Chief Technical Advisor, Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP)
Mekong River Commission
Location: Vientiane, Lao PDR
Last Date: September 9, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Mekong River Commission
role of MRC is to promote and coordinate sustainable management and development
of water and related resources for the countries’ mutual benefit and the
MRC Secretariat is now recruiting a highly qualified candidate for the position
CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP),
Human Resources Section
Post level L-5, based in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Capacity Building Programme (ICBP) will be responsible for building different
capacity building systems, tools and methodologies for long term and sustainable
capacity development at the MRC. This would require the ICBP team members at the
regional and at national level to continuously document, develop and apply new
capacity development methodology, tools, guidelines, checklist, database, etc
that serve the purpose of long term sustainable institutional memories and
systems for capacity development. The Chief Technical Advisor will assist and
provide technical guidance and inputs to the ICBP team to design, manage,
implement and monitor activities of the PIP 2011-2013 including but not limited
to capacity needs assessment, designing, planning, coordination, scheduling,
monitoring and technical backstopping.
description and other information can be obtained at MRC website
Women are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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
The position tittle and division/section must be indicated in the cover letter.
The application should be
Mekong River Commission Secretariat
P.O. Box 6101, Vientiane, 01000, Lao PDR
Closing date for applications: 9 September 2011
Updated: August 2011
Chief Technical Advisor
Functional Title: Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)
Capacity Building Programme (ICBP)
Human Resources Section (HRS)
Level of post: L- 05[i]
Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR
THE MEKONG RIVER COMMISSION
River Commission (MRC) was established by the 1995 Agreement on Co-operation
for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin, between the
governments of Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. In accordance with
this Agreement, the Mission of MRC is: “To promote and coordinate sustainable
management and development of water and related resources for the countries’
mutual benefit and the people’s well-being by implementing strategic programmes
and activities and providing scientific information and policy advice.” The MRC
Secretariat is the technical and administrative arm of the MRC. It provides
technical and administrative services to the JC and the Council to achieve the
2. THE HUMAN RESOURCES SECTION (HRS)
The Section aims to ensure the development of the right skills,
competencies, and organisational culture in the MRC to support full
implementation of the Strategic Plan. The Section is to provide the Secretariat
and operational programmes with modern and highly efficient personnel support.
The Section is also responsible for interacting effectively on such matters with
the National Mekong Committees, riparian national agencies, international
agencies and donor communities. HRS also manages the Integrated Capacity
Building Programme (ICBP).
2.1 INTEGRATED CAPACITY
BUILDING PROGRAMME (ICBP)
of the ICBP programme is to significantly increase the effectiveness of the MRC,
NMCs and prioritised national agencies in ensuring the sustainable development
of the Mekong and related resources.
of ICBP is “the MRC, NMCs and prioritized national agencies demonstrate an
increased level of capacity to contribute to MRC Objectives”. ICBP has four
Intermediate Outcomes which are:
Outcome 1: The MRC, NMCs
and prioritized national agencies have the necessary technical competencies to
integrate IWRM principles into policy making, planning and implementation.
Intermediate Outcome 2: The
MRC and NMCs (including their Secretariats) have the necessary organizational
capability to effectively coordinate and support the achievement of MRC
Intermediate Outcome 3:
Gender is mainstreamed within the MRCS, and the national agencies integrate
gender aspects more effectively into their IWRM work.
Intermediate Outcome 4: An
effective integrated and sustainable capacity building mechanism is
established and functioning to support the MRC work.
At the regional level, the ICBP team consists of (a) ICBP
Coordinator, (b) CTA (c) five Programme Officers, (d) one Project Assistant, and
two administrative staff. At the national level, each Member Countries will have
ICBP Coordinator and one assistant to National ICBP Coordinator
to manage the implementation of the national level ICBP capacity building
Under the overall supervision of the Section Chief of HRS and the
direct supervision of the ICBP Coordinator, the CTA will assist and provide
technical guidance and inputs to the ICBP team to design, manage, implement and
monitor activities of the PIP 2011-2013 including but not limited to capacity
needs assessment, designing, planning, coordination, scheduling, monitoring and
4. KEY TASKS
MRC is at a special transitional period with different MRC
Strategies (Strategic Plan 2011-2015, IWRM-based Basin Development Strategy for
the Lower Mekong Basin, etc.) developed to make the organisation a more
effective and efficient world class river basin organisation while many of the
core functions on river basin management will be decentralised to the Member
Capacity building and capacity development thus become
increasingly important. ICBP will need strategic orientations and sound
technical support to the ICBP team, the MRC Programmes, Member Countries and
prioritised Line Agencies to effectively implement the different capacity
building plans and activities, and to respond sufficiently to the increasing
demands for capacity building and capacity development.
