How to Apply

Who can apply?

Eligible candidates should be:

  • Riparian nationals (of Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand or Viet Nam) and dialogue partner countries (China and Myanmar) living and working within the four Mekong countries continuously for more than two years prior to application or;
  • Young lecturers from local universities or junior trainers from training institutes or;
  • Members from tributary basin organisations

They should be/have:

  • 35 years of age or under
  • Practical work experience related to water resource management and river work
  • Proficient in English language and able to work in an English language environment; proof of English language proficiency is a plus
  • Experience with and good knowledge of the Mekong riparian countries and the Mekong River Basin is desirable;
  • Hold a Master’s degree in water resources management and/or a related field.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply, and special provision can be made for women with or expecting young children.

How to apply

Only nationals from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam and dialogue partner countries (China and Myanmar) are eligible to apply.

Interested candidates should complete the application form and OJT Proposal and submit it to the office of the National Mekong Committee within the deadline. Application forms are also available at the office of the National Mekong Committees in each riparian country, and at the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR and Office of Secretariat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The application should include:

  • A cover letter in English (maximum 2 pages) indicating your interest in the project and what would you like to do after completion of the training programme
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • The JRP Application Form
  • The on-the-job training proposal.
  • A copy of passport size photo (not older than 3 months)

Please submit your application form to the National Mekong Committee in the applicant’s home country.

Cambodia National Mekong Committee
64, Monivong Blvd, Sangkat Phsar Deumthkov,
Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel. (855-23) 23 216 514,
Fax. (855-23) 23 218 506

Lao National Mekong Committee
Prime Minister's Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel. (856-21) 260 981-3
Fax. (856-21) 260 984

Thai National Mekong Committee
Department of Water Resources
180/3 Rama 6 Road, Soi Phibul Watana Building
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


Timeline for application for each batch of the JRPs

BatchStarting date for submitting applicationDeadline for applicationTraining & OJT period for each batch JRPs
1 15 July 2008 30 August 2008

Module A (1 Nov 08 – 30 Apr 09)
Module B (1 Nov 08 – 31 Oct 09)

2 5 January 2009 16 February 2009

Module A (1 May 09 – 31 Oct 09)
Module B (1 May 09 – 31 Apr 10)

3 1 July 2009 14 August 2009 Module A (1 Nov 09 – 30 Apr 10)
Module B (1 Nov 09 – 31 Oct 10)
4 4 January 2010 15 February 2010 Module A (1 May 10 – 31 Oct 10)
Module B (1 May 10 – 30 Apr 11)
5 1 July 2010 13 August 2010 Module A (1 Nov 10 – 30 Apr 11)
Module B (1 Nov 10 – 31 Oct 11)
6 21 March 2011 22 April 2011 Sept 2011 - Nov 2012
7 November 2011 February 2012 March 2012 - May 2013
8 May 2013 August 2013 Sept 2012-November 2013
9 November 2012 February 2013 Mar 2013-May 2014
10 May 2013 August 2013 Sept 2013 -November 2014



  • Module A: lasts four to six months which is suitable for those who want to work in technical areas like developing models or have a hands-on experience in a specific field (e.g. GIS, DSF, Modelling, Mapping, RAM, etc). Target groups for this shorter training module are young lecturers, member of RBOs and technical spe­cialists.
  • Module B: lasts ten months which is suitable for those who want to have in-depth hand-on experience in one of MRC core activities which requires the whole year cycle (e.g. Programme Development and Management and International Cooperation.) Target groups for this longer training module are young professionals from the National Mekong Committees and line agencies. No extension of this ten-month assignment will be permitted.

Only short-listed applicants will be invited for interview.

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