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      INSTANT JOB ALERT SENT BY http://www.DevNetJobs.org
      International Development Jobs and Consultancies
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      Mekong River Commission Secretariat is looking for a qualified
      candidate to fill the following consultancies:

      1. Riparian Consultant for Project Mid-term Review
      2. Experienced Trainer to Co-facilitate the Gender Awareness
      and Sensitivity Training for MRC staff

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      Riparian Consultant for Project Mid-term Review
      Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Related Resources Development
      in the Lower Mekong River Basin project
      (13 working days during January 2008)

      Application procedures:

      Only nationals of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam are
      eligible to apply for this consultancy.

      The application must include a cover letter outlining clearly how the
      candidate meets the requirements of the position. In addition to the
      cover letter, the applicant should include his/her detailed CV, three
      reference contacts and financial expectation. The post/project title
      must be indicated in the application letter.

      Application should be send to:
      Mekong River Commission Secretariat
      P.O. Box 6101, Vientiane, 01000, Lao PDR
      Email: mrcs@...
      Subject: Application for …

      Closing date for applications: 19 NOVEMBER 2007

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      1. Project Title: Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Related
      Resources Development in the Lower Mekong River basin.

      2. Title of Consultancy: Regional Consultant for the Project Mid-
      term Review

      3. Duty Station: MRCS with short visit to four National Mekong
      Committees and Donor Office.

      4. Duration: 13 working days

      5. Purpose and Objective:

      Background
      Gender has long been an issue that is considered important in
      development work in the Lower Mekong Basin and it has also been
      considered an essential part of the work undertaken by the Mekong
      River Commission (MRC).

      MRC launched a Gender Mainstreaming Project (GMP) Phase I during 1996
      and 1999, under the theme of "A study of the roles of women in water
      and related resource development in the lower Mekong Basin", which
      was funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development
      (NZAID).

      The study found that women in the lower Mekong river basin play an
      integral role in social, cultural and economic development and
      account for at least half of the economically active population. They
      are the main labour force in agriculture, and are quite active in
      commerce, communications, services, and manufacturing. The role of
      women is not adequately considered in development planning for water
      resources, agricultural production, management, and marketing.
      Compared with men, women occupy lower positions, have inadequate work
      skills, and have poor awareness of methods for sustainably using
      natural resources. At the institutional level, policy is silent on
      gender issues (even in social policy); women are poorly represented
      especially at senior management and professional/technical levels;
      men are more educated and enjoy more rapid organisational promotion;
      work environments are not "women-friendly" (no child care, inflexible
      hours, unsuitable/unsafe environment for children, etc.); there are
      no focal points for gender issues in National Mekong Committees and
      Line Agencies; the Asia financial crisis was used as an excuse to
      delay gender goals; and so forth.

      In response to these findings, the MRC gender strategies, policy, and
      important implementing guidelines were developed with the intention
      to adjust the existing gender inequality practices. The major
      achievements of this phase have included publication of study
      reports, MRC gender strategy, MRC gender policy, and guidelines on
      mainstreaming gender in water resources development and management,
      checklists for integrating gender into project management, and tool
      kits for gender responsive Mekong River basin development. Of these,
      two have been the most important references, the gender strategy and
      gender policy, which both were endorsed by governments of the four
      MRC member countries through the MRC Council in 1998 and 2000
      respectively.

      The GMP received more funding from NZAID to continue its project
      Phase II for the period from December 2004 to November 2007. The
      project in this phase intends to continue the facilitation of the
      institutionalisation and implementation of MRC gender strategy and
      policy through:

      (1) Application of gender sensitive policies.
      (2) Obtaining commitment and support of top level MRC officials
      and managers.
      (3) Creation of gender awareness in organisational culture.
      (4) Capacity building in gender and development frameworks.
      (5) Institutionalisation of gender responsive organisational
      structures and procedures.
      (6) Provision of necessary tools for implementing gender
      responsive development
      practices.

