Develop and monitor budgets related to the work of the Office and oversee financial reporting from the Office

Regularly assess and monitor developments and results of RWI s work in the country/region preparing periodic reports on the same

Assess new opportunities for RWI to pursue in the country/region for resource mobilisation purposes, and develop proposals for new initiatives

Stay informed of relevant developments concerning the work of the Office

Participate in meetings of relevance to the Office s work, including with relevant Swedish and foreign authorities and organisations, representing RWI in the country/region

Initiate and maintain regular contact with relevant authorities, organisations, donors, etc.

Contribute to relevant organisational development initiatives of the Institute and other joint Institute initiatives

Contribute to the development of RWI strategies and priorities for the country/region in which the Office is based

Coordinate with other Directors of Office and Heads of Thematic Areas, as well as other relevant staff, to pursue synergies, coordination and collaboration

Develop work methodologies and tools for the improvement of programmes

Periodic travel to activity sites to successfully implement the duties above


At least 10 years of management and leadership experience, including in terms of office management as well as staff development and supervision

Strong knowledge of international human rights, including university degree with preferably a specialisation in international human rights law

Strong knowledge and significant experience of programme management, including RBM, M&E, project design and planning, donor reporting, budget development and follow-up etc.

Significant professional experience in international development cooperation

Experience from relevant work in the country/region in question or similar contexts

Experience of developing and managing strategic partnerships with preferably also access to a broad network of contacts in the country/region

Fluency in English with excellent English language writing skills


Knowledge and experience of cooperation with Academic Institutions/Universities

Experience working with Swedish development cooperation (Sida)

Knowledge of Khmer and other languages relevant to work in the region

How to apply:

Submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter via our website "Opportunities") and following the instructions. Please note that we only accept applications via the RWI website. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020and we continuously evaluate candidates, so please apply as soon as possible. RWI is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applicants regardless of sex/gender, disability, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or age.

For further information about the position, please contact Andreas Ljungholm, Deputy Director of Programmes,, and about the recruitment process, please contact Nina Blidfors Frykman, Head of Human Resources at

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