National Legal Consultant

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd January, 2021

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan. The Programme is structured in two components: one on aquaculture (i.e. CAPFISH-Aquaculture, adopted in 2016, EUR 30 million) and one on capture fisheries (i.e. CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries, adopted in 2019, EUR 92.7 million).

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: 1. fisheries management and conservation; 2. post-harvest and trade; and 3. improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme functions through direct Budgetary Support to the Royal Government of Cambodia Fisheries Administration (FiA) and by Complementary Support provided through the FAO (fisheries management and conservation pillar), UNIDO (post-harvest and trade pillar) and NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods pillar).

This Complementary Support project (FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries) supports the fisheries conservation and management pillar within the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme. The specific outcome that the project will work to achieve within its timeframe and resources is improved capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The National Legal Consultant reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (Team Leader) and the Chief of the Development Law Service of the FAO Legal Office (LEGN) or his nominated responsible LEGN Officer. Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia, he/she will work in coordination with the project’s National Senior Fisheries Advisor, Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).

Technical Focus

The National legal Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), its Cantonments (FiAC), the Legal Officers and Experts of LEGN (FAO Legal team) and other Government agencies to support the preparation and consultation of the new Fisheries law and any subsidiary legislation.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Legal Consultant will:

  • Work with the project TAT team, FiA and FAO legal team to develop and implement an annual integrated workplan aligned to the FiA annual workplan on the new Fisheries Law;
  • Support FiA in the preparation of the final version of the draft Fisheries Law (and translation/incorporation of drafts or comments);
  • Assist FiA in planning for and implementing consultations of the draft Fisheries Law with the various relevant Ministries;
  • Support FiA in the drafting, consultation and dissemination of proclamations (Prakas) and Sub-Decrees under the existing law on areas of the National Plan of Action Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing (NPOA-IUU) and the National Plan of Control and Inspection (NPCI) (including illegal and legal fishing gear, Fisheries Management Area demarcation, conservation area demarcation) and support translating these into English to facilitate review by the FAO Legal Team;
  • Participate in the Technical Working groups (TWGFi) and support FiA in the facilitation of workshops and meetings as required;
  • Support FiA through building a capacity development plan for the dissemination of existing proclamation or the new Fisheries Law;
  • Work closely with the project gender mainstreaming team to assist FiA and relevant stakeholders on integration of gender equality, indigenous people and youth and child labour issues into workplans;
  • Work with the project communication and visibility expert on the development and dissemination of media in relation to the new Fisheries Law and subsidiary legislation (Sub-Decrees and prakas);
  • Support FiAC and the project ‘Provincial Capacity Building Teams” through training and awareness raising in relation to the new Fisheries Law;
  • Support project and FiA monitoring and evaluation activities including the establishment of baselines, progress reporting and work planning in relation to the new Fisheries Law;
  • Support FiA in the analysis of the current fisheries management information system in Cambodia for marine and inland fisheries; and,
  • Perform other relevant duties, including support to other international and national consultants as requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in International law or equivalent
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in providing advice to national or international bodies,
  • Working knowledge of English and Khmer
  • National of Cambodia

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience on the development of natural resource or fisheries laws and proclamations
  • Proficient in relevant computer applications such as word processing tools and spreadsheets (MS Office-Word, Excel etc.)
  • Experience in results based programme management


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