Regional Consultant for Training on diatom monitoring

Mekong River Commission (MRC)

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Responsibilities / Tasks:

  • Review the agreed biomonitoring/EHM methods for the Lower Mekong Basin, especially the diatom section;  
  • Make sure all training materials for field and laboratory works, data analysis and reporting are ready for hand-on practical training;
  • Provide a lecture on diatom monitoring for all EHM aspects (theory, field and laboratory work, data analysis and reporting);
  • Supervise trainees during hand-on practise in the field and laboratory;
  • Comment on trainee’s assignment reports; and
  • Prepare training report and submit to MRC ED

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • PhD in biology or ecology with significant knowledge in freshwater ecosystems;
  • Have a strong knowledge in diatom monitoring, especially the monitoring in the Lower Mekong Basin;
  • Have a strong knowledge of river biology and ecology particularly in the Lower Mekong Basin;
  • Familiarize with MRC’s Biomonitoring Methods for the LMB is a plus;
  • Have statistical knowledge, multivariable analysis and diversity index are preferable;
  • Experience in undertaking biological assessment and scientifically reporting;
  • Excellent verbal communication ability, including ability to make positive and insightful contributions to the training and inspire learning motivation of trainees; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

The Terms of Reference 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.

The application should 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 (online) by following the link at The position title/Division must be indicated in the cover letter.

The application should be sent to:

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

Closing date for applications:  26 April 2018