Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Tenders & Vacancies

CAVAC places a high priority on conducting procurement and recruitment activities using the highest standards that demonstrate our professionalism and commitment to processes that are accountable, transparent, competitive and deliver the optimal decision based around merit.

All Procurement decisions are conducted in accordance with the Australian Government Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR), and any decisions around sourcing activities are made with a view to using competitive procedures and where it is not possible to apply these, then the reasons for an alternative approach are recorded.

CAVAC encourages competition and finding ways to increase our internal knowledge on how local Cambodian companies and individuals can best meet our business and research needs. CAVAC welcomes the provision of updates and approaches from companies and individuals in the form of unsolicited information proposals.

Current Vacancies

Job Title International Women’s Economic Empowerment Adviser
Description Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is an essential cross-cutting theme of CAVAC. As part of its work to promote WEE in Cambodian agriculture, the Program supports the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) to update and implement national gender mainstreaming policies and strategies. CAVAC also aims to mainstream gender and WEE across all of its activities.

To further the Program’s work in this area, CAVAC is seeking a highly qualified and experienced International WEE Adviser.
The core initial task will be to update the existing CAVAC WEE and Gender Strategy into a practical Action Plan (2019-2021). The task will begin with a review of key documents provided by CAVAC.

Selection Criteria
  •  A postgraduate qualification in gender, development, or a related field
  •  At least 15 years of relevant professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  •  Outstanding theoretical base in WEE and gender equality in agricultural and rural development balanced with practical experience in strategy delivery.
  •  Demonstrated ability to conceptualise, design, implement, and assess strategy and policy
  •  Demonstrated ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of WEE interventions
  •  Demonstrated professional leadership and ability to mainstream WEE and gender into complex programs, including building staff awareness, engagement, and capability through training and other means
  •  Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated capacity to constructively engage with DFAT, private and public sector, development partners, and other stakeholders.
  •  Professional experience with the Australian Government’s aid program, experience in Cambodia, and experience with the market systems development approach are desirable attributes
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Deadline Sunday 16 December 2018
Title Request for Proposals: Event Organizer for a Series of Food- and Agro-Processing Forums
Description The agro-processing industry in Cambodia is underdeveloped, with only about 10 percent of the country’s agricultural goods being processed since 1998. Food, beverage, and tobacco processing, which represents 45 percent or about 30,000 of the total manufacturing enterprises in Cambodia, consists of a large number of micro, unregistered businesses, and a lack of industrial diversity.

One major constraint for food- and agro-processing companies (processors) is the lack of market information, and a system that enables more and effective information sharing to entrepreneurs to better access the inputs markets. In other words, local processors are challenged by a lack of relevant information, knowledge, skill and process around food technology, complying with policies and regulations, and managing business, staff, and finance because of availability and access issues. The consequence of this information gap is exacerbated for women entrepreneurs who are generally more disadvantaged due to their lack of time, lower confidence, weaker networks, and gender-stereotypes around skills and professions.

Exhibitions are one of the most common sources of market information for local processors. Most exhibitions in Cambodia, however, are designed to link processing enterprises to the agricultural outputs market, or end consumers. With the exception of large trade fairs such as CAMFOOD or the Rice Forum which target international and large local companies, there are no exhibitions designed to link local small and micro-enterprises to the inputs markets. Providing a forum for small and micro-enterprises to access information on the inputs market and establish business-to-business linkages could unleash their productivity and competitiveness.

To bridge this information gap in the inputs market and support local small and micro-processors, especially women processors, CAVAC intends to organise three Food- and Agro-Processing Forums in Kampong Cham, Battambang, and Phnom Penh. These events will be organised in collaboration with three partners: i) the Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA), ii) the Federation of Associations for SMEs of Cambodia (FASMEC), and iii) the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC).

Selection Criteria
  • Only registered companies are eligible for selection
  • At least five years of professional experience in managing and organising similar events in Cambodia (5%)
  • Demonstrated strong experience in liaising and coordinating effectively with multiple partners and stakeholders to design and deliver similar events (20%)
  • Demonstrated experience in managing events, exhibitions, exhibitors and visitors of similar size in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kampong Cham and/or other provincial towns (15%)
  • Demonstrated strong skills and experience in developing and managing effective public communication strategies and materials (15%)
  • Demonstrated experience securing corporate sponsorship for large events and/or exhibitions (10%)
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to provide high-quality work (i.e. mechanisms for quality assurance), and ability to be flexible to navigate necessary changes and meet tight deadlines (i.e. planning tools) (15%)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide attention to details, creativity and value for money in getting the most out of available resources to make these Forums successfully (15%)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and network the food- and agro-processing sector, and other relevant sectors (5%)
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Deadline Tuesday 02 January 2019 at 12 noon (Phnom Penh time)