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INTERN to Agriculture Research Unit

The Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) – Cambodia’s leading independent development policy research institute is seeking applicants for the position of full-time intern, at the Agriculture Unit. The intern will be exposed to research environment and have the opportunity to learn some research skills. The Intern should be able to work for an eight hours per working day, five days a week in return for a modest stipend, with specific arrangements to be discussed to fit his/her academic schedules.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Fourth-year student, but a graduate preferred, in the field of agriculture, agricultural economics, development studies or international studies.
  • Good communication skills in Khmer and English, both oral and written.
  • Positive attitude and good team work.
  • Knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), andother data management packages (SPSS, CS-Pro).
  • Willingness to undertake a variety of duties as required by the unit head.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application online to HR and Administration Department of CDRI by: or to CDRI office # 56, St 315, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, with detailed cover letter and a comprehensive curriculum vitae. Application should reach CDRI by 22nd May 2017.

Female applicants and applicants with disability are particularly encouraged to apply

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Opportunities for Researchers 

CDRI seeks qualified national applicants for various positions as Researchers in its 6 research programmes – Agriculture, Economics, Education, Environment, Governance and Health.

CDRI researchers are appointed at the level of research assistant, research associate, research fellow or senior research fellow depending on their qualifications and experience. Researchers are responsible for a range of duties, depending on their level of appointment and specific position requirements, including: leading and facilitating a research programme or project(s), contributing to the design of research projects and preparation of proposals, identifying and reviewing relevant literature, contributing to the design, preparation and implementation of surveys, collecting, processing and analysing information and data, and writing reports based on the analyses, and other tasks as required by CDRI.

Researchers are based at CDRI in Phnom Penh, but are on occasions required to travel and stay in provinces and rural communities during fieldwork. Some international travel may also be required.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Advance degrees in international development economics, environmental/resource Economics, poverty, agriculture and rural development, natural resource management, political science and international relations, or other development related fields (Master Degree required, PhD preferred);
  • Conceptual and analytical skills;
  • At least two years work experience in research related projects;
  • Proven track record of policy-oriented, socio-economic research; economic analysis of natural resource issues; public policy research and development;
  • Ability to plan effectively, set goals and meet deadlines;
  • Capacity to disseminate the results of research through publications and presentations;
  • Good understanding of quantitative/qualitative research methods;
  • Good statistics background and familiar with ACCESS and STATA and/or other data management and analytical packages;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Khmer, both oral and written.

CDRI offers competitive salaries and benefits and good working conditions. Appointments are generally for a two-year period, with possibility of extension, but short term opportunities are also often available. Interested applicants are invited to submit their applications online to:  or by mail to CDRI # 56, St 315, Tuol Kork Phnom Penh, including names and contact details of three (3) professional referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and recent work experience.


With 25 years of experience as an independent development policy research institute, CDRI’s mission is to contribute to Cambodia’s sustainable development and the well-being of its people through the generation of high quality policy-relevant development research, knowledge dissemination and capacity building. CDRI works to achieve this in partnership with Cambodian public institutions, civil society and its regional and international development partners, with respect for the capacity of the Cambodian people and their institutions, for the value of local knowledge and experience and for Cambodia’s history and culture.

CDRI set up the volunteer/internship programme in 2002 to provide students and young researchers with volunteer/internship placements of up to one year. At CDRI, our philosophy is that volunteer/internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom, enables the student to gain practical experience as a professional under conditions conducive to educational development, an internship introduces the student the transition from college to work and a well-structured volunteer/internship program should help facilitate that transition. Furthermore, the volunteer/internship experience should allow the student to network in professional fields they are considering for career paths, allow an opportunity for personal professional development.

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CDRI provides volunteer internship opportunities up to 12 months to allow talented young people who have a passion for development research to gain hands-on experience by working as a vital member of an established research team.

You can start to network in the fields you’re interested in, benefit from personal development training, and prove your potential to prospective employers and educational institutions.

What we offer

Volunteers/interns will develop hard (professional skills, research skills, skill labour…) and soft (social, emotional, interpersonal, behavioural and attitudinal) skills. In addition, volunteers and interns are requested to contribute and take part in organizing monthly intern forum and CDRI-bi weekly research workshop.

Intern forum is a regular session It is designed to help improve interns’ presentation, public speaking and communication skills through interactive dialogue with other interns and professional staff.

Volunteers/interns are not financially remunerated by CDRI. International volunteers/interns or their sponsors are responsible for making their own travel, visa arrangements, covering their accommodation and living costs.

Performance Evaluation and Certificate of Completion/Appreciation

Assessment of volunteers/interns’ performance and their satisfaction with the volunteer/internship program will be conducted after six months. At this stage, CDRI may adjust tasks and responsibilities as well as other work arrangements.

Towards the end of the program, volunteers/interns are requested to submit an activity report and evaluation form and undergo an exit interview.

On successful completion of the program, volunteers/interns are awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

Job Description

Research tasks

  • Assist in collecting and analysing secondary data
  • Assist with the literature review process
  • Assist the unit head in preparing talks and presentations
  • Generate or extract data/information for researchers
  • Assist in liaising with partners and government ministry agencies to coordinate consultations and interviews
  • Assist with other tasks as requested by the unit head and project team leaders
  • Participate in conducting interviews and surveys
  • Assist in the transcribing of interviews and write up interview notes
  • Assist in logistics preparation for fieldwork
  • Initiate new research ideas
  • Support overall research activities

Non-research tasks

  • Provide general administrative support for fieldwork activities and the research team
  • Assist the team in organising events (meetings, workshops, conferences) and taking meeting minutes
  • Assist in the preparation of the work plan, budget and tracking progress
  • and unit records.
  • Assist in communicating within and across projects and units and with partners and stakeholders


  • Participate in CDRI’s activities (including twice-monthly research workshops and monthly intern forum) as a vital team member, and contribute to CDRI’s success
  • Promote a team spirit and work closely with colleagues across research and research support units to carry out research, share information and gather ideas
  • Collaborate with other research teams on special initiatives as required.

Guidelines and core values

  • Follow the procedures and practices set out in the Staff Manual and the Finance Manual activities not covered by established guidelines require initiative and independent judgment.
  • Promote CDRI’s core values: MERIT
  • Create the professional conditions that nurture Merit
  • Foster Excellence, as a professional and personal habit
  • Practice a culture of Respect and Responsibility
  • Pledge to live and act with Independence and Integrity
  • Build deep Trust and Teamwork, capable of achieving CDRI’s mission and vision

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CDRI’s monthly intern forum provides a space for interns to share information and knowledge on development topics of their interest.

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It is designed to help interns/volunteers build confidence in public speaking, practice delivering presentations and develop effective communication skills through debate and discussion with other interns and researchers.

Your performance and satisfaction with the program will be assessed through professional development discussion after six months. After that, we may review your tasks and responsibilities and other work commitments.

Towards the end of your term at CDRI, you will submit an activity report and evaluation form, and will have the opportunity to give feedback on your experience working at CDRI in an exit interview.

On successful completion of your internship/voluntary stint, you will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement.