International Hydrology Expert

Mekong River Commission
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Background and objectives of the consultancy

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established by the 1995 Agreement on Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin, between the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, in accordance with this Agreement. The Mission of MRC is: “to promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries’ mutual benefit and the people’s well-being by implementing strategic programmes and activities and providing scientific information and policy advice.”

The former MRC-Flood Management and Mitigation Programme  (FMMP) 2004-2010 committed itself to annually prepare a Mekong Flood Report for the MRC, which represented an account of the floods occurred in the LMB to be presented to the MRC Joint Committee and Council. The Annual Mekong Flood Report (AMFR) also served as source of information and as a reference document, not only for the MRC-Joint Committee and Council members, but also for a wider audience, like the agencies responsible for the disaster management and mitigation functions in the Member Countries, institutes involved in water resources planning, development partners, NGO’s etc.

The FMMP 2011-2015, which is a support programme to the Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre (RFMMC), continues the commitment to prepare the Annual Mekong Flood Report (AMFR).Between 2005 and 2016, a total of 11 AMFRs (the AMFR 2015 and 2016 are in the same volume) were successfully published by the FMMP/RFMMC in cooperation with the four MRC Member Countries.

Since 2016, the MRC has undergone an organizational restructure to become a leaner organization; of which the former FMM Programme structure has changed to a team under Technical Support Division (TD), and AMFR remain a key output of the RFMMC team. The RFMMC is presently conducting the production of the AMFR 2017 which will be the last volume of the AMFR series. The new concept to combine the annual hydrological condition and flood & drought report has been discussed since 2016 within the MRC Secretariat. The report is a new format that is considered to address a wider range of topics compared to the AMFR. The latest MRC Joint Platform Meeting in March 2019 has approved to implement the production of the Annual Mekong Hydrology,

Flood and Drought Report (AMHR) 2018 which is the synergy between reports on hydrological, flood & drought condition in the Lowe Mekong River Basin.

Objective of the Consultancy:

The AMHR 2018 will be presented in an Expert Group Meeting on Data, Modelling and Forecasting (EGDMF) with the MRC Member Countries to obtain suggestions and recommendations for improvements. Over the years a standard format was adopted with clearly defined target audiences, objectives and parameters/indicators. These improvements enabled the MRCS to work through a simpler and more user-friendly procedure with the NMCs and the MRCS in the process of data collection, processing, analysis and report writing.

The consultancy service of an IHE (IHE) is required in order to assist the TD in drafting the MRC AMHR- 2018.

The main objectives of this consultancy service are:

  1. In cooperation with the TD’s Chief Hydrologist and the Head of RFMMC to undertake an in-depth analysis of 2018 hydrological, flood and drought situations at a regional scale (LMB). The report should focus on the following aspects:
    • Assessing the hydrological condition, flood and drought situations in 2018, their causes and their impacts.
    • Study of the changes in flood and drought behaviour across the LMB, together with likely future basin development (upstream development and floodplain infrastructure) on possible future flood and drought behaviour across the LMB.
    • Assessing the impacts of likely future changes to flood and drought behaviour and likely impacts in terms of future flood and drought damage and risk.
  2. The report writing will be based on Preliminary National Hydrology, Flood and Drought Reports as well as other relevant flood and drought related data and information to be provided by the NHEs of the MRC Member Countries. Apart from this, additional relevant data and information from the MRCS and other regional and international organizations will also be needed. An Expert Group Meeting on Data, Modelling and Forecasting (EGDMF) will be organized by the TD to carry out a solid screening of the draft report.
  3. To present, in cooperation with the TD and OCEO, a well-documented draft AMHR-2018, fully structured, edited and enriched with reference information, of which the content and presentation/lay- out has been approved by the MRC Member Countries and the MRCS during the aforesaid Expert Group Meeting on Data, Modelling and Forecasting (EGDMF). The draft AMHR-2018 will be developed to such a level, that the MRCS, as a last and final step in the process, must contract the printing services only.

Expected final product:

The AMHR 2018 will be developed through contributions from the national hydrology experts (NHEs) who will collect national data that will contribute to national reporting., while the international hydrology expert (IHE) prepares the Annual Hydrology, Flood and Drought Report and consolidates the four national reports into the main report. The report fosters common understanding and enables the TD to publish AMHR 2018 for the benefits of the MRC Member Countries and other stakeholders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • The IHE must have a MSc. or PhD level university degree in a field of study closely related to water engineering, i.e., hydrology, hydraulics, flood forecasting, analysis of changes in flood behavior and flood-drought assessment on disaster management and/or integrated water resources management;
  • The IHE must have proven long-term experience in a field closely related to, i.e., hydrology, hydraulics and flood and drought disaster management;
  • The IHE must have a minimum of 15-20 years working experience in the field of integrated water resources management, irrigation and drainage and/or disaster/flood management and mitigation;
  • The IHE must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in working in one or more MRC Member Countries;
  • The IHE must have been working with modern technology for collection, processing and presentation of data and information;
  • The IHE must have general knowledge and experience with remote sensing imaging, satellite imaging, GIS mapping and experience with designing and writing general reports, including structuring, editing, presenting, documenting and designing lay-out;
  • The IHE must have good general understanding of meteorological/hydrological processes, hydraulic and hydrodynamic processes, topo-hydrographic conditions, generating and/or affecting flood conditions; and
  • The IHE must have a good general understanding of the needs for meteorological, hydrological and hydraulic data collection, hydrologic and hydraulic/hydrodynamic modeling, flood & drought forecasting and early warning processes to reduce the vulnerability of the communities living in the LMB.