ICBP will be responsible for building different capacity building
systems, tools and methodologies for long term and sustainable capacity
development at the MRC. This would require the ICBP team members at the regional
and at national level to continuously document, develop and apply new capacity
development methodology, tools, guidelines, checklist, database, etc that serve
the purpose of long term sustainable institutional memories and systems for
capacity development. There will be requirements on result-based programme
implementation, communication, monitoring and reporting.
The ICBP team needs a professional CTA who has multiple skills on
capacity development to provide guidance to the team achieving the four
different Outcomes of the Programme. In order to achieve those Outcomes, the
Programme demands sound technical advices on (a) capacity development for IWRM,
(b) organisational and institutional development for MRC in transition to a more
decentralised river basin organisation, (c) gender mainstreaming, and (d)
result-based capacity building planning and the communication on capacity
Following are the 6 specific and immediate objectives which are
elaborated with specific tasks and responsibilities for the CTA.
Objective 1: ICBP Team comprehends fully the alignment of ICBP to
the different MRC Strategies (Strategic Plan 2011-2015, IWRM-based Basin
Development Strategy for the Lower Mekong Basin, etc.) and thus be able to
continuously develop, modify, improve and implement effectively the ICBP work
plans, and to be responsive to the different emerging needs from MRCS, MRC
programmes and member countries.
Provide guidance and support to the ICBP team to
further align the PIP 2011-2013 with a specific elaboration of Goal 4 and 5 of
the Strategic Plan 2011-2015.
Provide guidance and support to the ICBP team on
the process of Basin Development Strategy and Basin Development Plans with the
purpose to help the team to be responsive and strategic in meeting the capacity
building demands and requirement from MRC to implement such Strategy and Plan at
Provide guidance and technical support to ICBP Team
(regional and national) to modify, plan and implement related activities.
Provide guidance and support to facilitate the
support from ICBP to BDP, ICCS, ISH, and M-IWRM-P in terms of methodology,
communication and planning of related join capacity development activities.
work is to be lead by the ICBP Programme Coordinator. All other ICBP team
members will be involved in this process.
Objective 2: ICBP Team will be confident to document, develop and
produce different capacity building and capacity development frameworks,
system, tools, guidelines, checklists, manuals, networks etc. to serve the
purpose of MRC long term sustainable institutional memories and systems for
Provide technical guidance and support to ICBP team
to do an institutional analysis of the current capacity development system (SWOT)
at MRCS to design a plan for the development, improvement or modification of the
different capacity building and capacity development tools and guidelines, etc.
Guide and support ICBP team in raising awareness
among MRC at different levels to apply the established systems above mentioned.
Provide guidance and technical support to ICBP team
to train and to help MRC staff at different level to comply with those systems.
Provide guidance and technical support to ICBP team
to monitor the application process and support the necessary modification and
improvement of those systems.
Provide guidance and technical support in
documentation of successful capacity building and capacity development cases.
work will be lead by the Planning, Monitoring and Communication Programme
Officer. All other ICBP team members will be involved in this process.
Objective 3: To provide
methodological and technical support to MRCS, MRC programmes and member
countries on the different aspects and areas required for capacity needs
assessment, capacity building planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation
Key tasks: providing mentoring and coaching to the
IWRM Capacity Building
Programme Officer (IWRM PO)
in different technical matters related to capacity building Integrated Water
Resource Management capacity needs assessment, capacity building planning,
implementing, monitoring and evaluation, as well as the effective
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the AusAID Support to MRC/AusAID/MDBC
Strategic Liaison Partnership (Phase III),
Development Programme Officer (HRD PO)
in designing and coordinating the different training and coaching processes for
the on-the-job training Junior Riparian Professionals (JRPs), as well as
providing advices to their MRC advisors on supervising and training the JRPs in
the related programmes/divisions.
Development Programme Officer (OD PO)
in facilitating organisational assessment, institutional analysis,
organisational development planning, organisational systems improvement,
leadership and management skills enhancement, institutional development for
effective decentralisation of the core functions, etc.
Officer (GPO) in developing
methodologies to more effectively mainstream gender equality into all MRCS
organisational systems as well as IWRM related programmes and activities within
MRCS, at NMCs and in prioritised Line Agencies.
and Communication Programme Officer (PMC PO)
in developing planning tools and methodologies for capacity building planning,
monitoring, evaluation and communication on results.
