Climate Change Adaptation Specialist


The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the only inter-governmental agency that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam on their common specific interests, joint management of shared water resources, and sustainable development of the Mekong River.

As a regional facilitating and advisory body governed by water and environment ministers of the four countries, the MRC aims to ensure that (a) the Mekong water is managed and developed in the most efficient and sustainable manner that mutually benefits all Member Countries and (b) minimize harmful effects on people and the environment in the Lower Mekong River Basin.

Besides the competitive salary and benefit package, the MRC offers a challenging and rewarding international working environment where staff members have opportunities to be exposed to multi-dimensional development disciplines, interacting with regional and international colleagues and partners, as well as receiving capacity and professional development in regional and international meetings, forums and conferences. Many professionals have secured excellent employment positions after their service with the MRC.

The MRC Secretariat is now recruiting a highly qualified candidate for the position of:

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist




Planning Division, MRC Secretariat

Salary Level:

M-12, Step 1 (USD 41,670 base salary per annum) plus other benefits as mentioned in the Job Description 

Work Location:

MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Contract Type/ Duration:    

Fixed-term Appointment/One-year contract with annual renewal for a maximum of six years

Date posted:

30 November 2022

Closing date:

28 December 2022

Only nationals of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam are eligible to apply.

Previous applicants DO NOT need to re-submit their applications.

Job Summary:

The jobholder supports the planning and implementation of the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP) and related guidelines for addressing transboundary impacts of climate change and needs for transboundary adaptation. He or she works closely with Chief River Basin Planner in ensuring the integration of climate change adaptation into the basin development planning process and other sectoral plans/strategies and in supporting the basin planning core river basin management function. The position works closely with relevant specialists of other Divisions in supporting member countries in addressing flood and drought. 

Job Requirements:


  • University degree (Master or higher) in environmental management, environmental sciences, social sciences, development studies, or other relevant fields

Additional certificates:

  • TOEIC certificate with 600 points and over is required. An equivalent internationally recognized certificate or a university degree from an internationally recognized academic institution whose instruction is in English may also be considered.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in strategic development, policy formulation and analysis, preferably linked to climate change and adaptation in international or national water management organisation(s)
  • Preferably 5 years of experience in management of complex project
  • Preferably 3 years of experience in bilateral, international relations

The MRC is an equal opportunity employer. The organization welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Besides required qualifications, immediate availability will be considered as an advantage to the selection process. Interested applicants may find more information about the position through the Job Description. Due to the high number of applications that we receive, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for an interview.

Application Procedures:

The application, in a single PDF file, must include:

  • a cover letter (not longer than 1.5 pages) that outlines clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position. The position title and Division must also be indicated.  
  • a CV that must not be longer than five pages.
  • the MRC Personal History Form.

The candidate must send his/her application via e-mail to the National Mekong Committee Secretariat in the candidate’s home country, not to the MRC Secretariat directly, using the contact below:

Cambodia National Mekong Committee

Address: No. 576, National Road No. 2, Sangkat Chak Angre Krom, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh 12353, Cambodia

Tel. +855-23-216514   Fax. +855-23-218 506

E-mail: [email protected]

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Lao National Mekong Committee

Address: Dongnaxok-Nongbeuk Road, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Tel.  +856-21-260983 Fax. +856-21-260984

E-mail: [email protected]


Thai National Mekong Committee

Address: Office of the National Water Resources

Juthamard Building, 89/168-170 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10210

Tel. +66-2-5541800 ext. 1392

Fax. +66-2-5219147

E-mail:  [email protected]

Viet Nam National Mekong Committee 

Address: 23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Tel. +84-24-39343565   

Fax. +84-24-38256929 

E-mail: [email protected]





Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Application Deadline: 
Wed, 2022-12-28