APLE is now seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time positions in Phnom Penh as follows:

1. Research Coordinator (Urgent)


Under financial support of Terre des Hommes (TdH) Netherland and Save the Children, APLE Cambodia, a local NGO that exists to strengthen national social and legal mechanisms for the protection of children at risk of or affected by child sexual abuse and exploitation, is seeking a qualified Research Coordinator to develop and lead a comprehensive ‘National Situational Analysis’ (hereafter referred to ‘the study’) related to online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) in Cambodia. This study is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature and extent of OCSE in Cambodia, including the various capacities of legislation and key stakeholders (government and CSOs) to address the issue nationally.

The overall objectives of the study include: (i) To understand the nature and extent of OCSE in Cambodia; and, (ii) To identify actionable and evidence-based recommendations for Cambodia-specific interventions in the areas of prevention, protection, provision of services, and criminal prosecution, based on the WePROTECT Model National Response (MNR).

Motivation for the Study

While numerous anecdotal cases of OCSE have been reported, there is clear need for the development of a stronger base of evidence on the nature and extent of the problem, as well as the capacities of government, CSOs, and other stakeholders to address this emerging issue. At present, there is no national-level research related to any form of sexual exploitation, including OCSE, and consequently little understanding of online threats. The action plan addressing Violence Against Children in Cambodia (2017-2021) references the need for OCSE related interventions in virtually all domains, including policy and governance. However, the lack of accurate information on OCSE is likely to hamper progress and the action plan acknowledges the need to ‘assess the scale and specific nature of online child sexual exploitation against children in Cambodia’, to inform developments. (RGC, 2017) Further, Cambodia is a signatory to the WePROTECT Global Initiative, thus this research falls in line with the existing national commitment to WePROTECT.

Scope of Work — Expected Tasks of the Research Coordinator

The study should assess the current threat of OCSE in Cambodia, how it is manifested, how children are at risk and which group may be at an increased risk.  The WeProtect Framework will guide the development, implementation, and outputs of this study. The Research Coordinator, working alongside of the National Research Advisor, will lead the development and coordination of the full project, including identifying field staff, coordination of fieldwork and desk review, the provision of analysis, and the subsequent drafting of the final report – alongside other relevant team members.

The Research Coordinator will develop and oversee, ideally, two interconnected research teams:  one focused on desk research and another focused on field research. While each of these teams will have their own mandates, it is vital that the teams work collaboratively to share information and develop coordinated and cohesive findings, analysis, and recommendations.  

The desk review team will, ideally, take the lead on research applying to the domains of: 1) policy and governance and 2) Media and Communications.  Within these domains, the following questions will guide the research process:

  1. Policy and Governance – What is the nature, extent, and potential efficacy of regional (ASEAN) and national legislation and policies?;  What opportunities exist within this context to comply with existing regional initiatives related to violence against children, and specifically online abuse and exploitation?; What are the key messages needed within this context for the development of education, awareness raising, and advocacy materials.

  2. Media and Communications — What are the current awareness, capacity, and learning needs of media professionals and those entering the field?; How can we better inform the development of key messages for reporting, training, education, awareness raising, and advocacy materials? (The desk review team will work collaboratively with the field research team within this domain.)

The field research team will, ideally, take the lead on research applying to the domains of: 1) Criminal Justice; 2) Victims and Survivors; 3) Society, Children, and Communities; and 4) Industry. Within these domains, the following questions will guide the research process:

  1. Criminal Justice – What are the current practices and challenges for law enforcement and the judiciary in Cambodia, with regard to OCSE?;  What are the current capacity-building and training needs with regard to cybercrime and child protection?

  2. Victim and Survivors – Where in Cambodia is OCSE occurring?; Is it occurring in any particular geographical regions? If so, where? Who are victims (gender and age analysis)? Is there a connection with online and offline sexual exploitation ‘hot spots’?  How victims are identified? What services are available for OCSE survivors?

  3. Society, Children and Communities – How are Cambodian children and young people using the internet / other relevant technologies?; What are the online and offline circumstances and behaviours that place Cambodian children at-risk of online exploitation?; What OCSE risks do Cambodian children and young people currently face and how do those risks arise?; How are Cambodian children being ‘recruited’ to engage in OCSE (e.g. through peer-to-peer networks, family members, or particular venues such as internet cafes)?; How do adults and children’s perspectives on risk differ, as well as what parents and other duty bearers need to enable them to protect children and mitigate risks?; What are offending trends of OCSE in Cambodia or any particular geographical regions?

  4. Industry – What are OCSE risks/problems identified by ISPs? What are the current mechanisms, attitudes, commitment, motivation, and capacity of ISPs to better protect Cambodian children from OCSE?; What responses exist within the current ICT ecosystem – including Hotline reporting mechanisms, blocking and removing access to OCSE contents, and industry engagement;  What are the key messages needed for the development of effective reporting, education, awareness raising, and advocacy materials?

Over the course of the approximately nine (9) month research initiative, the Research Working Group will provide essential inputs and support for the development of a comprehensive action plan to address OCSE in Cambodia, including Cambodia-specific interventions.

