Investing in Infrastructure (3i)

Terms of Reference

Position 36

Position title: Manager – Infrastructure Policy


Investing in Infrastructure (3i) is a six year, nationwide, social investment program funded by the Australian Government and implemented by Palladium. The program has supported more than 90 private companies to establish and expand piped clean water infrastructure, electricity networks, and small scale solar in areas where operators would not have invested by themselves. At least one million Cambodians will get access to reliable electricity and piped clean water through the support from the program.

3i’s experiences provide an opportunity to inform and influence wider infrastructure policy in Cambodia by building on its lessons and insights into the institutional and policy framework gained through successful delivery of its work.

Existing policy related activities include support to an inter-agency renewable energy working group and to the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft to support Cambodia’s water sector, along with support to industry-to-industry cooperation between Australia and Cambodia. 3i is building on these policy related activities to additionally provide advice to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) on issues of domestic resource financing for infrastructure, development of public-private partnerships (PPP) and smart city development. 3i aims to establish a solid basis for future bilateral cooperation between Australia and Cambodia on infrastructure investment.  

3i seeks a full-time local Manager – Infrastructure Policyto assist in developing a robust and coherent policy advisory relationship with the RGC on infrastructure issues and enable 3i to become a trusted advisor to RGC on policy issues in the sectors in which we work. Infrastructure sectors to be covered include: water/wastewater; power (from extraction/generation to transmission, distribution and retail consumption); smart and other digital infrastructure for urban development; and waste management. 

The objectives of the Manager – Infrastructure Policyrole are to:

  • Provide executive-level support to the 3i team with policy analysis inputs, support to development of policy outputs and advice;
  • Provide insight and advice to the wider 3i team on the political economy of policy development in Cambodia, with specific reference to the infrastructure sector; and
  • Assist in the development and execution of plans and interventions to support the achievement of 3i’s strategic objectives.

Key activities

  • Support the development and implementation of 3i’s operational plans in relation to policy development for infrastructure investment. Periodically review and make adjustments where necessary to achieve stated objectives.
  • Identify and address opportunities for 3i to deliver againsts its policy support goals as well as to overcome the challenges it faces.
  • Develop and sustain key relationships and links to RGC ministries, departments and agencies, regional and international bodies.
  • Ensure effective delivery of the tasks delegated, including in compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements that govern its business.
  • Contribute to development of reports and other documents as require.
  • Provide guidance and advice to other 3i managers on policy development and political economy matters in relation to the RGC and its policy, regulatory and legislative institutions.
  • Coordinate 3i’s infastructure policy support work with the domestic private sector, and with international investors in Cambodia, where appropriate.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the senior leadership of 3i, which may be deemed to fall within the remit of the post.

Selection Criteria

The post-holder will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to analyse and assess the political economy of policy making, and devise effective means by which to inform and influence stakeholders in the RGC.
  • A strong understanding of RGC systems and practices in the infrastructure sector, as well as experience engaging with senior executives from the public and private sectors on policy and regulatory matters, and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships across RGC, regulators and the private sector.
  • Sound knowledge of, and experience in, the general operations of infrastructure sector businesses.
  • Excellent management and advisory skills to support management and professional personnel in the infrastructure sector.
  • Sound analytical and strategic thinking skills, including the ability to plan, analyse and interpret complex policy, economic and financial information for decision-making purposes.
  • Excellent problem-solving, communication and people management skills  and an ability to inspire confidence and create trust among stakeholders as well as to exercise sound judgement.
  • The ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands, solve business problems and make rational decisions based upon a sound understanding of the facts in limited time, as well as an ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging output targets.
  • Sound personal and professional integrity.
  • Fluency in Khmer and English.

Education and experience:

  • Advanced degree in Public Policy, Business or Public Management, or Civil Engineering, or related equivalent;
  • Specialised training in infrastructure related operations or management;
  • Minimum of three years experience involvement in an institutional advisory and/or policy development role at senior level, and a minimum of three years project management experience, in relation to infrastructure delivery in Cambodia.

Reporting relationships

Reports to: Chief Operations Manager, working through the Infrastructure Policy Adviser

Direct reports: N/A

Indirect reports: Other 3i resources assigned to support delivery of projects, Short Term Adviser and 3rd party consultants (if required to be procured).

Position status

  • Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia with travel to provinces.
  • This is a locally engaged staff position.
  • Commencement: immediate start, preferably February 2020.
  • Duration: 1 year contract, with potential for extension.
  • Remuneration: Competitive salary and benefits will be offered to the selected candidate, depending on qualifications and experience.

How to apply for this position

ESSENTIAL: Applications must include:

  1. Response against each of the essential and desirable selection criteria.
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume.
  3. Name and contact details (phone and email) of three referees.

Applications that do not address all the requirements stated above will not be considered.

For further information about this position


Submitting applications

Applications are to be emailed to with the reference ‘Position 36 – Manager, Infrastructure Policy’ in the subject line.

Closing date: 20 February 2020, 5.00pm Phnom Penh time. Late applications will not be considered.

Child protection

Palladium is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks.

This position is not required to work with or have contact with children.