Chief Hydrologist

Mekong River Commission (MRC)

The Mekong River Commission

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established by the 1995 Agreement on Co-operation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin, between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The role of the MRC is to coordinate and promote cooperation in all fields of sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin.

The MRC Secretariat is the operational arm of the MRC. It provides technical and administrative services to the Joint Committee and the Council to achieve the MRC’s mission.

VISION for the Mekong River Basin:

An economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin

VISION for the Mekong River Commission:

A world class, financially secure, International River Basin Organisation serving the Mekong countries to achieve the basin Vision

MISSION of the Mekong River Commission

To promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries’ mutual benefit and the people’s well-being

MRCS values

1. Job Summary / Job Statement

The jobholder is the Lead Technical staff of the Division and supports the Director in overseeing the work of the Division and guiding other specialists. Specifically, the Chief Hydrologist supervises all activities and tasks assigned related to hydrology and hydrological monitoring, and the associated work of modelling and flood forecasting activities. The position holder oversees the management, production, and distribution of MRC hydro-meteorological information. The position supports the Director in leading the implementation of core river basin management functions related to data and monitoring (CRBMF 1), modelling and analysis (CRBMF 2) and forecasting, warning and emergency response (CRBMF 4).

2. Main tasks and responsibilities

Under direction of the Division Director, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Lead, supervise and conduct scientific hydrological studies (including sediment and groundwater studies) and contribute to basin-wide assessments in collaboration with relevant staff, divisions, riparian counterpart and line agencies, regional and international organisations and institutions;
  • Conduct hydrological analysis and assessment, including for PNPCA;
  • Ensure that allocated resources are effectively and efficiently used for the production of MRC hydrometeorological information;
  • Develop and implements the hydro-meteorological and related projects for the improvement of the MRC hydro-meteorological database;
  • Assure an adequate provision of services and information to MRC Divisions, riparian agencies and other partners;
  • Prepare the Annual Hydrological Report including information on flood and drought;
  • Prepare and supervise the processing and publication of the hydrological year book;
  • Develop and update the relevant monitoring webpages and tools for the MRC Procedures, including the PMFM and PWUM;
    • Review and approve the data coverage and gap-filling, correlation analysis, synthesization and suggestions on short-term and long-term adjustments of monitoring river data;
    • Hindcast studies of historical floods and droughts at the scale of the entire Mekong Basin;
    • Supervise parameter study of critical events (floods and droughts), and combinations of events at the scale of the entire Mekong Basin;
    • Supervise statistical analysis of probabilities under specific assumptions, covering a range of meteorological events, and various interventions at the scale of the entire Mekong Basin;
    • Guide modelling activities and ensuring its contribution to hydrological, flood and other assessments;
    • Guide and assist hydrological and hydraulic studies for flood management activities;
    • Contribute to the routine evaluation of the annual forecasting and river monitoring as well as to the preparation of Annual Flood Report and/or hydrological studies/analyses;
    • Contribute to the development of relevant technical guidelines as led by other specialists/Divisions;
    • Coordinate and support the work of the MRC’s regional technical/expert group related to hydrology (if applicable), and contribute to the work of other regional groups as required;
    • Support the implementation of the MRC Procedures, especially from the monitoring aspect of the Procedures;
    • Provide relevant technical advice to the assessments of risks and impacts of decisions on water resources management and development in the basin;
    • Prepare and submit M&E forms and contribute to the Mid-year and Annual Report;
    • Ensure results-based framework are reflected in the division’s technical implementation;
    • Ensure gender aspects are integrated and mainstreamed into the implementation of the Division’s technical work and activities;
    • Perform other relevant tasks as required.
  • Provides technical advice in relation to hydrological data collection (including sediment and groundwater studies), management and development of database systems and tool to support river monitoring and flood forecasting;
  • Provide quality assurance and quality control of all received data and conduct network analysis;

3. Scope of Authority

  1. Supervision requirements: The position does not require any formal supervisory responsibilities. However, supervision of consultants and quality control may be required.  The position technically guides the work of specialists and officers in the division.
  2. Level of autonomy: Decision making follows defined procedures. The position does not administer a budget, yet has responsibility for ensuring the financial accountability of MRC.
  3. Level of problem solving required: Problem solving skill is expected and the incumbent must display sensitivity, initiative and creativity
  4. Level and type of communications required: Communications are wide, within and outside the organisation, and require considerable oral and written skills.

 4. Qualification requirements


University degree (Master or higher) in engineering, water resources, hydro-meteorology or related discipline. A doctorate is desirable.

Additional certificates

  • TOEIC certificate with 600 points and over is required. An equivalent internationally recognized certificate or a university degree from an internationally recognized academic institution whose instruction is in English may also be considered.



  • Minimum 13 years experience in applied hydrology and water resources engineering;
  • Excellent knowledge/experience of the Mekong River Basin hydrology;
  • Excellent knowledge and professional experiences in a broad range of hydrological, water balance analysis and hydrological modelling or computer modelling techniques as applied to river-system simulation and flood forecasting;
  • Good knowledge and professional experiences in website and (web-based) hydrological data/information management system;
  • Knowledge of GIS for water resources application is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated project management skills including formulation, planning, programming, execution.

5. Competencies


Level (1-3)
1 = Required

2 = Desirable

3 = Optional

MekongRiver Basin hydrology


Hydrological, water balance analysis and hydrological modelling or computer modelling techniques as applied to river-system simulation and flood forecasting


Water resources monitoring


Information and database management


Information technology


Flood forecasting



Level (1-3)
1 = Required

 2 = Desirable

3 = Optional

Excellent command of spoken and written English




Analysis and data processing


Excellent report writing skills


Project planning and management





Level (1-3)
1 = Required

2 = Desirable

3 = Optional

Strong willingness and ability to work inter-disciplinarily


Technical Leadership and vision


Willingness to travel within and outside the region


The Job Description and other information can be obtained from the MRC website and MRC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Closing date for applications: 30 May 2017

Application procedures:

Only nationals of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible to apply. The application, in a single PDF file, must include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, and (iii) MRC Personal History Form. The position title and division must be indicated in the cover letter. MRC offers challenging job with attractive compensation package.

Candidates must send his/her application via e-mail to both MRC Secretariat and the National Mekong Committee in the candidate’s home country as per details below:

Mekong River Commission 

Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR
Email: [email protected]

Cambodia National Mekong Committee

P.O.Box 623, 364 Monivong Blvd.,
Sangkat Phsar Doerm Thkouv, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel. (855-23) 216 514   Fax. (855-23) 218 506

E-mail:[email protected] or      

           [email protected] or

           [email protected]

Lao National Mekong Committee

Khunbulom Road, Chantabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Tel. (856-21) 260 983   Fax. (856-21) 260 984

E-mail:  [email protected] or

            [email protected]


Thai National Mekong Committee

Department of Water Resources

180/3 Rama 6 Road, SoiPhibulWatanaBuilding

Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand

Tel. (66-2) 271 6165, 271 6620

Fax. (66-2) 298 6605

E-mail: [email protected]

Viet Nam National Mekong Committee

23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel. (84-4) 825 4785   Fax. (84-4) 825 6929

E-mail:  [email protected]




MRC Personal History Form