International Technical Advisor (Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River including Impact by Mainstream Hydropower Project)

Mekong River Commission (MRC)

Laos and Cambodia, XV 🇽🇻

Consultant type

International Consultant (Individual) 

Contract type:

Special Service Agreement


100 working days from October 2016 – December 2017 (Special Service Agreement)

Work Location:

Office of MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR and Phnom Penh, Cambodia with possible travels to the MRC Member Countriesuntries

Key Responsibilities
  • Support the overall technical implementation of the Council study, including the cumulative impact assessments, socioeconomic impact assessment, and environment impact assessment;
  • Together with CS coordinator work with the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) of the Council Study to discuss and agree on technical issues, results, and conclusions of the Council Study;
  • Development of a cumulative impact assessment framework integrated with other thematic and discipline teams assessment approaches;
  • Consolidate technical input of the technical team and Produce a consolidated final main report and assist on other technical thematic report of the council study with sound scientific, high quality to meet the world class standard;
  • Together with CS coordinator to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a broad stakeholder engagement in the design of the study and throughout the conduct of the study to ensure transparency and ownership of major groups interested in the results and conclusions of the Council Study;
  • Support the council study coordinator to work with MRC Council Study Teams (both Thematic   and   Discipline Teams) to ensure high quality of product and reports and delivery output on time according to the agreed scope and work plan;
  • Provide technical review of incremental technical results and report deliverables by the Council Study Technical Team;
  • Together with CS coordinator, provide guidance to MRC Council Study Teams in order to ensure technical works of different teams are well linked and integrated across geographic scales and technical issues and avoid duplicate works among the teams;
  • Provide technical support to MRC Council Study Teams on all technical aspects of the Council Study such as scenario formulation and assessment, input data collection and verification, assessment tools and results validation to ensure consistency and quality of inputs and outputs;
  • Together with CS coordinator drafting overall progress reports based on inputs from the different Thematic and Discipline Teams and working papers as required;
  • Any other tasks as required by CS Coordinator.
  • Advanced degree in Water Resources Management or a related discipline including experiences with river basin management planning and integrated water resources management;
  • At  least  15  years  of  experiences  in  the  discipline  of  Water  Resources  Management  and Development particularly  on  hydropower,  agriculture,  irrigation,  water  supplies,  navigation, flood management;
  •  At least 10 years of experiences in the basin-wide assessment of water resources development in the Mekong basin or other large international river basin;
  • At least 8 years of experiences in leading water-related resources development study including the formulation, and implementation of impact assessment for environment, water resources and socioeconomic;
  • Working experience with MRC and riparian countries is desirable;
  • Excellent communication and coordination and reporting skills;
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment essential;
  • Computer proficiency and good knowledge of the possibilities and use of electronic information systems;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

The Terms of Reference can be downloaded from the download box. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Application procedures:

The application should include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, (iii) MRC Personal History Form. The position title and division must be indicated in the cover letter.

The application should be sent to:

Mekong River Commission 
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR
Email: [email protected]

Closing date for applications:  03 October 2016