International/Regional Photographer

Consultant Type:  Individual Consultant
Work Location: Home-based, with frequent travel to the MRC member countries
Division: Planning Division/Office of the CEO
Duration/Contract Type: Maximum of 60 working days / Special Service Agreement


Responsibilities / Tasks: 

The assignment involves (1) reviewing of photo archives and project-related documents; (2) planning of photo stories, shooting locations and travel schedule; (3) shooting photos in the fields; and (4) post production of editing and filing of photos with text (captions and narratives).

Qualifications and Requirements: 

    • A minimum of bachelor’s degree, preferably a master’s, in photojournalism, photography, communications or related field;

    • At least 5 years of solid experience in the field of professional photojournalism with a good portfolio of photo products on the Mekong, development or environmental issues;

    • Ability to produce photo stories/essays with good narrative skills;

    • Experience with the use of a variety of digital cameras, and expertise in shooting in various lighting conditions;

    • Adequate equipment and facility, including HD cameras, an editing machine and applications, and other necessary photo production tools;

    • Ability to produce photo products as defined by the Communication Component;

    • Knowledge of natural resources management and environmental awareness is desirable;

    • Good understanding of the Mekong River basin’s socio-economic, environmental contexts;

    • Work experience with international, inter-governmental organisations preferred;

    • Willingness to work closely with the MRCS and transboundary project teams;

    • Good command of written and spoken English;

    • Working knowledge of riparian languages is an asset but not a requirement.


The Terms of Reference and other information can be obtained from the MRC website and MRC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

The application should include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, (iii) MRC Personal History Form, (IV) portfolio (10-30 work samples including photo stories/essays), (V) contact information of 3 references and (VI) financial proposal. The position title/Division must be indicated in the cover letter.

The application should be sent to:

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

Closing date for applications: 10 January 2018