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Senior Project Officer-LABs (SPO-LABs)

CARE is an international development organisation fighting global poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring sustainable changes to their communities. CARE aims to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice and to bring lasting change to the lives of poor and vulnerable people.

Founded in 1945, today CARE works around 100 countries around the globe and supports approximately 1,500 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects to reach more than 92 million people directly and 433 million people indirectly. CARE works with partners to achieve lasting results for marginalised communities. Today, CARE focuses on empowering particularly marginalized and vulnerable women in Cambodia, including urban women who are marginalized by occupation, rural women who are denied multiple rights, and women and girls from ethnic minorities.

CARE has been working in Cambodia since 1973, with an office in Phnom Penh since 1991. CARE focuses on empowering marginalized and vulnerable women in Cambodia, including urban women who are marginalized by occupation, rural women whose multiple rights are denied, and women and girls from ethnic minorities. Each year, CARE Cambodia implements around 20 projects, reaching approximately 250,000 direct participants and about 500,000 people are reached indirectly.

CARE Cambodia’s Social Marginalised Women (SMW) program working to empower women and their communities to understand and use their rights, and breaking down deeply-rooted, social and structural barriers to equality, CARE is addressing the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.

The Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative is an industry-driven program, in which multiple brands and retailers are joining forces with public organizations to operate a scalable program to mitigate preventable fire, electrical and structural safety risks in key apparel, footwear, bags, and accessories producing countries in a targeted way. LABS participants include brands, agents, retailers that join the program and the factories that are assessed throughout the program. The overall objective of this assignment is to support the LABS program to become gender intentional in its factory work that includes its policies, procedures and practices. This technical proposal outlines CARE’s plan to support LABS in building gender intentional business models within the garment sector in Cambodia.


The SPO-LABs will provide technical support in conducting assessments to support the LABS program to become gender intentional in its factory work that includes its policies, procedures and practices.

The SPO-LABs will assist the SPM and Gender Advisor with collecting information and materials related to LABs, communicate with CARE International’s Gender Cohort to provide all related documents and jointly conduct Key Informant Interviews (KII) and draft reports with the Gender Advisor. The SPO-LABs will also collaborate closely with the MEAL Advisor.


  • Collect and collate existing documents and materials related to the LABs project and submit them to the Gender Cohort for a desk review. These consist of:

  • The documented procedures and processes for conducting Safety Assessments coordinated by LABS, together with associated firms: Orientation, Safety Assessments, Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Sign-off and Design Approval meeting, Follow-up visits, Safety Training, CAP Closure and Graduation.

  • Previous (relevant and recent) Assessment Reports (from Vietnam and India).

  • Safety training materials.

  • Documents relating the existing reporting systems/mechanisms to receive and respond to feedback from factory workers (accountability mechanisms).

  • Reports and communication materials from all types of mediums/platforms (e.g., newsletters, notice boards, pamphlets, factory pitch, digital tools, social media groups/forums).

  • Make appointments with managers and staff of IDH/LABS, both at their headquarters, Vietnam, India and in Cambodia (estimated 5-8 people)

  • Work closely with gender cohort for the draft reports

  • Jointly draft assessment reports and gender action plans with the LABS research team

  • Promote a safe and secure work environment; foster a culture of safety and security awareness and consistently follow all CARE safety and security policies, procedures and directions

  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender equality, women’s empowerment, social inclusion and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity

  • Uphold and promote CARE’s commitment to Child Protection and the Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse; and

  • Comply with CARE Cambodia’s Financial, Human Resources and Operational requirements

  • Foster strong communication between operations and programs teams and uphold high standards of honesty and integrity in personal conduct.


  • At a minimum a Bachelor of Social Science, development management or equivalent qualification.

  • A minimum of three years relevant experience in using M&E tools and methodologies, preferably with an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO) and/or private company

  • Demonstrated experience in M&E training, research and analysis experience in social science is preferred

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. A professional background in research will be desirable.

  • Proven skills and experience in report writing, facilitating training and capacity-building, including an understanding of adult learning principles;

  • Ability to develop M&E plans and implement it in line with project cycle management

  • Demonstrated experience in following standard policies, procedures and processes and ensure the implementation of basic standard transactions

  • A willingness to learn about CARE, gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion

  • Demonstrated good interpersonal skills, sound judgment, planning, problem solving, critical thinking and team building skills

  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills and ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated characteristics in honesty, reliability, integrity with the ability to maintain confidentiality;

  • Excellent communication skills in Khmer and very good oral and written English; and

  • Very good in Microsoft Office with knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel and intermediate numeric skills


  • An opportunity to work with a committed team who feel passionate about gender equality and diversity; improving lives of disadvantaged people; and working with partners to bring about positive and lasting change.

  • Remuneration Package: 13th month salary, Provident Fund, Seniority Indemnity, medical allowance, phone card Allowance, Accident and Health Scheme with National Social Security Fund, group personal accident insurance with private company, surgical and hospital insurance with private company that also cover your dependents, Cost of Living Allowance, annual increment based on your yearly performance rating and available funds.

  • Flexible Working Arrangement: In order to improve employee’s work-life balance, CARE Cambodia has developed a flexible working arrangement policy. This will assist CARE Cambodia employees to attend to his/her personal needs; allow for off-peak travel; and to have more flexibility for child care.

  • Leave: CARE Cambodia provides staff with paid time off from work for rest and personal time or for other reasons. All full-time employees are entitled to 18 days of Annual Leave, 15 days of Sick Leave, 5 days of Special Leave, 3 months Maternity Leave/Adoption Leave, 7 days of Parental Leave/Adoption Leave, Nursing Leave and Study Leave.

  • Public Holiday: CARE Cambodia the mandated public holidays based on the Prakas by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

  • Time Off In Lieu: CARE Cambodia promotes a healthy work and life balance and does not encourage employees to work outside normal working hours. If employees have to work during the weekend or on public holidays due to requirements, they will be entitled to Time Off In Lieu.

  • Learning and Development: Continuous improvement through learning and development is a critical aspect of CARE Cambodia’s people focused agenda.


Interested candidates are requested to submit a CARE application form along with CV and cover letter to, or at the CARE Country Office at #91, Street 95, Sangkat Boeung Trabek, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh. A detailed job description and application form is available on or Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of 24 August 2022, COB. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Submitted documents will not be returned. In return for your commitment you will benefit from ongoing professional development and a comprehensive benefits package.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all CARE Cambodia positions and will be strongly considered regardless of the requirements of the position.

CARE Cambodia is committed to protecting the rights of children. CARE Cambodia reserves the right to conduct screening procedures to ensure a child safe environment.

“Thanks for your interest in CARE! We are committed to each other and to the protection of the people we serve. We do not tolerate sexual misconduct within or external to our organisation and imbed child protection in all we do. Protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse and child protection are fundamental to our relationships, including employment, and our recruitment practices are designed to ensure we only recruit people who are suitable to work with other staff and the people we serve. As well as pre-employment checks, we will use the recruitment and reference process to ensure potential new staff understand and are aligned with these expectations. To find out more, please contact the Senior Human Resources Manager.”

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