      Although the GMP Phase II was approved since December 2004, this
      project could only start in July 2005. After a short interruption,
      this project was reactivated in April 2006. The delay in the actual
      implementation of this project has made it necessary to request for a
      one-year no-cost extension to the NZAID Manager on 07 September 2006.
      This was approved by NZAID in January 2007. The timeframe of the GMP
      Phase II has then been extended to December 2008. This makes the
      present time a middle way of the project life, hence it is necessary
      for a mid-term evaluation.

      Objectives
      The overall objective is to evaluate the GMP's current activities,
      including the operation of its cooperation and network system within
      the MRCS, with the NMCs and line agencies, and produce a
      comprehensive report. The mid-term review team will review the
      correspondence between the project formulation (documents) and the
      actual implementation of its activities. The consultant will also
      identify the gaps and needs and make recommendations as to how to
      achieve the desired outputs.

      6. Outputs: Comprehensive mid-term report with review of project
      design, budget, implementation and achievement. The report should
      also point out the strengths and weaknesses of the project team and
      the implementing process. The report should assess the involvement
      and support of the top management level of MRCS, NMCs, and LAs. The
      report should include feasible recommendations for the future
      improvement.

      7. Responsibilities and Task:

      The consultant team in collaboration with MRC GMP will:

      • Review MRC gender strategies and policies and compare with
      the strategy and policy of other leading international organisations
      and UN agencies for relevant examples of the strengths and weaknesses.
      • Consult with the MRC member countries through the NMCs,
      National Gender Coordinator, key Gender Focal Points at the related
      LAs, and the MRCS Gender In-House network to assess their impression,
      comments and requirements on implementation of gender related
      activities.
      • Identify current gaps/constraints and strengths in MRC GMP
      activities.
      • Identify opportunities and support from top management level
      of MRC, NMCs, and LAs in implementation of the MRC GMP.
      • Identify and prioritise MRC stakeholder communities and the
      needs for gender mainstreaming in the institution and works of each
      major group.
      • Identify potential for engagement with other institutions,
      networks, and professionals for sharing and learning from each other
      as well as to disseminate information, progress, and impact of the
      MRC GMP.
      • Provide a report detailing findings of review and
      recommendations for improvement.

      8. Itinerary: 09-24 January 2008

      Schedule
      09 Jan 2008 (Wed): Preparation in Vientiane
      10 Jan 2008 (Thu): Meeting at MRCS in Vientiane
      11 Jan 2008 (Fri): Meeting LNMC leaders, Lao National Gender
      Coordinators, and Selected Gender Focal Points from Line Agencies.
      12 Jan 2008 (Sat): Free
      13 Jan 2008 (Sun): Travel to TNMC (Bangkok, Thailand)
      14 Jan 2008 (Mon): Meeting TNMC leaders, Thai National Gender
      Coordinators, and Selected Gender Focal Points from Line Agencies.
      15 Jan 2008 (Tue): Meeting Donor Office, New Zealand Embassy in
      Bangkok.
      16 Jan 2008 (Wed): Travel to CNMC (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
      17 Jan 2008 (Thu): Meeting CNMC leaders, Cambodian National
      Gender Coordinators, and Selected Gender Focal Points from Line
      Agencies.
      18 Jan 2008 (Fri): Travel to VNMC (Hanoi, Vietnam)
      19 Jan 2008 (Sat): Free
      20 Jan 2008 (Sun): Free
      21 Jan 2008 (Mon): Meeting VNMC leaders, Vietnam National Gender
      Coordinators, and Selected Gender Focal Points from Line Agencies.
      22 Jan 2008 (Tue): Travel back to MRC in Vientiane.
      23-24 Jan 2008: Report and Clearance in Vientiane

      9. Working Principles / Reporting Line: Working closely with and
      Report to MRC GMP with Consultation with the Chief/OIC of HRS and
      NZAID.

      The draft report should be sent to MRC GMP for comments prior
      to the submission of the final report.

