Director, Sustainability

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Vacancy ID: 7701

Closing Date: 17.00 ULAT, October 26, 2018

About MCA-Mongolia

The Government of Mongolia (“Government”) seeks a qualified Director, Sustainability to coordinate and manage support for policy, legal, regulatory and institutional changes that enhance the long-term sustainability of the water supply system in Ulaanbaatar, including the development and implementation of assessments, technical assistance and capacity building efforts in public entities at the local, municipal and national levels. 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, Sustainability, coordinates and manages support for policy, legal, regulatory and institutional changes that enhance the long-term sustainability of the water supply system in Ulaanbaatar, including the development and implementation of assessments, technical assistance and capacity building efforts in public entities at the local, municipal and national levels. The Director, Sustainability, establishes, communicates, and reinforces a common vision of change and coordinates the development of activity designs; the completion of bidding documents for all necessary procurements; the drafting of work plans and risk mitigation strategies; and the implementation of various activities. In the course of these responsibilities, the Director, Sustainability, works closely with the Director, Downstream Wells, to ensure the proper implementation of small-scale works in the ger areas of Ulaanbaatar and with other members of the Program Division staff.  The Director, Sustainability, reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Programs (the “Deputy CEO”), and manages one dedicated, full-time staff.


  • Coordinate, manage and lead all of MCA-Mongolia’s implementation activities associated with theWater Sector Sustainability Activity.
  • Lead the completion of clear, effective strategies for implementing a range of sensitive, cross-cutting policy, legal, regulatory and institutional changes related to the long-term sustainability of water supplies in Ulaanbaatar, to include issues related to public awareness, utility operations, cost containment and recovery, water and wastewater tariffs, and industrial pollution.
  • Manage the drafting of detailed terms of reference, technical specifications and cost estimates; support the production of procurement documents; and lead in technical evaluation panels and bid review panels as may be necessary to procure consultants, contractors and partners to support implementation of the Water Sector Sustainability 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 various sub-activities that comprise the Water Sector Sustainability 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, contractors and cooperative partners that work on the Water Sector Sustainability Activity on behalf of MCA-Mongolia, taking all steps necessary to facilitate efficient coordination with implementing entities and other Government agencies, encourage the timely submission of deliverables and progress toward agreed milestones, and ensure compliance with all applicable guidelines and requirements.
  • Develop and carry out partnership strategies to engage the private sector and donors and to attract investment in relation to the compact program, so as to extend its reach and benefits.
  • Monitor project timelines and milestones; receive, assess and accept deliverables from consultants and contractors; review periodic reports from implementing entities and the program management consultant, and otherwise closely supervise all project preparation and construction works for the Water Sector Sustainabilty Activity.
  • Provide timely and thorough reports on any delays, cost overruns, or other contract management issues related to the Water Sector Sustainability Activity; ensure that staff and external stakeholders are kept informed of project status; recommend clear strategies to keep project work on track; mobilize and deploy technical support or take other actions, as necessary, to support overall project management and delivery.
  • Consolidate project statistics from multiple sources and review these for accuracy and compliance with established formats to support implementation, monitoring, and reporting requirements.
  • Maintain current and complete files of all necessary project documents and records.
  • Organize, manage and lead MCA-Mongolia’s engagement with a wide range of stakeholders from the private sector, public utilities, non-governmental organizations and civil society, and build, maintain and leverage a strong network of contacts with officials across a range of implementing entities that may include the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the Water Services Regulatory Commission (WSRC), the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar (MUB), the Ulaanbaatar Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (USUG), the Ulaanbaatar Housing and Communal Service Authority (OSNAAUG) and the Tuul River Basin Authority (TRBA).
  • Support the recruitment of a well-qualified sustainability specialists to aid the implementation of the Water Sector Sustainability Activity, lead and manage his/her day-to-day work; and build his/her capacity through targeted training, professional development and performance management.
  • 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 (the “Deputy CEO”).



  • Bachelor’s degree in management, finance, business, engineering, economics, public administration, planning or a similar field. Master’s degree or other advanced degree preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Eight (8) years or more of prior experience working at a senior level in a government office, water utility, public service company, private sector entity, or non-governmental organization, with a demonstrated track record in managing projects, assessing public policy and making recommendations for change, leading or coordinating organizational change management or learning processes, and/or leading or coordinating multi-stakeholder working groups or policymaking bodies. Prior experience working on international development programs is preferred.
  • Clear understanding of the economy, business environment, water sector, city and local government policy, planning and management environment, and their social impacts in Mongolia.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a common vision and motivate others to align with vision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment and to manage multiple priorities, demands and tasks across functional areas with limited supervision and direction.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, including ability to work in a team-based environment and to build and maintain productive, collaborative relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders at many levels within institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in contract management and overseeing the work of consultants and contractors.

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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