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Sustainable Finance Specialist, Coastal & Marine Conservation Programme, FFI Cambodia

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Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, whilst improving the livelihoods of local people. Our guiding principles are to work through local partnerships, act as a catalyst for change, to make conservation relevant and base decisions on sound science. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body; our conservation work, and impact, spans the globe.


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Job title: Sustainable Finance Specialist, Coastal & Marine Conservation Programme, FFI Cambodia Featured Job
Job code:
Salary Type: Negotiable
Sector: Not-for-Profit Sector(NGO)
Industry: NGO
Minimum salary: 0
Maximum salary: 0
Job Level: Experienced Professional (3 – 5 years’ experience)
Job type: Full-Time
Country: Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh
Job Category/ Job Function: Accounting / Finance and Audit

Asia-Pacific Programme

Working closely with local partners, the Asia-Pacific Programme includes a broad range of species and landscape targeted conservation initiatives in Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, and has country programme offices in Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Hanoi and Yangon. Around 70 projects are being implemented in the region by a team of approximately 200 staff, consultants, volunteers and partner organisations with an annual regional budget of approximately USD 10 million.

Cambodia Programme

FFI has been working in Cambodia since 1996 to support biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, working with government and communities to protect a rich variety of habitats and wildlife, including pristine rainforests and coastal habitats including coral reefs and seagrass meadows, and Asian elephants, Siamese crocodiles, sea turtles and seahorses.

Starting in 2010, FFI’s Coastal and Marine Conservation Programme supports coastal communities and the Royal Government of Cambodia through a programme of capacity building and technical support. Our goal is to protect marine biodiversity, improve coastal resilience and support sustainable coastal livelihoods, working with partners to establish and manage Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Since the successful establishment of Cambodia’s first large-scale MPA in the Koh Rong Archipelago in 2016 and growing national momentum, the team and partners are replicating this model across the coastline.

Over the next five years we aim to strengthen locally-led coastal management and create a network of well-managed and connected MPAs across Cambodia’s coastline, supporting collaborative resource management and building partnerships to catalyse the development of a representative and effective MPA network. Crucial to this work is the development of sustainable, diversified and innovative financing and benefit-sharing mechanisms, in collaboration with private and public stakeholders, to ensure long-term and effective MPA management.

Conservation Finance & Enterprise

There is growing consensus that, whilst critical conservation work must continue to be underpinned by philanthropy and global development funding, grant-based finance is simply not sufficient to address the rate of global biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene age. With the pressure on threatened species and habitats continuing to intensify, and increasingly negative impacts on people due to ecosystem degradation, there is a need for significant additional finance for the global conservation effort.

Meeting this need requires innovative models for achieving and sustaining conservation impact, looking beyond traditional grant models and taking inspiration from the private sector. Funder preferences are evolving to reflect this, with a demonstrable shift in interest towards performance-based funding, enterprise-based models, and the blending of donor funding with investment finance to increase impact in the conservation sector.

Against this backdrop, FFI is working with local partners to establishing long-term, sustainable funding models for conservation initiatives, tailored to the needs of specific places. FFI has a vision where connecting economic opportunity with conservation objectives can drive sustainable development and protect species and ecosystems in threatened land and seascapes.

The Opportunity

FFI is seeking a sustainable finance specialist to play a central role in the design and implementation of an innovative and integrated approach to sustainably finance marine conservation in Cambodia, focusing on the Koh Rong Archipelago Marine National Park (KRMNP). FFI has identified a specific opportunity to develop a tourism-based mechanism to finance long-term co-management of the site, based on a Public Private Partnership model. We are collaborating with local partners in Cambodia and the international NGO Blue Finance who have pioneered a similar approach in other geographies. Complementary to this, you will support FFI to explore other potential, sustainable sources of income to support the long-term conservation effort in KRMNP and other priority coastal sites. You will also proactively contribute learning and expertise into FFI’s wider programme of work on conservation finance and enterprise.

You will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, coupled with a strong proven track record in multi-stakeholder coordination and business development, preferably within the tourism sector, in the South East Asia context.

In return, the role offers the opportunity to work on an innovative project within an entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation.

This opportunity is based in FFI’s office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It will involve close working relationships with FFI Cambodia’s marine team and partners, regular travel within Cambodia, engagement with a wide range of national and international stakeholders, including national government at all levels, and close coordination with staff at FFI’s headquarters in Cambridge, UK, in particular FFI’s Conservation, Finance & Enterprise team.

Terms and Conditions

  • Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Duration of Contract: One year fixed-term contract
  • Probation Period: Three months
  • Salary: circa USD 37,000


For international appointments, FFI expatriate benefits will apply

  • 25 working days annual leave entitlement
  • Medical insurance
  • Relocation flight on commencement of employment (if applicable)
  • Repatriation flight on termination of employment (if applicable)
  • Accommodation allowance

Location: The position will be based in Phnom Penh, with regular travel to coastal sites including Sihanoukville and the Koh Rong Archipelago.

