Transboundary water resources management for the Mekong River Commission

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Field of activity

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is a regional river basin organisation (RBO). It was founded in 1995 by the riparian countries of the lower Mekong, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. MRC is promoting alignment and integration of the different riparian countries’ interests in using the Mekong’s water and related resources for the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries, hydropower, or navigation. Through the creation of the MRC, the four countries have committed themselves to joint planning in the basin. The two upstream riparian countries, China and Myanmar, are engaged in the MRC cooperation as dialogue partners.

German Development Cooperation supports the MRC in its effort to bolster regional cooperation and sustainable water resources management. GIZ specifically supports transboundary cooperation in the areas of adaptation to climate change and sustainable hydropower development, but also supports water diplomacy and stakeholder engagement efforts more broadly. Organisational development to support MRC’s ongoing reform process also forms an integral part of GIZ support.

Your tasks

You will work with the GIZ team and with MRC staff in the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Laos. Your core tasks will be to support: 

  • A regional training of facilitators (ToF) programme on the Rapid Basin-wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessment (RSAT)
  • MRC’s water diplomacy and stakeholder engagement initiatives
  • Conceptualisation of expert groups under MRC’s new organisational structure
  • Mapping relevant bilateral donors’ capacity building activities in MRC countries in order to identify potential entry points for further GIZ support

In addition, daily organisational and administrative tasks will form part of your tasks.

Please note that the above list of topics and tasks is not exhaustive; tasks might change during the course of the internship, in particular due to a currently volatile situation at MRC in organisational transition.

Your profile

Your academic background is in the field of environmental science or policy, geography, international water law or another relevant field of study. You are at least in your final year of undergraduate studies. Preferably you have gained some knowledge on transboundary water management topics in an international context and related work experience e.g. through an internship, preferably in a developing country.

Fluency in English as well as outstanding (proven) oral and written communication skills are required. You should have the ability to conceptualise issues, understand complex political and administrative structures in a short period of time, and think in abstract terms. Moreover, the ability to work independently, to plan and organise your own work programme, good inter-personal skills as well as the ability to work harmoniously with people of different cultural backgrounds are important skills. You should be flexible, have a proactive approach towards people as well as good IT-skills (Microsoft Office software package, internet research). Please note that for all GIZ internships, interns must be enrolled at higher-learning institutions or have graduated less than 6 months before the start of the internship. If you are interested please submit your application (motivational letter and detailed CV) in English language.

Assignment period

01.09.2016 – 28.02.2017

Our offer

Other information

If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 22.06.2016.

Contact department:
Mohamed Almalqui