Development and Public Affairs Manager

Development and Public Affairs Manager

Phnom Penh
Posted 3 weeks ago


The Center Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) of Faculty of Agricultural Education and Communications aims to help improve food and nutritional security in Cambodia by supporting agricultural research, education and extension and also fostering innovation. Founded in 2016 by the Royal University of Agriculture and Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University through the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CE SAIN has implemented various programs​ and projects to capture best management practices and promote expertise, innovations in agriculture, food security and nutrition as well as engage with private sector to promote agricultural entrepreneurship through partnerships with national and international organizations.

Terms of Reference (ToR) : Development and Public Affairs Manager


Position Title:           Development and Public Affairs Manager

Location:                  Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh

Reporting:                Center Director

Citizenship:               Cambodia

Salary range:             Commensurate with degree and experience

Contract:                 Probationary period of three months; undetermined duration contracts based on performance.

Summary: Development and Public Affairs Manager (DPAM) reports to Center Director and is responsible for comprehensive fundraising and grant writing to match with donors’ requirements, strategic communications and partnership with multi-stakeholders to increase CE SAIN visibility, and event planning and coordination by overseeing tasks related the event planning, organizing process and evaluation. DPAM provides vision and management of CE SAIN’s development and public affairs strategies for its organizational sustainability.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Main Responsibility 1: Fundraising and Grant Writing
    • Develop strategies for CE SAIN’s organizational sustainability plan.
    • Develop a database and process for identifying potential donors for grant request submissions based on organizational priorities.
    • Identify and analyze eligibility for funding opportunities.
    • Develop planning and manage fundraising activities/events.
    • Lead the process to develop concept notes and proposals for relevant announced open call for proposals.
    • Submit compelling and successful funding proposals to meet the targets.
    • Build and leverage the networks and relationships with donors to ensure an increase in donor’s engagement with CE SAIN.
  • Main responsibility 2: Communications and Partnership
    • Oversee all internal and external communications, ensuring CE SAIN’s messages are consistent and engaging.
    • Lead the communications activities and disseminations of program and project impact statements to increase the CE SAIN visibility nationally and internationally.
    • Develop, write and edit communications materials, including press releases, website content, and social media content and share them through appropriate channels and audiences.
    • Develop and implement initiatives to generate new partnership opportunities.
    • Maintain good reputation and relationships with external partners and other organizations.
    • Lead the partnership review and assessment process through the partnership annual reflection meeting/event.
    • Provide technical assistance and advice to other teams in the faculty.
  • Main responsibility 3: Event Planning and Coordination
    • Develop and work on event timelines, checklists, budgets and detailed coordination plan to ensure smooth operational delivery.
    • Research, establish and maintain good relationships with vendors and venues to achieve the most favorable terms.
    • Develop complete concept notes for each proposed event.
    • Lead event operations (venue, invitations, distribution of event materials, communication with participants, etc.) and address potential problems to achieve the stated purpose.
    • Oversee event happenings and act quickly to resolve any problems
    • Maintain an up-to-date record of each event plan to enable regular reporting to CE SAIN and relevant partners.
    • Conduct post-event evaluation and feedback analysis to ensure the success and continuous improvement of future events.

Minimum Required Qualification

  • At least master’s degree in International Development, Development Studies, Communications, or related fields with knowledge about agriculture.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in communications, public affairs and grant writing skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills and ability to conceptualize and develop grant proposals.
  • Demonstrable track record of negotiating and building partnership with various actors.
  • In-depth knowledge of best writing and messaging practices for promoting activities and achievements.
  • Experience in working with private and public sector and civil society organizations with a similar position.


  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in working with multi-stakeholders and diverse teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in both national and international context
  • Strong computer skills and ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Fluent in English and native Khmer speaker
  • Leadership abilities, including training and mentorship

How to apply: Interested and qualified applicants should submit their current resume and cover letter referring to the position to CE SAIN via email SAIN would like to thank all applicants for their interests. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Closing Date: 19 July 2024, 5:00PM

Job Features

Job CategoryEducation
Type of EmploymentFull-time

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