Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia
Established in 2011 at the request of parliamentarians from various parties, the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia (PIC) is an independently funded and managed center that aims to build capacity among members and staff of the Cambodian Parliament. It is strictly impartial and tailors its activities to the needs of the Cambodian Parliament. PIC’s mandate is first to strengthen the Cambodian legislature by developing the skills of MPs and other parliamentary staff, and second to share its experiences with other Parliaments in the region that have reached a relatively similar level of development as an element of South-South cooperation. To achieve its objective of building parliamentary capacity (and especially that of parliamentary staff), PIC draws on the expertise of national, regional and international partners, including parliamentary organizations and academic institutions, and seeks to promote regional cooperation by sharing knowledge and experience. Peacebuilding through parliaments is one of PIC’s major working themes.
Role of Department
The Capacity Development Department is involved in a number of activities to improve the capacity of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. These include training on: parliamentary research, fiscal and budget analysis, parliamentary diplomacy, parliamentary responsibilities, training of trainers etc. The Peacebuilding and Security Section is responsible for providing, among other things, training to regional trainees, on request, on issues and activities in this field to enable parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to play an increasing role in this area. In addition, the department is also responsible for conducting neutral and unbiased research, on request from parliamentary clients, on topics in this field. The training will be done by blended (face to face and distance) learning instruction.
The role of the Analyst/Instructor is to provide training, both theoretical and “on – the – job”, to regional trainees on peacebuilding and security and research material to meet the requests of parliamentary clients. The position holder is also required to provide follow-up to trainees after they completed their training. The training will be composed of both face to face and blended learning. This may also include participating in the development of new curricula for training parliamentary staff. He/she is also responsible for responsible for addressing client requests in a timely manner and meeting acceptable quality standards. The position holder is expected to acquire the necessary digital/technical skills that are provided by PIC to deliver blended learning. In addition, he/she is expected to act in a collaborative manner with other sections in the department in fulfilling client requests in a timely manner.
Main responsibilities and tasks
- Provide training in the areas of peacebuilding, security and diplomacy through face to face and blended learning including, drafting memos, resolutions and declarations, establishing parliamentary friendship groups/associations, organizing seminars and workshops etc.
- Participate in the development and updating of relevant training curricula.
- Provide follow up training and oversight to trainees after they complete their training.
- Provide, in a timely manner, neutral and unbiased research material (e.g., reports, briefing notes, etc.) to respond to the requests of parliamentary clients (e.g. Mp’s, Senators, Parliamentary Commissions etc).
- Deliver, in a timely manner, presentations on research material to clients
- In conjunction with other PIC staff, consult with parliamentarians, parliamentary secretariat leadership and human resources departments of parliament to assess their needs for training courses.
- Contribute to parliamentary research projects through collaborating with other sections within the Capacity Development Department as required
- Ensure quality control of Khmer research material in order to ensure that it conforms to the highest quality standards including:
- Critical evaluation of the Khmer texts; and
- Revision of Khmer texts to ensure proper use of technical language.
- Assist the Head of Peacebuilding and Security Section, the Capacity Development Manager and the Capacity Development Director to ensure that the overall workplan is implemented as scheduled and with efficient workload and work flows. Participate in the evaluation of program activities.
- Undertake miscellaneous tasks requested by the Capacity Development Manager and the Capacity Development Director.
Required qualifications, skills and experience
- Master’s degree or higher in political science, geopolitics, international law, international relations or related field, preferably from an overseas university.
- Substantial knowledge of the peacebuilding and security sectors.
- Strong training and mentoring skills.
- Two years of experience and a background in research and training.
- Communications skills in working with a diverse set of clients and staff.
- Excellent oral and written skills in English and Khmer.
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness, and to work under pressure to deliver results under tight deadlines.
- Willingness to travel to the provinces and abroad
- Ability to proof-read and edit Khmer documents.
- Computer skills sufficient to produce work products in MS Word (English and Khmer where appropriate).
- Previous experience working in government, parliament or other political organization in Cambodia or abroad.
- Experience working with international organizations/associations, civil society organizations, academia on peacebuilding/security issues.