Job Vacancy: Khmer Language Instructor(s) In Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia

Duty Station:

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia


22 June to 14 August 2020

Report to:

Head of Program


Based on competency

Application Deadline:

01 March, 2020

The Khmer Language and Culture Study Program (KLCP) is designed for those who wish to develop Khmer language skills and an understanding of contemporary Cambodian society for academic and professional purposes, but who have not yet completed two years of formal language training. It is an intensive eight-week program, and will be held from 22 June to 14 August 2020 in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It is a beginner-level course which is intended for faculty, post-graduate researchers, and undergraduate students from U.S. universities. The program is administered in collaboration and conjunction with the Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK) program of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), funded by Fulbright-Hays.

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CKS is looking for:

  • One Khmer language instructor to teach beginner-level Khmer in Phnom Penh (first 4 weeks)
  • One Khmer language instructor to teach beginner-level Khmer in Siem Reap (last 4 weeks)
  • OR (preferably) ONE Khmer language instructor who is able to teach in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Roles and Responsibilities

Prospective applicants should expect to:

  • Teach beginner-level Khmer language and culture to students from the United States by using the CKS textbook for writing and reading (though the instructor is welcome to include more materials to support their teaching)

The morning schedule is fixed; classes will be held from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The afternoon schedule is flexible, depending on various program activities and on duties to be shared with the field coordinator and teaching assistants.  From past experience, prospective applicants should expect to work within the 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm timeframe for the afternoon session (with NGOs and speakers on Mondays and Thursdays, and on student projects on Tuesdays and Fridays).

Prospective applicants should expect to reserve at least three hours a week for office work, curriculum development, and on activities and teaching in collaboration with the field coordinator and project director.

Working Period

  • Pre-departure phase (approximately one month before the beginning of the program): Prospective applicants should expect to work between 5 and 10 hours on refining and preparing the curriculum and syllabus in collaboration with the local field coordinator and project director.
  • Full-time work: Prospective applicants will work from 22 June to 14 August 2020, with the first four weeks spent in Phnom Penh and the last four weeks spent in Siem Reap.


Prospective applicants must have:

  • Cambodian nationality.
  • A significant knowledge of Khmer language, culture, history and current issues.
  • At least a Master’s degree in linguistics, literature, or a related field.
  • Experiences teaching the Khmer language to non-native learners.
  • Experience teaching the Khmer language at the university level.
  • A very good level of English language ability.
  • Experience integrating technology into language teaching in an energetic and innovative fashion.

Interested candidates should send a CV (2 pages max) and one-page cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position by e-mail to Ms. Samedy Suong ( with the subject line: Application for Khmer Language Instructor in PNP or SRP (or Both).

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