Vietnam nationals: Development of Viet Nam National Scheme on Water Security and Dam Safety (Team Leader)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Expertise: Water Resources Specialist/Team Leader
Expertise Group: Engineering
Consultant Source: National
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
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
Water Resources Specialist will, as the team leader, provide overall direction and manage the consultant 
team and the consultants’ relationships with (i) MARD, (ii) members a drafting board and an editorial 
team from various ministries and agencies, who are responsible for developing the WSDSP,  (iii) ADB, and 
(iv) other stakeholders, to ensure effective coordination and synergies between all concerned.  He/she, 
as the team leader, will be overall responsible for carrying out the activities indicated in the Scope 
of Works in section b and produce quality deliverables in a timely manner, as indicated in TSP.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
He/she is expected to carry out these activities by (i) developing a detailed work plan, (ii) managing 
all consultants’ inputs, activities, and outputs with reference to the methodology as indicated in TSP, 
and (iii) supporting MARD and members and of drafting board and the editorial team to ensure sufficient 
consultations are maintained at all times. He/she will integrate all consultants’ outputs into the 
deliverables, as indicated in TSP. 
He/she will, as water resources specialist, lead in developing the draft final “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]). The scope of WSDSP, scope of work, and the methodology to develop WSDSP are 
provided in the TSP. Among others, he/she shall (i) prepare a detailed work plan with key milestones for 
completing the WSDSP; (ii) prepare plans for coordination with key stakeholders; (iii) confirm with MARD 
the WSDSP outline; (iv) consolidate baseline information/data and available sources on relevant fields 
and plans; (v) extract water security related subprojects and corresponding CAPEX and OPEX from river 
basins plans; (vi) collate and review existing policies, regulations on water security related issues 
and analyse the gaps; (vii) assess climate impacts and integrate them in the development of the WSDSP; 
(viii) prepare the list of priority investments including costs estimates and sequence for 
implementation; (ix) conduct visit in selected river basins if necessary; (x) compile technology 
innovations to improve performance in the sector; and (xi) prepare and hold stakeholder consultation 
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The specialist shall have a university degree (BSc or equivalent) in civil engineering, water resources 
or equivalent. The specialist must have at least 12 years of experience in planning for water resources. 
He/she should have experience as team leader in at least 2 technical assistances or similar activities 
(or as deputy team leader in at least 4 technical assistances or similar activities) for water resources 
management and planning in Viet Nam, while having experience in other Southeast Asia countries is an 
asset. Experience in dealing with flood risk management, climate adaptation, optimization of dam 
operations, dam safety and nature-based solutions is an asset. Knowledge of the Viet Nam government 
planning cycle would be an advantage. He/she must have excellent written and oral communications skills 
in English and Vietnamese.
Minimum General Experience: 15 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 12 Years