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

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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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