Employment Opportunities

POSITITON: Homestay Coordinator

OPEN TO:  All Qualified Candidates
POSITITON: Homestay Coordinator (Personal Service Contractor - PSC)
OPENING DATE:  November 1, 2014
CLOSING DATE:  November 28, 2014 – Applications will be reviewed as they arrive

Peace Corps/Cambodia seeks two permanent Homestay Coordinators for our office in Phnom Penh to support the work of American Volunteers working in rural areas throughout Cambodia. Peace Corps is a US government agency that sends Volunteers to assist in development. Learn more about Peace Corps Cambodia, click here.

The Homestay Coordinators are responsible for the promotion and implementation of the homestay program for Volunteers’ permanent sites and Trainee’s Pre-Service Training sites. They will oversee the program and direct the search, interviews and final selection of all host families and alternate host families. In conjunction with Program Managers (permanent sites) and the Training manager (PST sites) they will provide ongoing support and feedback to both homestay families and Volunteers. They will also provide administrative and logistical support to host family and site-related work for the Program and Training Unit. Travel for extended periods of time is required, including extended stays at the training site before and during Pre-service training.


  1. University degree in any subject;
  2. Good command of written and spoken English as well as native ability in spoken and written Khmer;
  3. Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal skills; demonstrated excellent teamwork;
  4. Excellent computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet programs;
  5. Good organization, time management and communication skills;
  6. Positive attitude towards leadership, collaboration, public service, the development of Cambodia, personal integrity;
  7. Ability to work on a regular Monday through Friday schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours when necessary; willingness to travel throughout Cambodia up to 50% of the time;
  8. Demonstrated experience working at the community level;
  9. Willingness to travel throughout Cambodia and internationally as required;
  10. Experience working with Americans or other native speakers of English preferred; previous Peace Corps experience will be an asset;
  11. Must be able to obtain a security clearance, must have or be willing to obtain a passport and must be eligible for a visa to visit the United States if necessary.
  12. Must be able to obtain a security clearance, must have or be willing to obtain a passport and must be eligible for a visa to visit the United States if necessary.

The Homestay Coordinators report directly to the Program Managers and Training Manager under the ultimate supervision of the Director of Programming and Training.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to, the following:

Homestay Program Development and Management

  • In coordination with PC staff, develop a written strategy and specific guidelines for the design and implementation of the homestay program at permanent sites and during Pre-Service Training.
  • Act as a resource, informant, and liaison for all homestay-related activities, matters, and issues.
  • Develop a written host family selection strategy, considering Peace Corps standards in other countries, as well as the cultural and environmental context of Cambodia.
  • Work with Program Managers and other staff to develop and manage the homestay program budget including travel costs and homestay family payments.
  • Review and revise as needed Homestay Handbooks for host families and Volunteers.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Volunteers and host families, including visits, providing support and assistance throughout the program to both host families and Volunteers as needed.
  • Fully apprise Program Managers/Training Manager of all issues, conversations, and matters related to Volunteers and Homestay Families.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files on host families (contact information, interview forms, questionnaires, list of host families to use and not use again, etc.)
  • Make suggestions for improvements to the homestay program. Record in written form and provide a debriefing to relevant staff.
  • Design, develop and implement new initiatives under the Homestay Program as appropriate.

Homestay Family Selection and Training

  • Coordinate Host Family Selection visits with Program Managers, Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO) and Safety and Security Manager SSM on representative sampling of potential host families.
  • In collaboration with the Program Managers, PCMO and (SSM), review and maintain a list of health and safety considerations for Volunteers’ homestay placements.
  • Participate in Site Identification meetings; present Host Family Selection guidelines and procedures. 
  • Meet with local school directors, teachers, health center directors and staff and relevant community leaders to identify potential host families.
  • Report all host family visits to Program Managers ensuring they are fully aware of all issues.
  • Plan, arrange and visit potential host families, including  visits by current PCVs to all host families.
  • Confirm that host family selection forms are completed by relevant staff, ensuring that families meet criteria set forth.
  • Provide potential host families with overview material on Peace Corps as an organization, and the Peace Corps program in Cambodia, homestay program, the selection process, schedule and their roles and responsibilities as host families.
  • In coordination with PC program and training staff, review selection forms and checklists and choose the final host families (with several alternates).
  • Plan and organize regional host family orientation workshops in coordination with PC staff. 
  • Prepare Host Family profiles for Site Announcements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply

Submit in English a CV and cover letter describing how you meet the required and any desired qualifications.  Applications that fail to address the requirements will not be considered.

Include the title Homestay Coordinator in your cover letter and in the subject line of your email.

Send CV and cover letter to jobs@kh.peacecorps.gov
Or, deliver to the Peace Corps Office - #7A, Street 256
Or, mail to Peace Corps Office, PO Box 2453, Phnom Penh 3


For questions or a complete job description, please contact Peace Corps/Cambodia at Tel: 023 222 901.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on closing date.

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