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Environmental Expert -- MRC, Lao PDR

Consultant type
Individual Consultant
Contract Type:
Special Service Contract
Duration of service:
150 working days (November 2014 – December 2015
Work Location:
Home base and the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Division/Section: 
Environment Programme, Environment Division
Key Responsibilitie
  • Develop criteria to: (i) identify the significance of pressures and impacts in riverine systems; and (ii) determine environmental objectives/thresholds (physico-chemical; chemical; biological) for the risk assessment;
  • Support the TL in the development of the overall method for impact analysis and risk assessment;
  • Develop an approach to validate the results of the risk assessment with monitoring data for water quality and aquatic ecosystem health;
  • Under the steering of the MRCS’s EP staff, design the monitoring programme and network for the selected pilot basins in order to validate the results of the risk assessment;
  • Support the selection of one or two Lower Mekong Sub-basins for pilot-testing;
  • Support trainings regarding the project’s method and all technical approaches towards capacity building;
  • Support the TL in preparing the interim reports and the final report through writing and technical input to in a structured and concise way; and
  • Support the TL with technical contributions for workshops and national/regional consultations.
Qualifications/Requirements:
  • At least 10 years professional international/regional experience and a higher degree in environmental sciences, water/natural resource management and/or ecology/hydrobiology;
  • High-level knowledge and proven applied experience in relation to pressure/impact analysis and risk assessment in riverine systems;
  • Very good applied experience in criteria setting to determine the significance of physico-chemical, chemical and hydro-morphological pressures as well as impacts on riverine systems;
  • Very good knowledge on international best practices on impact analysis and risk assessment;
  • Very good experience in designing riverine monitoring networks and programmes to assess water status/water quality, aquatic ecosystem health and impacts from water uses taking into account biological, physico-chemical, and chemical parameters;
  • Good experience with the design of transboundary/international monitoring programmes including quality assurance aspects;
  • Familiarity with the Mekong monitoring programmes and components;
  • Good knowledge with the MRC Procedures and Technical Guidelines on Water Quality;
  • Experience in training and capacity building in particular as demands of this project;
  • Proven experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams and the ability to get things done in a complex technical, organisational, and international environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical reports which can be readily understood by decision makers and the general public;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Familiarity with working in the LMB region, including knowledge on its fisheries and roles and activities of the Mekong River Commission.
Application procedures:
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. The position title and section/division must be indicated in the cover letter.
Closing date for applications:
17 September 2014 (Extended to 30 September 2014)


The application should be sent to:
Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)

P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Ban Sithane Neua, Sikhottabong District,
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR.
Tel: (856) 21 263 263
Email: mrcs@mrcmekong.org

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