(Job Alert): Chief Technical Advisor, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane, 20 Aug, Lao PDR
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Mekong River Commission
The role of MRC is to co-ordinate and promote co-operation in all fields of sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong Basin. MRC Secretariat is seeking a
CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Mekong-Integrated Water Resources Management Project
Post level L-5, based in Vientiane, Lao PDR
The Mekong-IWRM Project will strengthen the framework and capacity for IWRM in the Lower Mekong Basin, and explore and establish MRC's role as a facilitator of significant water resources development projects, guided by IWRM principles. The project will be implemented at regional, national and transboundary levels.
The Chief Technical Advisor will be responsible for the provision of technical direction and management advice and support to the overall co-ordination and management of the project and its regional components.
For information, job description and application details, please visit MRC's web site at www.mrcmekong.org.
Closing date for applications: 20 AUGUST 2009
Updated: 17 July 2009
Post title: Chief Technical Advisor, Mekong-IWRM Project
Project: Mekong-Integrated Water Resources Management Project
Division: Planning Division
Post level: L - 05 (International Professional Staff)
Contract type: Fixed-term appointment
Duration: One-year contract renewable subject to the available of fund and satisfactory performance
Duty station: MRC Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Reporting to: Project Coordinator, Mekong-IWRM Project
1. THE MEKONG RIVER COMMISSION AND MRC SECRETARIAT
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established by the 1995 Mekong Agreement between the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The role of the MRC is to co-ordinate and promote co-operation in all fields of sustainable development, utilisation, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin. The mission of the MRC is "To promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries' mutual benefit and the people's well being by implementing strategic programmes and activities and providing scientific information and policy advice".
The MRC Secretariat is the operational arm of the MRC. It provides technical and administrative services to the JC and the Council to achieve the MRC's mission.
2. THE PLANNING DIVISION
The Planning Division works towards the implementation of MRC's core programmes including Basin Development Plan (BDP) Programme and the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (Mekong-IWRM Project) the follow up project of the Water Utilization Programme.
The Mekong-IWRM Project will strengthen the enabling framework and capacity for IWRM in the Lower Mekong Basin, and explore and establish MRC's role as a facilitator of significant water resources development projects, guided by IWRM principles. The project will be implemented at regional, national and transboundary levels, which form the three respective components of the project.
3. JOB SUMMARY
Under the overall supervision of the Director of Planning Division of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will report to the Project Coordinator. He/she will be responsible for the provision of technical direction and management advice and support to the overall coordination and management of the project and its regional components.
4. KEY TASKS
The incumbent performs the following tasks during the Inception stage
- Design processes, provide inputs and lead technical discussions among MRC programmes and concerned national line agencies and NMCs and for the detailed design and implementation of the regional component;
- Provide advice and technical support to the national line agencies, National Mekong Committees and the World Bank for preparation of the national and transboundary components while ensuring the synergies between the three components;
- Advise on necessary short term technical inputs for the Inception phase and help the Riparian Project Coordinator to prepare Terms of References and to mobilize these inputs;
- Synthesize the detailed design of the three components into the project coherent implementation framework with adequate management and coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms;
- Develop the project performance management framework;
- Prepare the Inception Report of the project by month 6 after its start. The Inception Report should provide clear technical directions and implementation arrangements that are accepted by concerned parties as appropriate to achieve the project objectives and outcomes;
- Advise Planning Division/MRCS on required actions to ensure timely and effective implementation of the regional component and the completion of the preparation of the national and transboundary components.
The following tasks are subject to adjustments as in line with the Inception report.
- Lead the technical implementation of the project, including but not limited to
o the technical and management arrangements of each component (regional, national and transboundary) to ensure their synergies;
o the provision of advices to the National Implementing Agencies, World Bank for the national and transboundary components within the overall framework of the project;
o the quality control of the project technical approaches and quality of outputs; and
o the design and implementation of the Project Performance Management Framework.
- Support the Project Coordinator in the preparation of necessary guidelines and processes for the synthesis of the project overall Project Implementation Plan (PIP), the consolidation of project reports and the other coordination and management activities;
- Support the Project Coordinator in the preparation of necessary guidelines and/or technical documents for the establishment of appropriate mechanisms for the division of roles, budgets and accountability of MRC programmes in the implementation of regional component activities;
- Prepare or manage the preparation of technical reports of the regional component and other project related technical reports;
- Support the Project Coordinator in the preparation of the project progress reports;
- Provide advice to the Director of Planning Division and contribute to MRCS activities to enhance linkage between the BDP process, the implementation of procedures and technical guidelines, other MRC activities and the MRC's move toward core functions in the longer term;
- As a cross cutting task, coach and share knowledge and skills to riparian staff of PD/MRCS and the NMCSs and line agencies;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor and Director of Planning Division.
5. SCOPE OF AUTHORITY
(a) Supervision requirements: The incumbent has no supervision responsibility.
(b) Level of autonomy: Decision making is largely recommendatory.
(c) Level of problem solving required: An ability to think creatively and solve complex problems is required.
(d) Level and type of communications required: Communications are wide, both within and outside of the organisation. High level in reporting writing skill is required.
6. COMPETENCE REQUIREMENTS
(a) Core Values: Integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.
(b) Core Competencies: Communication, teamwork, planning and organising, accountability, creativity, client orientation, commitment to continuous learning, and technological awareness.
(c) Managerial Competencies: Vision, leadership, building trust, empowering others and judgement/decision-making.
7. POST-SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
- M.Sc. or higher degree(s) in water and natural resources planning/management or a related field;
- At least 15 years experience in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and in planning and administration of development projects in developing countries;
- Track record of experience in the preparation and implementation of World Bank and other financial institutions' projects is an advantage;
- Experience with and good knowledge of the Mekong riparian countries and the Mekong River Basin and should have a proven experience of working in an international environment;
- Knowledge/experience within development project design, planning, preparation and execution/ management is a must;
- Excellent communication and organization skills. Experience with institutional development in the field of natural resources management is an advantage;
- Fluency in English both spoken and written is required.
Incumbent: ____________________ Date: __________
Programme Coordinator: ___________________ Date: __________
Remark: This job description subjects to further revision based on the development of the project.
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