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Economic/Commercial Specialist

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is seeking an individual for the Economic/Commercial Specialist position for the Political and Economic Office, Department of State.

The incumbent plays a critical role in planning, implementing, and reporting on US engagement in Cambodia’s rapidly growing economy in the context of a deepening bilateral relationship. The incumbent provides high-level expertise and advice in the economic arena, including working directly with the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political/Economic Section Chief, Senior Economic Officer, Public Affairs and USAID staff, contacts in Washington, and senior visitors such as members of Congress and other high-ranking US government officials and maintains a wide range of high-level contacts locally in academia, NGOs, corporation, international organizations, other embassies, and the Cambodian government. The incumbent works with senior American staff to develop strategic plans and mentors and counsels more junior staff and provides oral and written analyses and prepares reports, talking points, and speeches on macroeconomic and trade issues including oil/gas development; garment, tourism, agriculture, and financial sectors; poverty alleviation efforts; and investment. As the principal commercial officer at post, he/she works with the Senior Economic Officer to facilitate the marketing of U.S. goods and services in Cambodia and provide guidance to American firms and individuals looking to invest in or trade with Cambodia.

Salary: The annual salary range for this position is USD 25,869 – 40,091.

Required Qualifications
1. Master’s Degree in Economics, Development Studies, Trade, Finance, or Business.
2. Three years of experience in economic/development policy or business, demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility.
3. Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English and Khmer are required. Language proficiency will be tested.
4. Must have broad familiarity with Cambodian’s economy, institutions, business environment, and key personalities. Must have a thorough knowledge of statistics, computer spreadsheets, and data needed for economic analysis beyond what is reported through open sources and knowledge of local and international trade regulations.
5. Must have ability to collect and analyze economic data from open sources as well as from independent research. Must be able to develop a broad range of contacts and sources among government officials and the business community. Must have ability to evaluate raw data and defend views from the data and the perspective to judge relevancy of current developments to U.S. policy goals and long-term Cambodian economic trends.

Application Procedure
The application deadline is January 13, 2016. Interested candidates must submit applications by email to using the “Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174)” form. The application form and complete details on this position can be found at

Note: All Ordinarily Resident (OR) applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

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