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Sustainable Hydropower in the Mekong Region

Job Opportunities


Nam Ou River Basin Profile Development and Training


Closing Date: July 27, 2015


International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. IFC offers advice to hydropower companies, governments, and financial institutions to raise their environmental and social standards and help companies grow their businesses sustainably. For more information on IFC’s Mekong Hydro Program visit: 

IFC seeks to recruit a short term international consultant to support their Environmental and Social Hydropower Advisory Services Program in Lao PDR. The assignment aims to provide capacity building and training through the development and production of a river basin profile for the Nam Ou River Basin. The production of the river basin profile will be undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Offices (PONRE), District Natural Resources and Environment Offices (DONRE) in the provinces of Phongsaly, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang and IFC (constituting the Core Team) as well as other relevant stakeholders where required. 


Key aspects of this consultancy are to:


  1. Work closely with the Core Team to prepare a river basin profile; and
  2. Conduct and facilitate on-the-job training on profile development (e.g. profile methodologies, data analysis, writing of profile, etc.) to the core team including the development and preparation of training materials.
  3. Conduct and facilitate on-the-job training in key relevant environmental and social topics related to profile development (e.g. river basin management, cumulative impact assessment and management and environmental and social risks).

The consultant will draw on existing materials as a starting point.



Interested candidates are expected to have:

  • Master's degree or higher in water resources management or related field. 
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience within river basin planning and management, river basin profile development (particularly, bio-physical aspects) and water resources management in developing countries, preferably Southeast Asia. 
  • Familiarity with issues and development of water and related resources in in Lao PDR.
  • Familiarity with GIS, IWRM modelling tools and framework.
  • Experience with development and training on river basin profile, river basin planning and management.
  • Good understanding of the operations of the government and its structure and knowledge of development issues in Lao PDR would be a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in doing scientific research and preparing studies would be a plus.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and capacity to network and work with a wide range of stakeholders, including businesses, local business support institutions, government, and international organizations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to work effectively in stressful situations in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Good commanding of Lao language would be a plus.
  • Computer proficiency, particularly in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications, SPSS, and other statistical and or research tools would be a plus.

 Terms and Conditions

The initial consultancy will be up to 100 working days from 15th August 2015 to 30th June, 2016, with a possibility of extension depending on the workplan. Interested candidates may review the complete job description and apply online at: and access Business Opportunities, Selection #1192178.

The closing for applicants is July 27, 2015.


All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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