      10. Qualifications / Requirement:

      • Master Degree/Equivalence or higher on Gender or Social
      Development or related fields.
      • At least 10 years working experience on Project Cycle
      Management.
      • At least 5 years practical experience on Project Review or
      Evaluation.
      • Excellent English written skill. Knowledge of one or more
      riparian languages is an advantage.
      • Good in typing/using computer.

      11. Condition of Payment:

      • The payment of the consultancy service will be made based
      upon the acceptance of the final report.
      • The air fares and related travelling costs will be provided.
      • DSA will be paid based on the MRC rate for travelling days.

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      Experienced Trainer to Co-facilitate the Gender Awareness
      and Sensitivity Training for MRC staff
      Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Related Resources Development
      in the Lower Mekong River Basin project
      (4 working days in second half December 2007)

      Application procedures:

      The application must include a cover letter outlining clearly how the
      candidate meets the requirements of the position. In addition to the
      cover letter, the applicant should include his/her detailed CV, three
      reference contacts, financial expectation, and initiative training
      content/module for the training course. The post/project title must
      be indicated in the application letter.

      Application should be send to:
      Mekong River Commission Secretariat
      P.O. Box 6101, Vientiane, 01000, Lao PDR
      Email: mrcs@...
      Subject: Application for …

      Closing date for applications: 19 NOVEMBER 2007

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      1. Project Title: Gender Mainstreaming in Water and Related
      Resources Development in the Lower Mekong River basin.

      2. Title of Consultancy: Experienced Trainer to Co-facilitate
      the Gender Awareness and Sensitivity Training for the MRC staff

      3. Duty Station: MRC Secretariat in Vientiane and in Vang Vieng,
      Lao PDR.

      4. Duration: 4 working days

      5. Purpose and Objective:

      Background
      The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is an international, country-driven
      river basin organisation that provides the institutional framework to
      promote regional cooperation in order to implement the 1995
      Agreement. The MRC serves its member states by supporting decisions
      and promoting action on sustainable development and poverty
      alleviation as a contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
      Gender has long been an issue that is considered important part of
      the work undertaken by the MRC to ensure that all MRC development
      programmes benefit men and women equally, in accordance with their
      different needs, and with the input and equal participation of men
      and women at all levels. Regarding this, increasing gender awareness
      in the organization is part of the MRC gender strategy and policy.
      Therefore, MRC Gender Mainstreaming Project intends to organise a
      training course on Gender Awareness and Sensitivity level for the MRC
      staff of all levels.

      Objectives
      The main objective of the training is to provide participants a basic
      understanding of gender concerns/issues and how these can be
      integrated in the particular work-programmes they are handling.

      6. Outputs: The MRC staff understand more on gender aspects,
      realise the link between these new aspect to their work and life.
      They will then draw up gender action points at the end of the
      training course.

      7. Responsibilities and Task:

      The consultant, in collaboration with the Gender Technical Associate
      (GTA) of the MRC to decide and conduct the training course to ensure
      that the MRC staff understand the following aspects:

      (1) Gender Awareness and Sensitivity
      (2) Gender Differentiated Impact of Development
      (3) International and Regional Movement
      (4) Introduction to the MRC Gender Mainstreaming Process

      8. Itinerary: 20-21 December 2007

      9. Working Principles / Reporting Line: Working closely with the
      Gender Technical Associate to decide and facilitate the above
      training course and Report to MRC with Consultation with the
      Chief/OIC of HRS.

      10. Qualifications / Requirement:

      • Master Degree or Equivalence on Gender or Social Development
      or related fields.
      • At least 10 years working experience on Project Cycle
      Management.
      • At least 10 years practical experience on Facilitation of the
      Training/workshops.
      • Excellent English spoken skill.
      • Good in typing/using power point presentation.

      11. Condition of Payment:

      The payment of the service will be made based upon the completion of
      outputs or after end of service. DSA will be paid based on the MRC
      rate for travelling days.


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