Open Development Library Consultant (short-term)
||Open Development Library Consultant (short-term) (1
||Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief and the ODC
|Desired starting date
||December 15th, 2020 to March 15th, 2021
Background of the Open Development Library (ODL) Program
are essential for advancing knowledge in society and enhancing the human resources and development
of countries. As internet use and mobile phones quickly expand to all corners of Cambodia, printed
books might be viewed as tedious and old-fashioned. Despite the undeniable benefits of the digital
world, the internet is also triggering the expansion of unverified information, online security
risks and knowledge bubbles, which hinder critical thinking and a reading culture.
unique places for knowledge-sharing, research and providing access to learning to the most
vulnerable communities. For children of school age in particular, libraries enhance their
intellectual capacities and curiosity and improve their language and communication skills while they
explore and discover new things in a safe environment. While there have been a few initiatives to
promote reading in recent years such as mobile libraries, the capacity of school and public
libraries in Cambodia remains limited.
Cambodia (ODC), in collaboration with its partners, is currently exploring a pilot project to set up
new school libraries. The initial plan consists of two libraries in Preah Vihear province, one in an
urban area and one in a rural area. To inform and operationalize the plan with supporting evidence,
ODC is looking for a short-term consultant to conduct a preliminary study.
About Open Development Cambodia (ODC)
Open Development Cambodia (ODC) is the leading
open data platform in Cambodia which makes up-to-date and reliable data and information on
socioeconomic and environmental issues publicly available in a “one-stop shop”. ODC promotes the use
of accurate data for evidence-based and transparent decision-making processes. On the one hand, we
produce and publish datasets, interactive maps and data visualizations and, on the other hand, we
compile news, legal documents and other relevant reports. We also conduct research projects in
collaboration with diverse stakeholders and host workshops and training for university students,
journalists, researchers, CSOs and government officials.
The ODC online
platform contains a wide range of digitized content arranged under 17 main topics. In addition, ODC
is listed in the digital collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, the largest library in the
world and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress. Its e-library makes ODC content and resources
accessible for the personal, academic and professional purposes of a great diversity of people
around the world.
Purpose and objectives of the consultancy
The purpose of this
consultancy is to generate evidence and understanding to accurately inform and guide the setting up
of the Open Development Library (ODL) Program. The consultancy will result into the development of a
concrete implementation plan. Under the guidance of ODC, the Consultant will conduct both primary
and secondary research and collect insights from students, teachers and families to ensure that the
project meets the needs and interests of the target groups. The Consultant will address the points
detailed in the following section.
The Consultant is expected to submit the following two documents:
Needs Assessment Report, containing all the evidence and information
gathered by the Consultant and identifying:
Mapping of existing libraries and relevant
initiatives in Preah Vihear province
Most suitable locations to set up a new library,
including both rural and urban spots in Preah Vihear
Potential benefits and challenges that might affect
Current needs and gaps of the target population in
terms of educational content and resources
Detailed and specific offline materials to be
included in the library: i) typology and topics of books and printed educational
material and ii) digital resources (technical equipment such as computers, WI-FI
network and digital tools).
Road map for setting up the library and a 5-year
workplan to ensure the sustainability and expansion of the project.
Methodology for library classification for
bookkeeping and arranging resources systematically
Estimation of the financial resources required and a
List of initiatives and activities to enhance
community involvement and use of the library
Evaluation plan to assess the
use and performance of the program once implemented.
Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the
area of assignment. Additional specific training will be an
Experience working in a library is essential.
Proven experience in project design and in conducting
Highly detailed-oriented, with self-initiative to
suggest additional ideas and guidelines.
Strong communication skills that enable the
Consultant to effectively communicate with the ODC team and present the results
in an engaging format.
Flexible creative-thinker able to cope with change
and effectively incorporate modifications and feedback along the process.
Interested applicants need to submit via email their updated CV, budget
request and an outline of their work plan, by using the contact details
- Deadline for submitting applications is on November 30th,
2020 at 5:00pm.
- Email Subject of the application: Open Development Library Program
- Applications will be accepted by email ONLY:
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Note: Maximum file size for attachments is only 5MB.