When it was founded in 1995, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) had a staff of three. Today, we have 38 employees and 9 volunteers, all of whom are Cambodian.
All of our staff begin working at the Center as volunteers for three months to a year, during which time they are observed and evaluated by the Director to determine if they are adequately committed to undertake the Center’s demanding work. We require our volunteers and staff to have proficiency in English and computer skills.
Candidates who are successful in making the transition to employee are asked to sign a contract with the Center, generally for 6 months. Their contracts may be renewed based upon a managerial evaluation of each staff member’s performance.
The salaries and benefits DC-Cam offers its employees are competitive with those of other Cambodian non-government organizations. Our benefits include annual and sick leave, paid holidays, merit increases, and training.
Since its founding, DC-Cam has implemented programs that aim to constantly increase the capabilities of our staff. These include:
Internal Training. We have offered numerous training courses given by our staff and outside experts in such areas as research methods, interviewing, English language, Internet research, Khmer Rouge terminology, microfilming, cataloguing, and transliteration. In addition, several of our staff have attended six-week legal training courses DC-Cam has offered in preparation for the tribunal of senior Khmer Rouge leaders.
Local Training. DC-Cam occasionally sends promising staff members to upgrade their English at a local school or university. In addition, our staff members have been trained in radio broadcasting and identifying people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder by experts within Cambodia.
Overseas Training. Every year, DC-Cam sends selected staff members abroad to gain new skills and knowledge.