Chief Hydrologist

Division/Office: Technical Support Division, MRC Secretariat
Salary Level: M-13 Step 1 (USD53,643 base salary per annum) plus other benefit package as mentioned in the Job Description
Work Location: MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Duration/Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment / One-year contract with annual renewal for a maximum of 6 years
Date Posted: 4 October 2021
Closing Date: 29 October 2021
Only nationals of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam are eligible to apply.

Job Summary:

The jobholder is the Lead Technical staff of the Division and supports the Director in overseeing the work of the Division and guiding other specialists. Specifically, the Chief Hydrologist supervises all activities and tasks assigned related to hydrology and hydrological monitoring, and the associated work of information and data management. The position will closely work with other staff in charge of other related basin and environmental monitoring activities including discharge and sediment, water quality, ecological health and fisheries. The position holder oversees the management, production, and distribution of the MRC hydro-meteorological information. The position supports the Director in leading the implementation of core river basin management functions related to data and monitoring (CRBMF 1), modelling and analysis (CRBMF 2) and forecasting, warning and emergency response (CRBMF 4) and implementation of the MRC Procedures.

Job Requirements:

  • University degree (Master or higher) in engineering, water resources, hydrology, hydro-meteorology or a related discipline. A doctorate is desirable.
Additional certificates:
  • TOEIC certificate with 700 points and over is required. An equivalent internationally recognized certificate or a university degree from an internationally recognized academic institution whose instruction is in English may also be considered.
  • Minimum 13 years experience in applied hydrology and water resources engineering.
  • Excellent knowledge/experience of the Mekong River Basin hydrology.
  • Excellent knowledge and professional experiences in a broad range of hydrological analysis, water monitoring, hydrological modelling, or computer modelling techniques as applied to river-system or basin simulation and flood and drought forecasting.
  • Good knowledge and professional experiences in website and (web-based) hydrological data/information management system.
  • Knowledge of GIS application for water resources management is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including formulation, planning, programming, execution, coordination, facilitation, report writing, implementation of programmes/projects in a multicultural and international environment, and in particular with relevant line agencies of the MRC Member Countries.


The MRC is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Besides required qualifications immediate availability will be considered as an advantage to the selection process. Interested applicants may find more information about the position through the Job Description (JD). Applications are expected to fill in the MRC Personal History Form (Form RS-09). Both JD and the Personal History Form can be found at the bottom of this page. Only short-listed candidates will be notified and are invited for an interview.

Application Procedures:

The application, in a single PDF file, must include:

  1. a cover letter (not longer than 1.5 pages) that outlines clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position. The position title and Division must also be indicated;
  2. a CV that must not be longer than five pages;
  3. the MRC Personal History Form.

The MRC offers a challenging job environment with an attractive remuneration package.

The candidate must send his/her application via e-mail to the National Mekong Committee Secretariat in the candidate’s home country, not to the MRC Secretariat directly, using the contacts below:

Cambodia National Mekong Committee

Address: No. 576, National Road No. 2, Sangkat Chak Angre Krom, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh 12353, Cambodia

Tel. +855-23-216514 Fax. +855-23-218 506


Lao National Mekong Committee

Address: Khunbulom Road, Chantabouly District, Vientiane

Tel. +856-21-260983 Fax. +856-21-260984


Thai National Mekong Committee

Address: Office of the National Water Resources

Juthamard Building, 89/168-170 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10210

Tel. +66-2-5541800 ext. 1392

Fax. +66-2-5219147


Viet Nam National Mekong Committee

Address: 23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel. +84-24-39343565

Fax. +84-24-38256929


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