International Consultant for Basin-wide Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Adaptation Options in the Lower Mekong River Basin

Consultant type

International Consultant (Individual)

Contract type:

Special Service Agreement


70 working days from March to October 2015

Work Location:

Home based and Office of MRC Secretariat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Agriculture and Irrigation Programme, Operations Division (OPD)

Key Responsibilities
  • Guide team discussion to arrive at a final list of all national consultants’ activities, and focus sites/areas for the assessment;
  • Provide scoping report including questionnaire for case study;
  • Facilitate and mentor all meetings during the assessment toensure that all national consultants are aware of the study goals, workplan, and timelines;
  • Basin-wide assessment of food availability under future climate projections:

- Baseline assessment of crops (rice and maize), fisheries and livestock productions and import/export food;

- Qualitative or quantitative (depending on data availability) assessment of fisheries and livestock productions under future climate change;

- Import/export food assessment in the future (if possible). If not, assuming to keep current situations;

- Quantitative assessment of crops production under future climate projections;

  • Basin-wide assessment of food utilization:

- Basin-wide assessment of food nutrient demand;

- Basin-wide assessment of food nutrient balance under climate change projections;

  • Basin-wide identification of vulnerable areas and adaptation review:

- Basin-wide identification of vulnerable areas and communities;

- Based on the results of vulnerability, identifying/proposing adaptation options to the impacts climate change for the whole basin;

  • Enhancing knowledge and capacity of stakeholders:

- Draw out and analyse lessons learned and experiences to enhance knowledge, understanding and capacity;

  • Attend the workshops and provide specific impact on the assessments, and adjust them as necessary to complete;
  • Provide final report, compiling all national consultants’ individual reports;
  • Adhere to standard formatting, font, and layout specifications provided incorporate comments
  • Master or PhD degree in agricultural science, climate change, or related fields;
  • At least 15 years of experience in agriculture project and research;
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Lower Mekong Basin in related field;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with a wide range of people and to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated experience of working as short term consultant with analytical skill;
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge of climate change impacts on food security, preferable in the Mekong basin; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Application procedures:

The application should 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 section/division must be indicated in the cover letter.

Closing date for applications:

16 January 2015 extended to 30 January 2015

The Terms of Reference can be downloaded from the download box. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

The application should be sent to:

Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Ban Sithane Neua, Sikhottabong District,
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR.
Tel: (856) 21 263 263