Research Specialist with Fauna & Flora International, Cambodia Programme



Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation organization. Our vision is to create  a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the  people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of  threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are  sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We operate primarily in developing countries where there is little capacity to  conserve endangered and threatened habitats and species. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in  over 40 countries.

Announcement Positions

Research Specialist

Research / Development, Community Development, Resources & Environment, Rural development, Social Work

  • Location: Phnom Penh Capital
  • Schedule: Full-Time
  • Salary: $900 – $1,300
  • this position for Marine Plastic Project

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary:​ depending on qualifications and experience

Type of Contract: Full Time,Undetermined Duration Contract with three month probationary period

Location: Phnom Penh office, with regular missions to coastal provinces  and field sites in coastal provinces

Reporting to: Project Manager, Marine Plastic, FFI Cambodia

Working with: Marine Plastic Project staff and partners, Coastal & Marine Conservation Programme staff, FFI Cambodia Finance & Administration Department, University Capacity Building Project, and other project  partners including NGOs, government, corporations and communities.

Department Overview: 

The FFI Cambodia Programme is currently recruiting for a skilled and  committed Research Specialist for the Marine Plastic Project, which focuses on reducing plastic pollution entering Cambodia’s coastal and  marine ecosystems to minimise the impact of this threat on species, habitats and coastal communities.

Main duties:

The Research Specialist will lead research activities for FFI’s Marine Plastic Project in coastal Cambodia, focusing waste characterization  and plastic use surveys, hotspot and threat assessments and monitoring of  marine litter, to inform strategies to reduce marine plastic pollution. The role will involve research design, training and capacity building for  government counterparts, local partners and students, while working  with a dynamic team in the implementation and administration of FFI’s Marine Plastic Project. The role will strengthen research design and field activities, with a focus on informing policy and developing marine litter monitoring and management programmes for Cambodia.


  • Coordinate research design and delivery for FFI’s marine plastic  project (60%)
  • Lead desk based, national and site-based marine plastic research,  with responsibility for research design, data collection, data  analysis and reporting;
  • Coordinate research activities in project sites, including planning, logistics, liaison with project partners, data collection, analysis of  project research and report writing;
  • Support marine litter monitoring and assessment with project partners, by engaging communities, recruiting and training volunteers and managing databases;
  • Support the development of a national marine litter monitoring programme and marine litter hotspot assessments alongside government and NGO partners, providing technical support, coordination and training where needed;
  • Share research findings and conduct consultations with stakeholders  to support design of locally-appropriate interventions informed by participatory engagement.
  • Strengthen partner capacity and networks for marine plastic  research and the reduction of marine litter (20%)
  • Coordinate multi-stakeholder engagement through participation and/or leadership of technical working group, meetings, workshops  and online communications;
  • Build government and coastal community capacity for marine plastic management and research, through awareness raising, training, workshops and ongoing support;
  • Strengthen collaboration and communication with other partners, including NGOs, intergovernmental agencies and government departments;
  • Building relationships with community partners whilst working  closely with the Cambodia Marine Conservation Project;
  • Attend workshops and conferences as a Marine Plastic Project representative and promote and report on project activities.
  • Support marine plastics project operations, administration  and logistics (20%)
  • Develop social media posts to raise the profile of FFI’s marine plastic research, supporting media campaigns as needed;
  • Support Marine Plastic Project logistics, including field work, travel arrangements, meeting coordination, agenda creation and  communication with local partners;
  • Support the development of work plans and provide input to   quarterly and annual reports when requested;
  • Prepare budgets for field trips and clearances with accompanying receipts and field reports in a timely manner;
  • Assist with translation and interpretation between English and  Khmer;
  • Collate and file research results, contact details, basic community information, species records, waypoints, maps and digital photographs in FFI’s online system.


  • Degree/Level:
  1. Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Environmental Science, Solid Waste Mangement, Natural Resource Management, Social Science, Integrated Coastal Management or a related field;
  2. Experience (at least three years) in a research focused role, ideally working with an NGO / INGO or an international agency;
  • Skills & Knowledge:
  1. Experience designing and coordinating research and working with communities in remote locations, ideally in coastal areas;
  2. Knowledge of biodiversity conservation, solid waste or social science research, ideally with a solid waste, marine litter and/or plastic pollution focus;
  3. Experience delivering training and/or presenting to community groups, students, authorities etc;
  4. Fluent in written and spoken Khmer;
  5. Excellent professional proficiency in written and spoken English (high standard essential);
  6. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and other MS Office products;
  7. Willingness to travel outside of Phnom Penh regularly and by boat.
  • Behavioral Qualities:
  1. Commitment to FFI’s Mission and Vision;
  2. Rigorous and diligent approach to work;
  3. Team player, demonstrating ability to seek out and harness the  views and contributions of others in an inclusive and respectful manner;
  4. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  5. Ability to build positive personal and organizational relationships;
  6. Ability to work within a multi-cultural environment.

Application Information

Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for three referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to email provide in the contact detail. Please mark your application ‘Research Specialist, Marine Plastic’.

The closing date for applications is Monday at 5.30pm Cambodia time,  with  interviews likely to take place during the week commencing 4th Jan 2021. Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number  of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

Fauna & Flora International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Applicants with Disabilities

FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation  to your application, please contact Jade Bedwell, HR Officer, on Tel: +44 (0)1223 749044 or emailFFI values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Contact Details;

Contact Name: Ms. PICH Panhary

Phone: 023 211 142

Email: Panhary.Pich@fauna-flora.org

Website: http://www.fauna-flora.org