Expected Deliverables

Under supervision of the Research Working Group, the selected applicant should deliver the following:

(i) Inception Report

The inception report should include a brief literature review on understanding of the characteristics (nature) and extent of OCSE in Cambodia and propose a sound and feasible set of research tools and methodology, for undertaking the full research within the above-specified domains of the WePROTECT framework.

(ii) Zero Draft Research:

The Zero Draft Report will be based upon desk review and initial key findings from fieldwork.  While this will be less structured than the revised draft report, it will constitute a first attempt to assemble salient themes and patterns emerging on from fieldwork on the nature of OCSE in Cambodia. This report will be presented to the Research Working Group, National Research Advisor and the Research Coordinator will work with this group to further analyse and develop the findings.

(iii) Revised Research

The Revised Report will provide a structured analysis of the characteristics and extent of OCSE in Cambodia and identify potential actionable recommendations for Cambodia-specific interventions.   This report and its findings will be presented to and discussed with the Research Working Group, National Research Advisor and other key Cambodian stakeholders, who will provide inputs to help develop recommendations into specific and  actionable items for the Cambodian Context.

(iv) Oral presentation/meeting and ongoing debrief with project staff

As part of an ongoing project, the selected applicant will be required to conduct a presentation to the working group on the findings of the research, indicated evidenced based changes over the project period, including final findings, and suggestion of a Dissemination plan with key stakeholders. The de-briefing meeting will provide an opportunity to clarify outstanding aspects of the research before finalization.

(v) The Final Report:

The selected applicant will be expected to produce a final report, with comments from the debriefing taken into account. This report will be the polished final version of the research, detailing the characteristics and extent of OCSE in Cambodia and identify actionable and evidence-based recommendations for Cambodia-specific interventions, based on the WePROTECT MNR indicated within the WeProtect Framework, as well as best practice both locally and internationally.

(vi) Research Launch:

Following the completion of the final report, the Research Advisor, the Research Coordinator, and research team will be responsible for collaborating with stakeholders and playing an active role to present the findings of the research.  

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum of a masters degree in social work, sociology, anthropology, international development, or related field

  • Minimum of five years conducting field research with children and/or vulnerable groups

  • Competent applicant must have experience in conducting child-focused research

  • Technical knowledge and understanding of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

  • Knowledge of the local area of research (geographical) desired

  • Proven track record in qualitative and quantitative research

  • Track record in conducting surveys and research on children’s rights in Cambodia or GMS Region

  • Understanding of and strong commitment to ethical research processes, including child protection and child safeguarding

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and up-to-date resume, and a sample of his/her previous research/study to, identifying in the subject field ‘Applying for Research Coordinator Post’. You may access a full copy of the study Terms of Reference (ToR) here Terms of Reference_Research Coordinator or call 023 996 351.  

Closing Date: 6 April 2018 by 5 PM (Cambodia Time).

2. Trainer (Two Posts)

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops learning, teaching, test and survey resources in various presentations
  • Delivers quality trainings, including ToT, to the selected target groups and project staff
  • Maintains and updates developed resources
  • Provides assistance in development of IEC materials
  • Coordinates field work with the team for training organisation
  • Produces post-training reports and evaluation
  • Supports the monitoring and evaluation process of relevant training programmes

Required Education, Qualification and Experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in education or relevant fields
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a trainer/instructor, preferably in the area of child protection
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English language
  • Being able to work independently
  • Being flexible and able to work well as a team
  • Being committed to results

3. Resource Developer (One Post)

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and coordinates the resource development tasks across different teams
  • Provides conceptualization of the resource development for learning, training, reporting, promotion, advocacy and campaign purposes in the field of child protection
  • Produce educationally sound and grammatically correct content with images that meets the expectations of both target groups and end-users
  • Develops attractive, powerful and easy-to-read IEC materials to inform and inspire readers, learners and trainers of the issues related to child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Creates an eye-catching layout and design for organization’s key publications (i.e. research, annual report, newsletter, success story, factsheet, fundraising appeal, etc.)
  • Works with the Program Team Leaders and Child Protection Specialist to prepare and review project schedules to meet deadlines.
  • Supports the resource development team to enhance their capability in delivering desirable resources.
  • Assists in website and social media design and content creation
  • Maintains professional standard of the resource development for marketing and branding enhancement

Required Education, Qualification and Experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in design, education, publication or relevant fields
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a resource developer, preferably in the area of child protection
  • Sound knowledge of the educational/training curriculum
  • Excellent organizational, planning, interpersonal, and creative skills
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English language
  • Being able to work independently
  • Being flexible and able to work well as a team
  • Being committed to results

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and accident insurance
  • 13th month salary
  • Severance pay entitlement
  • Capacity development opportunities

Desirable for all positions:

  • Mature and committed person with compassion to working with different kinds of people
  • Trustworthy, humble, creative, active team player and good at working with people
  • Strong interest in working together with and building the capacity of others
  • Ability to motivate, be flexible, and foster openness and creativity
  • Excellent interpersonal, creative and communicational skills

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to with Subject Ref. (position you’re applying for)

For additional information, please contact 012 584 194/023 996 351

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview and asked to present the original copies of the academic and occupational certificates.

Closing date: 9 April 2018 by 5:00 PM.

What would you like to report?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Child Exploitation Materials Online
Child Sexual Abuse
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If you witness a child in immediate danger, please call police 1288 or APLE 092 311 511.


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