Cowater International Inc.

Investment Promotion Officer

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Last update: May 20, 2024 Last update: May 20, 2024


Deadline: May 29, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Cambodia
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, Khmer English, Khmer
Work experience:Min 3 years
Date posted: May 17, 2024


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Job Title: Investment Promotion Officer
Sector: Investment and Trade, Infrastructure, Agriculture
Position Type: Full-time
Duration/Level of Effort: Long-Term
Position Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contractual arrangement: “Eligible for Cambodian Residents/Citizens Only” 

The CAPRED Facility is Australia’s flagship bilateral economic development program in Cambodia, focusing on economic recovery and resilience over the next four years, with a possible three-year extension.
The Facility supports Cambodia in implementing a range of necessary economic interventions and reforms to maintain the country’s economic transition. These interventions and reforms are primarily aimed at encouraging more productive and inclusive public and private investment, which promotes a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable economy (RISE).
CAPRED interventions fall under three technical components including: Agriculture and Agro-processing; Trade, Investment and Enterprise Development and Infrastructure Development; and one Cross-Cutting component comprising: Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), Climate Resilient initiatives, and policy support. and policy support. GEDSI is at the heart of all that CAPRED does. 

The Investment Promotion Consultant will work with CAPRED team, international consultants, Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), other institutions of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), private sector partners, business association, economic development partners, and other relevant stakeholders to:

  1. complete three workshops to promote the new Law on Investment to the Provincial-Municipal Investment Subcommittee (PMIS) in three provinces,
  2. develop three-year investment promotion roadmap,
  3. support other investment promotion and facilitation activities to attract investors and investment into Cambodia.

The Investment Promotion Consultant’s roles and responsibilities will include:
Strategic Leadership

  • Proactively work with the team and professionally coordinate with international consultant(s), the CDC, CAPRED, and other RGC’s institutions, investors, private sectors, economic development partners, and other relevant stakeholders to complete the investment promotion roadmap on schedule and to the required standard.

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Works closely with national counterparts to build cooperative relationships and establish CAPRED as an effective partner.

Technical Enterprise

  • Working closely with members of the CAPRED trade, investment, and agri-food innovation team, to develop programs to support the RGC in areas including (but not limited to):
  • Work closely with the CAPRED team to facilitate with the CDC, international consultants, and all relevant stakeholders in planning and developing an investment promotion roadmap. This includes arranging consultation meetings, workshops, and any necessary administrative and logistical arrangements if needed. (June 2024-June 2024; Estimated effort: 120 days).
  • Work closely with the CAPRED team and CDC team to facilitate workshops to raise awareness of the new Law on Investment to the Provincial-Municipal Investment Subcommittee (PMIS) in three provinces. (June 2024-July 2024; Estimated effort: 15 days)
  • Work closely with CAPRED and CDC team to support investment facilitation (AIP track 2) through identifying and facilitating large investors and investment to Cambodia. These tasks include conducting desk reviews, organizing meetings, and arranging administrative and logistical support with key stakeholders from private investors/multinational enterprises and government partners including CDC team (June 2024-June 2025; Estimated effort: 75 days):
  • Assignment 1: To identify multinational enterprises, who are leading and investing in agri-food supply chains globally and in the region, especially in cashews, rice by-products, peppers, mangoes, and cassava. Then, support the development of action plan supporting to attract their investment to Cambodia. (June-September 2024; Estimated Effort: 30 days).
  • Assignment 2: Provide support for the development and implementation of investment facilitation with large investors for industrial development and other emerging sectors. (June 2024-June 2025; Estimated effort: 45 days)
  • Perform other tasks, especially related to investment portfolio assigned by the Domain lead. (June 2024-June 2025; Estimated effort: 42 days)
  • Total estimate levels of working efforts: 252 days

Selection Criteria:

  • A master's degree in international Trade and Investment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Business, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Business Administration, Private International Law or a related field.
  • At least three to five years of professional experience in areas related to private investment, investment promotion, preferably in the agri-food sector and other associated sectors in logistics and/or renewable or green energy.
  • Demonstrated fundamentally understanding of Cambodia’s Law on Investment, investment policy, investment regime, public-private partnership, and other policies related to economic development.
  • Demonstrated high-level stakeholder management skills, including experience working with private sectors, economic development partners, and RGC institutions (preferably the CDC, MOC, MEF, SNEC, MISTI, MAFF etc).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experiences in the implementation of Gender, Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) principles into programming.
  • Excellent verbal and written Khmer and English language communication skills is essential.
  • Highly organized with all stakeholders’ files.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively as part of a cohesive team and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to travel and work outside of Phnom Penh, with potential overnight stays.
  • Strong report/minutes writing and presentation skills.

This is equivalent to a full-time position with a day rate payable monthly in arrears being commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by 29 May 2024/as soon as possible. 

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: 
Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.

Please send your cover letter and CV with name and contact details (phone and email) of three professional referees to mentioning the position you are applying for in the subject line “Investment Promotion Officer”.
Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.
We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.
With more than 35 years’ experience, Cowater International is a global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our yearly award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2017. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec; London, United Kingdom; Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium, in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.

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