Program Engagement Consultant, Mekong Safeguards

Location: Thailand
Program area: Environment and Climate Action
Deadline: September 26, 2021

USAID and Australia Mekong Safeguards Program (aka “Mekong Safeguards”) is a five-year, $10.55 million partnership project between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Asia Foundation implements this regional and bilateral program which operates in the five countries of the Greater Mekong: China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Mekong Safeguards’ goal is to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of the region’s large energy, transportation, and water infrastructure. A combined $8.6 million USAID cooperative agreement and a $1.85 million Australia DFAT grant support the project.

The Asia Foundation is seeking a part-time, qualified, and experienced professional(s) for the position of program engagement consultant.

Under the guidance of the chief of party/deputy chief of party, the program engagement consultant will be responsible for supporting the program’s execution to achieve the intended targets in reducing the negative impacts from energy and transportation infrastructure development activities. The Program Engagement Consultant will proactively and, upon request, provide information on energy, transportation, environmental, and social updates in Thailand related to Mekong Safeguards (policy, regulation, directive, announcement, memo, etc.) from the government and private sector. The program engagement consultant will coordinate closely with Mekong Safeguards and the Asia Foundation in Thailand to i) actively engage stakeholders in the country to execute program activities—including government, utilities, companies, international organizations, financial institutions, multilateral development banks, and regional entities such as ACMECS; and ii) support sustainable finance initiatives such as green financing mechanism and climate finance to promote improvement in Environmental, Social, and Governance policies, standards, and institutional practices with aims to reduce negative impacts of new infrastructure development projects.

The role of the program engagement consultant is to support both Mekong Safeguards staff, Foundation staff, and government counterparts to complete the technical tasks mentioned above. Activities include collaborating and coordinating with government, private sector, financial institutions, donors, and/or civil society organizations counterparts to initiate, conduct, and follow-up with the activities in Thailand (and other countries as assigned), as well as scheduling meetings and engage with relevant key stakeholder counterparts. Certain activities may require travel to locations outside of Bangkok.

The program engagement consultant is required to understand environmental and social safeguards and infrastructure project development (particularly for energy and transportation), project financing, and strong stakeholder relations expertise to ensure continued support for government and private sector counterparts.

Specific roles include:

  • Manage project team, leading organization, advocacy, and follow-up with government and private sector stakeholders on assigned tasks.
  • Manage and ensure high-quality engagement of government and private sector stakeholders with USAID Mekong Safeguards consultants and contractors.
  • Advise on advocacy and strategic methods for securing government and private sector support on USAID Mekong Safeguards assistance programming.
  • Conduct research on topics related to ESG and sustainable finance
  • Provide technical assistance and support on activities and quantitative analysis as needed.
  • Supporting the organization of virtual or in-person events
  • Produce written material for reports
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by September 26, 2021 to [email protected] with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.