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Researcher, USAID/Cambodia Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS)

Location: Cambodia



USAID/Cambodia Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS)

Development Support

Activity Objective:

SI is responding to a Service Request under the Asia Learning and Monitoring and Evaluation (ALME) contract to procure support for the development of USAID/Cambodia’s second generation Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS 2.0) (2020-2025), particularly in completing requirements under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of CDCS development as per the proposed updates to USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) 201.

USAID/Cambodia staff, with the leadership of a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Fellow, have conducted extensive consultations, an initial literature review, and key analyses in preparation for launching CDCS 2.0.  Consultations have included a broad range of stakeholders reached through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, field visits, surveys, open forum events, and social media polling.  USAID/Cambodia is using NVivo and other tools to qualitatively analyze consultation notes and findings. There will also be consultations continuing throughout January and the beginning of February 2020.

The initial literature review included a synthesis of key findings and excerpts from outside research and studies, as well as USAID-funded assessments and evaluations.  Finally, USAID/Cambodia completed the required 118/119 Tropical Forest and Biodiversity Assessment and is in the process of completing a Youth Assessment to inform the CDCS.  A Gender and Inclusive Development Analysis will be conducted following the drafting of the new CDCS Results Framework.

The contractor staff level of effort will be critical to complement the work done thus far and to help USAID/Cambodia complete all of the requirements for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of CDCS development.

Expected Deliverables for this activity related to researcher work are as follows:

  1. Update and synthesis of the literature review by sector conducted by USAID/Cambodia to include recently published and relevant reports, studies, and evaluations produced by outside sources or USAID, including strategies produced by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and other donors and multilaterals;
  2. Qualitative analysis of notes and findings from USAID/Cambodia’s CDCS consultations, completed in collaboration and following the methodology already established by the MEL fellow (this will mainly require data cleaning and coding);
  3. A summary data and key findings package with key statistics and findings by sector based on the resources included in the literature review, which must include a section that discusses these findings in relationship to the Cambodia Journey to Self-Reliance Roadmap;

The period of performance is expected to be from January 2020 to February 2020. Two researchers will be conducing literature review updates, consultation data analysis and synthesis, and data package consolidation from January through early February. No travel is required for this assignment.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a researcher who is a mid-level expert to serve as the team member for this activity.


  • Conduct a literature review update in conjunction with another researcher (January 2020)
  • Conduct data analysis and synthesis of consultation meeting notes/interviews and additional desk review material with another researcher (January 2020)
  • Consolidate and produce a data package and summary findings report with another researcher (February 2020)


  • Either a a) PhD with 4 years; b) MA with 6 years; or c) BA/BS with 8 years experience in a relevant discipline, with at least three years of experience leading strategy development, facilitating cross-sectoral workshops, and building consensus.
  • Experience conducting research on development topics including, but not limited to, democracy and governance, agricultural development and food security, environment, education, health, youth issues, gender equality, inclusive development, private sector engagement, and technological innovations.
  • Experience and knowledge of the Cambodian context required.
  • Expertise on gender and inclusive development issues in the Cambodia context, including gender norms and how gender interacts with other identity elements required.
  • Must have a good understanding of development issues in Cambodia.
  • Strong English language skills in both written and verbal communications required.

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