[Khemara] Development Internship Opportunity in Phnom Penh

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[Khemara] Development Internship Opportunity in Phnom Penh

About Khemara

As Cambodia’s longest serving local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Khemara has developed a range of services to protect and empower women and children, helping them to improve their quality of life. Over the past 27 years, our work has enabled numerous women and children to recognise their potential and right to participate in decision making.

Our services include: provision of childcare centres, child protection, public health services, income generation initiatives and capacity building.

Khemara is offering 3 candidates the possibility of an internship, in which students and/or young professionals will be able to complete a varied and rich experience within our workplace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The internships will commence in October/November 2019 for one candidate and January/February 2020 for two candidates.

Why intern with Khemara in Cambodia?

Our team is almost exclusively Cambodian, and works very closely with the beneficiaries of its projects. Therefore, joining Khemara will give you the opportunity to accomplish meaningful work, which has a direct and observable impact on the target population.

The local nature of the NGO also means you will be fully immersed in Khmer culture, and will experience the Cambodian way of life. This ranges from experiencing the local NGO working culture to the social aspects of our organisation. Our team in the Head Office is relatively small, which will allow you to develop strong relationships with all team members, and improve interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

What should you expect from this internship?

We want this experience to be as valuable as possible to you.
Therefore, we will try to adapt your tasks to your background and preferences. Nonetheless, please find below examples of tasks that you may be asked to complete:
⁃ Grant applications and donor relations
⁃ Fundraising
⁃ Management and administration of short-term volunteers/HR
⁃ Project assistance
⁃ Project monitoring and evaluation
⁃ Social media management

All internships will be completed at Khemara’s Head Office, but there are regular monitoring visits within the local area and to further provinces to visit our existing projects (on average once per month). All expenses related to these trips will be taken care of by Khemara.

Please note that, due to budget constraints, we are not able to pay interns. However, the cost of living is much lower in Cambodia than in most countries, and it is possible and easy to find a part-time job after work. Our working hours are from 8:30 to 16:30 and are flexible if students require a part-time job to cover all costs in-country. 

Are you our ideal candidate?

We are looking for two long-term interns, ideally 6 months or longer, to start around the 1st of November 2019, and 17th of January respectively, but we are quite flexible about these dates. We have found the length of the internship gives interns time to settle in the city and the office, getting used to the office culture before embarking on and accomplishing meaningful tasks that shape the future of the NGO. The interns have the potential to shape the future direction and strategy of the NGO, so we feel it is important to spend some time to become fully integrated into the organisation. 

Some experience in a culturally diverse environment is preferable, as well as a previous experience with a non-profit organization. We do not have any specific or arbitrary background requirements, but a confirmed interest and a demonstrated ability to contribute to our daily work and activities should be evident from your academic/employment history, as shown in your cover letter.

Khemara’s office is situated in Russey Keo district, an area in the north-west of Phnom Penh. Svay Pak village, the location of Khemara’s head office, is a low-income and predominantly Vietnamese community. As a local NGO, the working style and local environment will likely be unfamiliar. The ideal candidate will be open-minded, enthusiastic, detail-orientated, and willing to operate fully within a culturally diverse team. As working conditions in Cambodia can be very different from what you are used to, you must also be flexible and adaptable to new environments.

The most common way to travel to the head office is by motorbike (which Khemara can supply), or by the recently installed cheap and air-conditioned public bus services to the office location.

Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory, as the office and our partners all operate in English and Khmer. 

How to apply?

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to Michelle Alm Engvall (current intern) at “”. Should your profile seem appropriate to this program, we will contact you in order to schedule a telephone/Skype interview. Due to an expected high number of applications, not everyone can be invited for an interview. However, we will contact all candidates who apply.

The deadlines to apply for these internships are the 18th of October 2019 for the first time-period 2018, and the 6th of December for the second time-period. Please indicate in the subject title of your email to which internship period you wish to apply.

To learn more about Khemara, please visit our website:” or Facebook page: “Khemara Cambodia” 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck!

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