Hours of Work: Full time working hours are Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.30pm, with a one and half hour lunch break

NB: This is an unaccompanied position

Job Description

Job Title: Sustainable Finance Specialist,

Coastal & Marine Conservation Programme, Cambodia


Working closely with the Marine Programme Manager in Cambodia, the wider marine programme team, the Director of the Conservation Finance & Enterprise team and key partners, the role will drive forward the in-country scoping, development and implementation of a pioneering sustainable financing mechanism (SFM) for the Koh Rong Marine National Park and exploration of wider sustainable financing opportunities for priority sites within the seascape. He/she will engage with government, private sector and community stakeholders; with a particular focus on building effective engagement with the tourism sector. The role will support all aspects of sustainable financing mechanism research and development, including the raising of blended finance to fund the start-up phase.

Specific Duties:

Business Planning and Financing

Input to the continued development and refinement of the SFM business plan, which will require working closely with FFI marine programme, government and community partners to collate accurate estimates of co-management costs, including upfront investment requirements

  • Contribute to discussions with key stakeholders in relation to user fee application, and track all developments that may influence their revenue   generation potential
  • Conduct research to inform feasibility assessment of other potential sustainable revenues streams for conservation, including the development of a high-   end visitor centre
  • Work with FFI team members and partners to secure an appropriate blend of finance (impact investment and grant based) to launch key aspects of     the  SFM: including identifying opportunities, developing proposals and engaging with donors/investors.

Tourism Sector Engagement

  • Develop constructive relationships with tourism sector including accommodation providers, tour and ferry operators, dive centres and other relevant   operators
  • Build relationship with Ministry of Tourism and other relevant coordinating bodies
  • Monitor trends and developments in tourism development on the coastline
  • Develop an outreach strategy to engage tourism providers with the concept of responsible tourism and conservation of the KRMNP
  • Collect data to inform business planning and technical considerations for implementation of a potential user fee revenue model
  • Identify private sector champions for conservation and co-management, who would have the potential to motivate wider buy-in
  • Map tourism landscape, infrastructure needs and pipeline developments, as well as associated opportunities and risks
  • Develop partnerships to drive forward responsible tourism planning and development

Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation

  • Conduct comprehensive multi-stakeholder consultations to ensure the effective and equitable participation of all relevant stakeholder groups,     particularly local communities, in the consultation, input and decision-making for co-management design, implementation and benefit-sharing
  • Coordinate and document engagement with national and provincial government for development of the SFM and associated co-management   agreements
  • Draft and/or review communications materials to support government engagement and collaboration on technical design of the SFM
  • Participate in co-management consultation and planning meetings with representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia at all levels, and with   other site stakeholders as appropriate
  • Support the Marine Programme Manager and partners with inputs to and approvals for the proposed co-management agreement and plan

Learning and Assimilation

  • Participate in Cambodia Marine Programme team meetings, and Conservation Finance & Enterprise monthly meetings, and other relevant internal   meetings
  • Track and share relevant news and media updates, assessing risks and opportunities
  • Engage actively with the conservation finance community in Cambodia, tracking the development of key initiatives, such as the BIOFIN project, the   National Platform on Sustainable Development, World Bank investment in ecotourism, representing FFI at relevant events
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned internally and externally as agreed and appropriate
  • Carry out any other tasks from time to time that may be requested of you by your Line Manager that are in line with your skills and experience

Person Specification



  • Strong early-stage business development and fundraising skills
  • Ability to engage with private sector and government actors on issues of sustainable development and Public Private Partnership models
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse actors, from government to private sector, communities and donors/investors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report and presentation development
  • Strong organisational skills, with structured and methodical approach to work
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively on the delivery of multi-partner projects
  • Ability to convey FFI’s work externally with confidence and credibility
  • Fluency in English
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills


  • Mandarin language
  • Khmer language
  • Communications media design skills

Knowledge and experience

  • Proven track record in business planning, development and securing finance for start-ups, preferably including social enterprises
  • Proven experience in working with/ influencing the tourism industry
  • Proven experience in managing government relationships effectively
  • Experience of participatory and inclusive approaches multi-stakeholder engagement, including with communities
  • Proven experience in managing diverse and dynamic groups of stakeholders with sometimes conflicting views
  • Experience of working with the global impact investment community
  • Relevant degree
  • Experience of working with the NGO sector
  • Experience of working in South East Asia, particularly Cambodia
  • Experience of working in the environment and sustainable development field
  • Applied knowledge of the growing field of Conservation Finance
  • Experience working within a geographically dispersed team

Behavioral qualities

  • Excellent team player, able to seek out and harness the views and contributions of others
  • Self-motivated and output driven, committed to producing the highest quality of work
  • Flexible and adaptable in uncertain and changeable work situations
  • Ability to work and travel independently in sometimes challenging environments
  • Capable of dealing with challenges in a patient, creative, positive and constructive manner
  • Commitment to compliance and responsible management of donor funds
  • Commitment to FFI’s Vision and Mission
  • Able to build and maintain positive personal and organisational relationships
  • Able to work effectively and diplomatically in a geographically dispersed and international team


  • Entitlement to work in Cambodia (work permits can be secured in most cases)
  • Ability to undertake international travel

How to Apply

Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent electronically to Sary San at

Please mark your application ‘Sustainable Finance Specialist, FFI Cambodia’ and indicate where you saw the position advertised.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 1 December 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in December 2019. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email.

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

Status: Approved
Deadline: 2019-12-22 11:02:28
Premium job: Yes
Employer: Fauna & Flora International
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