Director, Downstream Wells

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Vacancy ID: 7699

Closing Date: 17.00 ULAT, October 26, 2018

About MCA-Mongolia

The Government of Mongolia (“Government”) seeks a qualified Director, Downstream Wells to manage the preparation and implementation of the Downstream Wells Activity, including the finalization, review; and approval of detailed designs; the development of work plans and risk mitigation strategies; the preparation of detailed procurement documents; and the implementation of complex construction works under tight budget and timeline constraints of a new special purpose entity to be known as the Millennium Challenge Account – Mongolia (“MCA-Mongolia”). The Government will shortly establish MCA-Mongolia in the form of a non-profit state-owned enterprise to oversee the implementation of the Mongolia Water Compact (the “Compact”), a large-scale international development assistance program funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”), a United States Government agency that provides grant assistance to help partner countries promote economic growth and reduce poverty.

The Compact aims to increase the long-term sustainable supply of water to Ulaanbaatar and stem the impact of an impending water crisis. The Compact will expand the supply of water to residential consumers and commercial and industrial users in Ulaanbaatar through:

  • The construction of new groundwater wells downstream from Ulaanbaatar and introduction of a state-of-the-art advanced water purification plant;
  • The construction of a new wastewater recycling plant and pipelines to provide high-quality treated water to large-scale industrial users;
  • Policy reforms, capacity building, and technical assistance to improve the long-term sustainability of Ulaanbaatar’s water supply.

MCA-Mongolia will oversee the implementation of these investments on behalf of the Government and in compliance with the guidelines and standards of MCC.

The Role

Main Tasks: The Director, Downstream Wells, manages the preparation and implementation of the Downstream Wells Activity, including the finalization, review; and approval of detailed designs; the development of work plans and risk mitigation strategies; the preparation of detailed procurement documents; and the implementation of complex construction works under tight budget and timeline constraints. The Director, Downstream Wells, also oversees portions of the Water Sector Sustainability Activity that involve small scale works in the ger areas of Ulaanbaatar. In the course of these responsibilities, the Director, Downstream Wells, works closely with design consultants, works contractors, a variety of implementing entities, and a program management consultant. The Director, Downstream Wells, reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Programs (the “Deputy CEO”), and manages three dedicated, full-time staff.


  • Coordinate, manage and lead all of MCA-Mongolia’s implementation activities associated with the Downstream Wells Activity.
  • Manage the development of terms of reference, technical specifications and associated cost estimates and lead in technical evaluation panels and bid review panels, as may be necessary for the procurement of consultants and contractors related to the Downstream Wells Activity.
  • Coordinate the development of clear, accurate, and detailed procurement plans, financing plans and work plans that define all relevant resource needs, identify issues and risks, and outline mitigation measures for the Downstream Wells Activity, working in close coordination with the MCA-Mongolia management team, the program management consultant, and a range of Government affiliates known as implementing entities.
  • Actively manage the consultants and contractors that work on the Downstream Wells Activity on behalf of MCA-Mongolia, taking all steps necessary to ensure efficient coordination with implementing entities and other Government agencies and to ensure the timely submission of deliverables and progress toward agreed milestones, and ensure compliance with all applicable guidelines and requirements.
  • Receive, assess and accept deliverables from consultants and contractors, review periodic reports from implementing entities and the program management consultant, and otherwise closely monitor the progress of all project preparation and construction works for the Downstream Wells Activity.
  • Provide timely and thorough reports on any delays, cost overruns, or other contract management issues related to the Downstream Wells Activity; ensure that staff and external stakeholders are kept informed of project status; recommend clear strategies to keep project work on tracks; and mobilize and deploy technical support or take other actions, as necessary.
  • Lead the development and finalization of a strategy for implementing the portions of the Water Sector Sustainability Activity that involve small scale works in the ger areas of Ulaanbaatar and coordinate the procurement and implementation, working closely with the Director, Sustainability, and other staff.
  • Maintain current and complete files of all necessary project documents and records.
  • Encourage the active participation of stakeholders in all phases of implementation and otherwise take any actions necessary to ensure compliance with the MCC Environmental Guidelines, MCC Gender Policy, an all other MCC guidelines and policies during project implementation.
  • Support the recruitment of well-qualified water specialists to aid the implementation of the Downstream Wells Activity; lead and manage their day-to-day work; and build their capacity through targeted training, professional development and performance management.
  • Coordinate closely with MCC’s Independent Engineer and with MCC staff, whether based in Ulaanbaatar or in Washington DC. Upon request of MCC, facilitate the work of the Independent Engineer.
  • Represent MCA-Mongolia in the media, at public events and in stakeholder outreach and perform other tasks, as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) or Deputy Chief Executive Officer (“Deputy CEO”).



  •  Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, chemical engineering or a similar field.  Master’s degree or other advanced degree, and/or appropriate professional registration/licensure, preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Eight (8) years or more of prior experience working in project management of civil works projects, with at least seven years of project management experience in water system design and construction. Experience in water treatment preferred.
  • Experience in all phases of engineering procurements – feasibility and design, contract negotiations, cost estimating, construction, construction management, construction inspection, and close out.
  • Experience developing technical specifications and terms of reference for engineering and consulting services procurements.
  • Extensive direct or indirect experience with the major water/wastewater sector institutions and policy bodies of Mongolia.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of actors in the public and private sectors at all levels, including with senior officials, business leaders, NGOs, and international donors.

Communication and Languages

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (in English and Mongolian), both orally and in writing. English language proficiency at ILR Level 3 or above is preferred.


  • Dynamic and experienced leader with significant experience in a corporation, government agency or philanthropic entity and a proven track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership;
  • Accomplished in developing, motivating and supporting teams, including coaching and creating development opportunities to maximize production and quality of work and achieve goals;
  • Organized and results oriented, with ability to translate Compact strategy and objectives into tasks and work plans;
  • Confident in making structural or organizational changes as needed to move the work forward and meet the needs of the situation;
  • Skilled in building consensus among employees and developing strong relationships with outside stakeholders;
  • Accountable for achieving results that have a development impact and promote financial, environmental and social sustainability;
  • Able to identify and propose solutions to mitigate and manage risks;
  • Strong negotiator;
  • Efficient in understanding new issues quickly and making well informed decisions;
  • Able to inspire confidence and create trust;
  • Able to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively, and delegate work to subordinates;
  • Skilled in analysing facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.


If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before the October 26, 2018 or submit your application via the "Application Form" portal below. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

We are encouraging all interested parties to apply for the role.  Selection process will be based on merit on the required experiences for all vacancies.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.  No fees will be paid to MCA- Mongolia or any of its agents at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training fees or other).

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SRI Executive (www.sri-executive.com) is assisting the Government of Mongolia in its search for an exceptional candidates for MCA-Mongolia. SRI Executive operates under a contract provided by MCC.  SRI Executive is supported by our local partner Specialized Career Consulting (SCC) in this recruitment initiative


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