Call for EOI: AWP Mekong Coordinator

Submission Deadline: Open until filled

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking an experienced and qualified professional to fill the role of AWP Mekong Coordinator based in Bangkok or Phnom Penh (preferred, with other locations within the Mekong subregion open to negotiation). The position will remain open until filled.

About us

eWater (ewater.org.au) is a not-for-profit company owned by Australia’s State, Territory and Federal governments, promoting ecologically and economically sustainable water management. Since 2015, the AWP division of eWater (www.waterpartnership.org.au) has been working with developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region to support the sustainable management of water resources, and actively supporting the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.

AWP manages several grants from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including the Australia-Mekong Water Facility (AMWF), from eWater’s Canberra office. The AMWF is a $14.86M investment and is part of DFAT’s Mekong Australia Partnership – Water Energy Climate program (MAP-WEC)’s portfolio. The AMWF started in 2019 and runs until 2024. The AMWF allows AWP to place a strong focus on the Mekong subregion and offers a responsive and flexible mechanism to respond to water-related priorities of governments and partners across Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.

By 2024, the AMWF is expected to have supported the:

  • increased capacity and resilience of Mekong governments to holistically manage water and respond to challenges posed by climate change;
  • promotion of higher standards for water infrastructure and water governance in the Mekong subregion in support of greater water, food, and energy security; and
  • augmented collaboration between Australia and Mekong countries to adopt climate-resilient water policies, practices and tools.

About the role

The AWP Mekong Coordinator will support AWP in the implementation of the AMWF and provide AWP with a physical presence in the Mekong subregion, in proximity to Mekong governments, regional organisations, and stakeholders.

The position will preferably be based in Bangkok or Phnom Penh. Other locations within the Mekong subregion will also be considered.

Duties include:

  • supporting engagement with Mekong governments and regional organisations, stakeholders and international partners;
  • supporting the identification and development of new activities (including drafting and/or contributing to concept notes and Terms of Reference) in consultation with the AWP Canberra team, DFAT, and Mekong partner organisations;
  • facilitating or providing technical expertise to support the development and implementation of activities;
  • representing AWP at events, workshops, and field visits, and facilitating meetings and events as required;
  • supporting the implementation of AWP frameworks and strategies, including AWP’s Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion policy, performance systems, risk management, communications and knowledge management; and
  • supporting AWP reporting.

The AWP Mekong Coordinator will be contracted by AWP to work three days a week or equivalent up to a maximum of 140 days per annum until 30 June 2024, and reports to the AWP Mekong Program Lead. Day-to-day, the AWP Mekong Coordinator will work closely with the AWP Program team including the AWP Mekong Program Lead, AWP Program Coordinator, AWP Program Officer, and broader AWP team.

Selection Criteria

EOIs will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

Essential criteria

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent in water resources and/or international development or similar relevant disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in program or project coordination, preferably in international contexts.
  • The ability to effectively and rapidly manage multiple and often competing priorities and challenges as they arise, often under tight timeframes.
  • Strong collaboration and high-level stakeholder management skills across the water sector, government, tertiary institutions, non-profit organisations, and industry.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work autonomously, as well as be a strong team player.
  • Outstanding communications and networking skills, and ability to engage with people at all levels and across cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and undertake domestic and international travel as required, with ability to travel regularly across the Mekong subregion.
  • As eWater cannot sponsor visas, preference is given to applicants that are resident in or have the right to work in a Mekong country.

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of program performance, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and principles.
  • Understanding of Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion principles and commitment to their application in international development.
  • Knowledge and experience in the Mekong subregion, and preferably management of water resources in the region.
  • Broad understanding of Australian water expertise.
  • Previous experience with Australian aid program initiatives.

Special requirements

  • The appointed person must comply with DFAT requirements and policies, including (but not limited to) child protection and fraud prevention.

CONTACT

For any questions, please contact Lucy Chilver, AWP Program Officer ([email protected]).

Note that AWP reserves the right to not proceed with the outlined activity and is not liable for any costs incurred in preparing EOIs.

Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled.
EOIs should include a cover letter and a CV. The cover letter (maximum 2 pages) should address the selection criteria.
Remuneration will be negotiated based on experience.

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