PCAsia is urgently seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to fill the position of “Instructor” for the Peace-building and Public Safety Programme of a high profile and dynamic organization.
Parliamentary Centre of Asia
The Parliamentary Centre of Asia (PCAsia), established in early 2021 in Phnom Penh, is the successor of the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia founded in 2011, a transition that reflects an expansion of activities with Parliaments across Southeast Asia and encouraged through an MoU and the Resolutions of the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). The mandate of PCAsia is therefore to contribute to the strengthening of Southeast Asian Parliaments through capacity building of their staff, based on the demands or requests of each parliament. It draws on the expertise of national, regional, and international partners (Parliaments and research centres).
Role of department
The training of Parliamentary staff is at the core of PCAsia’s mission, and the Capacity Development (CD) department is responsible for carrying out the bulk of this work. CD handles curriculum and syllabus design for many training programs, and its staff provides practical training according to their respective expertise for most of the many training programs. With the transition to blended learning and learning by distance, CD staff increasingly play a facilitation role, working with external experts to design and deliver content suitable for digital platforms, then working with trainees to complete the related assignments.
Other responsibilities include researching, the mentoring and quality control of research products produced by the trained parliamentary researchers, and providing quality control technical advice with regards to newly-trained parliamentary staff members when back working in their institutions of provenance in applying their newly-acquired skills.
Under the direction and supervision of the Programme Director/Director of Capacity Development Department, the Instructor is to provide training, both theoretical and “on – the – job”, to regional trainees on peacebuilding and public safety and research material to meet the requests of parliamentary clients. She/he 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. She/he is also 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 PCAsia to deliver blended learning. In addition, she/he 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, public safety and diplomacy through face to face and blended learning on, drafting memos, resolutions and declarations, establishing parliamentary friendship groups/associations, organizing seminars and workshops etc.
- Take a lead or 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 PCAsia 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 Manager of the Peacebuilding and Public Safety Program, 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 Program Manager and the Capacity Development Director.
- Demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in a multi-cultural, capacity development environment using a constructive professional approach with PCAsia clients including the trainees.
- Comply with the PCAsia Manual of Procedures.
- Perform other tasks as requested by 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 public safety 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.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with “Instructor – Peace-building and Public Safety Programme for the Parliamentary Centre of Asia”, in the subject line. Salary expectation should be indicated separately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.