Objective 4: ICBP Team is confident in communicating with member
countries and development partners on the different progresses and results
achieved by ICBP through different professional communication modalities.
Provide support and guidance on the drafting and
finalising of the quarterly and bi-quarterly report to Development Partners and
Provide support and guidance to the Team to prepare
sufficiently and timely all necessary mid-term review and programme evaluation.
In this relation, the CTA will help monitoring the performance of the review and
evaluation missions and to ensure quality reports are produced.
Provide support and guidance to the PMC PO to
develop and apply an effective monitoring and evaluation system for ICBP.
Provide guidance and support to the PMC PO on the
establishment of a regional ICBP network;
Provide guidance and support to the Programme
Coordinator in writing inception reports, progress reports, completion reports
and other routine reports in accordance with MRCS procedures and specific
requirements of the programme;
Objective 5: All ICBP’s prioritised and mandated activities such
as (a) facilitating the riparianisation process, (b) support the development of
the road map for core function decentralisation, (c) support to implement
capacity building plans of BDP, ISH, M-IWRM-P, CCAI, IKMP, FMMP etc. get sound
technical advices on capacity building planning, implementation and monitoring.
Provide guidance and support to the Team in
planning, facilitating and monitoring of collaborated activities with BDP, ISH,
M-IWRM-P, CCAI, ICCS and other MRC Programmes.
Provide guidance and support to IWRM PO, the OD PO
and the PMC PO on the planning, implementing and monitoring of the
Objective 6: As requested, MRCS, MRC programmes and Member
Countries will also receive direct technical support from the CTA, in concert
with the the ICBP Programme Coordinator:
When required, the CTA will be a resource
person to MRCS, MRC Programmes and Member Countries on capacity building and
capacity development processes, human resource development, Institutional
assessment, performance assessment, organisational development, gender equality
mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation, documentation of good practices,
facilitation of exchanges of expertise on IWRM knowledge and skills.
SCOPE OF AUTHORITY
the CTA does not directly supervise any staff
of the program. S/he is responsible for providing guidance, support and
mentoring to the ICBP Team for the development and implementation of the ICBP;
Level of autonomy:
This position reports to the ICBP Program
Coordinator, with autonomy to provide guidance and recommendations on relevant
Level of problem solving required:
the CTA is required to have an ability to solve complex situation and help the
team to make sound decisions that support effective and efficient programme
management, implementation and M&E;
Level and type of communication required:
high level of communication and people skills both within ICBP team and
integrity, professionalism, good people skills, conflict
resolution skills, respect for diversity, empowering of other team members;
good communication skills, team work skills,
client orientation, mentoring, transfer of appropriate knowledge and skills,
highly aware of the emerging changes in capacity building and capacity
development at MRC and facilitate the team to manage change well;
visioning, leadership skills, empowering others, building trust, rational
decision making, efficient and pragmatic.
Master’s Degree in a relevant field (Public
Administration, Public policy, Institutional Development, Human Resources
At least 15 years’ experience in capacity
development in the fields of public management, human resource management,
organisational and institutional development, gender mainstreaming, capacity
development processes (needs assessment, designing, planning, implementation and
monitoring & evaluation) preferably within the context of natural resources
management and planning;
Extensive experience in policy and strategy
development in capacity development for sustainable human resources development;
Experience in project management, including
preparation of annual work plans and budgets, and use of a logical framework for
reporting, evaluating and monitoring;
Knowledge and experience in Integrated Water
Resources Management (IWRM) is desireable;
Experience with and good
knowledge of the Mekong riparian countries and the Mekong River Basin is
Fluency in English, both
written and spoken.
Excellent knowledge of written and
spoken English required.
[i] This post level is L-5 (similar to
the P-5 post level of the UN System).
The remuneration package, subject to change, includes (i)
annual net base salary exempt from tax by Lao authorities, starting at
US$86,791(L-05, step 1, dependency rate); (ii) a variable Post
Adjustment which currently amounts to US$ 31,505; (iii) 6 weeks’
annual vacation; (iv) MRC’s contribution to staff member’s Provident
fund of 14% of basic salary upon completion of 3 years in service; (v)
Contribution of MRC to Health and Accident insurances (on shared basis
with employee); (vi) other entitlements and benefits such as Hardship
Allowance, Dependency benefits, Rental Subsidy, Education Grant, Relocation
Grant, Travel cost and Shipment expenses on assignment and upon separation,
Repatriation Grant, Home Leave Travel, etc.
THE MRCS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPOINT A CANDIDATE AT A LEVEL LOWER THAN
THE ADVERTIZED LEVEL OF THE POST.
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