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International Consultant on Drought Monitoring and Forecasting -- MRC, Cambodia

Consultant type
International Consultant (Individual)
Contract Type:
Special Service Contract
Duration of service:
60 working days from September to December 2014
Work Location:
Office of MRC Secretariat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Division/Section: 
Drought Management Programme, Operations Division
Key Responsibilitie

  • Review existing regional / transboundary;
  • Review national websites/systems related to drought monitoring and forecasting in the Member Countries and assess strength and weakness of those systems;
  • Review existing monitoring, forecasting and data management systems of the MRC programmes such as IKMP, FMMP and CCAI;
  • Identify value added of the regional drought monitoring and forecasting system to the existing systems of Member Countries;
  • Review and scope indicator and/or indices for drought monitoring and forecasting at the regional scale as well as tools for calculating indicators and/or indices. The review should include experience of the Member Countries and well known organizations or other international river basins related to meteorological drought, hydrological drought and agriculture drought;
  • Review and scope methods and tools for seasonal drought forecasting related to meteorological drought, hydrological drought and agriculture drought;
  • Identify data needs, data gaps and data accessibility for further cooperation on data collection and sharing;
  • Work closely with relevant MRC Programmes such as IKMP, FMMP, AIP, and CCAI on the review, developing concept and frameworks and identification of data need and gaps for a regional drought monitoring and forecasting system;
  • Develop concept, framework, process for developing a regional drought monitoring and forecasting system;
  • Identify capacity building needs for developing the system and prepare TORs for resources needed for future recruitment;
  • Develop implementation and operation workplan.
Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Master or higher degree(s) in water resources management, climate change, or other relevant science to drought management;
  • At least 10 years work experience in drought management project/programme, drought analysis and mapping, drought monitoring and forecasting, water resources management, hydrology and climate change;
  • Advanced knowledge and extensive experience drought monitoring and forecasting system;
  • Extensive experience with providing similar consultancy services;
  • Experience with International River Basin or MRC is an advantage; and
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required.
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:
26 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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