Vietnam nationals: Development of Viet Nam National Scheme on Water Security and Dam Safety (Institutional/legal water resources)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Expertise Institutional/legal Water Resources Specialist

Expertise Group Project Management/ Institutional Development

Consultant Source: National


Viet Nam’s rapid growth, particularly industrialization and urbanization are overstressing the 

environment, placing increased pressure on ensuring the country’s water security for all. The greatest 

pressures on water resources come from the speed of economic development and the changing structure of 

the economy. Essentially, the development of water infrastructure, the rapid rise in water use, and the 

emergence of growing risks to the resource such as pollution, population increase and climate change 

have outpaced the ability of water institutions to manage and regulate water resource development and 

use and to manage risks. The Viet Nam government, with support from the development partners, including 

ADB has been investing increasingly to its water policy and infrastructure development, including the 

Law on Water Resources, Law on Irrigation, Law on Environment Protection, Law on Natural Disaster 

Prevention and Control, Law on Forestry Law on Electricity, Law on Dyke Management, and number of 

decrees, circulars, decisions, plans to regulate the water resources management. However, there are 

still gaps and shortcomings that do not cover all the issues, which need to be managed to ensure water 

security and dam safety. 


ADB’s assistance is sought to provide qualified and experienced international and national experts and 

consultation support to assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to develop the 

“Viet Nam National Scheme on Water Security and Dam Safety for the Period 2021-2030, with a Vision to 

2045” (Water Security and Dam Safety Policy [WSDSP]) for the National Assembly approval. MARD will 

provide the necessary reference materials and logistic support to follow a participatory approach. This 

work includes desk studies, field surveys to collect the updated data/information, consultation with 

stakeholders, verification of information, liaison with MARD’s Working Group and other relevant 

government authorities, report writing and outcomes dissemination. Consultation workshops will be 

organized at key stages of the WSDSP preparation. 


Scope of Work

He/she shall mainly provide assistance to the team leader in the preparation of documents and 

facilitating the implementation of the activities necessary for development of the National Water 

Security and Dam Safety Scheme (Water Security and Dam Safety Policy [WSDSP]). The Specialist will be 

responsible for identifying and advising on the institutional arrangements and policies that are 

necessary to meet the requirements of water supply for socio-economic activities and environmental 

protection, minimizing the harmful effects caused by water, ensuring safety of hydraulic works, 

especially dams and reservoirs.


Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

The specialist will carry out, but not limited to, the following activities and tasks:  

- review the government policies and institution settings on water resource management, water supply and 

sanitation services, flood and drought management, and dam management and safety; 

- review international experience in institutional arrangements for effective IWRM, and for the 

development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of water resources master plan and dam safety;

- provide recommendation for institutional strengthening and/or reforms, proposing regulations on 

institutional arrangement for implementing the National Water Resources Plan; 

- work together with other relevant specialists, provide recommendations for increased public 

participation in water resources management, in particular, women’s participation in promoting water 

security and dam safety; and

- contribute to consultation workshops, seminars, and reports. 


Minimum Qualification Requirements

The specialist will have an advanced degree in management, or a related discipline. The specialist will 

have at least 10 years of experience in formulation and implementation of water policies and 

institutional reforms. Demonstrated knowledge of, and ideally experience with international water 

resources governance, and working experiences (i) for this field in other Southeast Asia countries 

and/or (ii) for this field supported by international organizations are asset. He/she must have 

excellent written and oral communications skills in English.


Minimum General Experience: 10 Years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 10 Years