Navigation Operations Specialist (MRC)

About MRC

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the only inter-governmental agency that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam on their common specific interests, joint management of shared water resources, and sustainable development of the Mekong River.

As a regional facilitating and advisory body governed by water and environment ministers of the four countries, the MRC aims to ensure that (a) the Mekong water is managed and developed in the most efficient and sustainable manner that mutually benefits all Member Countries and (b) minimize harmful effects on people and the environment in the Lower Mekong River Basin.

Besides the competitive salary and benefit package, the MRC offers a challenging and rewarding international working environment where staff members have opportunities to be exposed to multi-dimensional development disciplines, interacting with regional and international colleagues and partners, as well as receiving capacity and professional development in regional and international meetings, forums and conferences. Many professionals have secured excellent employment positions after their service with the MRC.

The MRC Secretariat is now recruiting a highly qualified candidate for the position of Navigation Operations Specialist (Re-announcement):
  • Division/Office: Planning Division
  • Salary Level: M-12, Step 1 (USD 41,670 base salary per annum) plus other benefits as mentioned in the Job Description
  • Work Location: MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR
  • Contract Type/ Duration: Fixed-term Appointment/One-year contract with annual renewal for a maximum of six years
  • Date posted: 5 June 2023
  • Closing date: 20 June 2023

Previous applicants DO NOT need to re-submit their applications.

Job Summary:

The jobholder is responsible for operational navigation related activities at the MRC Secretariat, particularly by ensuring navigation safety and smooth coordination of operational navigation projects. In close collaboration with the Water Quality Monitoring Specialist, the incumbent contributes to the implementation of the PWQ, and assists the Secretariat in minimizing and mitigating the extent of negative effects on water quality due to navigation accidents and pollution spills. He or she contributes to the MRC Secretariat planning activities on navigation and waterborne transport sector led by the Planning Division.  

Job Requirements:

  • University degree (Master’s or higher) in one or more of the following disciplines: maritime and/or inland transport, transport planning, waterway safety, risk management in port and navigation operations.
Additional certificates:
  • TOEIC certificate with 600 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 10 years of relevant experience in inland and/or maritime navigation, waterway safety, environmental management, project management and engineering.

The MRC is an equal opportunity employer. The organization welcomes 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 each position through the Job Description. Due to the high number of applications that we receive, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for an interview.

Application Procedures:

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

  • 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.
  • Detailed CV that must not be longer than five pages.
  • Application Form by registering at the following:
  1. Application Form for Cambodian National
  2. Application Form for Lao National
  3. Application Form for Thai National
  4. Application Form for Vietnamese National 

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 contact 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 E-mail: Lao National Mekong Committee Address: Dongnaxok-Nongbeuk Road, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel.  +856-21-260983 Fax. +856-21-260984 E-mail:  
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 E-mail: Viet Nam National Mekong Committee  Address: 23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam Tel. +84-24-39343565 Fax. +84-24-38256929 Email:

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