Regional Consultant for Training on diatom monitoring

Consultant Type: Individual Consultant 
Work location: Home-based with travelling to MRC Member Countries
Division: Environmental Management Division (ED)
Duration/Contract type:  Maximum of 20 working days / Special Service Agreement


Responsibilities / Tasks:

  • Review the agreed biomonitoring/EHM methods for the Lower Mekong Basin, especially the diatom section;  
  • Make sure all training materials for field and laboratory works, data analysis and reporting are ready for hand-on practical training;
  • Provide a lecture on diatom monitoring for all EHM aspects (theory, field and laboratory work, data analysis and reporting);
  • Supervise trainees during hand-on practise in the field and laboratory;
  • Comment on trainee’s assignment reports; and
  • Prepare training report and submit to MRC ED

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • PhD in biology or ecology with significant knowledge in freshwater ecosystems;
  • Have a strong knowledge in diatom monitoring, especially the monitoring in the Lower Mekong Basin;
  • Have a strong knowledge of river biology and ecology particularly in the Lower Mekong Basin;
  • Familiarize with MRC’s Biomonitoring Methods for the LMB is a plus;
  • Have statistical knowledge, multivariable analysis and diversity index are preferable;
  • Experience in undertaking biological assessment and scientifically reporting;
  • Excellent verbal communication ability, including ability to make positive and insightful contributions to the training and inspire learning motivation of trainees; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

The Terms of Reference and other information can be obtained from the MRC website http://www.mrcmekong.org/working-with-mrc/employment/ and https://www.facebook.com/Mekong-River-Commission-165798426775632/timeline/. 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 and (iii) MRC Personal History Form (online) by following the link at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_01CY1wWMEaEjfa2mDMKbsZdoUCMqAFAjgxpo4diqxFUOFBIWTA4M1QzNEdSSVYwOFZPR0VZQzdKMy4u. 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
Email: mrcshr@mrcmekong.org

Closing date for applications:  26 April 2018