Chief Hydrologist


  • Job Title: Chief Hydrologist

  • Division: Technical Support Division

  • Level: M13

  • Reporting to: Director

  • Job Code Job: No. RP032.T/C

  • Duty Station: Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR


1. Job Summary / Job Statement

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 modelling and flood forecasting activities. The position holder oversees the management, production, and distribution of 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).


2. Qualification requirements


University degree (Master or higher) in engineering, water resources, hydro-meteorology or related discipline. A doctorate is desirable.

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 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, water balance analysis and hydrological modelling or computer modelling techniques as applied to river-system simulation and flood forecasting;

  • Good knowledge and professional experiences in website and (web-based) hydrological data/information management system;

  • Knowledge of GIS for water resources application is an advantage;

  • Demonstrated project management skills including formulation, planning, programming, execution.

3. Competencies


Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

MekongRiver Basin hydrology


Hydrological, water balance analysis and hydrological modelling or computer modelling techniques as applied to river-system simulation and flood forecasting


Water resources monitoring


Information and database management


Information technology


Flood forecasting




Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

Excellent command of spoken and written English




Analysis and data processing


Excellent report writing skills


Project planning and management






Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

Strong willingness and ability to work inter-disciplinarily


Technical Leadership and vision


Willingness to travel within and outside the region



4. Application procedures:

Only nationals of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible to apply. The application, in a single PDF file, must include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, and (iii) MRC Personal History Form. The position title and division must be indicated in the cover letter. MRC offers challenging job with attractive compensation package.


Closing date for applications: 31 January 2017

The application should be sent to:

Candidates must send his/her application via e-mail to both MRC Secretariat and the National Mekong Committee in the candidate’s home country as per details below:

Mekong River Commission 
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR


Cambodia National Mekong Committee
P.O.Box 623, 364 Monivong Blvd.,
Sangkat Phsar Doerm Thkouv, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel. (855-23) 216 514 Fax. (855-23) 218 506 or      

Lao National Mekong Committee
Khunbulom Road, Chantabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel. (856-21) 260 983 Fax. (856-21) 260 984
E-mail: or


Thai National Mekong Committee
Department of Water Resources
180/3 Rama 6 Road, SoiPhibulWatanaBuilding
Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tel. (66-2) 271 6165, 271 6620
Fax. (66-2) 298 6605
Viet Nam National Mekong Committee
23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel. (84-4) 825 4785   Fax. (84-4) 825 6929






MRC Personal History Form