Team Leader (IWRM/River Basin Management Expert) -- MRC, Lao PDR

Consultant type
Individual Consultant
Contract Type:
Special Service Contract
Duration of service:
170 working days (November 2014 – December 2015)
Work Location:
Home base and the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Environment Programme, Environment Division
Key Responsibilitie
  • Coordinate all activities and tasks of the project and effective steering of the entire project team;
  • Develop the overall method for impact analysis and risk assessment;
  • Together with the environment expert, develop criteria to: (i) identify the significance of pressures and impacts in riverine systems; and (ii) determine environmental objectives/thresholds for the risk assessment;
  • In support, with the environment expert, make sure that an effective monitoring will be in place to validate the outcomes of the risk estimation;
  • Steer the joint process to select one or two Lower Mekong Sub-basins for pilot-testing;
  • Develop training plans regarding the project’s method and all technical approaches to ensure appropriate capacity building in the LMB region for long-term implementation of outcomes;
  • Compile all work in interim reports and the final report in a structured and concise way;
  • Ensure an effective information flow between the project team, the MRCS, the NMCs, and all others involved in the project including relevant stakeholders;
  • Represent the project team as required at meetings and workshops (e.g. presentation of outcomes).
  • At least 15 years international/regional professional experience in Integrated Water Resources/River Basin Management;
  • High-level knowledge and proven applied experience in relation to pressure/impact analysis and risk assessment in riverine systems;
  • Experience in issues related to setting criteria for the significance regarding physico-chemical, chemical, and hydro-morphological pressures as well as impacts;
  • Very good knowledge on international best practices on impact analysis and risk assessment;
  • Very good experience in training and capacity building in particular regarding the application of environmental risk assessment methodology as required of this project;
  • Good knowledge with the MRC Procedures and Technical Guidelines on Water Quality as well as other MRC Procedures relevant to this project;
  • Proven experience in the management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams and getting outcomes in complex technical, organisational and international environments;
  • Experience in a wide range of stakeholders, including senior level officials in government agencies preferably in the Mekong region;
  • Substantial experience in strategic planning and analysis of environmental issues within sectoral strategic planning;
  • 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 the situation in developing countries, particularly in the LMB and the Mekong River Commission would be beneficial.
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

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